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March 6, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
The Oxford dictionary defines the word missionary as “a person sent on a religious mission, especially one sent to promote Christianity in a foreign country.” It comes from the mid 17th century: from modern Latin missionarius, from Latin missio, meaning "act of sending" or mittere, meaning "to send". The word was used in light of its biblical usage; in the Latin translation of the Bible, Christ uses the word when sending the disciples to preach in his name. Here are five surprising facts about the origins of mission trips:
March 3, 2014
Our jaws dropped as we pulled up to the skeleton of a house. Our truck was loaded with 2x4s, siding, and nails. It was becoming clear that we were in over our heads.
February 28, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Summer is coming and you’ve booked your mission trip, organized your fundraising and are now counting down the weeks until you go. Here are 5 things to think about before you leave on your international mission trip.
February 23, 2014
Friends. There is so much hope for Haiti, but darkness is screaming here. This week we will be the love of Christ to these very special people. We have 5 medical clinics that will be providing free health care for Haitians in need. We will give out 15,750 meals to families in the town of Capva! We will also be loving on some children here at New Life Children’s Home. A little bit about Haiti: Haiti is located on the island of Hispaniola. It inhabits 1/3 of the island and is next to the Dominican Republic. Haiti is slightly smaller than Maryland.
February 19, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
If an international mission trip is something you’ve always wanted to do, but you feel a little intimidated by the traveling, you’re not alone. Did you know there’s an army of volunteers around the USA who commit to local or domestic missionary work, once or a few times a year? When you consider the poor and needy in your own community, county or state, taking a day or two to join a mission trip to help can be a more manageable prospect than traveling internationally to serve.
February 15, 2014
This is Theresa’s song. She posted a picture on Instagram the other day that changed me. Like literally. I was at work, and tears were flooding my eyes.
February 12, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Over the past few years, movie stars, models, musicians, professional athletes and other celebrities have been getting involved in mission trips and aid work, traveling to some of the world’s most remote places to personally help those in need.
February 6, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
You’ve booked your mission trip and you’re busy fundraising and counting down the weeks until you go. Now is a good time to start planning a simple, functional and practical wardrobe to bring with you. Volunteering abroad requires specific items. Here are some tips to think about before you start to pack.
February 5, 2014
“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Theresa There is redemption in a smile!  Last month, Montego Bay was blessed with free dental care from Mission Discovery’s dental team out of Pennsylvania.  In one week they relieved the pain of over 100 people, and brightened the busy streets with beautiful new smiles!
January 23, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Mission Discovery is proud to know some amazing missionaries who have volunteered on several domestic and international mission trips with us. This week we’ll meet Joel Schnell, pictured above. Joel is one of our most frequent mission trip volunteers and he loves to talk about his experiences with Mission Discovery. Q: How and when did you first hear about Mission Discovery?
January 15, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Last week we shared a conversation with twenty-seven year old Karla Rogers about her first international mission trip to Mexico. Today she will tell us about some  of her personal experiences on other domestic and international mission  trips she has taken with Mission Discovery. The photo above is of Karla with some local children in Mexico.

Q: Which other Mission Discovery trips have you been on?
January 9, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Mission Discovery is proud to know some amazing missionaries who have volunteered on several domestic and international mission trips with us. This month we’ll meet two of our most frequent mission trip volunteers and chat about their experiences with Mission Discovery. Meet twenty-seven year old Karla Rogers from Argyle, Texas. Q: How and when did you first hear about Mission Discovery?
January 2, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Once you have decided to commit as a volunteer on a mission trip, the next step is to begin fundraising to help get you there. The sooner you start, the better. Your friends, relatives, work colleagues and church members are your audience - here are five ways to reach them and raise money successfully:
December 26, 2013 by Simone Loughlin
It's that time of year again! January 1, 2014 is around the corner. Many of us take this time to reflect on the past twelve months and decide what parts of ourselves we hope to change and improve for the upcoming year. Before we celebrate 2014, let’s take a look at some of the most popular new year's resolutions for Americans: 1. Spend More Time with Friends and Family 2. Get Fit, Exercise More 3. Lose Weight 4. Enjoy Life, Manage Stress 5. Learn Something New
December 19, 2013 by Simone Loughlin
Attention Youth Pastors! Before you leave for your Christmas vacation (and we know, you’ve earned a break) we’d like to encourage you to make a plan to get a head start on next year’s mission trips. Planning now will give your group the pick of Mission Discovery’s 2014 trips, and allow participants time to start budgeting, saving and even asking for funding as Christmas gifts.
December 12, 2013 by Simone Loughlin
HOLD The Children is a division of Mission Discovery that helps children in developing countries go to school. Mission Discovery also supports HOLD The Children orphanage, home to more than forty abandoned or orphaned children in northern Haiti, as well as a school for deaf children in Eden, Jamaica. We support these schools and orphanages through individual child sponsorship.
December 5, 2013 by Simone Loughlin
So you are thinking about joining a short term or international mission trip. Maybe you feel called to serve, or your youth group or church friends are encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and participate in something bigger than you. Mission Discovery’s approach to international and domestic mission trips is anchored in faith and service. As you mature in your walk with Christ, you’ll probably develop a deeper need to volunteer and serve others, and you’ll be asking big questions about what this will look like for you.
November 25, 2013 by Simone Loughlin
Planning an international mission trip is an exciting process. Deciding where to go, how you will serve, and imagining the amazing things you hope to experience adds to the anticipation of your volunteer vacation. There are also many practicalities to thoroughly plan. Your health and safety are paramount. Here are three of the most important things to research and plan before you join an international mission trip.
November 19, 2013 by Simone Loughlin
Thanksgiving and Christmas are popular seasons for individuals and families to volunteer and perform missionary work. If you’re interested in participating at a local mission this holiday season, you’re not alone. The holidays can make us feel more grateful and inclined to serve others. Here are some tips to help you decide the best time to volunteer.
November 12, 2013 by Simone Loughlin
So you want to go on an international mission trip as a volunteer, but your parents have some questions. Where will you stay, who will chaperone, and how much will it cost? Here are some helpful tips for introducing your parents to the idea of letting you travel as a volunteer abroad.

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