Have you ever thought about what you would do if you got sick while traveling? We hope this never happens, but sometimes it’s reality! When traveling, your body adjusts to a new environment, schedule, and eating habits! This can make your body fight back and show symptoms of sickness.
To prevent yourself from getting in this unpleasant situation, we want to give you tips on what to do to avoid getting sick while traveling:
1. Don’t Drink Anything But Bottled Water
In just a few weeks we will be posting about the world’s water crisis. The fact is, there are places in the world that have contaminated water. Do your research of the place you are traveling, and if it’s an area that does not offer safe drinking water, be sure to only drink the bottled water. This will help you avoid vomiting, diarrhea and contracting a disease.
2. Keep Your Hands Clean
“Hand washing is the single most important thing anybody can do to protect their health,” advises. Dr. Philip Tierno, professor of Microbiology and Pathology at NYU School of Medicine and author of The Secret Life of Germs.
Keep in mind, if the water where you are staying is contaminated, this is not a way to help you avoid sickness. Instead, keep your hands clean through hand sanitizer or other sanitizing methods.
3. Get Your Vaccinations
It’s important to visit with a Travel Clinic before traveling overseas to get up to date on health information as well as vaccinations. We created a Complete Vaccination Guide For Travels you can refer to as well!
4. Take Vitamins
Get your body’s immune system working at its best by taking vitamins before and during the trip! A few suggested vitamins are a probiotic, Vitamin C, and Elderberry. Talk to your doctor about the best vitamins for immunity.
5. Prevent Bug Bites
Bugs carry diseases — some deadly such as Malaria. Click here to read everything you need to know about Malaria. The key to avoiding bug bite related illnesses is to do your best to prevent bug bites in the first place! Bring the best bug spray and a mosquito net for bedtime if you are traveling to an area with Malaria. Also, where clothes that cover your skin if possible. It may be hot, so be sure the material can wick away moisture.
6. Stay Hydrated
I know we mentioned bottled water, but we also want to mention the importance of staying hydrated. If you are working in a hands-on environment with a busy schedule, it’s easy to forget to take frequent water breaks. But, to avoid illness and to keep yourself healthy, make staying hydrated an important priority!
What tips do YOU have for avoiding sickness while traveling? Tell us in the comments!
When someone returns from a mission’s trip, they have an incredible experience that’s hard to put into words. They want to share, but they don’t always know where to start! There is so much to unpack from a life-changing experience. We know that you want to be the listening ear that your loved one needs, so we want to help! The best way to help someone open up about their mission’s trip experience is knowing the right questions to ask. This post will help you know eight questions to ask after a mission’s trip!
What was your favorite part about the country?
Your loved one will have had a unique cultural experience being in another country and will have hopefully learned some new things from their time spent overseas. Challenging them to think of their favorite parts of the country will help open the doors to them sharing with you about their overall experience.
2. What was the team like that you worked with? Tell me about the people that you met!
Relationships are built on a mission’s trip — some long-lasting! It’s important for a person returning from a trip to be able to share about those they met along their journey. Give them the chance to open up about their team and how they worked together and the impact they made! They will appreciate being able to introduce you to the new people they care about!
3. What surprised you about the culture?
There’s always something to learn about a new culture. The person who went on a mission’s trip may not have had the chance to spend time reflecting on the cultural things they learned, so the question of “What surprised you about the culture?” is a great way to get them thinking and to help you learn more about another culture as well! It’s a win-win!
4. What was difficult about the mission’s experience?
A mission’s trip experience is not smooth sailing. There are difficulties faced whether it’s with possible culture shock, conflict within the service team, or a hard time taking in all the learning that comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone. Acknowledging the hard while also discussing the ways they have grown is beneficial to the one returning from a mission’s trip.
5. What is God teaching you from your experience?
There is always a lesson that God is teaching in difficult experiences. Sometimes the person gains a newfound appreciation for their blessings when they see the joy on the faces of those who don’t have as much. Sometimes the person overcomes difficult obstacles and gains a stronger sense God’s provision and grace. Be open and willing to hear how God is working in your loved one’s life!
6. What do you want to put into place to remember this experience?
Some people bring home souvenirs from a trip. Others spend time journaling and keep the notes from their experience. Whatever it is, remind your loved one about the importance of putting something in place to remember the mission’s trip experience!
7. How did God change your view of the world?
There is rarely a participant on a mission’s trip who doesn’t come back changed from the experience. Be willing to ask your friends how their world view was changed from the mission’s trip participation. This will open the door to a conversation that will not only help your friend process the depth of his/her experience but can also teach you a new view of the world you may never have considered before!
Use these seven questions to help support your loved ones when they return from a mission’s trip and tell us in the comments how it goes!
When you’re on a mission’s trip whether as a leader or another part of the team, it’s hard to think about fitting in self-care. Of course, the main reason you are on a trip is to serve, but you can’t serve at your best if you don’t take care of yourself.
When you get involved in the busyness of your trip’s schedule, it will be hard to come up with ways to take care of yourself. You need a plan going into the trip. Think through how to incorporate your regular self-care practices into your time away.
Here is a list of some easy ways to sneak in self-care during a mission’s trip:
1. Pick Luxury Travel Shampoos And Soaps
Sometimes taking a shower is the only chance you will get to yourself on a mission’s trip. It’s a chance to clear your head and clean off the grime from a full day’s work. Since you’ll only be taking travel sized shower items, you might as well splurge for the luxury kind! Pick out the fancier soaps and shampoos that you may not get otherwise. Breathe in the citrus or lavender scents and enjoy your shower break. Create for yourself a spa-like experience and guarantee yourself 5 minutes of time to be alone and present.
