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Mission Trips - Christian Missions - Mission Trip to Montego Bay
February 2, 2015 by Chris Klinefelter
I’ve got a confession to make: When I’m deciding where I want to go on a mission trip, I take the location into consideration. Yes, I know that Christian missions are called Christian missions because they’re about serving Christ, not about taking a vacation. Yes, I believe that, as a Christian missionary, I shouldn’t be overly concerned with my own comfort. No, an exotic location isn’t my main concern. But a place called “Lard Bay” just doesn’t sound like the most appealing place to volunteer abroad.
January 29, 2015 by Nathan Walters
Read Jonah 2:1-10  There was no way to prepare for the news John would soon receive.  While recording a song in Jacksonville, FL, he got the call.  Several of his friends had been in a car accident and his best friend, Steve, didn’t make it out alive.  John was confused and hurt.  The next morning he had a conversation with God fueled by his own anger and desperation.  Out of that conversation, John Mark McMillan wrote a song called “How He Loves”.  It went on to top the charts of Christian radio.  When he describes the love he wrote about he says, “It’s not
Mission Trips - Christian Missions - Mission Trip to Las Vegas
January 26, 2015 by Chris Klinefelter
Even if you’re interested in Christian missionary work, a mission trip to Las Vegas probably sounds like a challenging idea. We’ve all heard people refer to Vegas as “Sin City,” and we’ve all heard people say that “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” That last saying hints at the exact reason why Las Vegas is such an important destination. At its heart, “What happens in Vegas…” is an expression of shame for one’s actions.
January 15, 2015 by Nathan Walters
Deep in the hills of Jamaica, just past Eden where Mission Discovery has spent many years working with a school for deaf children, is another facility that highlights the beauty of the Island.
Mission Trips - Christian Missions - Volunteer Abroad
January 12, 2015 by Chris Klinefelter
When it comes to poverty in the context of Christian missions, Scripture seems pretty straightforward. When we encounter people who are financially impoverished, we should endeavor to address their needs. Simple, right? But when I started to “unpack” a few Bible verses, I quickly realized that God’s commands about poverty can be applied to several aspects of Christian missionary work. Here are three verses that I found particularly provocative.
Mission Trips - Christian Missions - Volunteer Abroad
December 29, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
The word “mission trip” probably evokes an image of someone hammering nails on a roof in some faceless, impoverished town. It’s not an entirely inappropriate picture, because lots of Christian missionary work involves representing Christ through acts of service. But it’s the goal of sharing the Gospel that really sets Christian missionary work apart from secular volunteer work. On youth mission trips, sharing the Gospel requires us to build trust, and that can be difficult in places where differing dialects and languages complicate communication.
Mission Trips - Christian Missions - International Mission Trips
December 22, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
This time of year, the closest thing to a mission trip that many of us are taking is a trip to visit family, or a “mission” to the mall for last minute gifts. Missionary work may be the farthest thing from our minds during the holidays, but consider this: Americans spend nearly $550 billion on Christmas every year. Now consider the fact that we spend less than six percent of that amount on Christian missions.
December 18, 2014 by Nathan Walters
Very few people know this, but your chances of making it in a band are increased if you follow a few simple steps.  You should probably know how to play an instrument, or at least be somewhat successful as a pretender.  You should always wear really tight jeans that show off how skinny your legs are.  And, you should have a tour van.  It can’t be nice.  After all, it will harbor a stench of B.O. that cattle would run from.  I stood in my pajama pants and flip flops, watching as our tour van went up in flames.  It was 4am, in the middle of nowheresville.
Deciding Between Domestic Mission Trips and International Mission Trips
December 15, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
If you’re thinking about a summer mission trip, this is a great time to start planning. The holiday season is an easy time to touch base with extended family and talk to them about supporting your trip both prayerfully and financially. If you’re in the planning phase but you’re having trouble deciding whether to volunteer abroad or to do a domestic mission trip, we have a few thoughts that might help you make your decision.   International Mission Trips
December 12, 2014 by Michael Kneff
Many of the children in Bulembu are generally afraid of dogs. Dogs aren’t always considered a loveable family friend in Swaziland. They are protectors of property or they are wild strays, which leads many Swazi’s to keep their distance from “man’s best friend.” Michelle Lopshire, the principle of Bulembu Christian School, loves dogs. She has four at her house. She is sensitive to the fear many of her students have for her beloved pets.
