3 Reasons To Go On A Mission Trip

Missions trips tend to be one of those things that we hear about from other people but never actually experience for ourselves. It has become somewhat of an unspoken rule that missions trips are only for “missionaries” or “people with a specific passion for other countries”. The problem is, when we think that way, we risk missing out on the benefits of going on a missions trip. Here are three reasons why you should go on a missions trip the next time the opportunity comes your way!

Reason One: God’s Passion and Mandate for Missions

Most of us have heard of the Great Commission that Jesus gives us in Matthew 28:18-20. This is what He says to those who are His disciples:

“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB1995)

This verse has been quoted many times to support local missions and making disciples, yet we so often miss the part where Jesus says, “make disciples of all the nations.” For some reason, the part about all the nations doesn’t seem to get through to us! This is where missions comes in to fulfill Jesus’ passion for reaching the whole world with His message.

Keep in mind, this commission is to all of Jesus’ disciples, not only those who feel called specifically to missions. If you believe in Jesus Christ and call yourself His disciple, this call to making disciples of all the nations applies to you. We can no longer just accept the idea that “someone other than me will do it.” All of this reminds me of what Paul says in Romans 10:

“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!’”

Romans 10:14-15 (NASB1995)

Who will serve and teach the nations of the glory of God if not you?

Reason Two: Growth in Perspective

As an American myself who has been in the missions field for almost 7 years now, I am most grateful for the perspective that my time in missions has given me. In The United States, it is easy to live in a social bubble that keeps you from the hardship that is happening in the rest world. From my time growing up in America, that bubble caused me to become ignorant to the pain people experience from things as simple as not having food, electricity, or running water. Meeting impoverished people and seeing the way some of them have to live is one of the most humbling experiences you can have.

Experiencing these kinds of things in the missions field helps you become more grateful for the things that you have. So often we, myself included, take the little things for granted because our perspectives become so narrow on our own wants and desires. We focus on the things He hasn’t given us and forget the things that He has. Missions trips help us to realign our hearts towards thankfulness to God for what He has given us and for the life that He brings.

Reason Three: Cultivating Trust Outside of Your Comfort Zone

There’s nothing we dislike more as humans than being thrown out of our comfort zones! Yet that is where we tend to grow the most. Doing things that make you uncomfortable or fearful not only helps you to grow as a person, but it cultivates the trust that you have in God. There are so many times on missions trips where you just have to trust God in situations that you have no experience being in. You learn quickly that God always comes through. Missions trips not only grow you as an individual by putting you out of your comfort zone, but they help you trust God more in every possible situation. When you begin to trust God with everything, you begin to have more faith in Him and the fact that He will never fail you if you trust Him.

There’s No Better Time Than Now

Many people wait for the “right time” to go on a missions trip. The truth is, there will most likely never come a time where you feel comfortable about going on a missions trip, but that’s part of what makes it so great! We encourage you to find out from your local church what opportunities there may be for being part of a missions trip and to take the step of faith to go on one for yourself. We assure you, you won’t regret seeing what God will do through it. Trust Him today.