2. Get Comfortable
Pack some of your favorites pajama bottoms, slippers, or other comfort items to relax in at the end of the day. There’s not much you can control throughout the day during a mission’s trip experience, but you can control the way you end the day and the comfort you allow yourself to enjoy for the night. Self-care could be as simple as your favorite hoodie sweatshirt or a soft blanket you enjoy snuggling up with at the end of the day. Be sure to give yourself a few moments to each day to get comfortable. This will refresh you before you start back in serving the following day.
Sometimes there will be opportunities to go on a run or possibly do a workout while traveling, but mostly there won’t be a lot of time for exercise. However, if you can find the time to do simple yoga stretches to unite your body and mind, this will give you a moment of self-care. Try the cat-cow, downward dog, mountain, and child’s pose. This will promote relaxation and give you a new level of energy after it’s completed.
4. Spiritual Meditation
This is the most important form of self-care. Be sure you take time to be alone with the Lord and in His Word. That is what’s going to fill you up and sustain you during the time you serve. If you are serving others but neglecting your spiritual life in the process, then service is distracting you from the most important thing. Schedule daily time for spiritual meditation and allow the Lord to fuel you for the work He has called you to do.
Tell us in the comments what you choose to do as self-care on a mission’s trip!
Imagine you have an infection on your foot. You contracted it because you have no shoes and the parasites have started eating away at the flesh on your feet. You’re in so much pain it’s hard to think straight. You need medical treatment, but since you don’t have a means for transportation, your only option to get help is to walk to the doctor.
Not on sidewalks and smooth, paved streets, but over sticks, rocks, and dirt with the infection on your feet screaming at you with each step.
To get to your doctor you don’t have the option to call an Uber or a cab. You cant call up your mom or your son for a lift. You cant even call an ambulance. You have to walk. That’s your one and only option for the medical care you so desperately need and have the right to!
Oh, and when I say walk, I don’t mean a block or two, or even a mile or two. How about a day or two journey to get to a doctor or a hospital? How doable does that sound in the kind of pain you are in?
This is where Mission Partners for Christ comes in. We bring the treatment to the patient. We come to their village because often it’s impossible for them to get to the doctor under their conditions. If they are to the point of needing medical care, they are beyond the point of being able to make the journey to the proper treatment that exists only at the hospitals.
What we offer through our ministry could be considered a house call from 2000 thousand miles away. We love people. All People. And we believe with our whole hearts that they deserve to have their physical needs met along with the spiritual.
With this being a new year, it’s always a good time to set intentions for how the Lord can use you to impact the world.
We wanted to set some intentions for the new year and hope you will join us in making at least one of the suggestions below a goal for 2019!
1. I will spend quiet time praying for the nations.
“The only condition that is to give worldwide power to this Gospel is prayer, and the spread of this Gospel will depend on prayer. The energy that is to give it marvelous momentum and conquering power over all its malignant and powerful foes is the energy of prayer.” – E. M. Bounds
Thank God for how He is working in the nations –“How awesome is the Lord most High, the great King is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth! God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” (Psalm 47:2, 8).
Pray for unity in the body of Christ –“I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23).
Pray for revival among God’s people – “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6).
Pray for governmental and spiritual leaders –“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Pray that God’s people will walk in holiness and obedience –“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Pray for the fear of the Lord – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7).
Pray for God to send His workers into the harvest field – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Pray that the Church will reach out to the poor, needy and imprisoned –“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3).
Pray for the salvation of the lost –“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).
Pray that God will use children and youth mightily for His glory – “At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children’” (Matthew 11:25).
Pray for just laws and righteous moral standards –“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
Pray that the Word of God will be given its rightful place –“Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them” (Psalm 119:129).
Pray that Houses of Prayer and worship will start in every major city in your nation – “These will I bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7).
Pray that God’s people will know how to effectively wage spiritual warfare – “Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes”(Ephesians 6:10-11).
Pray the promises of God in His Wordover the nations –“The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory” (Psalm 102:15).
Praying for the nations has rewards that will endure throughout all eternity. This may be one of the most strategic things we ever do. One day we will worship God around the throne in heaven with people from every tribe and tongue and nation (Revelation 5:9).
We will then realize the value of every prayer we prayed for a nation while we were on the earth. Are you willing today to pray daily for your nation? Are you willing to invest your time in a task that is so rewarding?
2. I will find a missionary to support.
There are many missionaries and so many of them could use more support. Consider committing to supporting a missionary whether financially or through prayer. Get on their email list for prayer updates or make a monthly contribution! Pray and allow God to put on your heart the best way to offer your support to a missionary this year.
3. I will learn about an unreached people group and find ways to support their needs.
Did you know there are still people groups in the world who are unreached when it comes to The Gospel? Work towards finding out more about these people groups and pray about ways you can support their needs.
4. I will get to know internationals in my area and grow in my knowledge of their culture.
There are locals in your area who are internationals. Get to know them! Ask them about their culture and grow your knowledge this year! Take steps towards friendship with those who are different than you and widen your lens to be more like that of Christ’s and the way He sees the world!
5. I will memorize the Great Commission.
Memorize the following scripture: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 2and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:19-20
6. I will get involved in my church’s outreach programs.
Serve your communities and those around the world by getting involved in your church’s outreach program. If your church doesn’t have one, find out how you can partner your church with another local church! It’s important to be reaching out and serving those near and far in the name of Christ!
7. I will pray about the possibility of attending a mission’s trip.
Maybe this is your year to join one of our mission’s trips! We want to challenge you to pray about the possibility and encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you might have. We hope you will join us!