Have you considered going on a mission trip
or serving an internship, but aren't sure if it’s right for you? If you
ask anybody who has done so, they'll most certainly tell you that
it is a life-changing experience and one of the most rewarding
things they have ever done. Perhaps you're not certain what
benefits you can reap from ministering in a foreign country.
Here are some very excellent reasons why you should volunteer:
The experience will expand your world-view
– In comparison with citizens of most other countries,
Americans tend to be uninformed about the world beyond the
nation's boundaries. Those who serve or study abroad return home
with an informed and much less biased perspective toward other
cultures and peoples.
The experience of serving others less fortunate
– is a very rewarding way to fulfill what God accepts as pure
and faultless religion in James 1:27.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress and
to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
- The experience will help you develop skills and
give you experiences a job or classroom setting will never provide
– Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting is scary
at first, but it's also exciting. It's an opportunity to
discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges,
and solve new problems. As you encounter situations that are
unfamiliar, you will learn to adapt and respond in effective
- The experience will help you to learn about
yourself – People who serve or study abroad return
home with new ideas and perspectives about themselves and
their own culture. The encounter will help you strengthen your beliefs and values, and enable
see your own culture through new eyes.
- The experience will allow you get to know another
culture first-hand – Cultural differences are more
than just differences in language, food, appearances, and
personal habits. A person's culture reflects very deep
perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence his or her way
of life and the way they view the world. People who experience
cultural differences personally can come to truly understand
where other cultures are coming from.
- The experience will afford you the opportunity to
make friends around the world – While abroad, you
will meet not only natives to the culture in which you are
ministering in, but also other international teams,
missionaries and students who are as far from home as
- The experience will give you the opportunity to
break out of your academic or work routine – Serving
abroad will be very much unlike what you are used to doing in
your regular day-to-day life of working or going to school.
It's a great opportunity to break out of the monotony of the
routine you follow year after year.
- The experience will enhance employment
opportunities – Through an employer's eyes, a person
who has served or studied abroad is self-motivated,
independent, willing to embrace challenges, and able to cope
with diverse problems and situations. Your experience in a
foreign country, negotiating another culture, and acquiring
another language will all set you apart from the majority of
other job applicants.