The Joy Of The Lord Is My Strength

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me?” [Isaiah 40:27]

How often do you struggle with your faith in face of challenges? Perhaps this is your situation right now. Things were going so well for you and then out of the blues, the tables turned. Disappointments, frustration, and anger became your next-door neighbors. Everything has gone so haywire that you cannot even remember the last time you felt joyful, which makes you question the part of the Bible that tells you the Joy of the Lord is your strength. You’re always weary, thinking about when God will get you out of this ugly place and then going ahead to create a backup plan just in case God doesn’t respond since it appears that He has lost track of you. You are not alone. I have been there myself, struggling with my faith in God while trying to fake smiles to everyone who asks me how I’m faring spiritually. Let’s take a walk together down the Bible times, shall we?

Can you honestly say that your situation was worse than Job’s? You remember him, don’t you? The rich man who lost everything in just one day just because the devil wanted to prove a point. He lost all his children, his possessions, his servants, all but one thing, his faith in God. There was every reason to curse God. I honestly don’t know what I would have done if I were in his place. He had faithfully served God, dedicated all he had to God and yet God felt he had the right to take it all back. Isn’t that a good enough reason to lose faith in God and veer off into the arms of the devil? His wife who was supposed to be his helpmeet, his confidant showed her true colors in the midst of pressure. She personally advised him to curse God and die but somehow even with nothing left to look forward to and with the pain of the sores on his body, Job stood tall in faith. He refused to let the devil take away his faith in God as well. His friends came with the same advice, under the guise of offering him comfort but he still stood, deeply rooted in his love for Christ. Can that much be said about you? The true test of one’s faith is not when everything is going well but when things are so messed up that you have every reason to spit on God’s Word and go away.

THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH

When God spoke through Nehemiah saying, the Joy of the Lord is your strength, he meant every Word he said. God is not a man that he should lie. He knows your situation. He knew you’d walk this path when he created you yet he created you anyway. He made His joy available to you through His Word. Sometimes, we don’t get an instant answer when we face challenges but that does not in anyway mean God has lost track of you. It is not a reason for you to panic either rather it is a reason to rejoice. That sounds weird, right? That’s the way the Father is. He uses the foolish things to confirm the wise. Those challenges you are experiencing right now does not mean that you did something wrong and now God is punishing you. That is not true in any way. They are there to help you grow your faith in God. Do not attempt to try to walk things out on your own or try shortcuts. There is beauty in test and trials. Let it do its work. Keep praying and getting closer to God. God will comfort, encourage, refresh and cheer you up but he cannot do that when you are so focused on the happenings around you that you forget to seek Him.  

Let me tell you something you may not know, for growth to take place, there has to be great discomfort. Look at a woman’s hair for instance. When it is being braided, it looks really scattered and unpleasant but when the stylist is done, you do not need to be told about how beautiful the hair is or how beautiful she looks. The face and the hair will speak for themselves. That’s the same principle that operates in the Kingdom of God. Job was an eyesore to all who saw him but by the time the testing period of his faith was over, he came out triumphant. He received more than he had earlier and his friends learned great lessons from his attitude in that situation. He did not need to announce his victory because it was so evident that it made its way into the Bible. I do not know what exactly it is that you are going through but the fact that you’re reading this means that you need to be comforted. You’ve come to the right place. The difference between the old covenant and the new era; the dispensation of grace is that you have God living and breathing in you; the Holy Spirit so you are not and will never alone. You have the luxury of walking into God’s presence with just a word. Let’s use this wisely, shall we? Go to the Word of God. That’s how God communicates. Look at His promises. They are still true even in this very moment. Keep speaking it and professing it over your life. Times may get so hard that you are in tears and panic constantly with your faith wavering. Don’t bother about that. Focus on Jesus. Fix your eyes on Him, the Word. It’s easy to focus on your situation especially when all you hear and see is negative but ask God for wisdom. That’s the first thing to do in this period. It’s all in James 1. God is a rewarder of they that seek him diligently seek him. Seek God even when you feel weary. Pray in all manner of entreaties. God doesn’t and can never forsake His own. This should give you great comfort. Be mindful of the people you surround yourself with in this trying times and never treasure their words over the Word of God.

I’ll leave you with these words: For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! Assuredly not! [Hebrews 13:5b]. His grace is all you need. Choose to depend on Him regardless of your situation. He will surely see you through. Be of good cheer. Say to yourself: The Joy of the Lord is my strength!!!

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Mission Trip To Africa

MISSION TRIP TO AFRICA

Most people express the desire to do something as graceful as going on a mission trip but they never actually do it. In case you are one of them, I’d like to encourage you to make this commitment both in words and in actions too and if you already have, congratulations on taking that big step to go on a mission trip. Africa is one of the most commonplace for mission trips, which happens to be an amazing and beautiful continent to volunteer abroad. A mission trip to Africa offers a unique opportunity for you and your team to experience a foreign culture, encounter the beauty of wildlife, help communities in great need, and bring the gospel to the doorsteps of these people. If you are trying to decide where to serve in Africa, you have come to the right place. This short piece serves to give you a brief overview of Africa, what to expect and a list of countries to choose from, that best suit your cause.

