Just because you can’t go on a missions trip right now, doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference!
Maybe you just don’t have the funds right now to join your organization of choice on a missions trip, or maybe a trip isn’t feasible due to a medical issue. No matter the reason, there are many other ways to make a difference in the missions organization you are passionate about! Here are a few ways you can support them without traveling:
Praying for an organization you want to support is one of the best ways you can help them. Many Christian non-profits like ours also have a prayer team, so make sure to check their website to see how you can join. If you want to join ours, just send us an email and we’ll get you added to the team!
Non-profit missions organizations simply cannot run successfully without the financial help from donors like you! In fact, donor support is exactly how we are able to keep our costs so low for volunteers that travel on missions with us. Every dollar that you can give to an organization you’re passionate about helps so much! Want to support our organization? You can make a donation here.
Gather supplies to donate
Many missions teams can also benefit greatly from supply donations. There are so many items teams need to bring on their trips, that supply donations end up being a huge help. A warning though: Before you start collecting supplies, make sure to contact the organization you want to donate to first and find out what they actually need! If you would like to donate supplies to us, you can contact us for a supply list.
Encourage your friends that are going on a trip
Even though attending a missions trip may not be in the cards for you (yet!), you can make a huge difference by supporting and encouraging your friends that are able to volunteer in this way! Check out this blog post for a helpful list of ways to support your friend or loved one on their next mission trip.
Find ways to give back to your local community
Though giving back to your local community doesn’t directly help the missions organization you would like to travel with in the future, it definitely DOES make a difference! As Christians we are called to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), and that includes the nation right in our own backyard. So no matter where you live, find people that need help, then go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus to them.
We hope this list will help encourage you that no matter which way you are able to support missions organizations, that your help DOES make a big difference and is greatly appreciated. Do you have anything to add to this list? If so, please let us know in the comments!
You’ve just heard from a good friend that they booked their first mission trip. This is exciting news, but how do you best support them?
Raising funds, arranging travel, and serving during a mission trip itself can be emotionally and mentally exhausting, so the support of friends and family during this time is crucial. Here are four ways you can support your loved one on their journey:
1. Pray For Their Mission Trip
Prayer is probably one of the most important things you can do to support your friend or loved one during their trip! As Christians we know that prayer can move mountains. Don’t know what to pray for specifically? This post offers 31 ways to pray for missions.
2. Encourage Them
Being your friend’s greatest supporter will go a long way towards easing their fears of the unknown, and help them feel encouraged. A simple text message letting them know how proud you are of them will be enough to lift their spirits when the going gets tough. For an added dose of encouragement, consider sending a care package with them filled with notecards containing a scripture and encouraging word for them to open on each day of their trip.
3. Give Financially
You simply can’t go on a missions trip without funding, so supporting your loved one’s trip financially can be one of the best ways to help! Even if you can only give $5, every little bit counts.
4. Spread The Word About Their Mission Trip
Another way to help financially is to spread the word about your friend’s trip for them to help raise funds! When people are personally connected to a cause they are more likely to give, so share away! If you need help coming up with the words to say you can download our free fundraising letter template here.
What about you? What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments. The more we support others with their mission work, the more people we can serve around the world!
The beauty of serving on multiple missions trips is that we get to partner with new organizations every time!
On our trip to Burkina Faso, we had the privilege to partner with a local organization, The Burkina Faso Christian Medical and Dental Association. Working with local organizations allows us to to help more people than we could on our own, and helps establish long lasting relationships in the area.
When we first arrived, we landed in Ouagadougou, (pronounced wagadagu) the capital and largest city in Burkina Faso, and then took a flight to Bobo-Dioulasso, where we were joined by the newly formed Christian Medical and Dental Association. We had a great time getting acquainted with 4 of the doctors from the association over dinner! They shared all about their training, where they are working, and about the Association’s mission.
For the next four days, our team along with theirs served together in many remote, unreached villages.
Our American doctors were able to encourage the Burkina Faso doctors and medical students. They were also a great encouragement to us as they showed us how they treat many tropical diseases in Burkina that we don’t see in the United States.
Together we were able to treat more patients than on any other trip= 1894!
There were three patients we were very concerned about that lived in the rural villages many miles from the city. Two have serious eye conditions and one has leukemia. With the assistance of the Burkina Faso Christian Medical Association, these patients were able to receive additional treatment they otherwise wouldn’t have, and I am so grateful we were able to establish a partnership with them!
The Burkina Faso Christian Medical and Dental Association witnessed how serving in these remote villages opened the hearts of people to the gospel.
They were very encouraged serving with our team and appreciated the partnership just as much as we did! At the end of our short trip we had some left over medication and supplies that we were able to donate to them.
