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Mission Trip or Vacation?

Mission Trip or Vacation?

The difference between a mission trip and a vacation

“A mission trip is just a vacation that someone else pays for.” Lots of mission trip critics say this, and they’re right. Sometimes. At first glance mission trips and vacations do look pretty similar. They both involve taking time off from school or work, traveling to a new place, and taking lots of pictures.

However, if you’re really going on a mission trip, there will always be one huge difference. The difference is your purpose.

However, if you're really going on a mission trip, there will always be one huge difference. 

The difference is your purpose.

Self-centered vs. Selfless

The purpose of a vacation is to maximize your own personal enjoyment, relaxation, and pleasure. It's a trip that's all about you. It's self-centered.

On the other hand, the purpose of a mission trip is to maximize the name of Jesus by serving others. It's a trip that's all about others. It's selfless.

When a mission trip turns into a vacation

Can a mission trip turn into a vacation? Yes, if you're not being intentional.

What are your motives and reasons for going? To snap some cool pictures, get to know a cute guy or girl, or travel to an exotic place? If this is where your motives start and end, you're not honestly on a mission trip; you're more on a vacation because you're only focusing on yourself (self-centered).

What's your motivation?

Since we're all naturally self-centered, we need to be intentional about having selfless motives. It's not bad or wrong to take pictures, have fun with your teammates, or enjoy traveling. However, you don't want one of those to be your primary motivations during your trip. Motives turn into actions. So, if taking pictures is your primary motive, it'll be your primary action all throughout your mission trip.


On the other hand, if you're intentional about having motives like serving others, digging wells, or sharing God's love with children, then these will be the motives that turn into actions on your mission trip.

Think about it

Which way is your trip leaning? The mission trip side or the vacation side? The selfless side or the self-centered side?

No trip is perfect, and we all struggle with self-centered motives. However, if we're striving to be better reflections of Jesus, we need to be moving in a selfless direction. Jesus was rarely focused on getting great selfies during His trips.

The Missionary Heart

The Missionary Heart

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 “The missionary heart: Care more than some think is wise. Risk more than some think is safe. Dream more than some think is practical. Expect more than some think is possible. I was called not to comfort or success but to obedience….There is no joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving him.”

 

—Karen Watson, martyr, March 15, 2004

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Connect Global What we Do

Connect Global pursues + facilitates trips into areas with substantial need, in order to create sustainable change that will improve the lifestyle of the residents we work alongside of  

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Connect Global pursues + facilitates trips into areas with substantial need, in order to create sustainable change that will improve the lifestyle of the residents we work alongside of

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Who we Are

We are a group of individuals working as a team to Connect people around a simple mission. It is our desire to see thousands of people positively affected by sustainable projects and that we all would have a better outlook on the globe after. 
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We are a group of individuals working as a team to Connect people around a simple mission. It is our desire to see thousands of people positively affected by sustainable projects and that we all would have a better outlook on the globe after.


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South Dakota

Connect Global, Carpenter Ministries and Elim Church teams are all traveling towards Mission, SD today. 

This begins a weeklong trip to work alongside some very hardworking individuals from the White Eagle Christian Academy

Keep us in your thoughts this week! The team from texas is already in South Dakota, and a small team from Tampa is leaving Monday. 

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We are developing a NEW Sustainable Health Solution for mother’s giving birth in Cusuna, Honduras.  Contact Us  for more details if you want to be involved. 

We are developing a NEW Sustainable Health Solution for mother’s giving birth in Cusuna, Honduras. Contact Us for more details if you want to be involved. 

Some people have expressed interest in mission trips and had no idea where to start. This is the team that I went with to Haiti. Aside from the fact that I personally think they are amazing human beings, I appreciate the very intentional nature of their ministry. They are building relationships in various locations, so you will have the opportunity to go and follow up in the place you are lead to go.

Before I left, my heart was set on service to my family and the ways I could be more diligent in my day to day tasks. The blessing of wearing “wife and mother” as my primary job title is something I’m still adjusting to and even take for granted at times. Spending the week in Haiti opened my eyes and blew my mind in various ways, but seeing Pastor Julio’s wife organize and run her home was absolutely awe inspiring. To her, it is service in love to them and anyone who comes to their home. If I’m able to imitate even a fraction of that, I’ll definitely be much better at my job. -Marcia Perry

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Serve: Categories & Policies.

Connect Global has been formed around several ongoing conversations about how to serve, who to serve and why we serve.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this conversation and how it affects our decisions. In particular I’ve been thinking about who we serve.

The concept of serving others is not completely natural and we recognize that sometimes it take practice. Some, if not most, of us grew up adopting a certain way of interacting with others based on predetermined categories and policies.

We can find ourselves circling around one certain category of “others” and maybe excluding ourselves from another group of “others”. We then end up building policies that dictate how to or if we engage with either category of people.

Sometimes this is not really a bad thing. This is for most of us a simple, naturally occurring, split second decision that happens with or without us knowing.

Think about your local grocery store employee. We see him or her on a regular basis week in and week out. Without even realizing it we have categorized (Publix Employee) and created a policy for interaction (nod and smile) all in a fraction of a second.

While this particular split second decision is not bad per say, imagine with me how someone could categorize people (based on religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, background, or even ethnicity) - and then with or without thinking build a policy around that person or group in a negative way (non interaction, prejudice, alienation).

In the work we do through Connect Global we try our best to make sure we don’t categorize those who we serve in a way that would mean building any sort of policy against serving one group over another.

In fact I would consider our “policy” around this issue to be one that would allow us to err on the side of grace and openness, rather than on categories and closed-mindedness.

This is and will remain very intentional. We are willing to serve those in need not based on a category of wealth, location, or religious belief, but on the fact that we are all broken in someway and are all in need of the service of others at different times.

We will continue to Go to, Serve, and positively Change “others” based on their current need and not on any predisposed idea of who we “should” serve.

If you would like to help us Serve, I’d ask you to visit our website at http://GoServeChange.com and join the conversation about how, who, and why we serve.

There are several upcoming trips through  Connect Global , and we wanted to tell you about a  Brand New and Exciting  way you can help  SEND  individuals with us.  
 One of the most common challenges in traveling on mission trips like  these , is raising funds to Go, so  We are partnering with our Team Members to help them raise their Trip Costs.   
 If you would like to help, please visit   GoServeChange.com/SEND   and make a donation to one of our current team members.  
  All donations are tax deductible. 

There are several upcoming trips through Connect Global, and we wanted to tell you about a Brand New and Exciting way you can help SEND individuals with us. 

One of the most common challenges in traveling on mission trips like these, is raising funds to Go, so We are partnering with our Team Members to help them raise their Trip Costs. 

If you would like to help, please visit GoServeChange.com/SEND and make a donation to one of our current team members. 

All donations are tax deductible.