Missions Trips

Tennessee Missionsfest 2017

Missionsfest: Tennessee

Missionsfest is a great opportunity for your church group or friends to come together with others to share God's love with the community of Gallatin, Tennessee. National WMU works alongside the local association and church leaders to plan ministry opportunities and worship/devotion times. For downloadable information, click here.

Missions Trips

Missions trips are such a wonderful way to strengthen your group and allow members to exercise their faith. Consider defining a missions trip this way—“A useful tool to use your time for His Glory.” That is what WMU is doing with missions trips; we’re being a tool in the Master’s hand. Have you ever stopped and thought about how you spend your time and how those in your group spend their time? How we spend our time is really a reflection of the condition of our heart. Serving God through the use of our time shows what our priorities really are.

Each year, WMU offers prepackaged domestic and international missions trips. Exciting opportunities await you and your family (children age 6 and up) through Familyfest, and adults of all ages enjoy serving through Missionsfest and International Initiatives.

Interested? Here’s more!

2017 Missions Trips
Mark your calendars and share these dates with your friends.  

Experiencing the Ripple Effect

Have you noticed that when God is at work, there is a ripple effect? Not only does He change the life of an individual, but often He also affects the individual’s friends and acquaintances.

I love seeing this happen in Luke 5:17–26. A man is lowered by his friends to Jesus. He is healed. Not only is the man healed but his friends’ faith is also strengthened and the crowd is amazed. I saw the same ripple effect course through the Familyfest held in our city of Indianapolis in 2015. 

Here’s a glimpse into what took place to plan our Crossroads Baptist Association Familyfest:

• We began by getting our associational churches excited about receiving help with their community outreach events. We let them know that missions teams from all over the country would join local church volunteers to impact their communities through a sports camp, painting a community center, Backyard Bible Clubs, and follow-up from a Vacation Bible School.

• Promotion and personal contact were key in getting churches involved.

WMU Trips: Renae's Story

More Than Just a Week:  Renae's Story
by Emily Killen

The New York City metro area is home to a population of more than 22 million people, of whom many are foreign born, making the city an international access point for missionaries without ever leaving American soil. As a believer who had served on missions trips and worked hard to raise money to go overseas to share the gospel, Renae Williford saw the myMISSION trip to NYC as an incredible opportunity, no passport required. In May 2015, Renae left her family in North Carolina to serve with 31 other women taking part in the myMISSION trip alongside missionaries and ministries in NYC.

2016 Missions Trips

 


 

 


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myMISSION: Nashville, TN - May 27–30

A collection of memories from myMISSION: Nashville 2016.

Raising Support for your Missions Trip

Once costs are accounted for and a budget has been supplied to each team member, the team must begin to raise the necessary financial support.

As a group, the team can be involved in:

  • Service projects such as car washes and service auctions
  • A good way to involve the church is to hold a dinner centered on the ministry location, serving food common to the area and dressing in traditional dress.
  • Other successful fund-raising activities include garage sales and bake sales

As an individual, you can seek speaking engagements and write letters to churches, personal friends, and professional contacts, allowing you to seek financial support and gain prayer support.

Leading a Trip

As you prepare for a missions trip, there are many details and questions to be answered if your team is to experience success. Besides determining when and where you will go, with whom you will minister once you arrive, housing arrangements, etc., there are several major considerations you must address in order to have the best possible team for the assignment:

Children and Long-Distance Missions

Today’s the day. Another team is being commissioned before the church body to leave on an international missions trip. The children around you look on with awe as each team member is introduced and prayed over. Maybe they even whisper to each other about how cool it would be to participate in a trip like this.

And, they can participate! Maybe they cannot physically go on the trip, but they do have things to offer to the missions team.

Prayer. Every missions team needs prayer. They need prayer before the trip, during the trip, and even after the trip for the hearts and lives of the people to whom they witnessed. Lead group prayers with children. Assign each child or group of children a certain member of the missions team or a particular aspect of the trip to pray for, such as Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, service work, or youth ministry. Prayer is powerful, and children can help shape the missions trip by praying for the people of the country and the members of the team.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people” (1 Timothy 2:1 NIV).

Missions Trip Commissioning Services

Group of students

Does your church know what your student group is up to? Plan a churchwide recognition or commissioning service to get the word out. Use the service below for your church.

 

Trips as a Tool

Missions trips are such a wonderful way to strengthen your group and allow members to exercise their faith. I heard a definition of a missions trip this way—“A useful tool to use your time for His Glory.” That is what we are doing; we’re being a tool in the Master’s hand. Have you ever stopped and thought about how you spend your time and how those in your group spend their time? How we spend our time is really a reflection of the condition of our heart. Serving God through the use of our time shows what our priorities really are.

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