1. You will leave changed.
When we asked students what was the biggest reason they would encourage others to go on a mission trip the answer was almost unanimous, “change.” Here is what one student had to say, “I went on my first mission trip to change the world and to teach others about God. I came back very different, although the world was relatively unchanged. I did teach others about God, but I learned so much about Him, myself!” When we step out in faith and obedience to go on a trip God responds! He desires to transform us to think more like Him, see others like He sees them, and just be more like Him. Mission trips are an amazing catalyst for this to happen. Will you go?
2. Hands and Feet
Mission trips provide the chance for you to practically live out your faith. Jesus calls us to serve the poor, love our neighbor and to make disciples of all nations. While we can do these things in our own “backyard,” mission trips provide a boarder perspective of how God is working all around our country and the world. Seeing God in a new light deepens our understanding and relationship with Him. We can literally be his hands and feet on this earth.
3. Witness a Quailmageddon
Our Lord, who provided enough quail for 600,000 grumbling Israelite families in Exodus, is ready to provide for you to take a step of faith. Most of us reading this, don’t have to think about money or basic needs on an everyday basis. We don’t always attribute being provided for in these ways as an act of God’s faithfulness. That goes out the window when you get the opportunity to raise support for a mission trip. You get to see firsthand God bring friends, family, churches and sometimes strangers together to help send you on a trip. It is amazing to see him pull together our financial needs when we are willing to say “Here I am, send me.”
4. Experiencing A New Culture Is Eye Opening (and Tasty!)
Mission trips allow us to see God in ways we wouldn’t if we stayed at home in the comforts of what is familiar. Whether it’s across the ocean or across the states (Philadelphia, perhaps), God has something unique to teach us about himself through the culture we serve. And who knows? You may find your new favorite food along the way!
5. Road Trips = Fun. Road Trips + Friends = Excessive Fun.
Mission trips are an AMAZING time to get to know people better as we head out on adventure to serve God. There’s something about being on the road together that brings us closer to each other. We have time and space for both deep conversation and ridiculousness to occur. Plus, it is always interesting to see who can come up with the best gas station road-snack mix.
Christian Student Fellowship
is a place for students at the University of Illinois Springfield who are on a spiritual journey. Whether you're just starting out or you've been headed this way for awhile, we want to help you find your way back to God!