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“Taking the Gospel to the lost, and teaching believers, as commanded in Matthew 28:19-20.”
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE PREPARING FOR A MISSIONS TRIP

If you are planning a mission trip, there are some questions you should ask yourself and things you should know.

1.) Do you feel an emotional connection with the region you are headed toward? If so, why? If you're going to be spending a long time in a foreign environment, it's important to know why you want to be there. The hard days will come, and on those days you'll need to remember clearly why you came in the first place.

2.) Don't compromise the location of where you believe you are called to serve. A brother once wanted to go to Africa; he could feel it in my entire being, he dreamed of it, he wanted to go desperately, and couldn't wait. He was instead asked to go to Europe; he agreed without even thinking twice. This was a big mistake, he should've held out and waited for things to work out with a trip to Africa, but he was impatient. If you know where you want to go, don't settle for a different location.

3.) Be honest with yourself about your real motivations.

4.) Know the organization with which you are going. Chances are, if you're planning a mission trip, you'll have to be linked up with some organization. Go with someone you know! If you just randomly sign up for a trip, or don't take the time to do research on all your choices, you could end up in a bad situation. Make sure that before you go, you agree with the way the organization will be serving the community, what their rules will be for you, and what their particular beliefs are. If you don't, you could find yourself in quite the pickle.

5.) You always have to raise and spend money to go on a mission trip. Know where it's all going. Also, have money in your own possession. Another man was once with a missionary organization that took all of his money, held it for themselves and controlled it. When he wanted to go home a week early, they denied him his money for a train ticket, claiming he had broken a contract and they couldn't "support his decision". Also, all the money changed hands up front, and the people he came with ended up leaving feeling used and taken advantage of in many ways, all in the name of money.

6.) Remember, missionaries aren't saints. They're just people. Don't expect them to be perfect, or you could be sorely disappointed. Often times, lifetime missionaries can be quirky and extreme due to their long time in impoverished areas. It's their calling, and they're living in a different world from the one you just came from. I'm not saying you should expect problems, I'm just warning you that you should be prepared. They could have different social norms, ideas about religion, and surprising views on money, conversation, or charity work. You name it and it could be a big difference between you. Don't expect every missionary to be Mother Theresa, and don't judge them when you discover they're not. This is not a fair expectation.

7.) Trust yourself. If you've asked yourself these questions, if you've prayed about it long and hard, or if you are well-prepared, then go for it. Mission Trips are tricky things, whether they're mission trips to Africa, short term mission trips, or medical mission trips. The category of trip doesn't matter, these tips apply to all of them, even youth mission trips. Often times, we know we're doing what we're supposed to do, and everyone we know will try to talk us out of it. Sometimes we know in our gut that we're making a mistake and everyone sends us merrily on our way, not knowing any differently. These types of decisions have to be made between you, and God.