John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

  1. You will encounter God's heart. Our God is big and He cares about the nations. He's a global God. And His ultimate goal is to gather a family that represents "every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (Rev. 5:9). Whether you step across the other side of the railroad tracks, a different state or into a foreign mission field, you will sense God’s amazing compassion and you will begin to know Him as Lord of the Harvest.
  2. You will expand your limited perspective. Too many of us are stuck in spiritual ruts. Every now and then you need to step out of your comfort zone and allow God to stretch you. Experience how other Christians worship God with fervor. Discover how they plant churches and engage in evangelism. Recognize that the way we do ministry in our own community is not necessarily the only way. And expect to learn from the people you are going to minister to.
  3. You will be become more grateful. Receive an attitude adjustment every time you on a mission trip—especially to serve with poorer Christians. You will come back from with a renewed appreciation for life's little blessings—air conditioning, running water, nice roads and flush toilets.
  4. You will discover your spiritual family. When you minister alongside Christians, you find that the Holy Spirit bonds us together supernaturally. Those you minister to will become like family members because of our spiritual connection. These relationships can last a lifetime. This is the same type of bond the apostle Paul felt with the people he met in Greece, Italy and Asia Minor during his travels.
  5. You will build lasting partnerships. God gives us this strong bond so we will link arms and work for a common purpose across racial and cultural lines. Your connection to the same people over time can lead to the planting of a church, an orphanage, a shelter for women or a school.
  6. You will expand the kingdom of Jesus. The Great Commission was not a suggestion. Christ's kingdom cannot be built without bold, radical obedience to Matthew 28:19: "Go therefore..." Somebody has to GO. There's no way around it. To share the gospel with the whole world, we must be willing to pack our bags sometime and leave home.