Her Beauty, Her Need

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent, a place swimming with souls who desperately need care, attention and the gospel of Christ. This is home to a great variety of wildlife and captivating landscapes with amazing and talented individuals. This continent with all its vast beauty is greatly plagued by poor governance, corruption, and poverty. The most part of the wealth from oil and other resources has filled the pockets of the elite and left the poor, desolate and hungry. This has resulted in several conflicts as the struggle for control of this wealth continues even till date. They are plagued by diseases such as HIV/AIDS pandemic, malaria, and several other health crises, yet most populations lack access to standard medical facilities, clean water, educational opportunities and employment opportunities. Even in those countries with good health facilities, the cost of getting medical care is so high that most of the citizens do not have the funds to get access to this service. Most of the government officials have repeatedly failed to fulfill whatever promises they made before coming into power and this has caused a very angry uproar amongst their citizens. With all this happening, most people are too angry at God, as it regards those pitiful circumstances. Some have refused to entertain any discussion in relation to God as most of them believe and worship idols. Despite all the negativity, the people of Africa are very strong people. Some of them still hold strong to their faith in God in spite of the storms. Now you see why it is important for you to commit both in your words and actions by taking that trip to Africa.

Preparing to serve: What to Expect.

Choosing to go on a mission trip to Africa is a 2-part gift package for you Firstly, you get to experience firsthand the beauty and heart of nature itself, as Africa is the most endowed continent with most natural elements, landscapes, resources, and wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to touch lives in a way that most people do not have the opportunity to do or have refused to do. Some of the ways you need to prepare for this mission trip and what you should expect to include:

Decide where you want to go: Like any trip, you have ever taken, deciding which of the African countries to visit is a great way to start as there are many places in Africa that you can serve. Check below to see a list of countries in Africa. Before making a choice, think of the purpose you want to achieve and do an in-depth research on the right place for you or your group, depending on what type of work you want to do.

Decide on the organization you want to partner with: For the purpose of this trip, it is important that you find an organization best suited to the needs you want to meet. Find one that has a like-minded purpose like yours. If you do not know which organization to partner with, do a research on Google or check out Experience Mission.

Raise Funds to support your mission: Mission trips are not in anywhere free. You have to foot your own bills and that will cost you several thousand dollars. It is important that you have a fundraising plan; you could raise funds either through your family, friends, church, social media followers or even through a fundraising campaign. You can also raise the money through donations from random individuals, raffles, contests, bake sales, car wash, garage sales, laundry services etc. You can check out for more fundraising ideas here and ways to write letters in a manner that gets the reader to act.

Obtain your travel documents and make health preparations: It is important that you start preparing your passports, visa, and even vaccinations months away from your actual trip because It takes a bit of time to get these done. Do well to get started early. Start getting yourself prepared physically by running all the necessary tests, engaging in daily exercises and eating healthy, all to make sure that you are physically fit to serve. Your travel documents for whichever country you choose must be ready on time and it includes, your visa application form and information, Visa and passport. Requirements may vary from organization to organization, so it is important to contact your organization while making arrangements. You’ll be very far from home and far from what you are used to. Although no immunizations are required for a traveling to Africa, it is critical that you check with your medical professionals for your trip. Doing this will help ensure your safety while on assignment in a place where you may encounter health factors your body is not typically used to. It is also recommended to get immunizations for yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A, diphtheria and frequently consider some sort of antimalarial treatment.

Study, Research and Pack your Bags: You know you are headed into another civilization, different from what you used to know so it is important that you try to get to know the culture of these people. The culture in Africa is a completely unique and awe-inspiring experience for the first time. The people there are extremely warm and welcoming. You may feel drained physically from the toll of traveling across the world to do mission work and may find it difficult to communicate effectively with the people for the first few days of your arrival. However, within a few weeks of your stay, the culture and the people will likely leave you feeling full and excited to get to know them more deeply. It’s important to recognize that many places in Africa, are impacted by poverty, hence theft is a common practice. Take the time to get to know the people as you serve, but still, take some precautions. Keep a copy of your passport in your luggage. Don’t carry expensive camera equipment or a lot of cash. Don’t carry invaluable or irreplaceable materials on this trip. No matter how good your intentions are, do not wear expensive jewelry. Always travel in pairs. The weather in Africa is very different from the one you are used to. It is typically hot with very cool temperatures at night. You need to prepare for a little bit of everything when you travel to Africa. Pack appropriate clothing and supplies for the work you will be doing. Depending on your lodging, you’ll want to prepare to bundle up at night. The day will require protection from the sun so bring some lotion along and some breathable clothing. Most places in Africa have two rainy seasons throughout the year. The air can be very dry so be prepared with lip balm and lotion. Be sure to pack light, including all the necessary things you need.

