How To Immerse Yourself Into A New Culture

How To Immerse Yourself Into A New Culture

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?

4 Ways To Serve Others Well

4 Ways To Serve Others Well

When we are called to serve, it’s usually not convenient. We aren’t called into a comfortable place of service — instead, we are called into discomfort. But those who want to serve want to do it well despite the discomfort they may feel, so this post is about 4 Ways To Serve Others Well!

To learn more about how to step outside of your comfort zone during a mission’s trip, read this post.

1. Be the servant.

As obvious as this one sounds, so often we approach serving others from the position of “better than.” We think we are inferior and focus on what we can offer and how much of a difference we can make, but if we want to serve others well, we have to view ourselves as a servant. We are all equal in the eyes of God and we all have something to share and learn from one another.

Read our post about servant leadership here.

2. Listen and learn.

When you listen to and learn from those you are serving, you may quickly find out that what they need is completely different than what you are giving. For example, if you are meeting someone’s physical needs and they are talking about loneliness or a lack of purpose that they feel in life, you’ll soon realize that the person also needs some mental and spiritual support! On the other hand, if you’re preaching and serving a group of people and you notice a group of hungry children in the corner asking for food, you’ll learn that they need to eat before they can take in anything you are trying to teach them.

There have been far too many times when a mission’s team has gone to build a home or update a school in a place of poverty but only takes a few minutes of their time to look into the eyes of the people and be open to what they can teach the team. When you choose to serve on a medical mission’s team, you receive the amazing opportunity to work one on one with people. Ask them their stories! Learn about their culture, their needs, and what their gifts are. We are all given gifts from the Lord and when we are able to use those gifts, it’s an empowering experience.

3. Serve with sacrifice.

As mentioned above, service is uncomfortable and often inconvenient. It requires giving of yourself and pouring into others. Service requires sacrifice. If you want to serve well, be willing to sacrifice. You’ve positioned yourself as a servant and have listened to the needs of others, now it’s time to figure out how you can meet those needs. This may mean changing your agenda. Maybe it’s staying up late to sit and share a meal with someone you meet on the trip and listening to his/her story. Sacrifice could mean working longer hours than you expected because more people show up to receive medical attention than you originally planned. Maybe it means making a plan for when you return home to continue the impact by making others aware of your experience and the people who need continued support. Whatever it looks like, be sure that on your trip you are serving well by sacrificing yourself for others.

Remember: “Loving people the way Jesus did means living a life filled with constant interruptions.” -Bob Goff

4. Help grow the planted seed.

A mission’s trip plants a seed, but the seed needs special care to grow! As mentioned above, there are many ways to continue making a difference for those you are serving after you plant the seed. This can be done through making others aware of the needs and the mission. We have a list of ways you can help the seeds you plant to grow!

Read this post: 3 Ways To Continue Supporting Mission Trips Upon Your Return

Now that you know how to serve well, it’s time to join our next Mission’s Trip Team! Join today!

We Love Our Partners!

We Love Our Partners!

We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our partner ministries! We have introduced you to several of our partners and plan to introduce you to more along the way. Here is a list to see other ministries who could use your support!

1. Partner Spotlight #1: The Shoe That Grows.

Did you know that many children in developing countries do not have shoes? Children contract illnesses through their feet because they do not have shoes. Over 1.5 billion people suffer from soil-transmitted diseases that could have been prevented had they worn proper footwear. These diseases can even lead to death if left untreated.

The Shoes That Grow organization provides very durable shoes to children that are made from compressed rubber (similar to a car tire), antibacterial synthetic, and high-grade velcro. The quality of these shoes is important since the children will wear this single pair of shoes longterm. The shoes expand up to 5 sizes so the child can wear them for several years.

Would you like to help us obtain shoes for the children we are seeing on our upcoming trips? Contact us or check out their website and let’s work together!

Read more about this ministry here.

2. Partner Spotlight #2: Global Hope Network International

Did you know that 1.5 billion people live in extreme poverty? The average village has 1,500 people and 1 million villages exist in over 70 countries. Global Hope Network International was launched with the purpose of “Bringing help and hope to the hidden and hurting.” Global Hope Network International (GHNI) focus’ on Transformational Community Development (TCD) to provide long term sustainability in villages.

This organization helps villages in the following five areas: water, food, wellness, education, and income.

Would you like to see one of these villages for yourself? Join us on an upcoming mission trip. To find out more about Global Hope Network International visit their website here.

Read more about this ministry here.

3. Partner Spotlight #3: World Mission

Did you know that 3 billion people have never had a gospel witness? World Mission delivers the Word of God in audio format “The Treasure” to oral learners living in unreached places. Today 40% of all the people groups or nations in the world still remain unreached. The Treasure is a solar digital audio player. It is smaller than an iPhone and weighs 2.4 ounces. It is easy to use. Each unit can hold up to 800 hours of audio material. They hold the entire New Testament and can also hold Old and New Testament stories, the Story of Jesus, and the God Story. There are literally thousands of languages available.

