How We Know That God Will Equip The Called

How We Know That God Will Equip The Called

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. –2 Corinthians 9:8

Have you ever felt called by God to do something but then a little voice in your head told you that you weren’t good enough or qualified enough?

The voice made it loud and clear that you weren’t going to make a big enough impact. You still had a long way to go and a lot to learn before you can actually be good enough to do what God has called you to do.

Well…I want you to know that those are lies.

They are what Satan wants you to believe to keep you from doing God’s work. When those lies creep in, think about the closest people to Jesus in the Bible. None of them were exactly what you would call “qualified.” They weren’t highly educated or accomplished.

Some of them were simple fishermen. But God called them, and they followed and played a huge part in changing the world!

I think too often we limit ourselves. We hear about ways we can serve God, but we aren’t able to picture ourselves in those roles. We believe that sharing the Gospel or serving others can be done by those with more “experience” or a “closer relationship with God.” But the reality is that God can and will use anyone who is willing.

When we surrender ourselves to God and know that it’s through HIM and not through ourselves that any impact will happen in the world, only then will we truly be equipped for God’s call on our lives.

God used a man who struggled with speaking to talk to Pharoah and release the Israelites out of captivity. God used a small shepherd boy to defeat a strong giant. God used a teenage girl to deliver the Savior of the World! And God can use YOU to plant the seed of His love into those around you!

It’s through the ordinary that God’s glory shines and His light can shine the brightest!

So what is it that you need to say “YES!” to? What can you do that steps you out of your comfort zone and into God’s will?  Please share with us so we can be praying for you as the Lord equips you for His call!

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” –Hebrews 13:20-21

How To Support Your Child’s Desire To Go On A Mission Trip

How To Support Your Child’s Desire To Go On A Mission Trip

“Missionary: someone who leaves their family for a short time, so that others may be with their families for eternity.”

I recently came across this quote and really resonated with this meaning of missionary. You see, my husband was a missionary kid, so the idea of missions has always been a topic we discuss regularly. One recent question we had was “What if one of our children is called away to missions and desires to go?”

If you have been talking about the importance of mission work, it’s highly likely your children have been listening. They may have already started talking about going on one. If you find yourself wondering how to support your child’s desire to go on a mission trip, keep reading! We wrote this post just for you!

Here are 3 easy ways you can support your child’s desire to take their very first mission trip: 

1. Encourage

Encouraging children to attend a mission’s trip may be difficult. A mission’s trip can sometimes be dangerous or the idea of your child being apart from you can feel scary. But remember to offer your support before, throughout, and upon their return home. Help your child prepare before, pack a few letters full of Bible verses like the one below for him to read during your trip and feel encouraged during the difficult times.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” —Joshua 1:19

And be there to listen to your child talk about what her experience was like after she returns!

2. Pray

There honestly isn’t much we can do to replace our worry other than to make time for frequent prayer. Remember, God calls us to spread the Gospel. Pray for those who will be impacted by your child. Pray for your child’s personal spiritual growth, and pray for his safety while he is away! Remember, prayer is a powerful weapon to replace fear. 

Support your child’s desire to go on a medical mission trip by praying with, for, and over them regulalry. Helping them tune their ears to God’s voice will always lead them to their calling. Allowing prayer to shape our hearts and soften any resistance we parents may have to our chidren joining a mission team, is essential to helping children grow more independant in their faith.

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” — 1 Samuel 1:27

3. Let Go

One of the worst things we can do as parents is to try to hang onto our children while they are following the will of God. Their desire to go on mission trips is no exception. Even young children can serve locally on mission teams. Check with your church to see if they have short term opportunities locally. There are also mission organizations that offer family and paretne+child trips. A quick Google search will help you locate options for your family!

Remember, God doesn’t always call us to the safe and comfortable places. As parents, we want those two things for our kids but we need to be able to let go of our kids and give them room to be obedient to God. Listen with an open mind when they start discussing mission work and let God provide the means for their calling to unfold!

Tell us in the comments about your experience letting your children go on mission’s trips!

What Sparked My Passion For Medical Missions

What Sparked My Passion For Medical Missions

In this week’s post our founder, Sheri Postma, shares about a highly impactful trip where her passion for medical mission trips grew significantly. 