African Countries

As stated earlier, Africa is a vast continent with a very large population in 54 countries. Those countries include Morocco, South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Mauritius, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cape Verde, Ghana, Libya, Madagascar, Cameroon, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Angola, Rwanda, Mozambique and several others. Some of the countries that need urgent missionary assistance include:

Sierra Leone: This is one of the poorest nations in the world, as they are still recovering from a civil war that almost destroyed its capital city, Freetown. If you are looking for mission trips to Africa that will allow you to get your hands dirty with construction, medical care, and other ways, this destination is a great choice for you. Partner up with organizations that offer mission trips to Sierra Leone and deal with the medical aspects of rebuilding a nation.

Mozambique: From a distance, this country seems to be prospering, it is still a nation in recovery, struggling with a history that has left it torn. While the economy is on the rise, other sectors of the country still need aid, such as education. You can become a volunteer teacher in this community and help revive their educational facilities.

Rwanda: In this country, you can expect to work with children who are left homeless and parentless, and widows struggling to survive. Poverty, malnutrition, ill health and lack of good amenities is a huge source of concern in this country and Look for organizations that are all about building new communities and giving individuals what they need to start new lives and businesses and partner with them.

Tanzania: For this country, several organizations work to give the people of Tanzania the better health and education they need and deserve. If you are looking to get your hands dirty, this might be a great country for you to serve in.

Kenya: Like so many other countries in Africa, Kenya struggles with poverty, civil unrest, hunger, and drought. There are some mission organizations who are dedicated and are committed to bringing new hope to the people of Kenya in a variety of forms, including water, food and financial support.

This is just a short list of some of the countries that really need attention. There are several other countries including like Angola also fall under this list. If you did not see something here that piqued your interest, it does not mean the right mission trip to Africa is not out there for you. I’d recommend you do a lot of research on these countries and others as well even as you prayerfully make a decision. Wherever you choose, be sure to impact their lives greatly.

 

Fundraising Ideas For Mission Trips

If you are considering going on a mission trip someday or you leave in a few months, its import for you to know some fundraising ideas for mission trips. What can you do or not do? There is something spectacular about going on a mission trip, using the resources made available to you to touch the life of others and bring the Kingdom of God to their doorsteps.

So, you decided to take this great step but along the line, your enthusiasm started to fade because the resources available are not enough to reach the estimated amount of people in the community you planned visiting. It is time to change your mindset from fear to faith because the good news is that you are not alone on this path. You have the Spirit of God in you, leading you and He has led you right to a solution; Fundraising.

Fundraising is the key to unlock access to thousands of individuals who may wish to support a vision such as yours. There are several ways to use this to your advantage. Some of the fundraising ideas for mission trips include:

CREATE AND SELL A PRODUCT: Creativity sells and creates profit. This is one of the best ideas of fundraising for your mission trips. You can use your skills to create marketable products that people need and convert those needs to profit for your mission trip purse. You could set up a store by your house, an online store or take the product and market it wherever you go. You could also recruit your friends to market them for you and sell them for you if possible. Some of the products that you can create includes; food, art works, hand -bands, T-Shirts, pen, notebooks, key holders etc. The point to note here is that whatever you create has to be unique and different from other similar types of the products. Use your skills to create and market what people would need. You could knit scarves, cook up fancy sea-salted caramels, design invitations and stationery, mix up, make bridal accessories and much more.

PUBLICIZE THE TRIP VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: Although people see the social media as a place to meet and mingle, times and trends has changed this concept. The social media has now become one of the largest gatherings and interactive world for people from different walks of life. You could use this to your advantage. Start by setting up a page on Facebook, twitter, Instagram or any other convenient platform and make sure that you invite your friends to like the page. Your content must also be engaging so that people will be able to read it, get emotionally riled up about your cause and donate as a means of support. In order to reach more people, you could also do Facebook campaigns which serves to boost your audience and get more people to contribute to your cause. Having a fundraising website where people can donate and people can come to see what it is really all about. It is important that you link your website or blog to this page to enable people see what they are contributing towards. Your website should contain details of your trips, pictures of past trips if you have any and other relevant information that will clear up any doubts or questions potential partners may have. Another important thing is that there are some companies that support this kind of trip. You could check out their websites and make research on how to apply for funding.

USE YOUR AVALIABLE RESOURCES: What resources do you have access to at the moment that might be profitable? If you live in a house where you have a spare room, you could consider renting the room out for the duration that you will here and collect rent monthly from your tenant. If you are one with a garden and a green thumb, you could also consider growing vegetables and other plants on your garden so that you can be able to sell the surplus of your produce. Someone with a poultry can engage in selling eggs to raise funds. Car rental services, gardening, pool cleaning, babysitting, tailoring and the like are also great profitable services that you can get involved in.

BUILDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT THROUGH THE MAIL: On the average, $2500 can be raised through well-written letters sent to about 75 people who know you: family members and friends. You can prepare this letter in an electronic format and send to as many people as possible. Do not limit the mailing list to only close friends to family. Be sure to include those in your local church, believers and non-believers alike in your office and even your neighbours at home. Be sure to always send thank you mails for every financial gift.

