Sunday, August 9, 2009

Vacation Mission Trips

Does the zoo ever get boring? Do you ever just wish you could take a zoo-like trip where you sat back and watched native people in their own land? Then you could go home and share the slide show on your blog and get called a missionary! Okay, so maybe you did some work on the trip, but you had to or it'd look like you just wanted to enjoy a free trip.

Well, a national Christian radio station was giving a way spots on a mission trip to the 9th caller.

Doesn't that seem odd to you?

There are a lot of things about missions that can get messed up, but I think it's a big red flag mess up if you go on a mission trip like you go on a cruise.

We have a large amount of missionary friends and all of them raise funds with blood, sweat and tears (okay, maybe not the blood part, lol). They sell their possessions and cook loads of spaghetti in November for a trip planned for the next June. They travel the circuit of churches speaking to congregations big and small getting the word out about missions and their trip. They have a deep calling inside that tunes out the warnings of danger from well meaning friends. It's a big deal, not a vacation.

1 comment:

ShelbyLinn said...

This has always bothered me. I know how hard Stanton had to work when he went to China. And I know that all of that hard work made that trip so much more worth while. He felt SO good about it.

I mean, as long as I have known him, he hasn't been able to keep ANY money put aside for anything, except for that trip. It made me very proud of him.