People may ask, “Why go on a mission trip?” This is a great question!!. The answer will not be the same for many people. This is fine. Not everyone has the same reasons for wanting to go on a missions trip.
You may have seen a video, read a post, or had something trigger you to “want” to go on a mission trip. This happened to me in 2007. I was a student on the ‘Be successful in your Ministry’ course when I learnt about mission trips. Thinking that this was something I would like to do, I decided to do some research about mission trips. The information I found online was overwhelming. With this information in hand, I pursued and made plans to go on a mission trip. Being my first mission trip, I decided to go to a country where I could connect with, and at the same time, serve the people. This country was Jamaica, my motherland.
Getting out of my comfort zone
I never envisaged myself going on a mission trip as I thought this was out of my reach – it was definitely out of my comfort zone. Not having done anything like this before, I had a lot of questions. The more I asked questions, and the response I received, the more I felt compassionate towards the cause. I believe that we are the hands and feet of Jesus. I often ask myself What would Jesus do?. He would go and meet the needs of those less fortunate than Himself and minister to them in a way where they felt loved and cared for and gave them hope for a better future. With this in mindset, I was raring to go.
Many of us can’t become full-time missionaries, but many of us can go on short-term mission trips. I’d encourage you to consider the following benefits of being the hands and feet of Jesus to another culture:
Why go on a mission trip – 5 reasons
You will build lasting relationships
It’s amazing how God connects people together. I have connected with people who have now become like family members because of our spiritual connection, on all the mission trips I have been on. These relationships have grown and can last a lifetime.
You will encounter God’s heart
God is a God of love and compassion. When you see the situation and conditions that people live under in the countries you visit, you will sense God’s amazing compassion.
In Matthew 25:34-36 He highlights the people who will inherit His Kingdom:
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
I remember my last day in Kenya. As we boarded the bus to take us back to the airport, the street children whom we were ministering to came to see us off. It was raining – we had on our jackets, they had none. They
requested jackets – what did we do? We gave them what we had. They also wanted some of the bracelet souvenirs we had purchased. These cost us less than the price of a cup of tea. We gave them what we had. Just to see their faces on receiving these ‘gifts’ was awesome. This is what encountering God’s heart does.
You will be making a difference in someone’s life
When you go on a mission trip, you will be partnering with local projects. Team coordinators will advise on the items which are needed for each project during the orientation day. Often times then not, these are items which we already have but don’t use such as pens, pencils, books, shoes, unwanted clothes etc. By donating such items, you are making a huge difference in someone’s life. Some of these items can cost a months’ wage to purchase. There are also items that we cannot bring but we can purchase in-country such as medical equipment and supplies. When you are in the country, you will be able to donate towards these causes.
You will be a blessing
We go on mission trips to support others. You are a blessing when a child cries when you are about to leave them. When they spread a table fit for a king with the little resources they have, you know that you are a blessing. Being taken on a tour of the local community like a dignitary with the community on the look-out for you as your visit has been announced well in advance is a blessing. When you are presented with a national gift that would cost them at least 2 months wages to purchase – do you now see yourself as a blessing?
You will receive a blessing
The blessing of sharing The Gospel, being a servant of Christ are immeasurable!! Jesus in His Great Commission to us said ” Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” Mark 16:15 To be able to carry out Christs’ work is indeed a blessing.