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Exciting Missions Training and Trips for Creative Types!

Ooo la la, do you want to go on a missions trip to Italy? Europe: A needy mission field. Italy especially. The church is in decline in Europe and people like you can go and use your skills and talents to reach people with the message of hope through Jesus! Watch the video for more information and be inspired! Then pray about your next step!

10 Resons Why Short-term Missions Trips are Effective.

In recent years there have been a surge in short-term Christian Missions trips that often seem more like an adventure vacation than an actual missions trip. Raising thousands of dollars to go and do Christian missions to the Bahamas or Fiji certainly sounds like a donor sponsored vacation. What a scam! Or is it? Years ago missionaries went to beautiful places only to be buried a few months after they arrived. Knowing that suffering and death were a real possibility, the had to weigh their desire for adventure, beautiful scenery, their commitment to Christ and sharing the Gospel, and the cost in terms of their lives.

Short-term missions is hard work!

In today’s short-term missions activities, laying down one’s life for the Gospel is highly unlikely, and yes the surroundings can be beautiful, but the missions work can be exhausting and hard. Have you ever been to Africa? Have you seen the plains and valleys of Kenya? Phenomenal scenery, gorgeous landscape, and old cemeteries filled with missionaries. Some went to Africa for a few weeks, others for a lifetime.

Mixed motives can always get in the way of Christian service. Whether in your home country or overseas, missionaries can sometimes feel guilty that their desire to share the Gospel is also mixed with their craving for adventure. Every missionary is guilty of it. If they weren’t filled with some sense of adventure, they wouldn’t be a foreign missionary! God can use the mixed motives of man to accomplish His purposes. It is not for us to judge for God knows the heart. And through short-term missions trips, God will work not only through a person but also in their own life. Many missionaries today can testify that they may have had some desire to escape from their current job, had a desire for adventure, sought to be stretched spiritually, or went into missions due to outside pressures.

If it takes a “missionary vacation” or an “adventure missions trip” to get Christians away from their televisions, computers, cell phones and other distractions of the modern age, then great! They will see and experience things that they never would have otherwise and their lives will be altered in some way. Will they make a big impact? Probably not. But that is why it is short-term. It has a minimal impact for yes, a lot of money, but do you know that most modern day missionaries did some kind of short-term missions trip before they committed to career missions? It is a new thing that God is doing and let’s work with Him and not against Him. Encourage short-term missions regardless of the motives. Leave that up to the Lord to sort through.

10 reasons why short-term missions trips are effective:

1. The person who is going will have an impact upon the place where they are going. Some kind of positive impact.
2. Donors will learn something new about the destination location as well as the person going.
3. Some prayer support will follow the person to the foreign country. Prayer always has an impact.
4. If a person is acting in obedience to God, He will be pleased.
5. Blessings abound for those who not only go, but also send.
6. The money given to send someone probably would have been spent on frivolous other things.
7. Short-term missions experiences can lead to long-term service in missions.
8. Going to a foreign country makes you more appreciative as a whole.
9. It gets people out of their comfort zones. Are you in yours?
10. Short-term missionaries can reinvigorate long-term missionaries by bringing in new enthusiasm for the work resulting in new inspiration and vision.

Short-term missions information

Adventures in Missions

Build Your Own House or Get an Expert Builder?

Let’s say that you want to build a house. You could do it all by yourself. It could save you a lot of money. You could read a few books to find out how to do it and then make up some blueprints. You could buy some land, cut down the trees and use machinery to cut up the wood into lumber and then start to build yourself a house (whew, that sounds exhausting). Now if you are building it yourself, it is probably not going to be very fancy unless you are an amazingly skilled builder. You will probably make mistakes along the way and have to redo some things or you might find that you forgot to do task A before task B and you have to undo task B to do task A first. Since you have never done this before,  there will be a lot of starts and stops while you figure out what to do next. It will probably be very exhausting work and at times very difficult to do by yourself. There might be things that you could do to the house to make it more energy efficient or comfortable to live in but you would have to know what to look for in order to find out more information about it.  However, not having built a house before, you could easily overlook something important. Assuming you had the money, it would be much easier to hire some experts like an architect or general contractor and tell them what you want and let them design it and find the skilled people to build it. You would end up with a better constructed house, more suited to your needs and it sure would be easier on you than doing all of the physical labor yourself.

