Amy Weddle - Missionary; Santa Barbara, Honduras; Loves kids!
Why should I take a mission trip? I believe the better question would be, why shouldn’t I take a mission trip? Though your reasons may be numerous, I am sure I could refute them all! Why should you take a mission trip? Let’s look at the reasons…
Taking a missions trip allows you to experience the difficulties and blessings of the life of a missionary firsthand so you know how to better pray for them. Not only can you be a help to missionaries by monetary support, you can also support them in prayer! Experiencing their life gives you a better idea of what to pray for.
Even just a short time doing mission work in another country will help to broaden your perspectives and experiences in several ways. I remember my aunt, who served as a missionary in Rwanda, telling me once that missionary life helps you to see how vast God’s kingdom really is. Being in another culture and worshipping their way will truly open your eyes to a broader perspective of worship and fellowship in God’s kingdom.
Many times, missionaries can be overwhelmed by the everyday and the mundane, because of the amount of mission work they do. Even if you are not a pastor, singer, or up-front sort of person, I daresay that a missionary would just as well love your help on a more practical level!
You may not feel called to foreign missions. I encourage you – don’t let that stop you! It can truly be a life-changing experience! I never actually felt called to foreign missions, myself, but I made a promise to God that I would go wherever He led me. That has allowed me to be involved in different ministries in the States as well as foreign countries, and to currently be serving as a homeschool teacher to the three sons of a missionary couple. Though I still feel no direct call, I am in the center of God’s will, and where is a better place to be?