GETTING YOUR LOCAL CHURCH INVOLVED: Charity begins at home. Begin raising funds from your family and local church. Get your pastor in on your vision and mission so that he can be able to present it to the congregation. Speak to other believers; friends and even family and request that they contribute in whatever way they can. You can publicize it using your local church’s magazines, weekly church bulletin, monthly newsletters and even their website. Call attention to those who get involved in local ministry when they return or decide to go long-term as a result of going short-term. Your church can also support you with partial funding from their budget or organize fundraising events within the church. These events may include; T-shirt/bracelet auctions, dinner parties [selling the tickets at affordable prices], fun games/competitions and many more. Another useful way outside of finances is to support you heavily with prayers.

PARTNER WITH A RESTAURANT: There are many restaurants willing to partner with you in organizing fundraising events at their restaurant. It’s a win-win because you bring the restaurant a lot of business and they give you a portion of the food sales for your trip! Look for local restaurants around you and partner with them. Many local restaurants will offer a portion of the evening’s sales to a fundraising cause. Do online research or call some establishments near your church to see if they do charity fundraising. You could also sell restaurant meal tickets or discount cards as well.

HOST A HOUSE PARTY: They say that the way to another’s heart is through their stomach. You can use your culinary skills to your advantage by organizing tea parties, dinners, movie nights, black tie events or anything event related. Invite your friends, church group, or co-workers. Get some chips, dip, pizza, and put the popular game of the week on the TV. This kind of event is easy to pull off and something that everyone will enjoy. You could charge a cover or simply call it a fundraising party. You can also organize barbecue night, movie nights or bake sales and either request a donation as the entrance ticket or collect an offering at the end.

SEEK LOCAL BUSINESS SPONSORS: A lot of times local and regional businesses are willing to support what their community members are up to. Sometimes they even have community donations built into their budgets. If you’re brave enough, contact some of your favourite local businesses and ask if you could talk to someone about the opportunity to support your trip.

DESIGN  SELL CUSTOM T-SHIRTS: Everyone wear clothes, and most people love t-shirts. You can sell t-shirts at school, church, or work. Check out FundtheNations.com. Their process is easy; Just give them your trip info, they’ll make cool t-shirts with cool graphics, and you can even pre-sell t-shirts before you get them printed so that you don’t have to buy a bunch of shirts up front.

USE A FUNDRAISING WEBSITE: A fundraising website can make donating to your trip much easier for people. Online donations are easy to keep track of and means that you don’t have keep track of a bunch of donation paperwork. It’s also a great way for people to follow your fundraising progress and see what you need to meet your goal. You want to make giving to your trip as easy as possible for people, and for most people these days online is the easiest. A couple of popular fundraising sites are GoFundMe.com and YouCaring.com.

Other fundraising ideas for mission trips include:

Organize a car wash and wear T-shirts that carry messages about your cause during the car-wash. Secure a parking lot with hoses and offer to wash cars, dogs, bikes or dirty lawn furniture for a donation.

Get people to donate used, unwanted consumer electronics and gold, silver or platinum jewellery and the organize a yard sale or a silent auction. You can also hold this sale on social media by creating a group for the sale.

You can organize a street dance or walk with banners and music playing. People could come out to dance, sing, play instruments etc. It would be like a talent display. All those who come around to view this display can be sold a ticket, t-shirt or whatever. Just be creative with this. You could also make it fun for those watching by engaging them through competitions such as eating competitions etc.

Whatever way you choose, do not underestimate the power of prayer. That is a sure way to be led by the Holy Spirit. He gave you this vision. He will surely see you through this and lead you to those who would provide for you. 

Above all, you must have a foundational thought that God is the owner of the assignment and He promised to supply all you need.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

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Encouraging Verses For Missionaries – Missionary Scriptures

Encouraging Verses for missionariesThere are times when things get so hard that we start to doubt if we did hear God’s call; that’s when encouraging verses for missionaries come in very handy. It is easy to doubt and get discouraged in moments like this. However, I’d like to remind you that God never goes back on his Word. Test and trails are part of this walk and it is essential that you run to the Word for refuge in these times. Here is a list of encouraging verses for you as a missionary. I have needed to hear God’s voice at many times in my walk with him and service to Him. Sometimes he speaks to me through others and other times (many times) I get my strength directly from scriptures. And I can boldly say that I have seen God as a very present help in times of need.

I pray God speaks to your heart through His Word, through this compilation of encouraging verses for missionaries and especially TODAY!

Encouraging Verses For Missionaries in Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Encouraging Verses For Missionaries in Joshua

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Encouraging Verses For Missionaries in Psalm

 

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 30:6-7 When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” LORD, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 119:50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.

Psalm 119:71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.

Psalm 120:1 I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.

Psalm 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 145:18-19 The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34:19: The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 103:2-6 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalm 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.

Encouraging Verses For Missionaries in Proverbs

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Encouraging Verses For Missionaries in Isaiah

Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.

Isaiah 30:19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.

Encouraging Verses For Missionaries in Jeremiah

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Encouraging Verses For Missionaries in Lamentation

Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.

Encouraging Verses For Missionaries in the New Testament

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the one who is in you are greater than the one who is in the world.

 

Matthew 6:25-26 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:12-15 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

Revelation 14:12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.

