Missions is a big part of who we are at First Trinity. Our youth group has been doing mission trips for over 20 years now. We’ve sent mission teams to Haiti for 13 years, plus trips to China, New Orleans, and New Jersey as needs arise. Serving others through mission trips is part of our DNA here.
Serving others opens doors for communication. Every time I’ve participated in a mission trip I’ve seen this happen. One example: when our youth serve through Group Workcamps, they are divided into small groups and assigned to a resident in town. They do various projects like painting, yard work, and other basic (or sometimes significant) repair and rebuilding at the house.
Every year, there are countless stories about the residents opening up and sharing their stories with our kids. As the week goes on, more and more is shared, and our youth and adult leaders have a chance to share why they are serving—to share their faith in Jesus with the resident.
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. John 13:14-15 (ESV)
Jesus knew that serving opened doors for the Good News—Jesus’ message of hope and grace for all people. He served others even to the point of death and invites us to go and do likewise. Serving others opens doors, lowers defenses, and creates conversation. Who is God calling you to serve this day? Listen and answer the call, and watch for the doors that will open.