Life Is A Mission Trip
Would you go on a mission trip if it were free and you could sleep in your own bed at night and not miss a day of work? Most people would say yes, and these opportunities are all around us. Though I wish everyone could go with us to Zimbabwe, or Chiapas, or New York City, and I hope you will get uncomfortable and sacrificial in your going at some point in your Christian life, a mission trip doesn’t have to be hours away. The Great Commission command to “GO” is not cushioned with any specifications as to what Great Commission living looks like. Find a need, make a friend, and GO meet that need, invest in that person and you are on mission.
This weekend, our church will be taking a Local Mission Trip. We’ll be GOING into New Orleans and serving the hundreds of homeless men and women that live around New Orleans Mission. Working with Brown Bags and Jesus, we’ll serve a hot meal, seek to build relationships and pray with some of the neediest in our region.
Last week, myself and a group of church leaders met with Volunteers of America in our area and learned of hundreds of needs from wheelchair ramp building to cleaning house for someone who is elderly and alone. There are lots of opportunities to GO, through building partnership with local agencies.
I’m proud of those in my church who are ON MISSION through serving at our local Crisis Pregnancy Centers, leading Boy Scout packs, visiting at area nursing homes, teaching at our local jail, and being available for needs in their neighborhoods and spheres of influence.
A mission trip should not be a once a year experience. For the disciple of Christ, life is a mission trip.