Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ten Mission Trip Land Mines

by Bill Allison
www.cadreministries.com

We had just put the finishing touches on what I thought was a great summer mission trip. For a number of people in our group, this was their first time on any sort of mission trip, and since I love watching God use first-hand mission experiences to transform lives, I was pumped up.

As our group was saying goodbye to our newly-made friends overseas, I watched a fifteen-year-old girl from our group walk over to a teenage male, a national and friend of the missionary who hosted us. I was sure she just wanted to say farewell to him. But she didnʼt say a word. To my total astonishment, she simply walked up to him, put her hands on his shoulders, tilted her head, leaned into him, and gave him a l o n g, s l o w  k i s s... a kiss that, from my perspective, seemed to last for an eternity. The young man looked stunned but delighted. (Letʼs just say that he didnʼt run away crying to his mommy, nor did he file a sexual harassment complaint. He may, however, still be telling the story to his friends some twenty years later.) I, along with the rest of our group, the hosting missionaries, and the other national believers, didnʼt enjoy the kiss nearly as much. I felt my heart jump out of my chest and flop hopelessly on the ground in a mixture of blood-boiling anger and deep discouragement.

Talk about missing the point of a mission trip! How could she even think that was in the realm of the appropriate? How could we ever undo the collateral damage of this little but profoundly inappropriate goodbye kiss?

This young girl had stepped on a mission trip land mine. Our group and Godʼs work in that area of the world paid the price in damage.

Make no mistake about it: On a mission trip, the collateral damage of one small misstep could have a profoundly negative effect on you, your group, and your ministry.

The fact is that there are a lot of mission trip land mines buried just beneath the surface... waiting patiently... for you or someone from your group to make one wrong step. Shouldnʼt you know where these land mines are buried so you can avoid stepping on them?

Donʼt head out for that mission trip without first having each person in your group read, Ten Mission Trip Land Mines! Itʼs a FREE thirteen page PDF download especially for Cup O' Joe readers like you. Inside this FREE download, youʼll find:
  1. Ten mission trip land mines and how you and your team can avoid them.
  2. A Checklist Covenant that each person can sign.
  3. A FREE mission trip training session—great for an orientation meeting.
  4. Recommended training and devotional guide for mission trips.



To download the FREE 17 page PDF of Ten Mission Trip Land Mines, GO HERE.





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The ultimate mission trip devotional guide!

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