If you have not gone on a medical missions trip before, and the idea of planting a seed is new to you, here is what we are talking about: when you go anyplace throughout the day–even just within your home, there may be opportunities to plant seeds that grow into faith, knowledge of who Christ is, and more. When you go on a medical missions trip, there are many opportunities to plant a seed.
With the work we do worldwide, we often encounter people who do not know about Jesus. They also might not know about some ways to care for medical issues they may be experiencing. They might know how but lack the resources and feel uncertainty or anxiety. There may be severe struggles and events going on in a community. Everything we do may not produce an immediate result of faith in Christ, but it plants a seed.
When we visit people worldwide and bring medical supplies, educational items, other good things we are blessed to be able to give, and ourselves, we are planting a seed of hope that will grow in the light wherever it shines in the darkness. We are showing each person that God loves them, remembers them, and cares deeply for them. From the way we speak with other people to how we do our work or even show up in life, we are planting seeds.
Where can you begin in medical missions?
Thankfully you can begin planting a seed in medical missions work in various ways, from joining a team offering free medical services in one of our clinics to donating supplies to leading a prayer about us in your small group in your church. Below are just some ways to serve. What are some other ways that come to mind?
We are always looking for new ways to be the hands and feet of Christ to those who need us. If you have any ideas that weren’t listed here or want to discuss how you can get involved, we would love to hear from you. Click here to submit your question via our contact page. We will get back with you as soon as possible!
Everything that is going on in the world today has already been envisioned and lovingly provided for by God. Even that thing–yes! That one thing you have on your mind as you go through your daily routines this summer.
It is easy to become used to dealing with whatever comes up during the moment, and then at the end of the day, as we wind down and prepare to rest, start to think of the future. What will I need to do tomorrow to make next week more productive? What actions do I need to take to be ready for this big event several months ahead? Inwardly we know God has it all worked out though, so we can rest like one who sleeps in the wind because the work is already done.
We are grateful and believe, just like you, that life is filled with blessings and opportunities to both be blessed and a blessing to others. Our upcoming trip to Benin is one possible way, and we know it’s on a lot of hearts. With that in mind, we gathered three scriptures to pray from and keep close to you this summer as you move toward autumn and all that it requires.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
God hears your prayers. He sees your tears and senses your concerns. You are not alone right now or when you go on your upcoming mission trip. Right now is an excellent time to press in and see that the Lord is so good! As we continue faithfully committed to the work at hand, we are assured that God is with us, and all will work out in a way we could not have imagined. Missions work is hard work, and it is worth it!
“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’”
God has always intended for us to be missions-minded in one way or another, even before the fall of Adam and Eve. The way we do this now since that fall did happen, is through all the opportunities we create so we can live in a way that others see God’s love at work. We share the gospel in Treasures, on social media. Whenever we share a testimonial or get into a conversation that invites this encouragement. We share it when we live out our faith in giving of our time, resources, energy, and prayers. Our hands, feet, and mouths are made for this, and our hearts and minds can be full of joy and hope as we look forward to all the ways we will be a part of the blessings others receive all over the world as we serve and love with our lives.
“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
We can be sure of our heavenly Father lighting the way at all times. He cares about what is going on globally. He is familiar with the intricate details of each personal need, hope, or dream. He knows the best way to accomplish every goal. He knows what it will take for every person to be strengthened, encouraged, and active in the service into which they are called. We can be courageous and take action even when we are unsure of exactly what to expect because we know God is God. He is with us and for us wherever we go.
Are you considering going on a mission’s trip?
If you’re new to praying from a scripture, one way to do it is to change some of the words into a prayer. For example, if you pray from Galatians 6:9, you could reflect on the scripture and pray how you usually pray, or you could say “I will not grow weary in doing good. When the time is right, I will reap a harvest if I do not give up!”
If you’ve been thinking about joining a medical missions team, check out information on our upcoming November medical mission trip to Benin. If you’re interested in learning more about our current upcoming 2020 destinations, have a look here. Do you need some questions answered before you say yes? 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!
Have you registered to go on your first medical mission’s trip or do you plan to do that in the future? Group leaders are supportive and helpful when it comes to information on how to prepare yourself for a trip, and there is no lack of information for anyone who is earnest in making the most of their moments of service, prayer, and encouragement away from home. You can find out a lot on this website and on the Mission Partners for Christ Facebook page as well!
To help you get ready in different ways you might not have considered yet, we have put together this list of three things you can do this summer to prepare for going on a medical mission’s trip.
Listen to the mission’s teams who share their testimonies in church
The teams who come to visit your churches are one inspiring source of information, and so are others within your church or community who have gone on any type of mission’s trip. This may be how many of us first came in contact with the idea of medical mission’s trips. While no trip is exactly the same as another, this one thing can be an encouragement and well of wisdom. Listen to the missionaries or team members sharing their presentations or testimonies. Ask good questions. Consider staying in contact with some of the out-of-town missionaries who encourage this–by writing letters, sending emails, or through their preferred mode of communication.
You might be surprised to find there are all sorts of people who go on mission’s trips. Many are not in full-time ministry, but also are employed in other professions such as doctors, nurses, medical technicians, teachers–or they are students or families who take time off to serve on mission’s trips. You can learn so much by connecting with other like-minded people.
Watch medical care and mission’s trip documentaries
Medical care documentaries are often easier to find than mission’s trip documentaries. One is usually available online and the other tends to be shared in churches or at small group gatherings. Both are on Netflix and Amazon Prime. These movies may not provide a full picture of what is going on, but will help you to understand issues and history involved with medical care and missions.
