Are you curious about whether or not a missions trip is right for you? Here are 4 reasons a missions trip will change your life!
Recently I had the opportunity to serve with an awesome team of people in the beautiful country, Albania. We spent two months doing manual labor as well as children’s ministry. It was a time of paradox for me. The trip was not only beautiful but hard. It was not only rewarding but demanding.
Going to Albania taught me many reasons that I could not have obtained any other way than going. I believe that these lessons are reasons you should go on a missions trip!
1. Your View of the World Will Enhance.
Before going on a missions trip, I had the idea that my country was the best thing in the universe! I thought that without us, the world wouldn’t be able to function. Boy, was I wrong.
Once I boarded my 14-hour international flight, my view of the world got a lot bigger. Though it seemed that everyone was enraptured with us Americans and America; my view of America’s culture became slightly dilapidated.
Please do not misunderstand me: I love my country and the freedoms I have been granted. Jesus had blessed me greatly; but when local Albanians and their children are able to speak multiple languages, I become a little embarrassed of my one.
Missions taught me that the world is so much bigger than my backyard. That there is beauty I have never seen before. Experiences I never would’ve imagined.
2. Exposure to New Cultures.
While on my trip, I experienced new cultures that were foreign to me (ba-dum-chhhhh).
Things I thought were hush-hush were very open in Albania. Things I thought were no big deal were thought taboo by the locals.
I experienced new religions and customs and greetings and food and languages! Those were a lot of already overwhelming things that were difficult to take in at once.
Missions brought a whole new perspective to my every day routine. I had to think and be aware of what I said or how I acted and even what my hands were doing! Though there were things I really wasn’t fond of in other cultures; certain aspects of other’s culture were very intriguing!
3. Your “Me” Mentality Will Shrink.
Number three is definitely one of the more significant lessons I learned. In my life I had imagined being some huge warrior for Jesus and that I myself could change the world! (mind you, I hadn’t learned #1 lesson yet).
Once I saw how Albanians were able to go about their everyday lives with or without me, my pride took a hit! It was even worse when I got sick and my team was able to get along without me. That was one of the most humbling experiences I’ve had.
Missions taught me that the world doesn’t need me. God doesn’t need me.
He wants me; but he doesn’t need me.
That was scary. To think that I had not somehow reached a cosmic level of Christianity that was above anyone else. That I was not better than an Albanian Christian.
Missions taught me that I, in myself, am worthless and can do nothing.
I am just a vessel.
It is through Jesus that I become a warrior. I find my worth and am unstoppable to hell and Satan when Jesus is working through me. When I decide to obey Jesus I become an Elijah or a Moses or a Paul.
No one can change the world for God unless they allow Christ to do the work through them.
4. Your “God-box” will be eradicated.
Finally, The most important way that missions changed my life, was that it taught me that the box I had placed God in, did not have to exist.
Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End!! He doesn’t have to be confined in a box.
I was given a small glimpse of God’s massiveness on my trip to Albania.
Jesus is so powerful that he keeps the earth in motion and paints the sunrise. He is so powerful that he can wake you up at 4 in the morning and fill your “renovated” cow-stall with his sweet and quiet presence, just to show you you’re not alone.
Missions taught me that Jesus doesn’t need me to set limits on him so I don’t become disappointed. Because he is so much bigger than my fear. he has never and never will fail me.
Are you considering a missions trip? Are there lessons God has taught you that changed your perspective on life? Comment below and let us know!
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