Thursday, July 17, 2014

Through you the world will change, not by you

A lot of people feel called to go on short term "mission" trips to help those in need, whether it is in your own back yard or half way across the world. These teams and groups are extremely amazing and help people like me so much. But there are a few things you might want to remember if you are going somewhere to help others

  1. You are a GUEST remember that
  2. If you are in a different culture understand that things are done differently. Even if it is the same culture, your way isn't always the right way.
  3. Communicate: with your team, your host, and the locals
  4. Commitment: if you say you're going to do something, do it.
  5. You're there to do mission,  not for a vacation. If you want vacation plan free time
  6. Understand before you leave what you're going to be doing
  7. Ask what the people need and what they think is possible for you to provide
  8. Just because one thing worked in your home and culture doesn't mean it will work in mine or that it is what I need/want
  9. Make connections with the locals
  10. Remember: enjoy yourself. You will often find that you are changed more by the people you're helping than vice versa

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