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Missions Work is for the Ordinary

The primary requirement for serving on a missions team is a desire to learn and grow.

In 2 Corinthians 4:7, Paul describes “ordinary” vessels that God uses to do extraordinary things: “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

Paul describes himself and the church as fragile clay jars. In his culture, clay pots were a dime a dozen. Every household possessed them in abundance, and they were considered ordinary and common. 
You might think you need a certain level of spiritual maturity to serve on a missions team. Maybe you feel unqualified in the construction trade of ill-equipped to minister to children. But God uses ordinary vessels to hold Christ’s “all-surpassing power.” The primary requirement for serving on a missions team is a desire to learn and grow. If you consider yourself ordinary, Paul says this qualifies you to be a carrier of God’s light!
The primary requirement for serving on a missions team is a desire to learn and grow.
Here's what Pam Pautz had to say about her experience:

"At first the idea of traveling to Sierra Leone–halfway around the world–seemed a little daunting. The usual self-responses as to why it would not work--too much going on at home, too expensive, work would never allow the time off, who would water the plants, feed the dog…. But as only God can do, he made the way of settling nerves, alleviating schedules, and yes, he even helped me in finding someone to feed the dog.

"I went with the purpose and mission of helping to change the world. What I came home with was the realization that my time spent in Africa had changed me forever. It wasn’t so much what I left them with but what they gave me to take home. There was a love and genuine connection that happened on that trip, one that could not have been planned, coordinated, or thought out. It was organic and only an experience that Jesus could truly orchestrate."

Three ordinary people share their perspectives on mission trips.
God loves to use ordinary people. When those in the nations we serve see us loving and serving, they can see the light of Christ in us. So how can an ordinary Christian serve God’s vision worldwide? Why not ‘give a week away’ and join us on one of our missions trips?
This year we’re sending teams to South Africa, India, Guatemala, Romania, and many more locations around the world. We’re bringing Jesus’ love to Fiji and we’re serving alongside YWAM in Mexico. A team going to Moldova will distribute food packages and minister to children during an Easter week vacation Bible school. We’re also aiding in disaster relief in Florida and Texas and fighting poverty in New York City. We are coordinating age specific missions trips for our youth and young adults.

It's an ambitious 2018 mission schedule, and we are believing that God will do amazing things in us as we give our time to others. Are you ready? Let's go!

For more information on each trip, visit giveaweekaway.org.

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