Posts Tagged ‘mission trip’

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How to Plan and Organize a Mission Trip

On Saturday, January 25, our second full day in India, I was up early to be able to record the events from the mission trip thus far and to prepare myself for that coming day. I was to meet in the lobby by 7:00 a.m. The group was to have an excursion to Naigonda, where the Native origination had established a college for women. In route, we stopped by the "City on the Dump." This is actually the citys dump for garbage and many of the poor and under privileged have built shacks on the garbage pile their current address all year round, scavenging for food and anything to sell. Ideas met much more of our group whod be going with us. Because we left so early, we traveled a couple of hours prior to being in a position to stop for breakfast in a small road side cafe. Edgar, our Indian leader/guide, stated that we may help to spread good will by helping out small mom and pop cafes and road side stands by doing this. While enjoying our breakfast, 3 trains passed along with a work crew came by that was repairing the tracks. In the United States, most of the track repair is performed by machine however in India, just about all repairs continue to be made by hand. We also saw an old fort (castle) in route. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Reconnaissance Mission (The Business of Plans)

Many youth categories of all denominations in the United States regularly travel overseas for mission trips and outreaches. Perhaps you are building orphanages in Uganda, or ministering to street kids in Romania, or constructing housing in Guatemala - all these trips is really an unique opportunity for teenagers for everyone others within an environment which takes them out of their safe place and forces them to evaluate their life from the global context. If you as a youth pastor or volunteer are planning such an excursion, here are some tips to help you produce the big event successful: Read the rest of this entry »

Mission Accomplished! Fundraising For Your Mission Trip

1. Promote, Promote, Promote - Start Spreading the Word As quickly as possible! Talk With Your Pastor - Ask his blessing and help in promoting your mission trip. Question if he would promote and talk about the trip in the pulpit. Put Announcements inside your Church Bulletin - Announce it up front, publicize it from the pulpit, call people, talk to people; request stories of people who have previously gone on the short-term mission trip, do a skit, do whatever you can to get the word out. Read the rest of this entry »

Give Your Missionary a Thank You Gift

When the national economy sneezes, churches catch a cold, and mission ministries get pneumonia. Most local churches can survive a recession, because (a) they can usually cut back expenses; and (b) church donations are "primary" giving, from a donor whos present and on-scene, and frequently deeply associated with that local church. However, giving to some mission ministry is "secondary" giving; it is "over and above" church giving, at least for many donors. Its also indirect and distant-- the donor has no involvement with the mission apart from financial. People will cut their giving to a missionary, or perhaps a hunger ministry, in order to a young child sponsorship agency, well before they cut giving to their church, where they are personally present each week. Read the rest of this entry »
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