Missionary Quotes by Christians – Uplifting and Powerful

Missionary quotes by christians - Uplifting & PowerfulMissionary quotes are always useful for people on the mission field or those considering plunging into the world of missions. It’s encouraging to see what other renowned people have said about missionary work.

The truth also is that as Christians, we have all being called to be a missionary. Missionary work is not just limited to taking the gospel to foreign or 3rd world countries. Mission work is all about obeying Jesus’ commandment; Go into the world and disciple nations. You can be at work, school or wherever you are and still witness to people. Your own country, your own neighborhood, sometimes your own family could be your mission field.

Everywhere we go, we should be representing the Kingdom of God. Here are some great missionary quotes about mission written by great men and women.

Missionary Quotes by David Livingston

God had only one son and he was a missionary”- David Livingstone.

I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.”- David Livingstone

The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet.”- David Livingstone

For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office. People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice.”- David Livingstone

Missionary Quotes by Robert C. Shannon

Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is — where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge.”- Robert C. Shannon

Missionary Quotes by V.S. Carnes

There are still many souls to be won for Christ,” she answered with quiet dignity, eyes downcast—but not, he figured, in humility. “Even here. Perhaps, especially here. Where better to spread his love, than a country just recently ravaged by war? Where better to be kidnapped and sold into slavery than a country just recently ravaged by war?” with a discernible sneer.”- V.S. Carnes

Missionary Quotes by David A. Bednar

The gospel messages you share will be accepted more readily if your Christ-like example is evident in the ongoing pattern of your posts.” –David A. Bednar

Missionary Quotes by John Willis Zumwalt

We are called to proclaim His Great Salvation and rescue the captives but we are busy spending 33 billion a year in diet products for ourselves or for our overweight cats. We are busy redecorating our temporal housing, spending every evening for our own pleasure, and every spare dollar for our own retirement. Somehow the unreached in their life and death eternal struggle slip our minds and concern. We never get around to being serious about Jesus and his command to take the good news to them.”- John Willis Zumwalt, Passion for the Heart of God.

Missionary Quotes by John Wesley

You have one business on earth – to save souls.”- John Wesley

Untold millions are still untold.”- John Wesley

Missionary Quotes by Amy Carmichael

God holds us to that which drew us first when the Cross was the attraction, and we wanted nothing else.”- Amy Carmichael, God’s Missionary

Missionary Quotes by James Hudson Taylor

Depend on it. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. He is too wise a God to frustrate His purposes for lack of funds, and He can just as easily supply them ahead of time as afterward, and He much prefers doing so.”- James Hudson Taylor

Missionary Quotes by Adorinam Judson

I wish you believe, not for my profit, but for yours. I daily pray the true God give you light, that you may believe. Whether you will ever believe in this world I do not know, but when you die I know you will believe what I now say. You will then appear before the God you now deny.” – Adorinam Judson to his Burman teacher.

Missionary Quotes by John Willis Zumwalt

We call ourselves followers but we refuse to follow him to the Unreached. We call ourselves Christians but refuse to lay down our life as he did that they might have life. We sing songs for him with our lips but deny him with our lives”- John Willis Zumwalt, Passion for the Heart of God

Missionary Quotes by Criss Jami

The evangelist is the world’s hopeless romantic, and just like a hopeless romantic, he must hope for the miracle of God more than the romance itself.”- Criss Jami, Healology

Missionary Quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita

For every God-given goal, He gives grace to accomplish it.”- Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

We will do the good work. It is our holy duty.”- Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

We can do more than we imagine by the power of the Holy Spirit.”- Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Whatever is within your limit, do it to lift the souls of humankind.”- Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

The better we serve, the greater the fulfillment.”- Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Missionary Quotes by Thomas S. Monson

Missionary work is a priesthood duty – an obligation the Lord expects of us who have been given so very much.”- Thomas S. Monson

Missionary Quotes by John Willis Zumwalt

One can be an orthodox Church in every way: great structure, good theology, excellent sermons and teaching, lots of giving; but if the Great commission is not taught and obeyed, it is a heretical church.John Willis Zumwalt, Passion for the Heart of God

He is the God of all, and His concern is for all.”- John Willis Zumwalt, Passion for the Heart of God

Missionary Quotes by Mikhail Khorev

Living according to God’s truth means that my ego must die, and I must live entirely for God and for my neighbors. Living according to God’s truth means not following the crowd and not being dismayed when even your friends misunderstand you. For the God whom you serve will have the final word. On the day of judgment, he will speak the final word over the whole of your life.”- Mikhail Khorev, Letters from a Soviet Prison Camp

To promise to abide by this legislation, so inimical to God, would mean forsaking the gospel and turning away from God’s law. This is why Christians have a choice to make, either to trade in their loyalty to God for freedom from persecution or to remain true to Christ and consequently run the risk of persecution.Mikhail Khorev, Letters from a Soviet Prison Camp

Missionary Quotes by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.”- Charles Spurgeon

Someone asked, Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved? It is more a question with me whether we — who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not — can be saved.”– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Missionary Quotes by Winkey Pratney

Every Christian a missionary; every non-Christian a mission-field.”- Winkey Pratney

