The Motivating Power of a Short-Term Mission Trip

The other day I was chatting with someone who was considering going on a short-term mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya.

“But there are so many needs right here at home, too,” she thought aloud.

I nodded in agreement.

“Every time I drive by that community center,” she went on to say, “I keep thinking that I need to go in and sign-up to be a tutor.  That’s a real need.  But I just haven’t done it yet.”

“That’s why you should go to Kenya,” I said.

I explained that one of the great things about a short-term mission trip is the way it pushes us from intention to action.

We join the team.  Plane tickets are purchased.  Training is provided.  And before you know it the departure date arrives and one way or another, ready or not, we get on the plane and go.

Mere intention has been replaced with inevitable action.

This stretches us, scares us, strengthens us.  And that feels good.

And when we return home we are not the same.

We see the same needs we saw before, but now we understand the power we have to help meet those needs.  We have movement and momentum.  We’ve turned intention into action and we’re ready to do it again.

This is just one of many reasons I encourage everyone to go on a short-term mission trip.

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