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Contributed by Janice Liew

“The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.” – Mike Stachura
Not everyone can pack up all their belongings and become career missionaries, but many of us can go on short-term mission trips. If you've never tried it, I encourage you to consider these benefits of taking the compassion of Jesus to another culture:

1. You will encounter God's heart. Our God is big and He cares about the nations. He's a global God. And His ultimate goal is to gather a family that represents "every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (Rev. 5:9). When you step into a foreign mission field, you will sense God's amazing compassion for another culture and you will begin to know Him as Lord of the harvest.

2. You will expand your limited perspective.Every now and then you need to step out of your comfort zone and allow God to stretch you.

3. You will be become more grateful. You will definitely renewed appreciation for life's little blessings—air conditioning, running water, nice roads and flush toilets.

4. You will discover your spiritual family. When you minister alongside Christians in another country, you find that the Holy Spirit bonds us together supernaturally.

5. You will build lasting partnerships. God gives us this strong bond so we will link arms and work for a common purpose across racial and cultural lines.

6. You will overcome your fears. You will have more spiritual confidence when you get back home. Sometimes you have to run to the front of the battle line to get new courage.

7. You will expand the kingdom of Jesus. The Great Commission was not a suggestion. Christ's kingdom cannot be built without bold, radical obedience to Matthew 28:19: "Go therefore..." Somebody has to GO. There's no way around it. To share the gospel with the whole world, we must be willing to pack our bags sometime and leave home.

mission trips 2012/2013





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