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I hate mission trips

April.10.2009

Not really, but it got your attention didn’t it? My only problem with a mission trip for a high schooler that sees the world in black and white and absolutes is they see a mission trip as just that. A trip to do missions. It sends a bit of the wrong message don’t you think? You plan and prep and fundraise and pray and do all of the things to get ready for the trip that you should be doing every day of your life. The danger of a mission trip is that it can communicate that is the only time you are to do missions or to share the gospel. We all know that is not true, but don’t you agree it is a danger? We talked about that this evening. We also continued to share about the value of this specific mission trip and how fantastic they all were this week. They grew in their relationship with Christ. They grew in their relationships with each other. They even grew in their boldness to share what Christ has done for them. The challenge that was left for them to accept was to make their life their mission field. They spend so much more time in their classes, in the jobs, on the sports field, with the family… Why is that not their “mission trip”? Why don’t they put as much time, effort, and prep into life as they do this week of their life? Please be praying that this can become the launching pad for a life of missions. Not necessarily in Africa or New Orleans, though that would not be horrible. Rather, they see their life as a chance to, “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Tim 4:2) This continues to be an amazing week. Thank you for all of your support.

-Posted by Jeff Bachmansdc10532sdc10540sdc10619

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