Have you given thought to helping those who are less fortunate or in need of help in other countries? Do you have a desire to spread the word of God and improve the lives of people around you spiritually and psychologically? If you, then you may be ready for a missionary trip. A missionary trip involves all the things mentioned above. You get the opportunity to go out to another region or country and provide people with food, water, clothing, and mental and spiritual support. You also get to talk about Christianity and help people enrich their lives with the values taught by the Lord. A missionary is not, however, all fun and rays of sunshine. There will be days when your faith, morale, patience, and physical and mental health will be stressed and tested to their limits. If you want to go because you want to visit new places and gain the approval and praises of those around you, your reasons for joining a missionary trip are not right. Missionaries often work long hours and work hard day after day without expecting any praise from others and with complete faith and love for the Lord.
Explore your heart
As mentioned before, missionary trips are not for everyone; your heart needs to be in the right place and you should have a strong spiritual connection. The people around you need you and the work you do will be emotionally and physically straining. Ideally, you should not even feel like what you are doing is work. You need to draw your energy from God’s Will and the Bible, and strive to improve the lives of those around you. If not, you will not only have a miserable time there yourself, but also do little to improve the lives of those who depend on you. Before you make a commitment for a missionary trip, carefully examine your heart and see why you truly want to go on the trip.
If you are looking to join a missionary trip soon, here are some things you should consider to help make your trip more successful:
1. Be thankful to God every day for giving you the opportunity to help others and guiding you through righteousness and humility
2. Familiarize yourself with the people and situation around you. Missionary work involves a deep interaction with the people and culture of the country, and a better comfort level means that you will have an easier and more effective time.
3. Be open to the people around you; ask questions and listen to their questions as well. Most importantly, be sincere in your work and approach to people.
4. Missionaries do not have a fixed work schedule or a 9-to-5 job. Be flexible in your daily schedule and show a willingness to adjust to quick changes in your daily life accordingly.
5. Keep yourself physically and emotionally healthy so you can serve others around you in a better way.
6. Keep in mind that not everyone will be open and positive to the messages you are coming to spread. Expect resistance when helping people and spreading the word of God, and maintain your dignity and patience when you meet such resistance.
About the Author: Amy writes for Grace Community Church, a best Tempe christian church . She frequently writes about church and missionary related articles.