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.
Hell on Earth
September 19, 2014 by Nathan Walters
September 9, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Some people feel called to a career as a teacher or pastor. Others might feel led to run a business or write novels. Maybe you feel called to devote your life to long-term missions trips. If you are thinking about the calling to volunteer abroad as your vocation, short-term missionary work can help you get a feel for long-term missions. Consider these opportunities to volunteer abroad on short-term missions trip with Mission Discovery:
September 5, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Africa is an amazing, beautiful, and awe-inspiring place to volunteer abroad. It’s impossible to take in the entire expanse and all that Africa has to offer in one trip. At Mission Discovery, we’ve seen first-hand the beauty and need for mission work in Africa. Whether you choose to travel on a short-term missions trip with us to Kenya or travel on your own, it’s important to be prepared for the unique physical needs, culture and climate of the country where you volunteer abroad.
August 29, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
If you are a student or have a student in your family, then you know how hectic life is right now leading up to a new school year. Given how busy it is, right now may not seem like an ideal time to volunteer abroad. But, this is also a great time to start thinking about doing mission work with Mission Discovery. Here are 3 great reasons why now is the time to start planning senior high mission trips:
Building Bridges
August 22, 2014 by Nathan Walters
The sun scorched down on the team as everyone pitched in to complete the final touches on the deck. GOTCHA! It was a beautiful week in Westmoreland Tennessee. The normally scorching Tennessee sun was missing which made way for cooler temperatures. Sitting outside under a tree with John was more than bearable this week. It was actually very pleasant.
Man with girl on shoulders
August 22, 2014 by Nathan Walters
Together we danced around to the beat of a Native Lakota drum. It was the first of many dances to be had within the bounds of a new arbor. We spent all week building this massive circle structure that will connect all of God’s children in the area. It will cross generations, gender, and race.
August 20, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Who doesn’t love a fun vacation with some close friends? Have you ever considered some of the volunteer vacations offered through Mission Discovery? This type of mission trip is specifically geared towards giving you an opportunity to volunteer abroad while enjoying the beautiful features of the country you’re visiting.
August 14, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Family mission trips can have a lasting impact on individuals and the family as a whole. Mission Discovery is calling on anybody available for a Rapid Response Trip to help with the humanitarian disaster in McAllen, TX. This is a great opportunity for your family to experience mission trips in the United States in a whole new way.
August 11, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
You can join Mission Discovery for many different types of mission trips experiences. We offer opportunities for several types of groups to volunteer abroad including: families, youths, women, college aged adults, and jr. high kids. These trips are pretty simple to figure out if you’re eligible for them or not. Another type of mission trip opportunity are medical mission trips. Medical missions may seem like they’re only for doctors and nurses. Did you know that medical mission trips are for a wide-range of individuals? Maybe medical missions could even be right for you!
July 29, 2014
I could hear her voice quivering over the telephone line. She was awestruck by the kindness and grace of our group who had just finished building a ramp for her parents, an elderly couple in Westmoreland, Tennessee. Over and over again she would repeat the words, “I don’t have words to thank you enough.” It was a beautiful conversation that caught me completely off guard. I was just going to say hi.
July 23, 2014
Dust swirled through the air as the sun was setting, tucking itself beneath the black hills near Rapid City, South Dakota. We must have looked clueless as all of the men circled around the women who circled around the children, all dancing to the beat of a drum. The high pitched moans of the Lakota drummers were ringing through the smiles and laughter of us all as we clumsily ran into each other. We were united, all together in one Spirit. It was a celebration.
July 23, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
If you are a parent, youth pastor, or youth leader in general, then you’ll probably have the wonderful privilege of leading students on a life-changing mission trip at some point. There are a lot of logistical hurdles to clear as you prepare your youth group for mission work. One major decision you’ll want to consider is the choice of who gets to go on the trip in the first place. Not every student is ready for mission work, even short-term term mission trips.
July 17, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Mission trips are as diverse as the individuals they serve. In general, mission work can be very demanding physically. One type of mission work falls under the category of short-term mission trips. These trips generally last for a few weeks at the most. Short-term mission trips are physically demanding in a very abbreviated way. A second category of mission trips, and the one that takes a different kind of physical preparation, are long-term mission trips. This type of mission work often lasts for many months at a time.
July 10, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Mission trips are an amazing opportunity to experience new things and see the world in a whole new way. As you know, mission trips are so much larger than just the team doing the mission work. You’ve got friends, family, and fundraiser supporters who are anxious to receive updates about your trip. When you volunteer abroad, consider these tips on what to include in your reports to your family and friends.
July 9, 2014
The United States government is calling it a “humanitarian crisis”.  Over 50 thousand children have crossed the border since October.
July 8, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Everybody who has been on mission trips knows that the experience can be life altering. You’ll get to see countries you’ve never visited, eat food you’ve never tried, and see God move in people’s lives. Mission trips can have a huge impact on both the person doing the missionary work and the people being served. One huge impact for the missionary is the relationships that are formed during a trip.
July 1, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Everybody makes mistakes. Many mistakes can be avoided by planning ahead and heeding some good advice. When it comes to going on a mission trip, there are certainly a lot of areas to make mistakes. Mission work is a blend of planning, emotions, physical work, spiritual work, and new experiences in one (often short-term) trip. Christian missions can be a lot of fun, but they’ll also stretch you to your limits. Therefore, it’s easy to see why somebody might make a mistake or two on a mission trip. Here are the 5 worst things to do on a mission trip:
June 29, 2014
I walked down the florescent walkway, entered the plane, and found something amazing. My seat number. First Class! Many people, myself included, would take one look at me and wonder why the in the world I’m here? I don’t belong in first class. Really? But here I sit.