Mission trips: remember those? The pandemic has deterred (and even prevented) people from traveling and that includes going on mission trips. But as COVID-19 regulations ease up, mission trips are becoming possible again! Going on a mission trip in 2022 may or may not be right for you, so let’s look at some pros and cons.
Pros to Going on a Mission Trip in 2022
Growing Your Faith
Mission trips are a great way to serve the Lord and expand your view of what God is doing in the hearts and lives of His people. The work God does through mission trips, both in and through you, can be life-changing. When you go on a mission trip, you get to step outside your corner of the world and see the gospel from another culture’s point of view.
Making a Difference
You also get to use your giftings to advance kingdom work and bless missionaries who are on the ground full-time doing ministry. When you go on a mission trip with Sozo Children, for example, you get to serve the Lord and build relationships with Ugandans as you deliver food to families in need, lead “Kids Club,” and help whatever projects we have going on at the time. Your team will also get the chance to experience the rich Ugandan culture including wildlife, food, nature, and daily customs.
“Traveling to Uganda with Sozo Children not only changed my life, but it taught me so much about Jesus. One word to describe my time in Uganda? Joy. I was captivated by the Joy I witnessed. The Sozo Children staff and children taught me what it’s like to have Joy in your past, present, and future. Because our ultimate joy is in Jesus – no matter where we are in life. These kids give the sweetest, most unconditional love. I didn’t get on a plane headed across oceans expecting to leave a piece of my heart there, but I did. And I left always dreaming of my favorite country half-way around the world. I’m thankful that I know Uganda through Sozo Children and I’m humbled by my opportunity to be a part of this organization!”– Barrett T.
Cons to Going on a Mission Trip in 2022
When you go on a mission trip at the back end of a pandemic, you have to weigh a few cons. Travel stipulations, for instance, have changed in the past 2 years. So there may be testing requirements, mask mandates, or social distancing rules to follow, depending on the country you’re visiting. It’s important to find out ahead of time what the current rules are in the country you’re visiting so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not it’s practical and safe for you to go.
Additionally, fundraising for a mission trip may be difficult in 2022 due to the rise in gas prices and supply chain issues. If you’re raising money for a mission trip this year, consider selling handmade items or having a car wash or a garage sale. Missions may not be at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now, but you can bring it to light as you offer goods in exchange for donations. Be sure to share what you will be doing when you go on your trip!