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Skateboarding and the first mission trip…

 —  March 15, 2012 — 1 Comment

My middle son loves skateboarding.  He’s only 10 years old but he skates every single day that he can.  After school.  All weekend.  He’d skateboard after dark if we’d let him.  When he first started, he was scared of falling… of getting hurt.  It kept him from doing things he know he could do but he was afraid.  Now, he really wants to learn new tricks.  He’s overcoming his fear and is willing to try new stuff even thought he might fall.  It’s inspiring.  It’s fun to watch.  And I’m really proud of him.

Well… you may be asking, “What in the world does your kid skateboarding have to do with a mission trip?”

It has everything to do with it!

Taking your kids on a mission trip for the first time is scary.

  • You don’t know what to expect.
  • Your students could get hurt (literally).
  • Your kids could end up frustrated because so many mission experiences are unknown.
  • Things could go different than you expected and your group might be frustrated with you.

So many what if’s…

And then, you take them on that first trip…  Things may have gone differently than you planned.  A lot of unknown things happen.  Your youth group didn’t know exactly what to expect.  And – God did amazing things!   You witnessed each other part of God’s plan to change the lives of the people you served.  God didn’t just work in the lives of those you served.  The students in your ministry were completely transformed by the experience.  Some have learned that life isn’t about things – they’re now less materialistic.  Some actually started their relationship with Jesus on the trip – serving someone else helped them understand Jesus loved them.  Your group came back stronger and bonded together.

The best part is now you know that it will be even easier to try your next mission trip.  You’ve witnessed the change it makes in both those who are served and in your group.

Just like my son skateboarding, once he knows he can do something he wants to try something even harder and new…

Jeff Thompson

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Jeff Thompson, a veteran of youth ministry, serves as the Director of Youth Missions for Group Mission Trips - Workcamps, Week of Hope and The Big Day of Serving.

One response to Skateboarding and the first mission trip…

  1. Faith and trust in God is a great guide to these new experiences.

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