Going on an International mission trip is amazing. You get to go outside your comfort zone for a month or two and share the love of Jesus Christ with people who may not have heard the Good News. Here are some reasons why I think all Christians should go on at least one international mission trip.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”Mark 16:15 (NIV)
My Missions Background
I grew up in a mission-oriented family. When my brother was a teen, he went on many mission trips to many countries to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My sister did the same, and she lived in South Africa for 10 years. I’ve been on many small state-side mission trips, but also an international mission trip to South Africa. It was a life-changing experience. I could share many stories of what God did while I was there.
It was a two-month mission trip where we did door-to-door witnessing, taught abstinence in schools, helped with building projects, and spent time eating with and getting to know the locals. It was a wonderful experience. And though missions are not where my heart is today, I believe that every Christian should go on least one international mission trip. And I want to share my reasons why here.
Reason to Go on an International Mission Trip #1: Get a Different Point of View
A lot of times it’s hard for people to see life outside their bubble. You know you know by the experiences you have. Sure, you can surf the internet and watch TV and see how the rest of the world works, but until you go out and experience it, it won’t be the same as watching it on a screen.
When you go on an international mission trip, you will have experiences and see things you never would at home, especially if you live in America, where you have such freedom and prosperity. It’s good to see things from a different point of view from time to time, and international missions are one way to get that. You remove yourself from what you know, lay down your life to help other people, and tell people about Jesus. It’s good to experience that.
Reason to Go on an International Mission Trip #2: Get out of Your Comfort Zone
Human beings are creatures of habit. You get used to routine and patterns. You grow comfortable with how you do things and why you do them. When you go on an international mission trip, you are thrown out of your comfort zone and into a part of the world, or a situation that will make you uncomfortable. You will need to eat weird foods, do strange things, try to speak a different language, sleep in unusual places, etc. It’s not comfortable, but that’s the point.
You need to leave comfort behind sometimes. Yes, you can spread the Gospel to people in your home country, but you won’t stretch and grow nearly as much as when you leave what you know behind. It’s uncomfortable to go to a place you never been with people you’ve never met to enter a culture that is different to show people the love of Jesus Christ. But stepping out of your comfort zone is enriching for all Christians.
Reason to Go on an International Mission Trip #3: Practice Sharing Your Faith
Not comfortable sharing the Word of God? An international mission trip will help you practice. You can learn so much about how to share Jesus with people when you do so in a different country. You’ll learn how to preach, witness, and speak with people you don’t know.
Not everyone is charismatic and good at speaking, but everyone can share the love of Jesus Christ. On an international mission trip, you can learn skills that you can use at home. And again, it will be uncomfortable, but stepping out in faith is rewarding.
Reason to Go on an International Mission Trip #4: They’re Challenging
I 100% guarantee you that on an international mission trip you will do something you’ve never done before. International mission trips are not easy. They are hard work. Often involving a lot of walking and time on your feet. You spend time talking to people (with or without translators depending on the country and your native tongue), building or fixing up places, doing dramas and skits, or going from place to place to help ministries. You’re often up from dawn to late at night doing good work and preaching.
You will be sore, you will ache, and you will get thirsty and hungry. You will be tired from a lack of sleep and physical exertion. You will desire food you’re used to and want to shy away from native foods you’ve never had. But the reason you’re doing it is to bring the love of Jesus to people who have never experienced it before or to people who need help.
What Organizations Have International Missions Trips?
With COVID-19 still running rampant around the world, now may not be the best time to go on a mission trip, but for when you’re ready, here are a few larger organizations that do international missions:
Have you ever been on an international mission trip? If so, where did you go? Leave us a comment and let us know!