Missions...So Many Choices! What to do?! 


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Missions...So Many Choices! What to do?! 

As we look ahead to summer, it can be tempting to fill the summer up nonstop with many good activities for the youth to be doing. Barna even rated the impact of specific activities youth groups could do. 

[Barna’s] research also looked into the value of immersive programs, outside of weekly youth activities—specifically camps, retreats and missions. Leaders say the most important of these is youth mission trips (74%), which are in a class by themselves in terms of importance. This is followed by overnight retreats (45%), weeklong camps (43%), family mission trips (35%) and large youth conferences (23%) https://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/post/according-to-barna-short-term-missions-do-make-an-impact 

The importance alluded to in the above quote considered the following of great importance… 

According to an October 2010 Barna survey of mostly at-risk children who participated in a short-term mission last summer, 85 percent felt more loved by God and more than 80 percent said they learned new things about God and Jesus. https://jeffgoins.myadventures.org/post/according-to-barna-short-term-missions-do-make-an-impact 

There are so many short-term mission trips that are available for youth groups to go on. There is much poverty and neglect that needs ministering to in the U.S. and in so many parts of our world. This is when we need to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show us what He wants us to do. It is tempting to think, “What can we do for God?”, but we need to ask “What does God want for us to do?” and move forward with confidence in His plans.  If we do this we might have to say no to many good things. We can be confident God is at work in all, even if we are not involved.  

But the youth do not function and determine all this in isolation. We are grateful for the support we have from our friends, family, the missions board and the elders at Grace. When God lets us be used as an extension of His love and sharing His Good News it is never just using the youth in isolation apart from the members of the body of Christ.  

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5 

Practical ways to help: 

  • PRAY 

  • Make and bring a dessert for the church picnic 5/26. Donations made at the dessert table will go for the youth summer mission trips. 

  • Bring your car to the church car during the church picnic. Donations will go towards both youth summer mission trips. 

Silvina Erwin