Missionary Quotes by Kirk Cameron

If you had the cure to cancer wouldn’t you share it? You have the cure to death. Get out there and share it!!!”- Kirk Cameron

Missionary Quotes by Oswald Chambers

The thing that makes a missionary is the sight of what Jesus did on the cross and to have heard Him say, Go!” Oswald Chambers

Missionary Quotes by Oswald J. Smith

We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.”- Oswald J. Smith

The supreme task of the Church is the evangelization of the world.”- Oswald J. Smith

Missionary Quotes by Ann Dunagan

Missions is practicing God’s presence until His passion compels us to obey.”- Ann Dunagan

Whether you are a missionary or not, reading missionary quotes gave you a deeper understanding of what it really means to be a missionary and encouraged those of you that are already taking the gospel of Christ to the nations. Ask God to give you a hunger and passion for populating his kingdom with souls, at home, at work, and wherever you go in life.

 

How To Become A Missionary – Christian Missionary

If you are reading this you probably are asking questions on how to become a missionary. Taking the steps towards becoming a missionary can be scary and daunting, however, the main reason for this article is to help you to clearly see the steps you need to take in order to step into what may by a long-term calling for you.

What to do before Asking How to Become a Missionary

The first thing to know is that if you are thinking of missions as a Christian, you are not in the wrong. One of the main assignment Christ gave every believer is to go into how to become a missionarythe world and preach the gospel to all, starting from where they are to other parts of the earth (Samaria, to Judea to the whole earth). So you see you are a missionary. However, the question for you would be “Am I to travel or just reach my neighbors? Yes, Now that’s valid.

Many would rather be nominal Christians and not do anything serious. They would go to church because that’s what you do but they haven’t taken their walk seriously. And therefore, transitioning from being a nominal Christian to becoming a missionary can be very confusing and daunting. You have no experience in walking this path. Well, assuming you are considering Missions as a nominal Christian, then I would suggest that you may be taking things too fast. First would be to try to plug yourself into a small group at a sound bible teaching the church. Get to truly understand what Christ did for you on the cross. Ask God to open your eyes to the need around you and then trust Him to guide you through it all. As soon as you get what Christ did in your Spirit, it will be easy for the Spirit of God to work with you in helping others to know Christ. Whether far or near, you can now begin to think of preaching to others.

However, the truth is whatever stage you are in your walk, deciding to become a missionary can be a bit difficult, but thank God you do not have to worry about how you will make it. As God has promised never to leave you stranded in whatever situation you find yourself in. And I feel blessed to be a vessel God he uses to bring this promise to pass in your life. This article which is the first of the series would help ease the transition process by teaching you how to become a missionary.

CONFIRMING THE CALL

Before finalizing your decision on how to become a missionary, it is important that you know what your decision entails. A missionary is someone who has been called by God and sent by the church to go out and further preach the gospel of Christ where it has not been heard or established. You will be required to serve God by serving others. What this means is that you do not live for yourself anymore but you will dedicate whatever time you have left on this earth to meeting the needs of others. It is very important that you are clear on this call; be sure that it is God calling you out to the mission field and not your emotions. There has to be an inner witness; an impression of peace or a very strong conviction that assures your calling to be of God and not of self. For further clarity, you can discuss the matter with spiritual authorities, such as your pastors and mentors who would intercede on your behalf as well as counsel you. Going on a fast can also prove useful, as fasting is known to be a way of disciplining yourself, shutting out the noise of your emotions so as to focus on the voice of the Holy Spirit.

PREPARING TO BECOME A MISSIONARY

Once the call has been confirmed, preparation for life in the mission field is the next phase. First of all, the foundation for becoming a missionary does not rest on your talent, gifting or ability to persuade people, it rests solely on the Holy Spirit. Like the scripture says, those who are led by the spirit of God are called the sons of God, it is important for you to yield to the voice of the Holy Spirit who is already dwelling in you. He is the most important companion you will need on this journey. He is the best teacher to show you how to become a missionary. Some other ways of preparing for this call include;

Defining the call: It’s great to be used by God to reach people. Once you are sure that God wants you on the mission field, you will need to work hand in hand with the Holy Spirit. It’s ok to try out a short term mission first to get you feet wet a bit. Check out this article on mission trips for college students It’s important to remember that you are not the Holy Spirit and therefore you cannot be everywhere at the same time. You need to define what direction you’d like to take as there are many ways to serve in the mission field. This is a period where a lot of prayer and meditation is needed; spending more alone time with God to eliminate all the other confusing voices. In this period, you need to decide if you are going to be embarking on this walk solely or under a missionary board. You will definitely learn a lot on how to become a missionary by working with a mission agency. If you choose the latter, you’d still have to decide which mission board to join and what department to identify with. Any department you choose must be in line with your expertise and passion. They will also decide where you will get posted to. Each mission field, mission agency, and mission work will have its own special requirements.

Serve in your church: Before you move onto the bigger field, it is important that you get tested in the smaller field. Start by serving in your church. Be actively involved in ministries through your local church. You will be able to realize your strengths and weakness while doing this and grow more in wisdom and character.

