Head Out on a Mission Trip
Early in his ministry Jesus sent his twelve disciples on a mission trip, instructing them to “proclaim the good news” and to “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons” (Matthew 10:7–8). Since then missionary work has been an essential part of the Christian experience. And summer is prime time for church mission trips.
Check on the mission opportunities available through your congregation. If it lacks the budget and the resources to organize mission trips on its own, look into mission opportunities through your diocese, district, conference, or presbytery, or check with mission-oriented congregations in your community. Churches and Christian organizations send missionaries all over the world, particularly to developing nations, to perform all sorts of tasks: building churches, building schools, treating ailments, training church leaders and teachers and doctors, digging wells, and distributing supplies. While many missionaries initially plan to serve others, they soon discover that the job of a missionary is to work alongside others, to learn while teaching and to receive while giving.
There is much work to be done throughout the world, but some of the most meaningful and effective mission experiences take place only a few miles from the missionaries' home. Churches that invest in mission and outreach close to home can forge lasting relationships with their neighbors and make long-term investments in their communities.