mission trip

Tales from a Last-Minute Chaperone: Venturing into the Dominican Republic

Laurie Wilke responded to a last-minute call from Bellevue Presbyterian Church for a volunteer to help supervise their large group of female students headed to the Dominican Republic on a short-term Venture trip. Here is her unexpected adventure in her own words:

I knew that the students (as well as us leaders) would be positively impacted, but the “how” was awesome to participate in/watch as it unfolded.

Pick Up the Phone, God Is Calling You to Sponsor a Child

When I was a kid, our telephone was mounted to the wall in the kitchen; its long, curly cord almost touched the floor. We didn’t have an answering machine so when the phone rang, we answered. 

Every call was an invitation to live life, to adventure—just like the call Eugene Choi answered six years ago, in the middle of Malawi.

Six Tips for Doing Short-Term Missions Right

A short-term mission trip is a great way to better understand a foreign culture and to renew your passion to help people in need. But when you're dealing with cultures that are so different from your own, it's not always easy to know how to help without hurting. Follow these six tips to get started on the right foot with short-term missions!

Six Ways to Prepare for Your Venture Trip

So you’ve signed up for a Venture trip this year. Obviously you have a lot of physical preparation to do—fundraising, shopping, collecting resources, and packing. But beneath the physical preparation, you have a much more important job to do mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. 
 

Is it Safe? Your Five Biggest Questions About Your Mission Trip

So you’re going on a Venture Trip—that’s exciting! As you begin preparing for your trip to Africa or the Caribbean it’s only natural to have some questions and concerns about the country you will be working in. 

Preparing Your Heart for Mission Trips

You spend a lot of time preparing for your mission trip—fundraising, gathering supplies, packing your giant suitcase. But make sure to include one last item on your list: preparing your heart. Amber Rettke just returned from a trip to Malawi. Below, she shares five prayers that helped her focus on God and prepare her heart for the journey.

Life After a Mission Trip

I couldn’t wait to go on my first mission trip to Malawi and Uganda four years ago. I spent months preparing for the experience of entering a completely different culture, and I’m glad I did. My team leader mentioned that transitioning back to life at home after a trip might be just as difficult, but I secretly believed I wouldn’t have any trouble. Just in case, I had a little book called Unearth, which was supposed to help with the transition.

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