You’ve raised your support, you’ve gotten your supplies (don’t forget the toilet paper), and you’ve updated your vaccines. Everything’s ready for your mission trip- or is it? While the trip will take you overseas, it’s not just a vacation, it’s a strategic movement of God in your life and the lives of those you will be serving. The most important part of your mission trip is what God does through you and in you and so the most important part of your preparation is getting your heart ready for His work.
While the Lord knows what you need more than we do, here are a few general principles for spiritually preparing your mind and heart.
- Pray, Pray, Pray – This seems like a no-brainer, but we simply cannot overstate how important prayer is to POI, the trip and to you. Every great work of God begins with prayer and we want God to show His glory in Honduras through you and your team! We encourage you to ask friends and family to pray alongside you (here’s a tool for them), but your prayer matters. Praying positions you to hear from the Holy Spirit and follow His leading humbly and gratefully.
- Forget the “I” Word – What’s the “I” word? It’s “I.” Or in this case, you – your plans, your schedule, your comfort, your ego, etc. As you think and pray through the trip, consider how you will respond to the unexpected and uncomfortable. When things don’t go as planned (and they will), will you ask how you can make it better or complain? If you have a particular goal in mind, but it looks like you won’t accomplish it, will you graciously give it up knowing that God’s purposes will be still be met? Are you prepared to submit to the leadership of the team? A flexible, submissive spirit is one of the best assets to a mission trip, and with God’s help, anyone can bring it.
- Get Your “Serve” On – You are going to work and word hard. Just get ready to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done for whoever needs it done. You are there to serve the POI staff, kids, families and the beautiful people of Honduras. You’ll be exhausted and maybe even sore, but your time and energy is a sweet sacrifice to the Lord and will be used in ways you can’t even imagine.
- Open Your Heart – You are going to meet some incredible people on this trip. One of the biggest gifts you can give them is yourself. All the service projects in the world are secondary to the importance of God’s work in people’s hearts. How wonderful then, that He often uses us to touch their hearts! So build relationships, care for people and get ready to love – it will be vulnerable and uncomfortable and may not always be received well, but your love will be a beautiful reflection of God’s love for them.
Have you been on a mission trip already? What are some things you do to prepare your heart? Comment below and let us know!
We’d love to see you! If you’re interested in joining one of our mission trips, please contact April Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.