We all know that mission trips can be great if we take advantage of their full potential. Otherwise, these mission trips can be a waste of time. Mission trips are a great source of developing new skills, building relationships and add valuable experience to your resume.
In this article, we will discuss how can you get maximum out of a mission trip if you are a student.
1. Why before What or Where
Most of the students are interested in knowing where they are going on a mission trip and who are they going for? They build a lot of expectations. The most important thing that these students should learn is to know the object of their mission trip. In this way, they will have a clear goal in mind while on a mission trip.
2. Get a Guide
You can go on a mission trip on your own but there are many agencies offering a wide range of missions trips. You can increase the effectiveness and experience by going with an agency. They will provide you a complete guide and necessary training if required. The other best advantage of going via an agency is the cost. You can save a lot of money as the total cost is divided equally among the team members.
3. Have a Decade Mindset
If you really want to serve the community then you have to focus on a long-range plan rather than going on a mission trip for only once. Going on a number of mission trips does not only provide you vast experience but also you are able to serve a large community. So, don’t just focus on a single mission trip. Make your mindset for a decade.
4. Prepare Yourself and Prepare your Team
Working in a team is better than working alone. You need to build a team based on trust and respect. You have to prepare your self and your team for conflict resolution, communication, and other skills that will be required on the site. If you have already planned and prepared everything before going on a mission then you have a better chance of getting maximum out of your trip.
5. Build Momentum
Most of the teams neglect many important aspects of mission trips and one of them is what happens afterward. This must be taken into consideration before you ever step foot on the ground. Consider things such as, how you will process what you learned, how to stay connected for future missions and how will you follow up.
6. Bring Families
If you are a student and want to bring your parents out of their comfort zone the take them to a mission trip with you. They will be able to see you leading in effective ways. It will help you greatly after the trip and it will strengthen your relationship.
We hope that you have learned from this article that you should not allow your mission trip to be simply a neat experience.