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Mission Trips

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"I am sending him - who is my very heart - back to you... not as a slave, but as a dear brother. So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me... I do wish brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord, refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you knowing that you will do even more than I ask. And one more thing: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayer." Philemon 1:12-25

Do you want to build missions into the culture of your church?  Getting your students involved in missions is the key!

Paul Fritz on the benefits of short term missions:

1. BLESSINGS: Students who engage in obeying the great commission are to be blessed abundantly by God. There are multiple ways to make an impact for the great commission and no good work goes unrewarded by God. (Heb. 6:10)

2. VISION: Students gain a deeper understanding about God, His purposes and the people groups of the world who are yet to understand that Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6)

3. PURPOSE: Students gain a heightened sense of meaning, fulfillment, self-awareness and direction when they give themselves to serve on short term mission projects. New objectives are learned about God’s greater plans for the world beyond our own limited personal perspective.

4. REWARDS: Proverbs 11:24,25 says, "One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withoholds unduly but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper, he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." Those who give are always going to be rewarded in quantity and quality by the Lord.

5. PROJECTS COMPLETED: Students are often able to complete new buildings, worship halls, or training clinics that fulfill the needs of people on the field.

6. RESOURCES PROVIDED: Provisions are often appreciated by people who lack essentials in cross-cultural settings. The wealth of Americans can be used for the qualitative and quantitative expansion of the kingdom of God if they are given in wise ways.

7. DRAWING CAPACITY: Students often attract attention from locals who are interested in seeing their ministry or services. Fresh faces also provoke a sense of curiosity from all sectors of the community that will open up many new doors for the gospel.

8. MATERIAL BENEFITS: Students often provide people with training, transport and educational materials that could be difficult to get without the help of short term missionary projects.

9. LONG-TERM COMMITMENTS: Many students develop long term commitments to missions that help them grow in their ministry maturity. People who want to be disciple-makers, leaders, reproducers and multipliers often grow in their Christ-likeness when they launch by faith and obedience in a setting where they have to depend on God completely in a cross-cultural setting.  They also develop a life-long sensitivity to missions!

10. PRAYERS INCREASED: When students engage in short term missions they and their network of friends and family pray more fervently. People tend to pray when there is a personal and emotional connection!

11. LINKS ESTABLISHED: Communities, churches and families develop links of communications across cultures as a result of short term missions. Many barriers of culture, geography and perceptions are broken down as a result of the favorable relationships that are established.

12. EXPERIENCE: Enhanced discernment into the will of God is given to those who engage in short term missions. "But solid food is for the mature who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil." Greater insight is given to those who obey the Lord in short term missions as their experience teaches them things they could not learn any other way.

13. DONATIONS: Students who have been on short term missions tend to give much more generously to missions the rest of their lives. More volunteers are enlisted as a result of participation on short term missions as well.

14. FULL-TIME MISSIONARIES: Students who go on short term missions are much more likely to commit themselves to full time missionary service. The baby-boomers and generations x and y are much more experiential learners than their parents. They often need first hand experience before they are willing to commit themselves to foreign missionary service.

15. LOCAL MINISTRIES ENHANCED: It is rare to find people who have engaged in short term missions not to be apt to engage in local ministries with great enthusiasm, effectiveness and frequency.

16. MOTIVATION: A new sense of vitality, enthusiasm and encouragement can be given to those long term missionaries when they are injected with the excitement of students. The lives of the local believers are warmed by the spirit of cross-cultural servanthood that is displayed.

17. EXAMPLE: Short term missions is a wonderful example for family, friends and fearful people who hesitate to launch out by faith in cross-cultural ministries. Many testimonies have been given by people on how short term missions changed their lives in numerous ways for the good.

18. GREAT TRUST AND OBEDIENCE: A demonstration of your trust and obedience will help one grow up more into all aspects into Christ. The more we obey and trust God the more He reveals to us about Himself and His kingdom and righteousness. People who fail to trust and obey miss out on many blessings and are guilty of disobedience and lack of faith.

19. APPRECIATION: Short term missions give students a greater appreciation for what they have so they are less likely to forget to give thanks for all things. People cannot be grateful for what they do not have until they learn to appreciate more fully all the blessings God has already given us.

20. DISCOVERIES: Students learn a great deal about their gifts, abilities and callings. These short term mission experiences help one uncover hidden areas of strengths and weaknesses that are helpful in all areas of life, relationships and decision-making.

21. RELATIONSHIPS: Human and spiritual relationships are enhanced as a result of having to learn to work with people in a team through cross-cultural experiences. Too often people fail because of poor relational skills, attitude and outlooks.  Lifelong friendships are built on the mission field!

22. ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES: Short term missions helps students gain a greater understanding of what heaven is like. In contrast it shows us more about the urgency of the gospel to save millions from a Christ-less eternity in hell.

23. CHANGE: Short term missions help students understand the processes of change more effectively. Relationships are essential before anyone can be expected to change and short term missions helps one diagnose what is involved. Too many people fail to become change agents because they fail to understand the processes of spiritual, cultural, mental, emotional and human change.

24. BLESSING: You will be blessed by God for enlarging your coasts as Jabez prayed, "Oh that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my coasts and that your hand would be with me and you would keep me from evil that it may not do me harm. And God granted that which He requested." (I Chron 4:10)


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