I recently shared a concern I have about the conflicting message we might be sending to our teenagers when it comes to emphasizing short term mission trips that typically last 1 to 2 weeks versus living a life style of evangelism and creating an evangelistic culture in your student ministry year round. You can check out that article by CLICKING HERE.
As I prayed through those concerns over the past few weeks while we were preparing our high school students for a short term mission trip to Washington, DC, I decided to write a devotional booklet that they would go through the week that we will be serving there. The booklet is made up of 6 devotions from the book of Acts:
- Acts 1:1-11
- Acts 2:42-47
- Acts 8:26-40
- Acts 9:1-19
- Acts 10:34-45
- Acts 20:13-38
My goal in putting these devotions together was to prepare my students for the opportunities God would put in front of them each day of our mission trip while equipping them to serve and share the Gospel once we return home. I certainly want them ready for whatever God has in store for them on this trip, but I also want them to realize that a short term mission trip like this isn’t the end all, be all of their serving and sharing experience of the year. My prayer is that this week is a catalytic event in their lives. My hope is that it will fuel them to live their faith and share their faith beyond an out of town mission trip and that they will see they have opportunities to do these things every day of their lives no matter where they are.
Beyond doing devotions, what are some other ideas that can be done on a mission trip to prepare students to bring the experience home with them and not leave it on the trip?