Going on a mission trip can be an incredibly formative thing for many Christians. They require faith that God will provide all the necessary funds, that He will move through each member of the team and give a sobering reality that most of the world’s population does not have the same luxuries that many Americans do. I first want to encourage those God is calling to overseas missions both long term and short term, go. You should go regardless of if friends or family say you are crazy, because obedience to Christ should be the top priority for all those who confess Him as Lord.
Not everyone is called to overseas missions, but we are all called to lives which reflect Christ and to live in obedience to Him. If you have ever been on a mission trip you can probably remark on how you had been keener on spiritual opportunities for the gospel. I remember one time in my own life I went into a store in Bolivia to buy a soda, and I was so intentional in my conversation with the clerk. I wanted him to know that Jesus loved him, and buying that soda simply provided me with the opportunity to start a conversation, to be the kindest person in his store that week, and to let Him know it was all because Jesus loved him. It took me traveling thousands of miles to have a mindset I should have every day. My prayer for you is that you would live lives on mission. That the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be such a part of you that even the simplest tasks like going to a store, would be opportunities you take to make Christ known.
Scott Hoerner, Assoc. Min. of Youth & Young Adults