This past weekend we finished up our Road Trip series. We highlighted the three places in the world that we send teams on short-term missions. This lead to people asking what they needed to go on a mission trip. Some believed they needed to memorize verses, lead someone to Christ, and have lots of money.
I’ll try to put you at ease with the five things you need to go on a mission trip. Just in case you were wondering these are in no particular order.
Willing. It’s really that simple. You need to be willing to go. I’ve known some who weren’t even Christian who went on a short-term mission trip. I’ve known some who went because their boyfriend went. I’ve known parents who’ve gone because their teenager went. I’ve known others because they wanted to get away for ten days. Some of the reasons aren’t even good reasons but in the end it takes willingness to go.
Time off of work. It’s hard to be at two places at once. Taking time off of work shows commitment to the trip.
Invite people to be part of it. It takes money to go on a short-term mission trip but it doesn’t have to be your money. Allow other people to share in the opportunity to help you accomplish Jesus’ mission with sharing the Gospel all around the world. You’ll be surprised who gives to supporting you.
Get shots. It’s important to be up-to-date with your vaccines and any other shot you’ll need for the country you’re visiting.
Passport. One of the biggest mistakes that I’ve seen is people waiting too long to get or update their passport. It can take up to a couple months to get your passport. Plan well when it comes to getting or renewing your passport.
Leading someone to Christ and memorizing verses are very good things and we should be attempting those things. Neither of them made the list. It sounds like almost anyone can do these five things.