So you are thinking about joining a short term or international mission trip. Maybe you feel called to serve, or your youth group or church friends are encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and participate in something bigger than you.
Mission Discovery’s approach to international and domestic mission trips is anchored in faith and service. As you mature in your walk with Christ, you’ll probably develop a deeper need to volunteer and serve others, and you’ll be asking big questions about what this will look like for you.
Mission Discovery asks our volunteers to consider these three elements of service;
LEARNING – Our teams come to discover what God is doing in the world and get involved. We come by invitation, not invasion. We come not to teach but to learn.
SERVING – Our teams come not to be served but to serve in the same way the Lord Jesus Christ came as a servant and friend.
STORYTELLING- Our teams have the opportunity to tell the story of what Jesus has done and is doing in their lives.
Our goal at Mission Discovery is to provide an atmosphere where teams are able to focus on serving the poor of the world. This means that we take care of the details, such as lodging, food, worship, building materials, etc. In this way, we believe that we provide an environment for growth and servanthood that is like no other.
Being aware of your talents and skills is an important part of the bigger picture. Matching your gifts with people in need is practical and can act as a good starting point for your mission trip plans.
Preparing yourself spiritually is essential. Seek guidance and develop a heart for the people and the way you want to serve. Focused study and prayer, talking with people you trust, and reading books and guides from your church library can help with personal spiritual preparation as well as clarify how and where you are being led to serve.
Philippians 4:13 ‘ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ (NKJV)