Step out of the Box
When I was asked to write a paper on something of my choosing for my English class, I was very excited but I bet most people had a hard time picking a topic. This was easy for me because I knew right away that I wanted to write about mission trips because that is what I am interested in. When I read Mike Calhoun’s article “Six Benefits of Short-Term Student Mission Trips,” I realized that mission work has a close place to my heart. He talks about how serving people makes people come out of their comfort zones and places them in an environment that encourages physical, mental and spiritual change. I have participated in many local mission events, but the reason this is important to me is because of my two trips to Jamaica. Both were incredible experience’s and I left with a better heart and many stories. I did a handful of work while I was there like carrying water to the top of the mountain, building and painting houses, I played with kids and made so many friends and much more. Something more significant is that my relationship with the lord grew each day that I was there. It was almost magical. As the Barna Group said in “Despite Benefits, Few Americans Have Experienced Short-Term Mission Trips” that mission work changes people’s hearts because they get closer with the lord, they feel more fulfilled, and they are more grateful for what they have when they see how other people in this world live. Since there are so many positive outcomes from missionary trips, then why don’t more people go on them? This question is what made me want to explore and learn more about why people hesitate to serve and go on mission trips.
The bibliography that follows consists of Mike Calhoun’s article, which reminded me of my love and passion for mission trips and reminded me that they are so important in this world. The Barna group explains how people of all ages need to take action and start serving the Lord. We need to help the people in need by going around our communities, the United States, or even another country to do mission work. It can be as simple as you make it, changing someone’s life does not take much. That can be anything from bringing them food, building or painting houses, healing the sick, or even just having a simple conversation with them. Anything that will put a smile on their face will change their lives forever. And when you end the day with a big hug that is when you know you impacted a life that day. In “The place of Short-Term Missions” by Urbana talks about why people stress and worry about mission trips, but explains easy ways to solve those problems. All three articles create a strong case on why more people should go, try to get involved on a mission trip because you will most likely come back with a stronger and better heart.
I will probably be writing about my mission work in a future paper for a religious college class. I will use my sources and make it an even bigger and better paper writing about each of my sources. I could post the later version of my paper in addition to the revision of my introductory essay and my bibliography to my blog so it encourages people to really get involved with a group and plan to go on mission trips. For example, I had to find a way to get involved with my mission group. It took me awhile I just had to do a lot of researching on the Internet and I finally found the perfect group that I would fit in with and really feel comfortable going out of the country with. I would use my resources and this paper for people to be excited and not be afraid to go on a mission trip because most of the times it can be really nerve racking getting involved and stepping out of your comfort zone because people are doing something they have never done before. My future blog post about my experiences on my mission trips and explaining why people should get out in the world and serve people, because it really is a life- changing experience. I want to be able to do that for people because that is where the adventure all starts.
“Despite Benefits, Few Americans Have Experienced Short-Term Mission Trips.” Barna Group., 6 Oct. 2008. 11 Nov. 2015.
In “Despite Benefits, Few Americans Have Experiences Short-Term Trips,” Barna Group reports that people who have done mission work explain it as a life-changing event. Barna talks about how people’s hearts change and grow during mission trips because individuals feel more fulfilled and grateful for what they have. More and more people need to take action and participate in short-term mission events and even long-term. Usually, the people participating are adults younger than twenty-five or churchgoers and that needs to expand in age and in number. There are also many ways to serve others like helping out locals who are in need while still staying in the country or even locally.
Calhoun, Mike. “Six Benefits of Short-Term Student Missions Trips.” Mike Calhoun. Mike Calhoun, 6 May 2010. 11 Nov. 2015.
In “The Six Benefits of Short Term Student Mission Trips,” Mike Calhoun helps people realize the need for the gospel globally. It really makes people rethink their life purposes and giving them reassurance of why they were put on this earth. It also gives a greater sense of trusting God. Another benefit is that it takes people out of their comfort zone and places them in an environment that encourages people.
Taylor, Bill. “The Place of Short-Term Missions.” Urbana. Intervarsity, 20 Sept. 2000. 11 Nov. 2015.
“The Place of Short Term Missions” it talks about overcoming the limitations. It is all about being willing to change for the better. People have to balance their efforts. Short-term missionary events should be seen as more of a hands-on event. This prepares people to really go into long-term mission trips. The stress leading into mission trips can be very high. It can be stressful reaching out to everyone but you are with everyone else and you are committed and ready to serve and show people the gospel. Making changes as a group and individually breaking down everything step by step while serving people and the Lord will make everything go smooth.