Cover yourself and all the people going on a trip in prayer
Your mission team group may have specific prayers you share with one another from a booklet or on a website or group leader emails, but you can pray in addition to this. You could pray for the people where you are going who will be served, the people in every port of entry and all things related to transportation and shipping, the medical team and medical supplies, any medical teams you will be working with, and more. You could pray to make new lasting friendships, learn new skills, and to serve in the best ways possible for you personally to serve.
Cover your life in prayer as well as the lives of those close to you. We know sometimes when something big is going on to bring glory to God’s name, if the enemy of our faith can’t wear you down or wear out, he may try to wear down or wear out those around you. Practice good self care and be in continual prayer. Want more specific prayer ideas? We once shared a list of seven prayers to pray before going on a mission’s trip that would be good to pray at this time.
Share your comments with us
These are just three things to help you prepare for your first medical mission’s trip. Can you think of anything else? Head over to the Mission Partners for Christ Facebook page share your thoughts and experiences with us. Is there any way you would like us to pray for you? Share that too! We love to hear from you!
Maybe you have found this blog post because you ask the question, “What is a medical missions trip?”
We want to help you learn about medical missions trips. Let’s go over the meaning of “mission trip.” It’s not uncommon for people to be unsure of what that means, even if they are people of faith involved with their local churches and communities.
A mission trip or missions trip is a short-term or long-term commitment by one or more Christians who agree to serve people and help them know Christ’s love. This service commitment often involves travel far away from home and an extended stay. The word “mission” comes from “missionary” or one who travels to complete a sustainable mission of service and teaching about Christ.
A medical missions trip is the same as a missions trip, except the focus is on serving people with medical needs.
These needs could range greatly due to the accessibility of medical care and medicine, supplies, and equipment in a community. Many who go on a medical missions trip are trained medical professionals, but teams are built up of other people with different training and skills too. Anyone with a heart to serve could go!
Medical missions trips are essential. People in desperate need often pray for help and do what they can to help themselves. God may answer their prayers partly by moving through others’ willing hearts and hands to serve with love and a great work ethic. Other people might not know who God is or might have an idea in their mind and not know they are loved, cared for, and filled with purpose.
Through the work we do, many people encounter Christ for the first time.
Are you asking, “What is a medical missions trip?” because you’ve heard about one and would like to be part of a medical missions team? We would love to have you! Learn more about our next trip here, and find out more about Mission Partners For Christ here.
Getting up the courage to take a medical missions trip can be a challenge. Just the thought of missions alone can make people squirm, so throw in the ideal of helping with medical issues can make it even more overwhelming.I want you to know that having fears are normal. Everyone has anxiety around their first trip. Its ok.
To help battle the overwhelm and encourage you that you are the right person for God to use, we have developed 10 ways to calm your nerves before you leave for your missions trip!
Tip #1) Prayer.
Before you decide if a trip is right for you start by asking God what He thinks. If your nerves start getting the better of you, pray. It doesnt have to be a long eloquent prayer. Maybe try something like this, Father, the idea of getting on this plane and flying halfway around the world is freaking me out. Please calm my nerves so that I can serve you well.
Tip #2) Sleep
Make sure you are getting enough sleep before your trip. Try to stay on your normal sleep pattern. If you normally hit the hay at 9 pm, stick to it. Being sleep deprived increases anxiety and slows down the thought process
Traveling solo or with a group of people you dont really know can be nerve racking. Taking a friend along with you can bring you a lot of peace. Just having someone to share your hopes and fears with can go along way to helping you breathe a little easier.
Tip # 6) Ask Questions
When in doubt ask. If you have questions that you dont see the answers to on our website and Google seems to be failing, email us and we will get back with you. There arent any bad or stupid questions. Its ok to not know everything when you sign up for a trip.
Tip #7) Create a Prayer Team
The power of personal prayer is huge. The power of a group prayer is immeasurable. Just knowing that there is a team of people that love you, care about you, and are praying for you takes away so much of the worry. Be intentional about asking for prayer for your trip. Sunday school classes and small groups are a great way to get extra spiritual support.
Tip #8) Take Breaks
Intentionally spend more time with family and friends. Do some things that bring you joy. Getting out and moving is great for the nerves. Take a walk or a run, go on a bike ride or go for a swim. Take the kids or grandkids out for ice cream or to a movie. Connecting with loved ones lowers stress.
Tip #9 Ask For What You Need
Stress, nerves, or fear is different for everyone, and everyone needs different things to help deal with those emotions. If you are someone who knows you need more quiet down time then make sure you ask for it from those around you. If you need more movement or you need comfort food then make sure you ask for what you need.
Tip #10 Be Thankful
Choosing to be thankful for the opportunity to serve God can really lower the stress that comes with going on a trip. Give thanks to God for providing you with the opportunity to serve His people.
We have a lot of people ask what it looks like to do mission work in the medical field. We thought that a powerful way to show some of the many faces of medical missions is to compile our top 5 must see documentaries on the world health crisis. Most of these amazing stories you can find on Amazon. We have included the links to them where possible along with the descriptions that accompany them so you can choose which ones you would like to watch the next time you curl up with a bowl of popcorn.
Period. End of sentence– (a NetFlix original)
This Oscar award winning film seeks to end the taboo around menstruation in developing countries.
A Walk To Beautiful– (amazon)
This Emmy award winning film documents the real life struggles of women struggling with childbirth injuries.
Tapestries of Hope- (amazon)
Tapestries of Hope exposes the horrific rape of young women and girls by men with hiv/aids in Zimbabwe and highlights the efforts of one organization to protect and empower those young women.
Living in Emergency– (amazon)
This 2008 Oscar nominee highlights the stories of four doctors working with doctors without borders trying to perform life saving emergency care in some of the most challenging situations possible.
Hero with a Thousand Faces– (amazon)
This documentary gives an unfettered view of the Ebola crisis and the heros that came to stop it.
Ready to get involved? Email us at email@example.com for information on how you can help!