When preparing for a mission trip it's so easy to focus all of our attention on the details of shots, passports, visas, and specialized gear. It's exciting to think (and, perhaps fantasize) about the ministry that we'll be doing.
But don't forget that it's important to also prepare our hearts and minds.
If we're honest with ourselves, sometimes we have ulterior motives for going on a mission trip. We want to travel. We want to get to know a certain guy or girl. We want to feel good about ourselves. We want to look like a better Christian when we get back.
But there's a bigger purpose for your trip. Ask yourself the following questions honestly, and avoid the tendency to just skim over them. They're simple questions, but doing this will help refocus your mind and heart on the purpose of your trip.
- Do I have any ulterior motives for going on this mission trip? What are they?
- Based on my current motives, if I left on my trip today, what would be my primary focus throughout the trip?
- What is the primary purpose of the trip?
If you're preparing for a short-term mission trip, I'd recommend that you also read When Helping Hurts. Especially if you're from North America, this book can really help you understand how you should approach ministry in another culture.
You can get it on Amazon or Audible. If you sign up for Audible's free trial, you can get this book for free and I'll also receive a little money to help support what's going on at Engaging Missions.