Thursday, June 9, 2016

WHY MISSION TRIPS ARE IMPORTANT?



Whether you are a church group that wish to serve, or a group of university students interested in learning, medical or high school students who wish to explore another country, a team of professionals, or simply a gathering of like-minded people, we can coordinate the details of your trip so that you can relax and enjoy your unique experiences as you visit Cuba.  Here are some reasons why mission trips are important:

Get a better understanding of other countries and universal needs. 
You realize that other countries and cultures are different. That other people have different ways of looking at life and doing things. Your thinking will expand to consider other ways of doing things, which you never have before. You find out that people, though they may look different, are the same all over the world. They have the same feelings, hopes, and desires -- they are human just like you are.  You will have a greater compassion and concern and be more likely to help.

Do What Jesus Did. 
Jesus Himself spent much time with poor, healing the sick, cleansing lepers, and bringing hope to the hopeless. A mission trip will change your perspective.  Most people will have a more thankful attitude, and less desire to complain about their life, after a mission trip. Most of us have felt sorry for ourselves over insignificant things. We are more apt to realize this after seeing what people in other places face.

Encounter God's heart. 
Our God is big and He cares about the nations. He's a global God. When you step into a foreign mission field, you will sense God's amazing compassion for another culture and you will begin to know Him as Lord of the harvest. On a mission, our eyes are opened to seeing God in ways we never have before.  Our distractions and the pressures are left behind us, leaving us open and vulnerable to the love of God.

Challenge Comfort Zones. 
Every now and then you need to step out of your comfort zone and allow God to stretch you. Recognize that the way we do ministry in the United States is not necessarily the only way.

Build Relationships. 
When you minister alongside Christians in another country, you find that the Holy Spirit bonds us together. God gives us this strong bond so we will link arms and work for a common purpose across racial and cultural lines.

Be Obedient to Christ’s Plan. 
Matthew 28:19: "Go therefore..." Somebody has to GO. There's no way around it. To share the gospel with the whole world, we must be willing to pack our bags sometime and leave home.  Doing work for God, and seeing results, is like starting a fire. It is natural for it to continue and grow larger. Once you get a taste of it, you want more.

Be Empowered.  
Done well, mission trips help one to take ownership and initiative. Eyes are opened. Passions are ignited. Possibilities are exposed. Pursuits begin. 

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