by Jill Lienemann, Kesher International Missions | ©2009
“They tried to keep him [Jesus] from leaving but He said, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’” Luke 5:42b-43 NIV
Maybe you have encountered the same thing Jesus did – friends and/or family who have questioned your participation on a mission trip. Do you really know what you are doing? Are you sure it’s safe to travel to that country? It costs so much, wouldn’t it make more sense to send the money to a missionary? Can’t you stay here locally and help those less fortunate?
These well meaning people care for you very much; however, you know that you have been called to a deeper purpose. “Then I heard the Lord asking, ‘Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?’ I said, ‘Here I am. Send me.’” Isaiah 6:8 NLT
Use this opportunity to share with those who don’t understand the burden you have to share Jesus’ love to those on an international level. Consider this practice before you are on the mission field when you will encounter similar questions. Why are coming from your home all the way here to talk to me? You must be wealthy to be able to travel to this country? Who is this Jesus you talk about and why should He care about me?
KESHER TIP: One story, different perspectives. During or after your return from your mission trip, begin working on how you will relate your mission trip experiences to others. Most will want just a quick response to their inquiry. Others would like to know about the buildings, people, and culture. Some will be interested in how it deeply affected you. By preparing ahead, you can find ways to communicate/convey God’s power and grace in ways that a particular audience can relate to rather than recounting one singular view. Take for instance your favorite story in Luke. The same passage can be found in Mark yet it doesn’t impact you in the same way.