The two primary sources of mission trips are either national missionary organizations or local churches.
A few people venture out on their own but that’s not recommended. Whichever way you choose, your first goal will be to go as a helper to serve others and the Lord. There are many national organizations. You can do an internet search for short-term mission trips and you will find quite a few.
There is a great website with many resources. They have approximately 1700 trips listed with 113 organizations. The website is www.shorttermmissions.com. Most organizations in their trip fee include housing, food, and transportation to and from the airport. There will usually be an extra charge for health insurance while on the trip and your airfare. If you pay your fee and those additional expenses, everything else for the trip is covered.
When choosing an organization, remember that you’re not going on a vacation.
We all have different roles to play on a short-term mission trip. The mission organizations try to match your skills to their needs on their trips. Each organization will offer many trips to many countries. You can find this information on their website. The website will tell you what kind of work they’ll be doing and you should be able to decide if you have those skills.
Another point to consider with an organization is their vision and belief system. I’m keeping my book and blog non-denominational, but there are differences in our Christian doctrine. Read their statements of faith in order to see if you can work alongside them.
Two of the pros of going with your local church: You already know you agree with their doctrinal beliefs and you also already know people. If you don’t know many people at your church, this will give you an opportunity to meet more people and keep in touch after the trip.
My top choice for missions organizations is: In Motion Ministries
I decided to join with In Motion Ministries to go on trips and to train as a mission trip leader. This is a non-denominational missions organization and their main goal is to share the love of Christ around the world through short-term missions. You can visit them at inmotionministries.org. I attended their leadership training in Greeley, CO in October 2018. They are an amazing group of Christians. I felt loved and included from the time I landed in Denver.
In Motion Ministries is unique because they allow you to customize your mission trip. Whatever your dream, they can help make it happen!
Do you have a dream of taking your whole family on a mission trip to India? Or do you attend a small church or Bible study group that would love to travel to Panama? Whatever your dream, be sure to visit In Motion Ministries to see how they can help put it all together for you.
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