The following was written and compiled by members of the Missions Mobilization Team of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. This guide is designed to be used on a mission trip to prepare your group for what you can do when you get back to your community. For more information about this material or about how to get involved in mission work, please contact Ryan Jespersen by phone at (214) 828-5278 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download this post as a PDF document.
What an incredible joy it has been to serve the Lord together this week. You have been a part of a wonderful journey serving, witnessing to and loving on people on this mission field. We pray this week has been life-changing for you. Now, we would like to explore how you can be on mission in your own community and take what you have been doing this week home to where you live. Acts 1:8 describes the place of our mission efforts - Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the Ends of the Earth. This simply means that mission work is done everywhere and with all people, both those we are comfortable with and those we are not. Coming to this place and engaging in this kind of work is just one type of missions. Maybe coming on this trip has been the equivalent of you going to your Judea, or your Samaria, or to the Ends of the earth. Whatever it has been for you, just because the trip is over does not mean your mission work is complete. It is now time for you to continue the mission work in your hometown.
Let's start with a few questions just about Texas…
A) About a 1/5th
B) All of them
C) Half of them
D) Most of them
A) New York, NY
B) Chicago, IL
C) Dallas TX
D) Houston TX
When we look at these questions one of the things that we have to realize is that all of them point us to the reality that Texas itself is a mission field. The community where your church sits is a mission field and you have the opportunity to draw men and women into a saving relationship with God in that field, your mission field.
Let's take a few minutes now and talk about how we can take the mission trip experience and apply it in our everyday lives.
Questions for the beginning of the trip
Questions for the end of the mission trip to encourage people to carry the mission mindset back into regular life
A few suggestions to impact your community
Answer Key: 1) A 2) D 3) B 4) D