6 Reasons To Go On a Missions Trip
Let me give you six reasons why I firmly believe everyone- yes, everyone- should go on a missions trip.
#1 – A Missions Trip Changes You
Anything that pulls you away from self-focus changes you. It’s impossible to go on a trip around the world and not come back a different person. God has a master design for your life. Going on a missions trip might be just the thing He uses to mold you into that design. The good news is to yield to those God-given changes makes you more Christ-like. Becoming more Christ-like is part of God’s plan for you to become the person He intended all along. Essentially, you become more like the real “you” than you’ve ever been!
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:28-29)
#2 – You Won’t Get the Big Picture Until You Go
You’ll never “get” the big picture of what missions is all about if you never go see for yourself. If you stay, you only see half the plan. How can you effectively engage in God’s plan of missions, if you only understand half of it? God made it so that what we see affects us. If we never see, we remain ignorant to the full picture. I understand to go on a missions trip may not seem possible for some with certain circumstances. Still, we ought to do everything we can to make it happen. God said to look on the harvest fields. So if you’re not positioning yourself near one, you’ll have a hard time obeying that command. Distance keeps missions from seeming real to us. Do whatever it takes to position yourself in the field and truly look with compassion.
“Say ye not, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35)
#3 – Step Outside Your Comfort Zone and Grow
Moving away from what’s comfortable and familiar has a way of unsettling you. Culture shock is the real deal. Especially on longer missions trips, you get past the sightseeing phase and enter the “I want to go home” phase. Instead of focusing on the negative, use this opportunity to get outside your little box. Maybe on unfamiliar ground, God has something special waiting for you.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
#4 – Learn to Have Faith in God’s Word
Going on a missions trip helps you see the sufficiency of the Gospel. This is especially true when facing deep poverty and third world diseases. When God’s Word is literally all you have to give people in those conditions, you grow in your assurance that it MUST be enough. Your faith in the adequacy of God’s Word is increased in those situations.
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God; Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament…” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6)
#5 – Learn Whether You Should “Send” or “Go”
Not everyone will go on a missions trip will eventually go to a mission field. However, everyone who stays home has a command from God to participate in sending others out. It’s all part of how His Great Commission is supposed to work. What better way to become a more informed member of a sending church than to go see for yourself what it’s like? How can you pray with knowledge without having walked in their shoes? See what missions life is all about.
“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:” (Ephesians 6:15)
#6 – It’s An Amazing Adventure!
Living for the Lord, carrying out the Gospel message is the greatest adventure you could ask for. It will take you to places on earth you’d only heard of and situations you’d only dream about. You will have stories you can tell for eternity.
Before this turns into sounding like a travel commercial, I’ll leave on this note.
“I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number:” (Job 5:8-9)
About the Author
Hannah and her husband Cameron are currently on deputation, raising support so they can begin full-time missionary work in Mongolia. She juggles the demands of traveling with those of a toddler and keeps a sweet spirit through it all. Hannah has authored two books in addition to her writing for the Submissive Spirit. She also blesses us with her beautiful voice.