Every mission trip experience leaves a mark for different reasons and each trip fans the flame that sparked my passion for medical missions. I play back memories of my time in each country like a film reel — seeing hearts change when they hear the Gospel for the first time, watching the carefree spirits of communities who lack in material possessions but have an abundance of love.

But, my trip in January 2011 stands out to me as being the trip that opened a chapter in my life to answer God’s call. It was when I traveled to Jamaica that sparked my passion for medical missions.


Our team served in Jamaica through several unique ways. We performed construction work at a school for the deaf, volunteered with the Eden school, and served children at a local orphanage. At the orphanage, the children greeted us with their smiles and were so happy to have us there. They loved hugging us and, at the same time, challenged us to games of kickball. It gave me so much JOY to serve God by reminding these children that God loves them and He sees their worth!

I spent a lot of time reading the Bible, praying, and hearing from God. I received clarity from the Lord that my focus should be on medical missions because of my nursing background and God’s gift of organization.

The call was clear, and my answer was “yes!”


There were many high school and college age students on this trip who worked hard that week shoveling and carrying buckets of dirt and rocks. But more importantly, they were carrying the Gospel into places that were searching for hope. Though I knew God’s Word, He spoke to me in a new way that week as well. In addition to those humbling experiences, another reason I enjoyed this specific trip was because my son Trent accompanied me for the second time. 

Since my time in Jamaica, I became more actively involved in planning and leading all future medical mission trips for my church and continue to willingly listen to God’s call.

My passion for medical missions continues to grow stronger with each trip I join!

The Mission Partners for Christ team would love to help you experience the joy of providing medical services, treatment, and education in underserved areas of the world. Please visit our VOLUNTEER page to find out how you can make your dreams of serving internationally a reality!

8 Really Easy Fundraising Tips For Medical Mission Trips

8 Really Easy Fundraising Tips For Medical Mission Trips

The cost of medical missions is one of the biggest obstacles that keep people from serving, but it doesn’t have to keep you from joining a team!

With travel costs, supplies, immunizations, and all the little extras, the cost of everything adds up quickly! But don’t let the dollar amount of a medical mission’s trip hold you back! Going on a medical mission trip is a great way to help people in under served communities and it can bring a whole new perspective to your life. You may be tempted to charge the costs, and that’s OK if you have the resources to pay it down in a reasonable time. If you don’t have the resources handy, hold off on that credit card swipe and check out this list of fundraising tips for medical mission trips.

We’ve compiled this list of a few of the best fundraising tips for medical mission trips!

1. Host a meal your supporters can attend for a donation

Whether at a church or local event center, schedule a pancake breakfast, taco bar, or spaghetti dinner and collect proceeds to go toward your mission’s trip. Set a suggested donation and many will give more. It’s a win-win as guests will receive dinner and fellowship while you are raising money and sharing your story with those who want to support you!

2. Plan an auction to sell of donated items

Local vendors will often gladly donate items to a worthy cause. Donations give them exposure and give you the opportunity to auction items off without costing you. Your trip will profit 100% from the sale, and many people are quite generous at these events and bid over the cost of the item!

3. Invite friends and family to be a part of your trip

Send a letter outlining you trip and, more importantly, why you feel so moved to take it.  Letters don’t put people on the spot but give them time to pray and think about ways they can help. A personal follow up with texts, calls, emails, or a face to face visit can help people see your passion and say “yes” if it’s in their budget. Giving generously is a great way for people to support medical missions work if they’re not physically able to join a team.

4. Sell items made by you (or friends and family)

Let your DIY side come out! Create homemade items such as soaps, baked goods, jewelry, photography prints, etc. and sell them! Have a special fudge recipe that everyone loves? Perhaps you’re a superstar at making freezer dump meals. Even better pull a few friends together to help you take orders and create amazing things to generate cash for your trip costs.

5. Offer a service people will benefit from

Pick a skill and offer your services: lawn care, babysitting, coaching, cleaning, car washing, and more! People are more than willing to pay for a service when they know their money is used for good. Brainstorm service ideas and get others involved to help! Remember, making it a win/win makes it so much easier for people to financially support you!

6. Hold a sports tournament and promise bragging rights to the winner

Raise money from a weekend sports tournament. Whether baseball or golf, gather your community together for a great time! Charge an entry fee and allow businesses to pay for advertisements on game day. Set up a snack  basic snacks and start spreading the word about the tournament early on so you can expect a positive turnout!

