Family Experiment - A Different Kind of Missions Trip

When most of us hear the words “Missions Trip,” we imagine traveling across the globe, most likely to a third world country.  We think of medical missions - setting up clinics to offer needed health-care to underserved populations.  We imagine hosting VBS or sports camps to kids who’ve possibly never experienced something of that kind.  We imagine building schools, homes or community centers.  

Those are all outstanding opportunities, that prove to be rewarding and expanding opportunities for all of us, adults and kids alike.  

The truth of the matter is that we don’t have to board a plane to reach under-served populations.  They exist globally and domestically.  A local church in our city hosts what they call “The Nashville Missions Trip.”  Families can sign up for a morning, an afternoon or a full day.  For five consecutive days, they partner with local non-profits, sending kids and adults out into the community to serve the various needs within our city.  Families can move from one site from morning to afternoon, day to day.  

This model is one that could be adopted by any church or any family for that matter.  It’s as rewarding and expanding an opportunity for all of us, adults and kids alike.  It’s an opportunity not just to serve, but to better understand the needs that exist all around us, and and the work being done throughout the city to serve and give.   

Where have you served as a family?