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Experiences from foreign mission trips that every Christian should have:

  • Step out in faith to trust God to raise support
  • See their gifts and talents used
  • Experience the spiritual bond with Christians from another culture
  • See how God is worshiped in another culture
  • See the poverty, and feel the compassion

  • See the spiritual darkness, and feel the drive to share the gospel
  • See fruit of their labor
  • Come to understand the similarities and differences between the U.S.and another culture
  • Learn flexibility and the feeling of having your life not in your own control, and trusting God with it.
  • Learn humility and submission to authority
  • Experience language barriers and how to overcome them
  • Experience cultural barriers and adapt to them
  • Take the risk and share the gospel with strangers
  • Learn to communicate the gospel clearly
  • Learn to connect with people of all ages
  • Walk among the poor, the sick, the dirty, the outcast
  • Learn to love children and make an impact in their lives
  • See how big the problems are
  • See how much bigger God is
  • See the passion and power of a missions-driven church
  • Learn how they can be used to meet needs – both abroad and at home
  • Learn to hear and obey promptings of the Holy Spirit
  • Learn to tune out distractions
  • Learn to distinguish Satan’s lies from God’s truth
  • Experience spiritual attack and rely on God to overcome it
  • Learn to work as a team and rely on others
  • Learn to humbly accept the hospitality of the nationals
  • Learn to live without the luxuries they take for granted
  • Learn to overcome physical adversities
  • Experience the liberation of leaving their comfort zone
  • Deal with the apprehension and possible persecution and opposition from family and friends
  • Come back home with renewed passion for missions
  • Bring back and share enthusiasm for reaching out to those in need
  • Become a catalyst for change at home
  • Build lasting relationships with team members and nationals
  • Discover gifts, talents, passions, likes, dislikes, personal deficits, challenges, that they didn’t know they had before.
  • Begin to look at American culture in a different way
  • Consider what sort of life changes and adjustments may be needed