Written by: Lauren Buser | Media by: Thomas Hajny
Over 2 million people in the United States are getting involved in missions. Mission trips are one way you can get involved in both your community and other countries, helping to serve both others and yourself. The truth is, anyone can go on a mission trip. It is a simple process that almost everyone is capable of. Sarah Twitty talks with us about how her trip to Mexico changed her life.
How to Choose a Trip
The first thing to do is research. There are many missions organizations out there in which are waiting for people like you to show interest. Sarah spoke with us about Avance. She recently went to Mexico through their program. “I was in Mexico for two months, and they prepared us really well,” states Sarah. While choosing a trip, you should also look at the dates, how long you will be there, and flight costs. While it is easy to fundraise money for such events, you don’t want to choose a trip that is too soon and too expensive.
How to Fundraise
The best way to fundraise money for a mission trip is to simply ask. Type up a letter telling about where you’re going and what you’ll be doing, and at the bottom ask for donations. You will be shocked at the amount of people who care and are willing to donate to such a cause. Another great way to fundraise would be to ask your church. Usually, churches have a missions fund held back specifically for these reasons. You can also do bake sales, sell homemade items, or even do a car wash. Any fundraising event will work wonders if you get the word out and organize it well.
How to Prepare
Once you know you are going, your main priority is to get your passport. Most people don’t realize how long it takes to receive this once ordered. It usually takes about two to three months. Make sure you check the CDC website in advance to see if any specialized vaccinations are required before you take off for a foreign country. Some of these vaccinations have to be given in more than one dose over a long period of time. Don’t forget to prepare yourself culturally, as well. Know a little bit about what is appropriate attire, lingo, and if piercing and things such as that are looked upon badly. If so, make sure you take this all into consideration before you go packing your bags. Don’t forget to pray. Preparing your own heart for the things you may see and hear in another country is very important. But one of the most important things you can do, don’t expect. You do not want to go into this expecting because you will feel disappointed when it doesn’t turn out quite that way. The best way is to go in with an open mind and an open heart. If you do this, you will have an amazing trip and a wonderful experience.