this is great!! thanks 🙂
Why short-term mission trips work
YES, we want this for our family. We filled out the paperwork and are getting our passports this week to go to Swaziland as a family for a STM early this next summer. Seth, thank you so much for praying for us and truly caring about us while we have been waiting during the process. We also are so glad you continue to share truth through your blogs and they have deeply impacted us. In fact, our kids need to hear this blog, so we will be adding it to our family devotional tomorrow.
Andy and I see quite a bit of narcissism and materialism in our own lives, and the lives of our kids, so we are praying that by going on the STM that it could be a start to God changing our hearts and giving us a greater dependence on Himself. I pray that God opens our eyes and hearts up more to his kingdom. My prayer is not only that we could plant seeds of hope with the people while we are there, but that we would be so deeply changed as a family. We are believing God to provide the funds to go as we go foward with support raising. A few weeks back you wrote a blog about support raising that was so helpful.
Tonight after our family looked up verses on loving and serving the fatherless and orphans and after we finished praying about this STM to Swaziland our kids had questions that revealed such self-focus and entertainment-oriented lives. They have all three desired to go on this missions trip, so it is not that, but they were just being honest about their struggles. It really broke my heart and was tough for me to hear some of the stuff coming out of their mouths, but honestly we as parents have hearts much the same. It is so easy to talk the gospel, but when it comes down to it we don’t live like Jesus in our daily lives as much as we desire. As humbling as it is to have our hearts revealed, I must admit I am thankful for the conviction from the Holy Spirit and it is really only God that can change our hearts. So, we are praying that God uses this trip and other things to bring a broken spirit because I believe in his word, that he lives in those that are broken and contrite. We are excited to be taking this baby step-of-faith and we trust He will be the potter and we are the clay.
We are joining you in praying for the people in Nsoko and trusting God to completely provide! It is so amazing what God has done there already! Also, thanks to Karen for all the videos, they have really been a blessing to see. Leah looked so pretty on the video of the Valentine’s dance.
Seth, thank you so much for addressing things that have been weighing on my heart since we got back just over 2 weeks ago.
This to me is not only affirmation as to why we should go, but why we feel the way we do when we return.
I am so grateful to have worked with your good people in Swaziland, and to have met you on the road as you came in and we were heading out of beautiful Swaziland.
My next STM can’t come soon enough.
#7 (Optional) – Find your passion!
After two STM’s to various countries in Africa, I have told a lot of people that the bigger impact was on us, not the people we served. Once we got home, we could not stop thinking about the things we saw and the people we met. Although my wife and I did not experience the same level of excitement about everything, we found a shared passion! It was so exciting for me to find a passion, something that has drawn my mind away from day-to-day work constantly. Enough so that we have totally changed our direction and are preparing to go into missions full-time.
I love reading your blog because it keeps me close to the mission field every day while we wait for God’s timing to lead us to our field.
I’m going on another STM over spring break. I’ve been looking forward to it since we left last year. You’re not helping to contain my excitement. 🙂
I couldn’t agree more! Thanks Seth for putting into words all that I’ve come to learn about STM’s. It’s really hard to combat all the articles that say why mission trips are not worth it and costly especially in the current US recession. Isn’t it wonderful that God’s economy is so much bigger?! The long-term benefits of participating on a STM far outweigh the current monetary cost.