Your First Mission Trip

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  1. Steveninetx

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    I was wondering what it was like for everyone else when they went on their first Mission Trip. I will be leaving in June for Montana to a small church that was started by one of the members of the church I attend now. I must admit that I am a bit scared but excited at the same time at what God is doing in my life. Any advice and experiences that would be helpful let me know.

    Steven
     
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    I am trying to remember when the first mission trip I took was! It has been a long time ago.

    I was a summer missionary two summers, but it wasn't a group thing on my part. It was an individaul thing. But from those experiences, I would say "make sure that you know that is what God wants you to do, then turn the schedule over to him."

    Be flexible. Things can change every day, every moment.

    Make plans, but plans can change. Let God be in control.
     
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    My first mission trip was to Honduras in 1987. I went with a bunch of folks that I didn't know. They were building a new sanctuary at a church in Tegucigalpa. I helped build forms to pour the concrete foundation. On the fifth day, I came down with a huge case of Montezuma's Revenge. I was out of commission for the rest of the trip and was sick for a month after.

    I went on another trip in '92 with a medical team. It was the greatest experience of my life. We went to small villages in the northern mountains of Honduras. It was a real adventure; like something out of National Geographic. Donkeys, parrots, stewed iguana, deer hunting at night, and a woman who delivered twins that we medivac'd out by a U.S. Army chopper were just some of the things I experienced.

    These trips gave me an appreciation for the foreign missionaries and their work and why the local church support of that work is so important. It also showed me that EVERYONE can be a missionary. I didn't have any special skills other than a willingness to serve Christ. That's about all it takes. All we do is show up. God does the rest!
     
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    The first one I took was also to help a small church started by one of the members of my church.

    I went the summer after my 8th grade year - so, '97.

    Before you leave make sure you are firmly rooted and grounded in God and His word. I would even suggest a "media fast" for a few days before you leave to make sure you don't have any distractions. Spriritual warfare hits hard on the mission field.

    If you're going as part of a team - my best advice to give you is to make sure that your team spends some time every day together in prayer. It's extremely vital!

    Also, everyone needs to make sure that they are spending plenty of one-on-one time with God - that should be a daily habit no matter where you're at - but it's definately important on a mission trip.

    Be flexible, relax, have fun! Oh, and get lots of sleep whenever possible ;)
     
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    Inner city Chicago in 10th grade. Talk about scaring a country girl. God really used the trip to deepen my heart for the lost. And I got to use my Spanish to share Christ! Totally hightened my desire for overseas missions to Spanish speaking countries!
     
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    Warm Christian greetings!

    My first mission trip was in 1979 when I did a beach mission in Broadstairs, Kent (England). I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot. My advice to someone going on a mission is three-fold:

    1) Be humble enough to recognise you don't know it all and need to learn.

    2) Be willing to get on with believers who don't share your views on everything

    3) Enjoy yourself! Evangelism should not be a drudgery, it should be a joy.

    Kind regards
     
  7. Steveninetx

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    Well, I got home this morning just after one. I have been so blessed by this trip. I truely believe that the Lord is calling me to mission work. Satan tried so hard to stop our VBS this week. So much went wrong and we just had to stay flexible and let the Lord get us through. I am still a bit jet lag and will go into greater detail later. Just know that we worship an AWESOME GOD.

    Steven
     
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    My first mission trip was in the Philippines. We visited different missionaries in Manila, Cebu, and Caviti(sp).

    It was a blessing to see God working in the hearts of thes people, and to see them excited about the Word fo God.

    It would do well for anyone to spend time at some overseas mission work to see how people can get excited about the Lord's work instead of worldly activities.

