International Mission Trips: Feelings Before Departure

International mission trips are mind-blowing.

I still remember my first like it was yesterday.

All the emotions associated with the decision to go and all the blessings that followed.

It was way out of my comfort zone, and yet I knew that it was exactly where I was supposed to be.

Seeing God at work throughout the trip, depending on Him completely and feeling the outpouring of His Holy Spirit like never before was life changing.

So was seeing true poverty for the first time and being humbled by the faith of the people we were sent to minister to.

I will never be the same.

Three years and four trips later, I remain passionate about missions. But this time feels different somehow.

For one thing, I wasn’t absolutely certain of God’s will for us to be a part of this particular mission trip.

I mean, of course, I know that we are to go and carry the gospel to the nations. But there are other ways to be a part of this than having feet on the ground there.

And for more than a year, I have felt the pull toward home missions. Missions in  my own hometown. I’m just not sure how to get started.

When this mission trip to Nicaragua was first announced, we weren’t sure if we should sign up.

And though we never felt we had any clear direction, we decided to go for it.

Many times, I think if you know that a thing is God-honoring and He hasn’t said “no”,  it’s okay to go for it!

So now, with departure less than 24 hours away, this is what I pray for this international mission:

  1. Most of all, I pray that God will work in a mighty way, overshadowing me and using me as He sees fit.
  2. I also pray for the words and direction as He leads in evangelism and discipleship.
  3. I pray that the right people will be placed in our path and for souls to be saved.
  4. And finally, I pray that He teaches me things on this international mission trip that I can take away to use in my hometown.

I know my uncertainties and even my flaws, faults and failures do not deter God in His work.

I know that when my heart is in the right place, He overlooks my missteps and does great things.

And so I wait with anticipation of what God is going to do.

I can almost feel Him smile as He whispers, “Just watch and see.”


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