December 11, 2014 by Nathan Walters
It was a late night porch conversation. My friend, Niki, told me she had been “haunted” by a question. She was waking up every morning with this same burning thought on her mind, and she was struggling to make sense of it. I’m not sure what kind of resolution our conversation was hoping for, but I can tell you, her question now haunts me. Where is your resolve?
Mission Trips - Christian Missions - Rapid City
December 8, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
When we look at photos of the Badlands and Black Hills, youth mission trips are rarely among the first things that come to mind. That’s understandable: This corner of South Dakota is often thought of more for its rugged beauty than for its need for Christian missions work. Over the years, wind and water have sculpted the soft rock, creating a textured cascade of red, brown, and gray. But this uniquely picturesque part of America is also riddled with poverty. The southern border of Badlands National Park is the northern border of the Pine Ridge Reservation, the home of the Lakota tribe.
December 4, 2014 by Nathan Walters
Paul opens the second chapter of Philippians with a message that grates against the grains of humanity. If you need proof that the Christian message is challenging at it’s core for every person on the planet, you can blow the dust off this chapter. Paul squashes our constant pursuit of “more” with bold statements like “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
Mission Trips - Clarksdale Mississippi - Honduras
December 1, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
I wasn't thinking of mission trips during Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn't until this morning that the idea of missions – specifically Christian missions - came to mind, when I was packing leftovers to take home. We had a lot more leftover food than normal. And as someone who grew up in the 1980s, I immediately thought of the “starving kids in Africa” line that parents of my generation used until it was almost meaningless. That's what made me think of missions, and then I started wondering about our motivation for taking part in Thanksgiving and in Christian missions.
November 27, 2014 by Nathan Walters
My news feed is full today. So many people are so thankful. Today must be special. Friends are making statements of thanks for family, friends, jobs, benching RG3, and cars. One of my friends even posted a picture of a motorcycle cop flipping off the camera. The caption says, “Enjoy your bird”.  So witty.  I’m in the Dallas airport flying to Tecate, Mexico to spend time with a family that we build houses with. I often find myself in rooms filled with people going beyond themselves to do good in the world. I am thankful.
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November 24, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
When the weather gets below freezing, summer can seem a long way off. But if you’re planning to volunteer abroad or at home this summer, now is the time to start planning. The planning phase is usually a time of raising funds, filling out forms, and (hopefully) prayer!
November 20, 2014 by Michael Kneff
I leaned in and whispered in Florenta’s ear, “Jesus says, ‘I love you very much.’” She leaned back and grinned. Then she pulled me closer and whispered in my ear, “He loves you very much, and he thinks you are kind and wonderful…” It was a simple exchange of words that had a lasting impact. That was the moment Lauren Kemp fell in love with the Bahamas. Her conversation with Florenta changed her view of the work she was doing.
November 20, 2014 by Nathan Walters
I thought I was safe. It was the Mission Discovery banquet last September. I had spent hours setting up the sound system, strategically placing the speakers the right distance apart and positioning the sound board in the farthest, darkest corner of the room… behind the bar. The strategy of every sound person in any event is to place as many objects between them and the stage as possible. We like to hide. It was there that the overwhelming presence of God pressed into me so violently that tears turned to rivers running down my cheeks.
Mission Trips
November 17, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
There are plenty of reasons to get your youth group involved in missionary work. Some are obvious: Youth mission trips give youth a chance to help people in need. They give youth a chance to see how other people live. They give youth a chance to gain perspective on their own lives. Those are often the first benefits that come to mind. But here are three not-so-obvious ways that mission work can strengthen your youth group. A Cord of Three Strands…
November 13, 2014 by Nathan Walters
“I feel like there is a small flame burning deep inside me and maybe one day it will grow.” These were the words Andreas spoke to me the night he turned himself over to God. Andreas was in my Senior physics class. He was a foreign exchange student from Switzerland who loved to play guitar and listen to good music. I hated High School. I think I was too smart for it, but all the evidence would probably prove me wrong. I was just uninterested. Andreas was too smart to hang out with me, but we were both misfits.

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