Preparing for a Mission Trip – Part 1

IMG_8802Mission trips don’t start when you get on the airplane. Before you ever travel or even pack your bags, your mission trip will begin. The preparation, prayer and planning on the front end are vital to ministering well to those you are going to serve. All of the energy, time, and work you invest while you’re in Honduras will be hindered if you haven’t properly prepared for the trip. It’s much better to spend your time loving on kids than trying to find that one item you didn’t bring!

Because we think preparation, both physically and spiritually, is so important, we’d like to give you a few tips on how to get ready for your trip.

  1. Grab the Money and (then) Run – Whether you’re raising support or using your savings, it saves you and your sending church/organization a lot of time and effort if you have your finances figured out as early as you can.
  1. Study Up – Read the volunteer’s manual, packing list, and any other information your mission team leader gives you to help you prepare. If you’d like some “extra credit,” read up on the history and people of Honduras (we know this one blog by a group called POI that has some good insight). The more you can respect and follow Honduran culture, the better you can love the people there. It’s vital that they know you honor and value them no matter how differently they may worship, work, and live from you.
  1. Get Shot (Preferably by a Nurse) – There’s nothing worse than going on a trip and then getting sick! We highly recommend making sure you have all the vaccinations recommended by the World Health Center for Honduras. Fortunately, malaria medication is not necessary for Tegucigalpa so just get those vaccinations and you’re good to go. For those of you who are on medication in the states, please bring all you will need in your carry-on bag so you don’t risk losing them.
  1. IMG_5370Check Yourself – We will provide with you with a thorough list of what you will need, but it’s up to you to bring it. Some items we recommend, like toilet paper, aren’t what you’d typically pack so please check the list as you’re buying your toiletries and then check it again against what you’ve packed. We’re pretty sure you’ll thank us when you reach for that toilet paper and it’s there.
  1. Get Your Heart Ready – All of the support raising, reading, and packing is secondary to the work God wants to do in your heart. In the rush of planning and preparation, it’s easy to sideline reflection and prayer, but it’s the key to serving well. We’ll be discussing this topic more in Part 2, so check back with us!

We’d love to see you! If you’re interested in joining one of our mission trips, please contact  April Jenkins at ajenkins@poiglobal.org

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