Now, isn’t this what we sometimes do with just about every decision in life?  We want to do things on our own. We don’t want anyone’s help. Certainly not their suggestions on how to do it. We want to do it our way. But we have an expert in everything right at our fingertips. His name is God. He says to ask for wisdom and He will give it. This is coming from someone who knows us intimately, knows what will happen in the future and has the power and resources to do whatever He wants. But the trick is doing what He says. Sometimes we don’t want to do it His way. But you can trust Him with everything because He is God. There is no one else who is more trustworthy than him. The trick is asking Him what He wants you to do, and then wait for an answer and his guidance before starting something.

This can also apply to a person’s desire to serve God overseas on a missions trip. Whether it be a short-term missions trip or long-term, it is a very important decision that needs God’s input. Often we are the ones who want to choose the country or ministry activity. But God may have other plans. Maybe He wants you to go and be a witness to radical Muslim fundamentalists in Palestine. That’s what Brother Andrew does of Open Doors International. Or maybe God wants you to go and work in a remote area of Central Asia.  Or He may want you to serve the people in one of the countries around the Mediterranean Sea. How about smuggling Bibles into closed countries? For more information on that, see the following:

Open Doors

Voice of the Martyrs

For opportunities in short and long term missions, see the following:

Pioneers

Frontiers

Adventures in Missions

Operation Mobilization

7 Reasons Missions Trips Arouse Passion

God calls us to live lives of passion, just as Jesus did. He was passionate about righteous living, specific individuals (usually on the fringe of society), and about saving the lost.

Seth Barnes, founder of Adventures In Missions, regularly makes the argument that mission trips stimulate, encourage, and grow passionate behavior. Here are the seven ways he says mission trips arouse passion in youth (and leaders, too).

1. Mission trips are themselves bold, passionate acts

They defy spiritual gravity. There is nothing in us that naturally would cause us to want to raise money so that we can serve others. That is why the world thinks we’re crazy when we go on mission trips.

2. They generate radical thoughts.

Passion for anything begins with time spent thinking about the thing. The activity of the heart finds its source in the activity of the mind. Those things that you love the most you think about a lot.  Mission trips cause you to think about things in a radical way.

Read the rest of the 7 reasons at: Adventures in Missions.

5 Practices for leaders of short term Christian missions trips.

5 Practices for leaders of short term Christian missions trips.

Leading a short term missions team can be challenging. Here are some practices for leaders of short term Christian missions trips.

1.  See, plan and shape the missions trip with vision.

2.  Engage and develop team members on your trip. Short term missions trips are a HUGE opportunity for discipleship.

3.  Realize the need to adapt and change your plans continually.

4.  Value results AND relationships.

5.  Embody/live out the values that you want others to have.

Note: The first letters of each of the words that begin each point spells out SERVE.  Makes it easy to remember!

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Christian Missions Trips to Africa

If you have ever been to Africa, you know that it is an amazingly diverse continent. Rich yet poor, Africa is still in need of the Gospel and short term missions teams to go and share the love of Christ with millions who still have not heard His name. A missions trip to Africa is an unforgettable experience and will result in lives being changed – those who go and those who receive. You can go on a missions trip to Africa with your local church or join up with a group from an established Christian mission organization. Many Christian mission organizations including Operation Mobilization have been working in Africa for many years. From the Arab and predominantly Muslim North Africa (Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) to Southern Africa (South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Malawi) you will find endless opportunities to share the Gospel with hearts hungry that are ready to embrace the truth.

For more information about short term missions trips to Africa for you as an individual, your group or for a customized trip, look into these organizations:

Africa Inland Mission International

Teen Missions

Adventures in Missions

Rafiki Foundation

Pioneers

Frontiers

SIM

Operation Mobilization Missions Trips to Africa

Work to Build Your Group for Short Term Missions Trips

As you pray about putting together a group to serve on a short term missions trip, the following practical tips can help.

1.  Select the right people. They need to be solid followers of Christ, flexible, adaptable and teachable.

2.  Meet on a regular basis. Prior to the trip, you should meet monthly to pray, inform, and innovate.

3.  Train the team members.  Provide seminars by experienced missionaries, assign one or two books to read, and studies on spiritual preparation.

4.  Delegate responsibilities. Preparing for short term missions trips is a lot of work. Allow others to help you. Provide opportunities for them to grow and be stretched even before you reach the mission field.

5.  Conduct team building exercises. Look online for ideas on simple activities that you can do to build team unity. Try this link:  Team building games or this one, Free Team Building Games

6.  Communicate often before, during and after the trip. People don’t like to be left in the dark. No surprises. The more you communicate, the more they will follow!

7.  Get feedback. Evaluate the team’s health regularly. Ask for input, ideas, suggestions and constructive criticism.

If you have more tips on how to put together groups for missions trips, leave a comment!