We had the best time serving the people in remote villages around Burkina Faso and are so thankful that we were able to work together with the Burkina Faso Christian Medical and Dental Association. We couldn’t have helped as many people as we did without them!
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“What do you want me to do for you? Lord, he said, I want to see!” -Luke 18:41
Have you ever taken off your reading glasses and set them down only to wonder where you put them a few minutes later? For those of you that are middle aged and beyond, I know you feel my pain! What about those of us that need distance glasses? I can’t imagine driving a car without my glasses!
Most of us don’t think twice about the luxury it is to have access to glasses, but did you know many people in remote villages are driving, working, and living every day without much-needed corrective lenses? Presbyopia (farsightedness) often occurs 10 years earlier in developing countries, and yet this population is the least likely to have access to quality corrective lenses to help with this condition! Sadly many people even end up losing their jobs because they cannot see.
We at Mission Partners for Christ are so grateful for our partnership with I-TEC. This organization was started by Steve Saint in 1996 to develop tools and training to equip indigenous Christ followers to meet the physical and spiritual needs of their own people.
In 1956, Steve’s dad Nate Saint along with Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Flemming, and Roger Youderian were speared by a group of Waodani warriors in the Ecuadorian jungles. The horrific news of the death of these five missionary martyrs traveled fast and became headline news. (If you haven’t seen the movie “End of the Spear” you should check it out!)
Elisabeth Elliot, wife of Jim, and Rachel Saint, sister of Nate, returned to live among the Waodani. The killings once prevalent in their tribe virtually stopped and many of the Waodani heard the Gospel and believed! Steve was even baptized by some of the same men who speared his father in the jungles some years later.
One of the programs I-TEC provides is a glasses program called I-SEE, a portable kit that includes 200 pairs of distance and reading glasses, an eye chart, testing materials, an eye glass repair kit and a training video. All of the materials arrive in a ready to travel suitcase perfect for our trips!
During our pre-trip meetings we discuss which team member is interested in participating in the glasses program, and the training video is then sent to that person for review prior to our trip. This video is easy to understand and goes over the how to assess patients and determine which glasses are appropriate for them. This training video also encourages us to involve indigenous Christ followers in the glasses program during our outreach, as they usually speak the language which will provide the perfect opportunity for them to share their testimony with the patients. We pray that as people receive their first pair of glasses that the love displayed by our volunteers will prompt them to open their hearts to Christ. All leftover glasses are then able to be left with the indigenous workers so they can continue distributing them to people in need.
We are so thankful for this incredible organization and the opportunity to partner with them! To learn more about the I-SEE program as well as I-TEC’s other programs, please visit their website here: https://www.itecusa.org/
Want to learn more about our organization and the ones we partner with? Be sure to join our mailing list to get the latest news. As a thank you, we’ll send you a free fundraising letter template to help you raise funds for your next missions trip!
Going on a mission’s trip is different than becoming a missionary. Missionaries have to learn an entirely new language, integrate themselves into a diverse people group, navigate cultural differences and more. But when you decide to go on a mission’s trip — even short-term — you can still take small steps towards immersing yourself into a new culture. It makes the experience much more meaningful the more you decide to learn about a new culture.
To immerse yourself into a new culture, you first have to spend a significant amount of time learning about the culture. There are so many ways to learn through internet searches, books, or talking with others who have been where you are going. Study the history of the place you are visiting! Find out more about the people you will be serving. Ask questions!
If another language is spoken where you are going, download an app like Duolingo and learn the basics before you travel! So many times those you are serving have to fill in the communication gaps, but you should make the effort as well. Learning the language shows the people there that you’re willing to put real work into developing relationships.
Use the language basics to develop friendships. This is a great way to immerse yourself into a culture — do life with people of other cultures and learn from them!
Speaking of friendships, a part of being a good friend is compromising. It’s easy to want things to go your way, but try following their schedule instead! Sometimes that means eating a really late dinner or possibly waking up early with the sunrise. Do things their way instead of trying to bring your culture to them.
Another important way to immerse yourself into a new culture is to drop your assumptions. We all go somewhere with preconceived ideas. Some of that could have come through the early research you’ve done. But be open to the fact that, yes, researching an area you are traveling to is important, but it doesn’t tell you everything! People are unique individuals and can surprise you! Go with the flow and observe real-life, day-to-day happenings upon your arrival and follow those! Live true to yourself while also genuinely honoring and accepting the culture you are visiting.
Observe. Be sincere. Ask for help! Be open!
Disclaimer: This article isn’t saying to pretend to act like you are someone you are not. Don’t pretend to be apart of a culture in a disrespectful way. Approach your new cultural experience in a way that says you know who you are and where you come from but that you want to learn about and experience their culture in a genuine and honest way while you are there.
Tell us all about ways you have immersed yourself into another culture. What was that experience like for you?