Training: Anything you do not prepare for will consume and confuse you when you get there.  Before you go researching or looking for external training, start with the one that is right in front of you; the Word. Study it, meditate on it and ask your pastors or the older Christians around you a lot of questions. This is your number one manual to learn how to become a missionary. Go deeper in your relationship with God. Your church may have different kinds of training opportunities for those who want to serve in the mission field. Take advantage of it and acquire as much knowledge as you can. The type of training you should choose is dependent on what department you’d want to work under in the mission field. For additional training, you might want to consider enrolling in a bible school, seminary, skills acquisition classes etc. There is also an option of learning on the job which can be beneficial to you in areas you were not exposed to during your training. Mentorship is also advised. You can seek out the counsel of those missionaries who walked the path before you. Communicate with the current missionaries you know; people who are walking on the same path you are about to walk. Ask a lot of questions and listen carefully as they respond. It will help to make notes of their responses. Online study and research will also be a beneficial source of training. Knowledge is essential but without understanding, knowledge is dead and without wisdom, you can never discern rightly. Combine your physical study, exercise and other forms of training with prayer and fasting. That is where the revelation is.

Learn as much as you can about the country you will be serving in; their culture, the people and about being a missionary in that area. You can do so by making friends during your trips to that place, acquainting yourself with missionaries who may have served there or individuals who may have lived there, reading etc. It is important that you learn the language spoken in the country that you have been posted to. This will help you connect and communicate easily with the citizens of that country.

Short-term mission trips will help you get a burden for people. It is one thing to read about a country and know all the facts; it is a very different thing to interact with people and get a burden for their need for Christ. This visit will give you

Interacting with like-minded people and building the right relationships. You have to be willing to meet and mingle with other missionaries, some of which may be working in the same field, country, and ministry as you. Build relationships with people with them and be humble enough to learn from them. Those people could end up being a shoulder to cry on, people to share and bear burdens with and a source of encouragement in trying times.

Develop Healthy habits. These may include; good hygiene, disciplining yourself by cutting off time wasters and learning to spend quality time with God daily, dealing with emotional baggage so that they do not burden you on the field, spending time with your family and preparing their hearts for your departure etc.

In Conclusion…

Learning how to become a missionary is not what children think about. It is a lifelong commitment and if you are not ready to make the commitment, you should take a step back now. This is a time to get support from friends, family, spiritual authorities and the church, through their prayers, financial donations, partnerships and any other way that will be beneficial to this ministry. The importance of prayer for this journey cannot be overemphasized. The path of a missionary is not an easy one. Prayer is the right place to begin, where your treasure and strength lies. Pray in every way you know how and in all manner of entreaty. Trials and hard times will come such that you will start to question if you are on the right path or not. You can only receive wisdom, assurance, grace, strength and divine direction only when you ask God for it.

In all you do during this period, your eyes must be kept on the goal while enlisting others to be a part of this ministry team. Do not enlist someone just because of how deep their pockets are. Seek the face of God before making any major decisions. It is Him who called you, so trust Him to lead you. This preparation is not something to be rushed and learning how to become a missionary takes a bit of time. You are preparing for a lifetime of service and as such, you must patiently yield as the Holy Spirit walks you through and opens doors for you. It will definitely be worth the wait!!!

Short-Term Mission Trips – All You Need To Know

In the article, I want to demystify everything about Short-term mission trips. The aim of this site is to answer every question related to Missionary works. I know many people are always considering what mission trips they can get involved with and how to go about it.

short-term mission tripsMissions is the life and bane of every true believer.

In reality, life itself is a mission trip of sorts – its purpose centered on spreading the good news in a world where we are all diplomats and ambassadors of God’s Kingdom.

I must admit that I’ve always harbored a subtle resentment for the popular mission’s slogan – give, pray or go. While I do not doubt its validity in prescribing the different ways in which you can be involved in missions, I very strongly question the analogy behind the characterization as people are often tempted to select their most convenient option when in truth each one is, in my opinion – incapable of existing in isolation of the other.

That said, if you are considering embarking on a short term mission trip you are not only brave and selfless, you are one of over 1 million Americans that have considered likewise, and so you’re definitely not alone.

This a handy guide to aid preparations for Short-term mission trips or should I say; what might just be a life changing experience for you.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS

Preparing for Short-term mission trips might become unnecessarily daunting if you do not establish a few things prior, so here are a few things to consider –

Key Considerations When Selecting a Short Term Missions Trip:

 

  • Purpose: A really honest question to ask yourself is – Why are you going? What is your motivation? Your response should determine whether or not you choose to proceed further with the other arrangements.
  • Experience: Again, it is important to ask yourself what your expectations are – What type of experience are you looking for? Are you seeking discipleship or a cross-cultural exposure or perhaps some ministry experience?
  • Difficulty: What level of cross-cultural experience is right for you – and how much culture shock will deter your activity and/or intention?

