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Seven Keys of Preparation for Your Mission Trip

1. Flexibility

When going to serve on a mission trip, flexibility is required. Plans change, time is relative, and God is ultimately in control. Be flexible and understanding.

2. Humility 

Humility is key to successfully serving on a mission trip. You need heaps and bounds of it. Prepare your heart and ensure you are ready to serve alongside and under your local partner, listening to their needs and guidance. 

3. Get ready to work

Those people answering the call to GO have to be ready to answer the call to WORK. Come ready to sweat, to work, to be sore, to be tired - to serve.

4. It’s not a vacation 

If your reason for going is to go sightseeing, take cute pictures with people of a different culture, smile with kiddos, and buy souvenirs… then go on a vacation. If your reason for going is to win souls for Jesus and serve the local church - go on a mission trip!

5. Know the plan of salvation

The goal of missionaries is to see people come to know Jesus and start down the path of discpleship.  Make sure you know how to present the Gospel to the people you will be coming into contact with. Even if you aren’t fluent in the language, it’s okay, just know where to start in sharing about Jesus and trust the translators on staff with you. Know the Word… even without the Bible in hand.

Take hints from the culture - For example, you shouldn’t go up to a person in Chicago with a huge Bible in hand and prepare to have a 30 minute conversation with them. Nope. You need to go up to them and be prepared to share Christ with them and get their contact info within 5 minutes -  the culture is fast paced.

6. Partnership

If you are going to work with a church or a community in another place, stay in touch with them. Encourage the people you are working with before, during, and after the mission trip. Tell them you are praying for them, and then actually do it! Even if you never go back to that exact location, be committed to pray for the people in the long-term.

7. LOVE the people you are serving

This is the key. If you truly love the people you are serving and the team you are serving with, you will be willing to do everything listed above. When you see people how the Lord sees them, your heart grows tender and you want to do whatever it takes for them to know and follow hard after Jesus.

To see the beauty in all people – the dark eyes and captivating accents of the Costa Ricans. The joy and mystery in a Belizean smile. The busy-ness and craving for hope in a Chicago city subway station. The sense independence and adventure in a city like Miami. The richness of culture and history of people in South Africa.  The grace and beauty in faces of the people in Haiti.

There’s so much beauty. If we choose to see that beauty, it spurs us to love. If we truly love people… there’s nothing we won’t do. Once our hearts are engaged in the personal calling to missions… we’re hooked.

So, let’s go. Let’s love. Let’s serve. Let’s partner. Let’s be flexible and learn from others’ wisdom. Let’s share Jesus. Let’s live life – in our schools, work, home, travel – with the end in mind. 

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St Mark's Student Ministry

Chicago, IL | May 27, 2023

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Puerto Rico | May 27, 2023

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Belize | May 27, 2023

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