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6 ways short-term missions change lives

Here are six ways that a short-term mission trip can change your life:   1. Short-term missions change your worldview  We in America are notoriously provincial. We think our way is the only way, simply because we’ve never experienced any other ways. Short-term mission trips expose…
By Seth Barnes
Here are six ways that a short-term mission trip can change your life:
 
1. Short-term missions change your worldview 
We in America are notoriously provincial. We think our way is the
only way, simply because we’ve never experienced any other ways. Short-term mission trips
expose us to new ways of doing life and to those who, though different,
don’t seem so strange.

2. Short-term missions reveal your narcissism
We sing “It’s All About You,” but we live “it’s all about me.” Our
little worlds need a dramatic overhaul that can only come as the
pettiness of our concerns is juxtaposed with the needs of others.

3. Short-term missions teach you how to minister
Most American Christians know precious little about how to listen
to the heart of a hurting person and how to pray for them. Most of us
need more experience. When Jesus talks about “loving one another,” he’s
talking about ministering to the places where we hurt.

4. Short-term missions reveal your materialism
Do you really need all the toys that cram your closets and garages?
Do you need to shop as much as you do? It’s a problem in the west.  To
reach our destinies, we need more simplicity, not stuff.

5. Short-term missions connect you to God
How often in life do we find our world spinning so fast that we can
no longer hear ourselves think, much less God whisper our name?  We
need to get off the merry-go-round of life and engage with God’s
priorities more often than we do.

6. Short-term missions grow your faith
Good short term missions will throw you into the deep end, forcing you to the end
of your comfort zone and resources, to a place where you’re forced to
depend on God in new ways. This dependence is the posture God is waiting
for in order to grow our faith.
 
Living in the west can be toxic to
your faith. If your world is feeling claustrophobic and your faith is
stagnating, chances are you need the kind of life-changing experience
that Jesus gave his disciples when he began activating them on the first
recorded short term mission experiences (read Luke 9 & 10).
 
They came back with
stories about how this power that they’d seen in Jesus had become their
own and they were ecstatic. Maybe that’s what he wants for you, too.
For more on this topic, you may enjoy reading: Short Term Mission Trips Change Lives (Even Your Own)
 
To learn more about the short-term missions agency I work with, check out: Adventures in Missions

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