In two weeks I will be traveling overseas to Haiti on a mission trip. I’m very nervous, to say the least. As I start to prepare for this trip, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking.
Mission trips provide opportunities for us as Christians to share the love of Jesus that we are so fortunate to know. I think it’s awesome how so many young people are blessed with the opportunity to participate in mission trips.
But… here’s my “unpopular opinion.”
Mission trips are glamorized.
I think that sometimes people forget the REAL purpose of these trips. It’s not to vacation, it’s not to kick back and relax. Mission trips aren’t meant to make yourself look heroic. Mission trips aren’t meant for photo opportunities to update your social media accounts. I’m not saying don’t take pictures, but be mindful when taking them.
You’re there to be a servant of God, and that’s not something to take lightly. Of course, I’m not saying you can’t have fun on these trips. I just think the situations these places are in, the conditions these people live in is so heartbreaking. The time you’re there is limited, it’s precious. Don’t waste a second of it.
The places we travel to are filled with people in devastating situations. Whether the country be struggling politically, environmentally, religiously, whatever it may be… these people need help in so many ways. If we’re so fortunate to be able to physically be in that country, we need to be willing and ready to help in any way possible.
Most mission trips not only give us the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus, but it can be an eyeopener for us as well. Let God show through you, let God open your heart and eyes.
Focus less on you, focus more on sharing Jesus and helping others.
*This post is 110% not meant to offend anyone, just some thoughts I had*
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8