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.
November 12, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines just before dawn on November 8th. With wind gusts reaching 200 mph and 45 ft walls of water crashing well beyond the shore, it’s no wonder that the death toll is over 1000 and continues to rise. Others are injured or missing, and all are asking for help.
November 5, 2013 by Michael Kneff
Have you been considering volunteering abroad, or joining a local mission or volunteer project? Whether it’s your first time or you’re an experienced vacation volunteer, Mission Discovery has ongoing and short term mission trips around the United States and in some of the world’s neediest countries. Researching your options and planning the details will make your experience really worthwhile.
September 25, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
"I'll never do another mission trip." Those were my words in 1976 after returning from my first mission trip. My new wife and I had journeyed to Guatemala with 40 other individuals. It was a mix of college age and mid twenty-ish people who had come from all over the U.S. and Canada to serve there following a devastating earthquake that level homes, schools, businesses and churches. Our work was clear: We would clear rubble, rebuild homes and lead children's outreaches.
September 17, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
It was my first year as a trip coordinator. 1988 there was a team from Houston that arrived 70 participants strong to build homes in the garbage dump of Reynosa, Mexico. In four days the team would complete 5 houses for the poorest of the poor in the city.
August 7, 2013
Why do we go on mission trips? What is it really all about? When you look up mission in the dictionary it says “an important goal or purpose that is accompanied by strong conviction; a calling or vocation” or “a sending or being sent for some duty or purpose”. Both of these are great definitions that scratch the surface of why we go on mission trips, but what does the Bible say about why we go? In Mark 16:15 we see Jesus tell His disciples to “go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation”. So we then, as disciples of Jesus, are instructed to do the same thing.
August 5, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
No doubt that it's gotten much harder to gather the dollars to take a large group of students on a mission trip. Enter stage left: Mission Discovery's Connect Mission Trip. While at a lower cost, there is no sacrifice in the connection with the mission of reaching out to those in need.
August 2, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
When Mission Discovery was founded in 1991 there were only a few of us short-term-mission-types to choose from. Today there are so may great agencies who've formed to mobilize the passionate youth and adult groups ready to explore what God is doing in the world through short term missions. How do you choose from the list of so many opportunities. Not in any particular order, but you have to consider prayer, counsel from others and the passion of your group as real starting points.
August 1, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
Spend a week with over 50 women from all over the U.S. as they join to reach out to a small community of Jamaican women on a 7 day Mission Discovery trip in Montego Bay. October 13-19, you'll spend your days helping Mission Discovery with a full agenda of work projects that include working at an orphanage, updating pictures of children at our two sponsor schools, help lead a Children's Bible School and participate in a two night conference for Jamaican women in a small community outside of Montego Bay.
May 7, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
Meet Tara Houston. She facilitates the sign-up process for hundreds of individuals and teams going on Mission Discovery mission trips around the world. From her experience she offers these tips for planning your next mission trip.
May 6, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
If you are a leader of a group taking a mission trip somewhere in the world this year you are no doubt aware that mission trips can bring do both harm and good. Here are a few ideas, 3 to be exact, that lead to well-done mission trips. First of all, before you go, realize that God has already gone ahead of you. That correct, you are probably not taking Jesus to the place where you are going....He's already there!
April 2, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
Corey had worked hard for three straight days on our churches mission trip to the Bahamas. After a day at All Saints Camp, a hospice for the disabled and dying, he was focused even more intently on making sure he stayed busy. I've seen this before. A normally bubbly kid, full of personality over the course of a few days on a mission trip shut down. "If only I had caught it sooner," I thought.
March 22, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
Pictured here is Gary Lane from Georgia. For the past 22 years Gary has given a mix of 1 or 2 weeks of his time or sometimes whole summers volunteering his time as a work-site contractor on Mission Discovery mission trips. It all depends on how his work is flowing (or not) back home in Atlanta. Gary represents one of hundreds of individuals who serve with Mission Discovery each year as a "Contractor."
March 20, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
"Ann, we have a note on our door that the youth group wants to sell us 'Flamingo Insurance.' It insures us against future invasions of plastic flamingos." I'm sure every youth leader has connected with this mission trip fundraiser. 25 plastic flamingos in your yard, a price to remove them, insurance to keep them out in the future and.....well, learn the last component below. Here are our top 3 other Mission Discovery mission trip fundraisers!
January 30, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
A week-long Mission Discovery trip is unforgettable. Mission Discovery mission trips depend on people like you to make trips run smoothly. A Mission Discovery Summer staff can serve for multiple weeks in a row or just for one week. It's a great way to be a part of a mission trip at a deeply discounted price! We need Summer Staff both here in the U.S. and internationally. Click here to learn more and request information!
January 15, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
“We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more more spiritual death we will leave in our wake.” These words appear in John Piper's book "Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry."
January 1, 2013 by Maury Buchanan
While in Jamaica with our first-ever women’s missions trip (a tremendous experience!), we stopped at a grocery for supplies. Several of our team members struck up a conversation with Donavan, a 20 year-old store clerk. They discovered that he had grown up at the very orphanage that they were in Montego Bay to serve.
December 19, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
When Jessie Dunn was asked to spend 10 days in Swaziland she just wanted more details about the trip. Who knew that one table over at her McDonald's meeting with trip organizers was a stranger listening in who would confirm that this would be a good investment of her time.
December 11, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
By Maury Buchanan: Last week in my men's group a conversation was started about finishing life well. One of the men in our group had a breakthrough earlier in the week. After some time of unemployment, lots of interviews, and following dead ends in his searches for a job, he came to a conclusion. "I've determined that finishing a life that receives Jesus' 'well done my good and faithful servant,' is a daily walk of thankfulness." His face actually looked different than it did weeks before. I could tell he had a real encounter with God.