Different motivations bring many people to their church's mission trips. The motivation is wonderful, but there are many things that mission trip volunteers discover once they are out of their home countries and seeing the world's needs first-hand. While short-term mission trips undoubtedly have great impact and emotional benefit to both the volunteers and those they work with, there are some perspectives that may help your preparations and adjustment with your upcoming journey.
Mission trips are one of the most enlightening and effective ways to turn the goodwill of your community into real benefit for other communities in need. Whether you’re going to dig wells, build houses, or provide basic healthcare, actually getting everyone to the right place at the right time with all the right gear is a lot harder than most people realize.
"Nobody hears the cries of the poor or the sound of a wooden bell." -Haitian proverb
Perhaps the greatest strength of missionaries traveling abroad is their enthusiasm. They're often bundles of energy, ready to step into the wider world and do good for people and societies in need.
Mission trips are one of the most invigorating and rewarding ways to take a vacation from the stress and hassle of modern life. They give you an opportunity to leave work, school, and even your personal life behind in order to focus on helping others.