    Ernie
     
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    My first missions trip was one of the greatest experiences of my life! We went to Franklin, Va to help clean up after a flood. We didn't really know where we were staying and we didn't have much money. I had never done anything like that before but they needed chaperones because youth groups from two churches were going. The whole way there I was thinking... what am I doing?!! Once we got there everything just fell into place. I felt God's presence in everything we did that week. I don't know what type of work you will be doing but as long as you look to Him for guidance I'm sure your trip will be a success. ;)
     
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    I've never been on a mission trip. It is sad, I know. My Church is not big enough to have those kind of events.... :(
     
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    Not to worry Jesse, there are many mission boards/churches that would be happy to take you on. Just because your church is too small to field it own team, doesn't mean that a neighboring church or a ministry your pastor is familiar with cann't find a slot for you. ;)
     
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    I went with my BSU to Florida during 1987 Spring Break. Since Greyhound was running a promotional fare of 59 cents one way anywhere in the US, that is how we traveled for the most part(we also rented church vans). We spent two nights in Tallahassee, four nights in Orlando, and two nights on a Greyhound bus. We stayed in churches in both Tallahassee and Orlando. While in Tallahassee we drove down to Panama City to do beach evangelism; I had the joy of winning a woman to Christ while there. While in Orlando we did visitation for the church we were staying at, as well as beach evangelism in Daytona. We also got to spend time at Disney World, while some of my friends took a church bus and went to Smyrna Beach. Great experience.
     
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    Well, I have finally recovered from the jet lag and time shift. Our trip to Montana was wonderful and excruciating difficult all at the same time. On Saturday morning, my pastor and team leader brought us all together for a meeting. He let us know that on Sunday morning after his sermon, the pastor of the small church we were having VBS and doing construction on would be resigning his position. This has been coming for some time and it seems that it was something that was and is to a degree still tearing this small church apart. As a new christian who attends a loving and united church it was difficult to see a church in such disharmony.

    I will return to the disharmony of the church in a minute. First, satan attacked our group in so many ways. The shower trailer was broke and couldn't be fixed so we were looking at 10 days without a shower. Smelly but possible in my eyes. But God brought this to the attention of a local gym owner who offered his facilities for the week. Better than we could have possibly imagined. There was threat by the city building inspector to come by all week and shut the VBS down because the church isn't totally finished with its construction. I can only assume the Lord kept him busy all week long because he never made it up to the mountains and our little country church. The Lord blessed me with the love and excitement of so many young children. I truely didn't want to leave these wonderful kids. I pray that I never lose contact with these youth. They have very hard lives but have such joy on their faces as they praise and learn about our Father and Lord. We were able to witness two teenage girls come to the Lord on Tuesday night's youth meeting. In fact, going back to the disharmony issue, one of the girls stood during a meeting with the sponsoring church's pastor over the resignation of their pastor. This meeting lasted 3 hours and was venomous but after 2 hours this young woman stood up and testified how she had only been a christian for 5 days but she knew that the church and the adults in it were acting like 10 year olds. She said she would fight for the church and would not sit until people started apologizing and sought the Lord first in this place. That began each adult standing and just breaking before the Lord. They apologized and began to start to put this wonderful church back together. I ask that you all continue to pray for the harmony and growth of this church.

    I got to personally share my own testimony with a woman who's son has decided to enter into the gay lifestyle. She believed there was no hope for her son and was losing faith that God could do something for her son. I believe this is the main reason I felt called to Montana. I was able to share and bring hope to her. I could show her that with prayer and constant love her son could be brought back to the Lord. I will be in contact with this family and truely believe that this is the beginning of a special ministry God has for me.

    My heart is full and blessed by this first mission trip. I have already recieved a request to travel with a group of youth to Haiti next summer to help with an orphanage there. I am looking forward to it. Until then I leave next week for Quest camp as a counselor. A week long camp for youth for praise and worship. I hear its an experience that I will never forget. There will be almost 1000 teenagers there. I am looking forward to this very much. I want to thank you all for your prayers and support. May the Lord continue to bless you all.

    Steven.

    [ July 06, 2002, 06:33 PM: Message edited by: Steveninetx ]
     

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