 

Things to Avoid on Short-Term Mission Trips

  • Thrill Seeking: Missions is not entertainment for ‘adventure junkies’ seeking to participate in just about anything for fun, but is rather exclusive for people who genuinely seek to yield themselves in selfless cross-cultural service.
  • Quick-fix Mentality: It is not enough to provide short-term fixes that are encountered on the field – it is important that the solutions you intend to put forward are both implementation feasible and independent of you so that your proffered solution will remain long after you’re gone.
  • Self Focus: Again, the trip is not about you. It is what God intends to do through you for the community in view, think and pray for clarity of mind
  • Lack of Preparation: Most people arrive their destinations without a clue how to implement the fantastic intention/plan they earlier had. The trip turns out counterproductive.

Things to Do Before You Go for Short-term mission trips:

  • Get/Update Your Passport & Make copies: Passports generally take from 4 to 8 weeks to obtain but can be expedited for an additional fee, and  Before leaving the United States, make three (3) copies of your passport keep one copy with you in a different place separate from your actual passport for emergencies.
  • Get Vaccinated: Check whether the country you are visiting presents any risks for diseases and see if there are any vaccinations available.
  • Get Appropriate Wardrobe:  It is advised that everyone going on a mission’s trip dress conservatively; both for culture sake and for protective purposes, especially as different countries present varying weather conditions.
  • Plan to eat healthy while on your missions field. You may need to get a few solid cookwares a small one is fine depending on how long you will be there. I found that either saladmaster vs maxam would win here.
  • Get Prescription Medications: If you have a medical condition requiring that you take prescription medications make sure to discuss with your doctor and take with you as much medication as you may require for the length of the trip.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP

  • Your Impact May Be Limited (Culture Barriers) – Trust God not you
  • Poverty Might Look a lot Different than You Expect – your needs may change
  • You’ll Come to Realize that You Cannot Fix the World – but God can
  • You Will Find Brokenness in Helping Others –
  • Your Perceptions of Life/Priorities Might Change –

 

But finally, and most perhaps most under-looked –

You Don’t Have to Go All The Way To Really Help:

Start where you are!

Mission Trips For College Students

Do you want to know about different opportunities for upcoming Mission Mission Trips For College StudentsTrips For College Students?  You are in the right place.  In this post, I will give you a detail of everything you need to know to have a fun filled summer while helping other people.

Mission Trips For College Students: Why should you be interested?

  1. Experience life in a very new way
  2. Impact more than you could have where you are now
  3. Make a huge difference in the mind and life story of other people around the world.
  4. Get to grow as a leader.
  5. Influence friends and family you leave behind
  6. Your uniqueness has an opportunity to affect other people
  7. You may also find other people like you there and get to know your uniqueness in a better way.
  8. You grow a lot under challenging situations so get ready to surprise yourself.
  9. Get a vacation without spending too much
  10. Other people will be excited to help you raise the funds you need
  11. You also learn to trust God in a new way.

Ok, now I get you interested 😉 ok, you were already interested, that’s why you are here.

Then what next?

You need to decide whether you want to do a mission trip locally here in America or you want to go global. The Lord Jesus left us with an instruction to go into the world and preach the good news. Yes, the world can be down that scary lane downtown or across many seas. The truth is that many people far and near have not heard the gospel the way you now understand it. mission trips for college students

Missionary Organizations

There so many organizations out there that help to make Mission Trips For College Students an easy project.

Adventures in Missions: Here is an organization that specializes in helping individuals go on Christian Mission trips. You can either do a short term trip or a long term trip. They have special 1-3 months mission trips for college students. To fit into this program you must fall within 18 and 22 years of age. this Adventures in Missions partners with overseas churches and other Christian organizations and ministries to make this happen. They offer mission trips for college students for the summer, fall and spring semesters.  They lead mission crew to various countries in Africa, Asia, and South America.

Royal Servants with Reign Ministries: This organization focuses on discipleship. While taking college students out for a mission trip, they focus on raising disciples that will, in turn, raise disciples as well. So their mission trips are group based. You have someone you are working with and they have someone they are working on. They train staff disciplers that come in for their training a week ahead of the other students.  The role you will perform during your trips will depend on which trip you choose. However no matter what you may be ministering to orphans, performing street drama or dance, loving on street kids, surfing with Irish teens, eating noodles with Chinese students or kicking around a soccer ball; it all depends on the trip you choose.

Cru: This unique organization that specializes in various summer mission trips. You strengthen your walk with God as you build your confidence spreading the good news about Jesus. They also have a study abroad platform which gives you the opportunity to earn your credits. They work with schools in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East or Oceania! They also recruit volunteers for the Jesus Film Project, a Jesus movie showed around the world.

Focus on Campus: This is a catholic missionary organization. They have winter trips, summer trips, and Spring break Trips. They bring students across the globe, places in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Oceania and Also in America. They also have special trips. They also do medical mission trips.

Experience Missions: This organization runs 1-2 weeks mission trips, helping you bring your team of youths or adults to impact communities in the US or around the world. They also run 1, 3 and 6 months mission trip. These are immersion mission trips. You go live in other communities where you eat their food, bath in their water, sing in their language, walk on their road and this makes you vulnerable to them. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.

Others are:

Orphan Outreach

Projects Abroad

CSM

Global Frontier Missions

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