In just a little over a month school will be out and my wife and I will be climbing onto a plane with our 6 and 7 year old daughters to take them on their first international mission trip to Guatemala! After spending time on mission trips together all over the world, Lisa and I are excited that we finally get to expose our children to something that has been such an important part of our lives, marriage, and ministry. We are thrilled about the opportunity to be working with some friends of ours (Lee & Angel Radford) who help run an orphanage in Guatemala and who have children at similar ages to ours. We’ve been waiting for this day, and below are 10 reasons why.
1. We are all missionaries
We hope for our girls to understand from an early age that Missions is something that is normal, not just something that super spiritual Christians do.
We want our girls to be exposed to poverty early in life and understand what the plight of the majority of the World is…and then catch a vision to do something about it!
3. Intentional Exposure
By going on their first mission trip with mom & dad we can tailor design the trip to expose them to what is appropriate for their age, needs, and maturity level.
4. Creating Culture
Serving along side of mom & dad in an orphanage in Guatemala will help build the story and culture in our family that we long for.
By serving in an orphanage my girls can participate in the international language of play and in so doing cross the language barrier. They can play with, love on, and serve the children of the orphanage.
6. Increased Faith & Dependence
We are raising our support to go on this project, and have included our children in this process. We want our girls to see their God meeting real needs like this through the body, His Church!
7. Others First
Fighting the selfishness that is inherent in us all can be tough, especially in kids. There is no better way to do that than to physically serve others.
8. Tangible Faith
We hope our girls grow up to have a tangible faith, a faith in Christ that prompts real action, not just intellectual adherence.
9. The Heart of their Heavenly Father
We want our girls hearts to break for what breaks the heart of their Heavenly Father, the Nations.
10. Family Vacation
What better way to spend a “family vacation” than on a mission trip! The girls will remember this moment the rest of their lives!
Interested in finding out more information about where we’re going? Check out our friends, Lee and Angel Radford’s blog who we’ll be working along side of in Guatemala!
I’d love to learn from you. What is your story of serving together as a family? What are some ideas we can use in the future? Leave a comment!
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