7. Plan a workshop or training

Do you have a unique skill like cooking, sewing, blogging, art, or something else? Plan a workshop where you invite friends and family to pay and learn skills in your area of expertise. Invite your friends to bring a bottle of wine, chase their dreams, or learn how to to the latest new thing.

8. Get a fundraising website

Free websites are available and dedicated to promoting your cause. Check into Razoo (https://www.razoo.com/ ).Sites like this are easy to share with friends and help you easily keep track of your fundraising goals.

With a little creativity and a whole lot of passion you can raise the fund you need for your trip. As an added bonus your community can support you and learn more about how medical mission trips, like your, impact the world.

 

Tell us in the comments if you have additional fundraising tips for medical mission trips! Good luck on your fundraising efforts!

How to Serve on Your First Medical Missions Trip

How to Serve on Your First Medical Missions Trip

Medical missions trips can be a great source of inspiration, education, and even adventure while we serve others and release new blessings into their lives. If you’ve never been part of a team, you probably have questions and concerns about how to help people without falling into white savior mode. If you’re unfamiliar with that term white savior, you can read more about what that means here.

The primary difference between a medical missions trip that helps, and one that hurts, is knowing this trip is not for or about us. These trips are ultimately about serving other people by helping them be healthier. It’s all about individual and community empowerment. While immersed in other cultures, nations, or regions, there are three key things to remember that will help you serve others well on your first medical missions trip.

1) Be Sensitive to the Moment As You Serve

It’s natural to want to remember the sights and sounds of the moments we spent with others. While we are on the medical missions trip, we can jot down notes to aid us in journaling and writing supportive fundraising content once we are home and take lots of pictures. We often want to be able to show friends and family how we were able to serve others and what it was like so they can understand the mission and support it. When we are photographing scenic views and momentous events or people, we want to be sure we have permission to include everything or anyone.

There may be some places you go on your first medical missions trip where we need to be especially sensitive in this regard, so if you’re unsure, ask your group’s leaders, the person you are talking with, and study about the culture and any context or specific regional information you may need to know prior to going on the trip.

When we take pictures or write about what we experience on these trips, it’s important to have the right heart. We are not the savior of anyone.

How we present where we’ve been is a reflection of who we are. We need to go with hearts fully set on loving others where they are and serving them rather than making ourselves look good. Trust in the organization is built up with others when we show we honor and respect them and everything anyone does in the group can build trust.

2) Be Generous With Gratitude

Inviting a medical missions team into your community takes a lot work and isn’t always the most convenient. The people on the ground have likely spent months organizing, planning, and connecting with people in the community. When on your first medical missions trip it’s important to not center your sacrifices or work. Give praise and thanks generously, but make sure it is genuine.

Recognize that true partnership will only happen if you choose to value the people, places, resources, and customs in the community you’re serving. Listen well and don’t assume that different means lesser. Choosing gratitude softens our hearts and keeps our ego in check. Simple things like being willing to try unfamiliar things and really listening to what people are saying will go a long way in developing impactful relationships.

3) Focus on The People You Are There To Serve, Not Yourself

The biggest mistake people make on medical missions trips is to focus on self. This trip isn’t about you. It’s about the people you are there to serve and it’s about supporting the work of the local partners. So let them be the focus of your thoughts and actions. Worry less about how this will impact you in the moment and process that after the trip. Thinking about the people you’re serving will help you be fully present which is crucial to actually making a difference.

Listening to people with open ears and an open heart is the first step. If we put our focus on listening to understand, we may learn something while at the same time conveying our respect and honor of others and their unique situations.

You may not always speak the language of the people where you’re going on a medical missions trip, and they may not speak yours perfectly either, so it’s a good idea to make arrangements for a reliable translator who has years of ongoing fluency in the language of the people. The internet connection or wifi in a place may only have a certain amount of bandwidth. If there are any confusing phrases or words that cannot simply be Googled, translators can help you.

Are You Ready to Serve on Your First Medical Missions Trip?

We would love to meet you and help you explore this exciting area of ministry. Click on Volunteer to read about upcoming trips and how you can get involved!

Do you need some questions answered before you say yes to your first medical missions trip? We’d love to answer your questions about joining our team. Click here to submit your question via our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!