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Mission Trips

I’ve never understood why, but some people will only do missions if they are taken, at very least, outside of their city to another place where they have no connections. True, this needs to be done, but what about mission work in your home town? Are people there any less important?



3 Responses

  1. no, but it’s always easier to go where folks don’t know you and won’t see you stumble and fall on a regular basis I think.

    Our church started a program several years ago where we do minister in town working with all kinds of agencies. It is a concerted effort. I’ve got no figures, but many people who were not involved in the community are now. There is year round emphasis that includes volunteer efforts and collections of all kinds of items, and then there is a heavy emphasis in the summer for week long participation with the organizations.

  2. True, people need to hear the gospel in your own place. But here in America, we have many resources: Churches on every corner, many Bible Translations in your local Christian bookstore, Christian Radio broadcasts, Christian TV. People have have MANY opportunities to hear the gospel.

    But many people around the world have NO opportunity to hear the gospel even if they wanted to. There are no translated Bibles in their language, no radio, no churches.

    “No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” — Oswald J. Smith

    A story of how God can use Short term missions.

    • Now I’m not saying don’t go into other places of the world and preach the gospel. That is important. My problem is that there are so many who are willing to go do that, but are too frightened to talk to their own next door neighbors about Christ and the salvation He provides.

      Yes, there are many opportunities for people to hear about Christ in America. That doesn’t mean that, as a body of believers, we should leave it up to a select few (pastors, radio ministers, etc) to preach the gospel here. It’s our job too.

      Yes, go into all the world, but do not ignore the mission outside your front door.

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