02 Jul Guest Blog: Are Short Term Missions Trips Worth It?
By Rob Tucker of The Skipping Stone–
On Saturday, I will be heading to Ethiopia for the 4th time. But, it will be the first time for my oldest, Christina. I am finding myself very excited to join her on her first missions trip, and also a bit nervous about it. The village we are working in is primitive, and it will be eye-opening for her to say the least. I have found myself praying more for what God will do in Christina’s life than for my own. I truly want her to have the kind of life-altering experience that I have had from missions.
A life-altering experience. Is that too much to ask?
There are a number of benefits from taking a short term missions trip. If you’ve never been on one, it may be time for you to go! Here are 10 reasons to consider a short-term trip:
- You get your eyes opened to the dire needs of the world outside the U.S.
- You get to feel for a people group beyond just hearing the experiences of someone else.
- You get your hands dirty with the work of global ministries, helping a local people group do something amazing.
- You get to represent Jesus for people who may not know him.
- You get to be a servant to people who are not used to being served.
- You get to make friends with beautiful people who don’t look like you.
- You get more grateful, realizing all of the blessings you now take for granted.
- You get more open to speaking about your faith in everyday life.
- You get to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples of all the nations.
- And for me, I get to have the joy of sharing a trip with my firstborn child.
Have you been on a trip? What did you gain from it?
About Rob: Rob is a young adults pastor in PA, and leads a service called Liquid Tuesdays. He's married to what he calls his "perfect fit", and they have 4 energetic kids. You can read more about Rob on his blog The Skipping Stone where he share thoughts about "Faith, Family and Fatherhood."