We asked you on social media to give advice to someone going on their first mission trip. We got so many great responses! The most common were to “be flexible” and to “pray.” Here are some of the rest.
“It isn’t about the work you will do. It is about the friends you will make.” (Brenda Rose)
“Read the book of James before you go, be very aware of how the Holy Spirit is moving. Always respect your leaders and listen to them they know what they are doing and have been there and done that! Open your heart, mind, and soul to what you will learn and see. And finally do a daily devotion and write in your journal everyday. I’ve led 30 plus trips to Honduras. Have FUN!!!!” (Sully Sullivan)
“You are not there to change the culture. You are there to serve. ‘You aren’t in Kansas anymore.'” (Pearl Burns)
“Get ready for God to touch your heart in a major way.” (Gary Miller)
“Living out James 1:27 will help you understand Gods heart and why He fully wants this lifelong experience in yours.” (Karl Behnke)
“The Glory of our Lord will shine on you as you minister to others!” (Jim Jenny Scoates)
“Be flexible.” (Kenneth Caeners)
Relationships are way more important than programs.
Expect the unexpected, and go with the flow.
Do all things for the glory of God. It’s about Him, not you!
Laugh a lot…. especially at yourself. (Lindsay Rayner)
“Build relationships. Make friends.” (Alfonso Ayala)
“Be ready to be humbled like never before. We go thinking that we are going to DO THINGS, when in fact, the people you visit want to BE in Christ with you. Your presence alone is a blessing. They may have things for you to do, but it is for the kingdom, not for your validation as a worthy team member.” (Sue Neander)
“1. Bring flushable wipes. 2. At the end, ask your host(s) what’s the best way to send them things like photos and gifts once you return home.” (Normandy Barry)
“Pray without ceasing. Be open to the Holy Spirit. Remember you are there to do God’s work. Smile, be friendly, be a helper. Give God praise for His good works.” (Sherry Lee)
“Flexibility.” (Joe Miller)
“Don’t expect anything to stay on schedule….be prepared to do things you may not feel qualified to do…and don’t worry about what you will say…the Holy Spirit will give you the words…pack light and pray, pray, pray!” (Sherry Brummett)
“Experience everything that is available.” (Miz Peake)
“Expect the unexpected joy of being obedient to the Word of God to go and serve, to be in sometimes the most humble surroundings and feel the grace of his spirit is one of the most profoundly rewarding experiences there is.” (Carrie Walters)
“The unknown can be very overwhelming. Go “prayed up”, surrendered to Him, to be used by Him, knowing that God has gone before you. Relax and enjoy and embrace every moment.” (Barbara Fraser)
“It’s more about you than the people group you are going to serve. Prepare for a personal encounter with God as you set out to the mission field.” (Halwindi Collins)
“Remember to try and learn the culture of the people. Be honest and show that you are happy.” (Kevin Forgetmenot)
“Be flexible and trust God. He knows best.” (Anita Cosigua)
“Be flexible…..”semper gumby.” (Jane Coffman Leech)
- Prayer – prepare your heart 🙏🏻❤
- Be available. *Matt. 28:16-20 remember not to panic at the command, but look to Jesus knowing he doesn’t leave us alone, but equips us and is with us. (aj_swim)