Mission Trips

Short Term Mission Trips

Mission Trips

Mission TripsMission trips are trips, typically short-term and often international, taken by Christians to share the Gospel with the people visited.

What types of mission trips are there?

Medical mission trips provide medical care and distribute medicines, and share the Gospel. Construction mission trips engage in building projects and share the Gospel. Child care mission trips provide childcare, typically in orphanages, and share the Gospel. Sports mission trips engage the locals in sporting activities, and share the Gospel. Musical mission trips perform music and share the Gospel. This list can go on.

What if there is no Gospel-sharing during the mission trips?

Then they are humanitarian - not mission - trips. Mission trips focus on the eternal destiny of the people visited by addressing their need to repent of their sins and believe the True Gospel. Humanitarian trips only address their earthly needs but leave them hell-bound.

What proportion of today's "mission trips" are actually humanitarian trips?

The majority of them. For example, a medical "mission trip" that dispense thousands of dollars of medicines after spending tens of thousands of dollars on airfare but shrink from sharing the Gospel for fear of offending the local religion is a costly humanitarian trip that does not please the Lord: "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels." (Luke 9:26)

Other "mission trips," including many organized by Christian schools, are not even humanitarian trips. They are sightseeing trips that visit places that non-Christians visit, including idolatrous Roman Catholic cathedrals or demon-worshipping Buddhist temples. "Mission trip" has become the label slapped on any trip taken abroad by a group of Christians for which the travel agency charges a premium and after which the tourists return home as short-term "Missionaries" instead of humanitarians or sightseers.

Aren't mission trips stepping stones for some to become missionaries?

If they are to get a taste of missionary work, they need to do what missionaries do: share the Gospel. But before paying money to share the Gospel abroad, they need to have shared the Gospel at home and integrate Gospel sharing into their everyday life, lest they develop the false impression that sharing the Gospel is what you do away from home.