Why Go? The purpose of a short mission trip and how it benefits you!


When thinking about missions many of us have a lot of conflicts and doubts about whether we should go or not. In November 2015 I was stuck in that position.  But going on missions is not just beneficial for the community you go to but also for you!

There are several things to remember about the importance of mission work.

Firstly, it’s God who sends us – it’s not just for a specific demographic, age group, race or gender but for all people that love Christ.  Check out:

  • Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
  • 1 Peter 4:10  “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”
  • Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Secondly, there is no fear in Jesus, therefore we should not let ourselves be consumed by doubt and fear for God is in control.  Check out:

  • Isaiah 35:4 “Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
  • Isaiah 43:1 “But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

In November 2015 I didn’t know who my Creator was and I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. I was 18, unemployed, too afraid to study, too afraid to put myself out there, hopeless and full of so many doubts that I didn’t know what to do with myself.

In January 2016 I started my Discipleship Training School at Youth with a Mission Perth, in April I was to go on a mission trip to Thailand and South Korea.  By February 2016 I knew who my Creator was and yet I was still full of so much doubt. I was still unemployed and afraid! Where was I going to get the finances for the trip – I was completely broke!? What about my future? I’m too young; what difference could I make? I’m comfortable at home! Why bother?

But despite my doubts and insecurities there were a couple of simple facts.

  • God calls every single one of us to share who he is, whether it’s in our community or overseas.
  • And who am I to tell God where and when? Who am I to tell God what’s possible and what’s not?

Missions have brought me closer to Christ.  By going to Thailand and Korea and witnessing the amazing miracles and salvation that Jesus showed and used me in, I got to know better who God is and who I am through him.

So when asked:  Why bother? Why should I go?,  the real question is,  Why not? What do you have to lose? Where are your priorities?  When you stand before Christ in heaven what is he going to say to you?

It’s never too late and never too early!  Go! See what Jesus has in store for you! God isn’t waiting for someone that fits all the criteria on his check list.  He’s waiting for someone to say ‘Yes!’  Check out:

  • Isaiah 6:8 “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Going on mission, no matter how long or short, is hard. It will push and stretch you beyond what you think possible. If you rely on God and allow him to use you, it will lead you to a greater intimacy with Christ than you ever thought possible and help you to reach your potential.

So Go! Nothing was ever gained by not trying.

 

Isabella Pennebaker

 

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