Meet a retired man from Chicago who travels on short-term mission trips with an organization called M.O.S.T. and recently returned from Nicaragua. Is God calling you to do the same?
I would like to share with you my experiences as a short term missionary.
Since 2009, I have been traveling all over the world to serve people in Jesus’ Name. After my first trip which was to China, I got hooked and I have been going on 2 or 3 trips a year since then. These excursions to foreign lands are for 7 to 15 days. We travel in teams consisting of 7 to 20 people and our task varies depending on the purpose of the mission.
I have done water projects (getting families sanitary water to drink), eyeglass projects (distributing prescription eyeglasses), Vacation Bible School programs and English as a second language classes.
Though we do this physical work which helps people better their lives, the real work occurs in the unseen world. In fact, I have come to believe that the work we do is merely something God has given us to do in order to keep our hands busy WHILE HE DOES HIS WORK BEHIND and BEYOND what our eyes can see.
These trips are motivated by the last command of Jesus: All authority has been given to me, so GO… Of course, you don’t have to go to foreign lands, to preach and teach the gospel of God. There’s plenty to do right here at home and our land is becoming a ripe mission field. However, I have found that when you do go on trips to foreign lands, you tend to lean on the Lord all the more.
The benefits one derives from obeying the command of the Lord to go are BEYOND MEASURE: What monetary price can you put on joy of service? What price can you pay for knowledge and wisdom which God delivers to you because of your obedience to go? What price will you pay to gain new friends? These are priceless and they come through Christ from God alone.
Sell your silver and gold and GO on a mission trip. Step out on faith for Christ’s sake and God, the Father, the source of all goodness will uphold you by the power of his love.