You have probably been on or at least entertained the thought of taking a mission trip. At Lifepoint we call them ‘experiences’ instead of trips. That is because a trip implies a start and end date. Experiences implies a potential life-changing event that can have a lasting impact in what you do when you return.
So why do we spend our vacations, our money, take shots, pills and a week packing for a journey to another city, state or country? What was the goal of the mission experience in which you participated? In the years of participating and now leading mission experiences God has shown me several benefits and experienced several stories that have developed my thoughts on mission experiences.
1. For Them: we go to a country to help with medical issues, construction, education, training, evangelism, etc. Our focus and conversation is on the people who live where we are going. This can go to extreme in some cases (which I am not promoting!) where we even print shirts say “saving _______” fill in with country or area you are serving. We have to be careful in what we communicate. But the goal of helping others is a valid reason to considering going on a mission experience.
2. For Us: After several mission experiences with various people I began to realize the impact these trips have on the individuals that go. We will never be the same. Our worldview just “expanded past the PlayStation and iPhone” as the 13 yr old shared in her story upon the return from Haiti. God uses this time to expand our faith, grow our relationship with him and draw us closer to the Christ-Centered life to which He is calling all of us. In the Christ Centered Journey research we discovered a vast gap between Growing and Maturing stages. The top two answers on how people overcame this gap were: 1. a crisis, which we can’t create in a life. 2. a mission trip, which we can easily calendar and organize. LifePoint’s purpose statement is to Point People to a Christ-Centered Life. Mission experiences are one of the major element in that process.
3. The Ministry: We know nothing unites a group like a common enemy or a common project. So what better way to unite your group and/or ministry division than a mission trip? The rally cry of a group taking on the work to organize and participate in a mission experience is like no other. The faith element of being on a trip where you have to trust God for your meals, safety, team unity, etc will grow this team tremendously. They will never be the same. This has the potential to change an entire ministry, your church, your group, your community. Nothing unites or builds community like a common project or common enemy or common MISSION EXPERIENCE!
So, now you know why am I so passionate about taking and/or leading mission experiences and expecting EVERY LifePoint small group leader to participate in one before January 2016? What trip will you plan, take, lead in the next 18 months?
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