Pastor Gardner and VBM Director Jeff Bush cover the topic of missions trips from how to be prepared to go on a missions trip to how to prepare the people who you might take on a missions trip. They also discuss the impact a missionary might have on a visiting group and how a missionary could effectively maximize that impact.

  • World Evangelism Fellowship
    • Discussion on Missions
    • Greatly used men of God like Bud Calvert and Don Sisk speaking
    • Starting Monday evening through all day Tuesday
    • Visit we fellowship.us for more info
  • Getting Ready for Missions Trips
    • Prepare them before they come
      • What is the weather like? 
      • What should they wear?
      • Give them info upfront
    • What is the purpose of a missions trip?
      • Getting a heart for what God is doing
      • Everyone who goes comes back different
      • Not everyone becomes a missionary, but everyone comes back with a positive effect
      • Go to visionmissions.com to look up Vision Baptist Missions mission trips 
    • Why should a youth pastor take his young people?
      • They need to see the world
      • Their hearts need to be broken for souls
      • They need to be excited about doing something for God
      • If you want them to be dedicated, take them on a missions trip
  • How Pastor Gardner did Missions Trips in Peru
    • Arrival (Tuesday)
      • Get there on Tuesday
      • Give them an orientation
      • Set them up where they are staying
      • Don’t let them take a nap (they won’t sleep at night)
    • First full day (Wednesday)
      • Get up and have devotions and breakfast
      • Then preaching from a national pastor
      • Take them to the monastery to have a tour
      • During the tour preach to them about the Catholic Church
      • They leave understanding the false doctrine 
      • Take them to lunch and talk about what the saw
    • What Jeff Did
      • Take them to a beautiful cathedral in town 
      • Walk them through and teach them about the false doctrine
      • Have lunch after to talk about what they say
      • People usually saw that religion is really taking people to hell
    • After Lunch
      • Take them to get changed and ready for church
      • They get to give a testimony 
      • They get to meet the people 
    • Second Full Day (Thursday)
      • Devotions and breakfast in the morning
      • Then they go to a touristy place
      • Then they go to the graveyard
      • Explain the way that funerals work in Peru
      • Explain that many of the graves were dug before the Gospel even came to Peru
      • Then lunch and talk about what they saw
      • Then go back and get ready for church
      • Thursday night church 
      • A lot of times, Americans tend to have a superior felling
      • Pastor Gardner had a friend who was surprised that the Peruvian church worked like “real church”
      • The people who come learn to love people
      • The trip is not a trip to six flags
      • Let them get involved doing ministry like handing out tracts and inviting people to church
      • Take them over the city and pray for the city 
      • You want the people to see the need in the city
      • Let the nationals share testimonies
      • It amazes Americans about the commitment of the nationals
      • We want to set a good example for the people on the field
  • Going Over Orientation for the Trip
    • “My Personal Promise and Covenant for Our Missions Trip”
      • They need to be flexible 
      • “To be accepted as a member of the missions group I agree to x, y, and z”
    • Orientation is key
      • Sometimes people do silly things 
      • Don’t assume that people already know what to do or not to do
      • Orientation helps to avoid frustration and heart aches
    • Orientation at the Home Church
      • Have a good attitude
      • Don’t be a complainer
      • Don’t have amorous intention toward one of the church people
      • The Missionary shouldn’t pay for everything 
    • You Are an Example 
      • You might not feel like an example 
      • Most of the national church people are first generation Christian
      • You probably were raised in a Christian home, so the people look to you as an example
    • Have a Written Orientation Document
      • You’ll forget something
      • As the missionary you need to follow through on your responsibilities
      • Everything rises and falls on leadership
    • Make the most of your time 
      • You Can Make a Difference for a Young Person
      • You could influence their life
      • Take advantage of your time with them and use it wisely
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