Preparing for your Mission Trip
It is our desire that you be well prepared for your mission trip. Being well prepared will help you not only feel more confident as you share the Good News of Jesus Christ with people who desperately need to know Him, but you will actually discover that you are more effective in planting seeds, helping them to grow, and actually harvesting fruit for God’s Kingdom. You will also be more prepared, as 1 Peter 3:15 states, “to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you”. Since Evangelism, or Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is what you will principally be doing during your trip we want to share a powerful tool with you to be better prepared in that area.
Effective January 1, 2017, we are requesting that all teams coming on mission trips with Good News in Action successfully complete a study guide for Evangelism. The title of the book is “Share Jesus Without Fear” written by William Fay and Ralph Hodge. The book is very inexpensive and can be easily purchased through Amazon, Lifeway, Christianbooks.com, and Barnes and Nobles. We ask that the leader of the team, as well as every team member, successfully complete the entire course found in this book prior to their trip. The book consists of 4 group sessions that should be led by the leader of the team, meeting weekly with the entire team, interspersed with 3 weeks of individual daily devotional work. At the end of the book there is a section where 36 of the most common objections to the gospel are addressed. The book presents the importance of first cultivating a heart that is willing and able to share the gospel, followed by a very simple and relational approach to witnessing that emphasizes the dependence on God’s Word and Power for the results. You will learn how to navigate through a gospel conversation that is very user, as well as receiver, friendly. Hopefully you will find that this resource not only will better prepare you for your mission trip but will also help you to share the gospel without fear at home as God gives you opportunity.
The book is also available in Spanish in the event you have team members that are fluent in Spanish and would like to prepare themselves in Spanish, since they will be sharing the gospel in Spanish during the trip. The book in Spanish is titled “Testifique De Cristo Sin Temor”, and is also available at the same locations as mentioned above for the English version.
Leaders and Team Members, Please take the time to go through this study, make it a priority prior to your trip. Be accountable to each other for the daily devotionals, memorize the scriptures, do the daily work. Commit yourself to Sharing Jesus Without Fear in every opportunity God gives you.
In advance we thank you for taking the time to prepare yourself and your team for this very important mission trip. The Expansion of God’s Kingdom and the Transformation of Lives depend in part upon your ability to share the gospel effectively. Let’s be prepared to do our part to make sure a person understands God’s Plan and take away the enemy’s power to snatch away that which was sown in a person’s heart.
Matthew 13:19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.”
May God bless you as you prepare for your trip. We look forward to seeing you soon!