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Q:

Our son is going on a short-term mission project to a foreign country with his church youth group this summer, and to be honest we aren't sure it's a good idea. In addition to the health risks, do projects like this actually do any good? They'll only be there 10 days.


A:

I hope you’ll encourage and support your son and his youth group in this effort, because it could be one of the most memorable and significant things they’ve ever done.

Why do I say this? First, mission trips like this can be a great encouragement to the people they’ll be helping. Christians in other lands often have very little, and they may feel isolated and wonder if anyone really cares about them. But having a group of enthusiastic young people care about them and help them can be a great encouragement to them. Paul sent his young friend Timothy to some Christians who were surrounded by unbelievers simply “to strengthen and encourage you in your faith” (1 Thessalonians 3:2).

But a mission trip like this can also make a deep spiritual impact on those who go. They may never have been outside the United States; they probably have never seen the poverty and struggles that people in less developed countries endure. May they begin to see the world the way God sees it. And may they be like Jesus, who saw the crowds and “had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).

Pray not only for your son’s safety, but that God will deepen his commitment to Christ through this experience. Jesus’ command is still in force: “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38).

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9 Comments

  1. Eilene Norman says:

    My precious grandson is going on a missionary trip to a country that is dangerous to Christians and especially to American Christians. Please remember his work there in the Lord and please remember him in prayer. Pray that their efforts for the Lord Jesus be fruitful and that the Lord will bring them home safely. We must all be about the Father’s business for time is so very short. God bless you all in Jesus’ name. Thank you.

  2. marc mercury says:

    U r so right. Thank u

  3. Carlene M. Thomas says:

    After he retired, my precious husband, JL Thomas, Jr. made 18 short term mission trips; (I happily went once); to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus with Josh McDowell. It totally changed his life; taught me about the importantance of mission trips, and even after JL died and went to Heaven last year, I’ve carried on in that same organization, GAIN, to help when I can. He left an imprint on so many lives as she shared the Gospel, and lead folks to the Lord. I defintely recommend short term mission trips!! God can use young and old those times abroad in many ways we can’t even imagine!!

  4. Janine Bashore says:

    The bigger growth in my faith came from going on mission trips with samaritans purse disaster relief. they taught me to be bold in my faith. I learned to pray with others and lead people to Christ. Thank you SP for being my mentor and helping me to grow in my own faith while we were doing others

  5. Keith Phipps says:

    We all should be sharing the gospel about Jesus Christ to everyone we meet. Whether it be here in America or overseas in a foreign land. Jesus told His disciples (us) in Mark 16:15 to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to all creatures.” Where we live is our world and that is where God wants us to share the gospel with the lost souls that don’t know Him. If God has asked you to go overseas to share God’s Word then He will make a way for you to go. God is in control. Trust Him.

  6. Darrell Pickett says:

    I went to Cuba on a mission trip last year. I asked myself the question, “Does it really matter?” I met Christians who couldn’t speak my language, but we all spoke the language of God. Such beautiful churches being built in a Communist country. Many are destroyed. The desire to worship is not destroyed. Never will anything impact and energize me like that mission trip.

  7. Richard Klatt says:

    Thank you, Mr. Graham, for succinctly defining the dual purposes of short term mission trips. Our former pastor was a firm believer in them and went along on many of the students trips. He, as you, was convinced that no one returns from serving the Lord outside their comfort zone without a new view of biblical service.

  8. Eldred G. Alexander says:

    God has done so much for us,, Let us be a blessing to him in every way.

  9. Ed rose says:

    I have always admired the Graham family