Things I Have Learned on the Mission Field

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I HAVE HAD the privilege of being a missionary kid and also have been on four short-term missions trips. Two of these have even taken me out of the country. Although my family wasn’t on the field that long, our time in Haiti taught me so much!

Every time I come home from a short-term trip, I feel like I have gained a ton of knowledge. Something about spending time in another culture, country, or even state, gives you a new perspective on life. You will meet people who change you and visit places you will never forget!

So for my article this month, since our theme is missions, I wanted to share a few of the things I have learned on the mission field.

  1. Getting out of your comfort zone is hard. It’s so easy to say that you want to step out of your comfort zone, but it’s definitely not easy to do it! You may cry, you may hate it in the moment, but in the end it will be worth it! You will never be the same, and you will grow in ways you didn’t know you needed to.
  2. Satan will attack those who are in involved in ministry more than normal. If we are doing what God wants, we are definitely doing what Satan doesn’t want! I have seen crazy stuff happen to people who are in ministry. In our own family, we have had physical, spiritual, and emotional attacks from Satan. The only way to combat them is to stop what you’re doing and plead the blood of Jesus.
  3. Just because you have always done something a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s the best way to do it! From washing dishes to worship services, most people in other countries do things differently than we do in the states. Sometimes, their way is actually way better than ours! But it still kinda throws you off and makes you question them. As long as what they were doing wasn’t biblically or morally wrong, I would try and learn these new things so I could help in whatever the task may be.
  4. With enough prayer and some coffee, you can do some really crazy stuff! Seriously! Late nights, early mornings, really bad smells, extreme temperatures. Yeah, it’s mostly all prayer, but a little coffee definitely doesn’t hurt!
  5. You will get there when you get there, meanwhile enjoy the journey. A lot of times on the mission field a “short trip” isn’t very short. All kinds of things could happen to cause delays or make a trip longer. The lesson I learned from that, was just to sit back and enjoy the ride! Either find things outside of the window to admire, or come up with a game or interesting conversation with those in the vehicle with you. Honestly, some of my best memories from the mission field are times spent in the missions truck or van.

So have you been on a missions trip? What are some things you have learned? I would love to hear! Feel free to comment below! And if you haven’t gone on a missions trip, what are you waiting for?? If you are interested, message me via the Wonderfully Odd Facebook page and I would be happy to help!

I HAVE HAD the privilege of being a missionary kid and also have been on four short-term missions trips. Two of these have even taken me out of the country. Although my family wasn’t on the field that long, our time in Haiti taught me so much! 

Every time I come home from a short-term trip, I feel like I have gained a ton of knowledge. Something about spending time in another culture, country, or even state, gives you a new perspective on life. You will meet people who change you and visit places you will never forget!

So for my article this month, since our theme is missions, I wanted to share a few of the things I have learned on the mission field.

  1. Getting out of your comfort zone is hard. It’s so easy to say that you want to step out of your comfort zone, but it’s definitely not easy to do it! You may cry, you may hate it in the moment, but in the end it will be worth it! You will never be the same, and you will grow in ways you didn’t know you needed to.
  2. Satan will attack those who are in involved in ministry more than normal. If we are doing what God wants, we are definitely doing what Satan doesn’t want! I have seen crazy stuff happen to people who are in ministry. In our own family, we have had physical, spiritual, and emotional attacks from Satan. The only way to combat them is to stop what you’re doing and plead the blood of Jesus.
  3. Just because you have always done something a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s the best way to do it! From washing dishes to worship services, most people in other countries do things differently than we do in the states. Sometimes, their way is actually way better than ours! But it still kinda throws you off and makes you question them. As long as what they were doing wasn’t biblically or morally wrong, I would try and learn these new things so I could help in whatever the task may be.
  4. With enough prayer and some coffee, you can do some really crazy stuff! Seriously! Late nights, early mornings, really bad smells, extreme temperatures. Yeah, it’s mostly all prayer, but a little coffee definitely doesn’t hurt!
  5. You will get there when you get there, meanwhile enjoy the journey. A lot of times on the mission field a “short trip” isn’t very short. All kinds of things could happen to cause delays or make a trip longer. The lesson I learned from that, was just to sit back and enjoy the ride! Either find things outside of the window to admire, or come up with a game or interesting conversation with those in the vehicle with you. Honestly, some of my best memories from the mission field are times spent in the missions truck or van.

So have you been on a missions trip? What are some things you have learned? I would love to hear! Feel free to comment below! And if you haven’t gone on a missions trip, what are you waiting for?? If you are interested, message me via the Wonderfully Odd Facebook page and I would be happy to help!

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