As the summer begins to unravel, all of the part time student missionaries are hitting the airports. We all know that we have been called by God to share His love and the great news that comes with it. Some of us are boarding a plane for the first time and others are breaking out their passports. Suitcases are being packed and weighed. We are being told the tentative agenda and we all know that there is no agenda on a mission trip and we prepare to remind ourselves to be flexible. We prepare to face the climate and all the little critters that come with it.
Finances are being reviewed and we’re constantly reminding ourselves not to panic because we have faith that God will take care of it. Our teams are having their last few prep meetings before we leave and going over all the last few stacks of paperwork. We are going the “important” scriptures so that we’re prepared to accurately tell others about the gospel. The excitement of going to another country/state is growing and our parents are trying not to let their worry show through.
After all the preparation, there is still the sense that you have no idea what you’re doing as you step off the plane into this foreign country or state. But it’s all good. We as humans are not equipped to know how to do everything and we most certainly are not equipped to bring anyone to Jesus.
That’s all God’s job. We’re just supposed to be used as a vessel.
So if you are planning on going on a mission trip somewhere this summer, remember to just breathe. God has called you to this specific location. He is already preparing for your arrival. He is going to equip you with everything you need to be successful for His kingdom. Remember that planting the seed and nourishing it, is just as important as reaping it. Your goal is show love to those who God loves ( which is everybody). You are there to be a light in the darkness and a smile to someone who needs it.
If your assignment this summer is to be a prayer partner( which is an extremely important job), please pray endlessly. We need encouragement because we are of flesh and can grow weak. We need you to pray that we’ll have courage, compassion, and discernment. Pray that we overflow with God’s love, grace, and mercy. And please pray that we have the ability to see people the way Jesus sees them on daily basis.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20