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The Mission Trip is Over - Now What?

PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP

As you finish your mission trip experience, the timing is perfect to begin planning your next mission trip. Here are 3 great steps to kick start your next trip. 

1. PARTNERSHIP OBJECTIVES 

Sit down with your PPM leader and the host church pastor. Talk through and pray over the key initiatives within your partner’s church. With a list of key initiatives in hand, you will be able to map out a calendar of important dates. Brainstorm strategies to invest in your partners throughout the year. Consider planning your next mission trip around a key initiative of your partner church. 

2. RECAP VISION MEETING 

Flip your standard follow-up meeting on its head and turn it into a vision casting meeting. Recap meetings often happen within a month of your trip and are exciting events! Pull out the calendar of key dates for your partner church and cast vision for ways to continue the partnership.

3. MISSION TRIP FACEBOOK 

It’s true - EVERYONE in the world is on Facebook (almost). It takes 5 minutes to set up a private Facebook group page. This will give you a great place to connect with people you’ve met while on your mission trip.  

KEEP IN TOUCH

We believe a mission trip is about the relationships you build. Living a life on mission is about committing your life to building up others. Here are 3 great ways to stay connected to the people you’ve met on the mission field. 

1. SET A DATE

Now that your team has developed a missions strategy for the next year, make the commitment and put a date on the calendar for the trip. We find that taking the simple step of setting a date for the trip creates a strong sense of commitment to the ongoing partnership.

2. SEND A CARE PACKAGE

Way back in the day, people used to send letters and packages to each other. Make some notes while on your trip. What types of snacks do your new friends like? Do they have a favorite activity or game? Put together a care package and some letters to show that you genuinely care about them. 

3. SUPPORT A PROJECT 

We believe sustainable ministry is about coming alongside the local church to encourage and support the vision they have for their community. Identify an important project and commit to sending them a regular tithe to aid in their efforts. It will be fun to return next year and see what they have accomplished!


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