By providing a Treasure, it opens up the opportunity for people to hear the gospel for the first time in their language and to know that God speaks everyone’s language. We are grateful for the partnership of World Mission and hope you will get involved in partnering as well! A Treasure, at $50 each, reaches approximately 144 people with the life-changing power of the gospel. The more Treasures sent, the more people reached! Donate Here.

Read more about this ministry here.

4. Partner Spotlight #4: Blessing International

“Blessings International supplies medicines, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment to teams and clinics serving in some of the most remote, impoverished, and dangerous places on earth, including within the continental United States.”

We love Blessing International! This organization provides quality medications and supplies for our mission trips. We couldn’t do what we do without the proper supplies, and we trust Blessing International to provide us with these items for our medical mission teams that serve in developing countries.

Would you like to help Blessings International heal the hurting, build healthy communities and transform lives? 100% of every dollar you give is used to provide medicines or medical supplies to the sick around the world. If you would like to help, you can give to any of their projects.

Read more about this ministry here.

Medicines For Missions Made Easy

Medicines For Missions Made Easy

Partner Spotlight #4: Blessing International

“Blessings International supplies medicines, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment to teams and clinics serving in some of the most remote, impoverished, and dangerous places on earth, including within the continental United States.”

We love Blessing International! This organization provides quality medications and supplies for our mission trips. We couldn’t do what we do without the proper supplies, and we trust Blessing International to provide us with these items for our medical mission teams that serve in developing countries.

The medications that they offer are the types that are needed to treat illness’ that are not commonly diagnosed in the United States. Their prices are much lower than what is available at a local pharmacy. So we are able to treat more people thanks to the lower cost. Blessing International has made the ordering process simple. They are very responsive to questions, and we receive our supplies very quickly. Countless lives have been saved because of the partnership we have with Blessings International.

Some of the ways we use their supplies is in monitoring blood pressure, treating malaria, and treating intestinal parasites. Every year we evaluate and treat hundred of patients with high blood pressure, often 200/100. In 2018 we were able to treat 600 patients for malaria. 4500 for intestinal parasites. Every patient that comes to our medical outreach receives Tylenol and vitamins thanks to this organization and the work our teams do in partnership together.

Partnerships make it possible for us to hold several medical outreaches per year. We are grateful for the partnership with Blessings International. Though we know that the physical needs of people need to be met, we also love that Blessing International also recognizes the need for spiritual provision. A key component of their ministry is also sharing the love of Jesus Christ, so we are so happy when we are able to return from our medical outreaches and share the successful results of both physical and spiritual healing we experience. Those we reach not only are provided medical care, but they most importantly are given the chance to accept Jesus as their Savior.

Would you like to help Blessings International heal the hurting, build healthy communities and transform lives? 100% of every dollar you give is used to provide medicines or medical supplies to the sick around the world. If you would like to help, you can give to any of their projects. To find out more about Blessings International and offer your support, check them out here.

Deliver The Word Of God To Unreached People

Deliver The Word Of God To Unreached People

Partner Spotlight #3: World Mission

Did you know that 3 billion people have never had a gospel witness? World Mission delivers the Word of God in audio format “The Treasure” to oral learners living in unreached places. They seek to fulfill Mark 16:15 “And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”

Today 40% of all the people groups or nations in the world still remain unreached. The Treasure is a solar digital audio player. It is smaller than an iPhone and weighs 2.4 ounces. It is easy to use. Each unit can hold up to 800 hours of audio material. They hold the entire New Testament and can also hold Old and New Testament stories, the Story of Jesus, and the God Story. There are literally thousands of languages available.

1. Where We Reach:

The people we reach live in a geographic area in the Eastern Hemisphere commonly known as the 10/40 Window. This area holds 2/3 of the world’s population and is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The 10/40 Window is often called “The Resistant Belt” because it includes the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. Eight out of ten of the world’s poorest people live in these areas.

To make it simple, get a map and draw a line from Senegal in West Africa to the Philippines in Asia. This is the main area where we send Treasures.

2. Who We Reach:

Our main mission is to reach those who would not otherwise hear the Gospel. Surprisingly, 6,685 of all nations are considered to be “unreached” yet they are only receiving less than 1% of the funding given to missions.

Many of the villages where we hold our medical outreaches have people who are illiterate. By providing a Treasure, it opens up the opportunity for them to hear the gospel for the first time in their language. We are grateful for the partnership of World Mission. To learn more about the Treasure, click here.

3. How We Reach:

World Mission doesn’t just rush into a mission without first spending a lot of time in prayer and seeking wisdom about the needs of the nation. They do not run into darkness without first seeking light. We know that the Word of God changes lives, so we reach others through bringing nations the Bible in their own language through The Treasure. We also know that more than 70% of the people in these nations are oral learners and do not know how to read, so the best way to bring God’s Word to them is through audio. Read more about The Treasure here.

The plans included on the Treasure Outreach System

By providing a Treasure, it opens up the opportunity for people to hear the gospel for the first time in their language and to know that God speaks everyone’s language. We are grateful for the partnership of World Mission and hope you will get involved in partnering as well! A Treasure, at $50 each, reaches approximately 144 people with the life-changing power of the gospel. The more Treasures sent, the more people reached! Send treasures with us on our next mission’s trip!

Donate Here.