By Rev. Doug Forbes
Recently our grandsons Duncan and Evan went on a missions trip Honduras. They were able to help others and it was a powerful educational experience. To learn more about their missions trip please visit Duncan Smith on Youtube. The video title is Honduras 2017-Word of Life-Student Fusion.
Visiting the mission field is a great way to develop a fresh vision for the ministry God has called us to do. I believe that God has given each of us our own special ministry or work to complete here on earth (even if we’re not sure what it is). I believe that we’re all here to help others.
By visiting the mission field we will be challenged anew to the needs of the world, and we will be better able to appreciate all the blessings we have in this country. Bringing people to the field for a short-term project can revitalize your church’s ministry and will forever change the lives of those that participate.
The project could be related to music, teaching, medical needs or construction. We want to use the talents we have to meet the needs of others. As we become involved in missions it’s important to remember that service to God brings joy.
My friend Dennis O’Neill leads mission trips to India, Africa, and other parts of the world. He has helped to build orphanages and set up medical clinics. The young people in our former church have gone on many mission trips. They have built houses for the poor in Mexico, repaired homes in Appalachia and helped build a church in Haiti.
There are many wonderful mission organizations that are willing to help you organize your own missions trip. Check with your house of worship or have your leadership contact your national headquarters for more information. If you need a list of mission organizations, contact me through the newspaper.
I hope that this year you will receive that special joy that comes from God by serving others on the mission field.