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Mission Trips or Volunteer Trips

Posted by on February 7, 2014 | 7 comments

Mission Trips or Volunteer Trips

Are you or someone you know thinking of starting an orphanage or other Christian ministry that involves poverty alleviation or missions abroad? Have you been on a well planned mission trip that provided adequate training before you started serving? I believe one of the greatest mistakes that people make before going into ministry is failure to volunteer in a similar ministry to learn and serve there. It is very wise to spend at least several months doing so before deciding to launch one. I actually advise doing so for several years to gain experience and make connections. A mission trip or volunteer trip abroad is a great way to do that.

I want you to leave a comment below if you have done a great and well planned mission trip in the area of your calling. If so, what was your experience? If you haven’t, what do you think are obstacles that may be preventing you from doing so? Would you like to do one?

To help people like you who haven’t had the opportunity to do so, I have created an internship program through my orphan care organization that I started in 2005. We’ve learned a lot and served thousands of kids and consider it a joy to allow others to learn from us, stand on our shoulders and see further than we have done. I believe that brings great glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you are interested, visit Change Volunteers to Volunteer in Africa.

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7 Comments

  1. I would like to know how to start a orphanage home I need to know how to start pls.

  2. hey my mom wants to own a orphanage but right now she owns a child development center in hot springs sd. can i have some advise please. i want to make herdream come true

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  5. I have gone on many short term mission trips that I thought would prepare me to live in another country as a missionary but now that I have began to receive actual missionary training from Austin Bible College (austinbiblecollege.com) I realize that I am going to need a lot more longer term experiences in a country to be able to be any help to the people in that community and to be able to live and adapt to that culture.

  6. Having a heart for Africa has motivated me to go on several mission trips to various countries, including Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Cameroon. With every trip I go on, my passion is refueled, my experience is depended, and my eyes are open to the individual role only I can play in mission work. I think it’s a good idea to go on mission trips multiple times before deciding to stay long term or open an orphanage overseas. It will give you better understanding an insight into the work you wish to do.

  7. Dr. Achna.
    Thank you for writing this book. Although i have not read the book, i have been educated on the experts that you have posted. Back in 2005, just after the Christmas Tsunami in Asia, i was privileged to go and help out. The devastation was life changing for me. I had befriended a Pastor and a few years later i started a 501c3 to attain sponsors for 200 children yearly. I travel to South India 2-3 times a year while taking a group of sponsors over to stay at the orphanage with the children. it has been a blessing, but not without a continued personal spiritual and financial strain . Through the years the foundation has been able to go beyond the monthly sponsorship per child by providing funds for buildings, repairs,water wells, office and educational materials as well as computers, bicycles etc for the children

    I’ve come to a cross roads now though; the Pastor seems to be misusing the funds. The children are still being taken care of yet things aren’t quite right. The original blessing has now become a demand and entitlement. I’m struggling with this in that i personally know these children and would hate to abandon them now, yet i do know there are other children not within the orphanage that truly need help.

    do you have any suggestions or advice for me? I have been seeking God’s wisdom, but to no avail, yet He did put me onto your web sight :-)

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