Top 10 reasons why people don’t go on missions trips
1. There are many people going already so I don’t need to go.
The number of people in each team always varies. Do not assume that we have enough people all the time for mission trips and would have a target number per trip. Decide on whether or not to go on a mission trip based on prayer and spending time with God rather than looking to see whether others are going or who’s going.
2. I don’t have a genuine serving heart. I don’t feel like my motives for going would be to serve God and to love others.
There are many varied reasons and motives people go on a mission trip. Many can testify to also not having a genuine motive of serving God. We believe that God will use this journey to shape each person’s hearts as they bring whatever is there in front of God and is open and teachable.
3. It’s too expensive. I can’t afford it.
Do not let money be the primary reason that will stop you from going. If there are financial concerns, pray and ask God whether this is a trip that He is asking you to go to and ask for His provision. After you apply, bring it up to the trip leaders to see how they may be able to help you.
4. I don’t have time. I have family obligations and I’m too busy at work to take time off.
We pray that God will clear your schedule in your work and at home so that you may be able to spend time in serving Him. The important thing to do is to pray for this specifically as you ask Him whether you should be going.
5. It’s outside of my comfort zone. I don’t like dirt and getting to know new people. I don’t feel comfortable singing, praying out loud. I don’t like the activities we need to do on a mission trip. I don’t like children.
Allow God to enter into the unknown and guide you through it. The beauty of having a team is God putting individuals together to bring together different gifts and how each person grows as they step out of their comfort zone.
6. There are so many people who are in need where I live. Why are we always going out to help others? We need to help our own country first.
This is not an either/or choice. As Christians, we will reach out both locally in Hong Kong as well as internationally to different countries. We pray that you can carefully consider the burden and prompting God has placed in your heart and follow Him in obedience. One person cannot do everything, but as a body, we can do a lot in unity in HK as well as outside of HK.
7. I’m a new Christian. I’m not spiritual enough. I don’t know the Bible well enough. I don’t have any gifts to offer. I am not equipped to do this.
You do not need to be spiritual enough or have gifts to offer in order to be used by God. As God brings together a team, we often see how He placed each person there so that they would complement and help each other’s weaknesses and insufficiencies.
8. I’m not called to be a missionary. I don’t know how to evangelize.
We are all called to proclaim the gospel to all people and testify of God’s love and what we have received in Christ. You do not need to be a missionary to do that or any special skills—just a willing and open heart to share in love and in action what we have already received first from Him.
9. I don’t have a heart for any particular country, a specific place or people group. I might be in physical danger.
Many people sign up for a mission trip not having that particular heart or burden. Perhaps they chose according to the right timing, by invitation through a friend, or because of the number of days they can take off. Part of the mission trip is learning that no matter what your initial motive might be, God can use this trip to change and transform your heart to understand God’s heart, how He sees His children and how much He loves us.
10. My family will not agree with me going. I don’t want to tell others.
There have been many encouraging testimonies of team members who were afraid to tell family members about their trip and as they step out in faith committing this to prayer, God has opened doors for them to go, to their surprise. Sharing with family members and friends about a mission trip is a great bridge for Christians to share about God’s love and why Christians would want to go and serve. Sometimes God does shut the door for an individual to go and we believe that His timing is perfect and will open it at the right time again if it is His will.
With permission from IGO Global Outreach, Island Evangelical Community Church, Hong Kong.