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November 10, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
When we think about getting ready for mission trips, we often think of physical preparation. That makes sense, because the last thing anyone wants is to forget something important, like a passport. But sometimes that physical preparation keeps us so busy that we forget something that’s even more important: prayer. Prayer should be the most important aspect of preparation for any Christian missionary work. Here are three tips missionaries can use to prayerfully prepare for youth mission trips, family mission trips, or any kind of mission work.
November 6, 2014 by Nathan Walters
Philippians, Spiritual Agriculture, and Suicide Plans change. I often encourage the teams I lead on mission trips to have a constant attitude of flexibility. I have learned that working with Mission Discovery to bring the gospel to people around the world in a tangible way is logistical hot yoga. It’s always moving, challenging, and Spirit driven, which means my plans don’t mean much. This week I planned to write about the whole chapter of Philippians 1. My plans have changed.
November 4, 2014 by Michael Kneff
You are probably sitting in a chair right now. If not, you’ve probably sat in one at some point today. We don’t think about chairs. They are just there. Waiting for us to sit down. Have you ever thought about how you take a chair for granted? In the town of Onaville, Haiti, resources are so scarce that people bring their own chair to church or to school. Can you imagine having to carry around your own seat? Nothing comes easy in Onaville. Unless you provide it yourself, you don’t even have a chair to sit on. 
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November 3, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
One of the most fascinating parts of missionary work is the way that it puts us in constantly-changing situations. Mission trips allow us to meet unique people and to experience new locales. However, that fluidity is one of the many things that make missionary work so challenging. Consequently, consistency is a vital - and often overlooked - part of any mission work. This is especially true when that work is supported by Christian ministries.
October 30, 2014 by Nathan Walters
If I was asked to teach math to a first grader, my knees would start trembling and sweat would pour from my forehead. I am that bad at math. If my phone had no calculator, I would invest in one of those Marty McFly wrist watches. Even the simplest calculations become stressful as digits make their way through my brain waves. Now, imagine being asked to jump in and teach math to a classroom full of deaf students. I would melt.
October 29, 2014 by Michael Kneff
Drive an hour northeast from Nashville and you will find the town of Westmoreland. In contrast to Nashville’s surge in population and status as an “up and coming” city, Westmoreland is still very much the same as it has always been. This is a small town with a population of 2,300. Many of its residents have called Westmoreland home for all of their lives. This area is also home to a camp that Mission Discovery purchased almost 10 years ago. Using the camp as a launch point, Mission Discovery has reached out to residents in Westmoreland who need help in a variety of ways.
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October 27, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
It was the last day of Jonathan’s short term missions trip in Guatemala. He’d been there for a week to volunteer abroad with his youth group. They’d worked on a construction project in a small village outside Antigua, replacing the roof on a local school. Most of their time had been spent working on the roof, and they hadn’t gotten to interact much with the community. Thus, everyone was excited when Greg, their youth pastor, suggested they play an evening game of basketball with some of the locals.
October 22, 2014 by Michael Kneff
If you visit the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, the first thing you will probably notice is how peaceful it is. There is something about the property nestled in the Jamaican countryside that gives a sense of tranquility. The second thing you will notice is that the school is growing. Right now, there are multiple buildings in different states of construction. The JCSD has dreams. They want to have a large meeting room that can hold all 37 students.
October 20, 2014 by Nathan Walters
She pulled him away from his quiet little seat in the back corner of the room. It was obvious things like this didn’t happen often for him. He was content sitting in his corner. In his mind, that’s where he belonged. But she had another plan for him. This was the night that she would wash his feet.
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October 16, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
When we think of missionaries, we too often think only of the ones who volunteer abroad. It can be difficult to imagine people in need in America - a country which seems so familiar. That’s why it’s so important to take part in mission work on our own soil. Domestic mission trips - like this youth mission trip to Nashville, Tennessee - can give us important perspective on our own lives.
