Have you thought about serving on an international mission trip? This October 7-14, Cross will be going back to Guatemala City to serve and show God’s love. I had the privilege of serving last year, and it was an absolutely remarkable trip. I was challenged to see the world through another lens, and I was encouraged that the love of Christ shines through in any language.
This trip is excellent for a first time mission trip or for a seasoned missionary. Our partner organization, Groundwork Guatemala, shares many of the same values as we do at Cross. Both Cross and Groundwork Guatemala emphasize discipleship formation through the life transforming Word of God. The best (and most difficult) part about this perspective is there is no “one size fits all” answer. Bible study, worship and prayer are all important, but if we don’t have love, all these efforts are a “noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1. Feed the hungry, heal the sick, find the lost; these things are critical, but without the Word of God, they are temporary.
Are you wondering if you should go this year? If you have read so far, that would be a good indicator. Are you qualified? The answer to that is simple but not easy. God isn’t looking for people who don’t need Him. God is looking for underqualified people who are willing to give it over to God and let Him do amazing things through you. So, if you think God might be calling you to serve, then it is likely He is.
Is this the right time or place? Come to an information meeting or talk to someone who went last year to ask the questions you need to ask to help you decide. Pray to God to reveal His will to you. Ultimately trust in the Lord to guide you and protect you. The time and place often matter to us more than they do to God. He is calling you to serve every day, in every way.
The most amazing thing I have seen since going to Guatemala last year is in those who went. The entire team came back more equipped and willing to serve back here at home. We are all able to see things a little bit differently, and all of it is for the better. I have been praying for you since I came back last year, praying for those who might go this year, 2017, to be able to hear God’s call and then have the faith to follow.