Missions Trips

Send out the Missions Volunteers

Your missions team has prayed and is ready to go. Now it’s time to figure out how to get them there. The more folks involved in sending, the more will also be praying and feeling they are a vital part of the kingdom work God has planned for the team. Many hands also make for easier—and quicker—work.

Consider these ideas to spur your church on in its sending efforts:

Bake and Serve Silent Auction

As the WMU director, solicit donations from church members: plates of cookies, loaves of bread, or gift certificates for a pan of lasagna or a homemade meal. Consider asking for services to be donated as well: 2 hours of leaf raking, 3 hours of housework, or 4 hours of babysitting.

Carryout Dinner

Sell tickets for a barbecued chicken dinner. Ask members of adult missions organizations to gather at the church kitchen early in the day to prepare chicken, baked beans, potato salad, and rolls. Set up an assembly line to fill carryout boxes, and deliver to vehicles as folks drive by to pick up. Recruit students to direct traffic in the parking lot.

Missions Books for Bucks

Prepare with Prayer

“Prayer does not equip us for greater works—prayer is the greater work.” Oswald Chambers was right. No matter what kingdom work calls us, that work must be grounded in and fueled by prayer.

As your church prepares to send out short-term missions teams this summer, make prayer a priority. Recognize that prayer unites the body of Christ and makes those who pray just as important as those who go.

Consider these ideas to ensure those going are covered in prayer:

Prayer Cards: Create postcard-sized prayer cards that include a team photo, a key verse for the trip, and 3 specific prayer requests. Distribute cards to members of missions organizations and consider including in the church bulletin.

Prayer Sync: Challenge church members to set clocks or phones for a daily reminder to pray in the weeks leading up to the trip. If the missions trip dates are July 10–13, consider praying from 7:10–7:13 each day, for example.

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:

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).

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