October 16, 2014 by Nathan Walters
I can still taste the bar of soap my mother used to punish me with.  I think it was St. Ives, or some other brand that was just tangy enough to scrub the bad words from my mouth.  I always thought it was a strange method, and pretty ineffective in my case.  Those words still pop out, probably more frequently than they should.  I think it may have worked had they put some St. Ives on the end of a cue tip and deep cleaned my ears.  I was only saying what I was hearing.  How could they expect me not to say the words that frequented their vocabulary?  It didn’t seem fair.
October 11, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
You don’t have to travel overseas on a mission trip to just to make a difference in the world. Our neighbors in Mexico are in need of some missionary work to assist those living in poverty. Mission Discovery has been organizing youth mission trips to Mexico since 1991. We are continuing our tradition of short-term mission trips to Mexico by organizing a journey to Tecate in July 2015.
October 11, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Not everybody has the time or ability to travel around the world for a mission trip. That’s okay. At Mission Discovery, we’ve got plenty of short-term mission trips right here in America. One special trip we are planning for June of 2015 is our US missions trip to Las Vegas. This summer mission trip will offer you a life changing experience without needing to cross the border. Here are some of the highlights for this youth missions trip to Las Vegas:
October 9, 2014 by Nathan Walters
Is The Bible Worthy? If Hollywood jumped off a bridge, would you? The last obstacle that stands in the way of their freedom splits as Moses raises his staff to the sky and cries out to the Heavens.  God uses the ominous “Bat Signal” in the sky to lead the way of the Israelites through the desert for the next 40 years.  My story may be getting mixed up a bit, but all of this Hollywood action makes my head spin.
October 6, 2014 by Michael Kneff
Hector wants us to film him jumping on the back of the bus. It’s the kind of thing any 13 year old would want to show off. As he climbs on the bus, he goes straight to the window seat in the fourth row from the back on the right side. That’s his seat. Hector’s hour-long commute to school has begun. Each day Hector travels to Antigua in order to continue his education. His parents aren’t making him go. Most of his family has chosen to work at the local green bean farm instead of getting an education. Hector wants something different for his life.
October 2, 2014 by Jimmy Rivera
When I tell people I’m leading a mission trip to Kenya most people tell me that they have always wanted to go to Africa. In fact it’s one of the most talked about places I go. People want to know what it is like. People want to know what I see when I am over there. Everyone wants to know about Africa. Africa is exotic. Africa has rhinos and lions. Africa also has more people affected by AIDS than anywhere else in the world by far.
October 2, 2014 by Nathan Walters
We Are The Peculiar Changing Lives Is Easier Than You Think Camera in hand, Ivan Cash finds his way into the lives of seemingly normal people on streets around the world. He asks them one simple question that has the power to cross the divide between a surface conversation and one that becomes intimate. The moment becomes significant, and filled with meaning. Through his series “Last Photo Project” we realize the “strangers” he meets are actually… strange. They are peculiar. And they are extraordinary.
September 26, 2014 by Nathan Walters
Freeing Yourself From Yourself. A closer look into the lyrics of Bob Marley. He steps into the lights and the look on his face confirms an idea, he knows this song is bigger than him.  The guitar chimes in, but there is no need for drums or bass or anything else.  Sometimes the most powerful message doesn’t need much to be heard.  It’s strength lies in it’s simplicity.
September 25, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
It’s never too early to start thinking about summer mission trips for junior and senior high schoolers.  Fall is here and summer will be here before you know it. Consider joining Mission Discovery as we do some much needed mission work in Rapid City, South Dakota in July of 2015. Here are some of the highlights to expect on this youth missions trip:
September 19, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Preparing for a mission trip can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. Missionaries need to be adaptable and ready for anything. Maybe you’ve discovered an opportunity to volunteer abroad at the last minute. Perhaps your next mission trip will be your first one and you’ve found that you’re very unprepared. If you have aspirations of doing missionary work abroad, then don’t forget to keep an eye on the expiration date of your passport. An expired passport can be a huge inconvenience.

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