I went on my first mission trip when I was 12. Our church youth choir went to South Dakota to help with a new church plant (though I don’t think we called it that then). I loved the trip. I loved riding in the bus, hanging out with my friends for 2 weeks, being away from home, and just being with our youth group. I was 12. I wasn’t in love with the idea of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth, but my church was.
That was the first of 6 youth mission trips I went on while I was growing up and it set the stage for my love of mission work. As a pastor I always said I wasn’t called to be a vocational missionary but I was called to pastor a mission minded and mission active church. That all began when I was 12.
Mission trips transformed my life and I believe they transform the church. There is no better experience as a believer than to be in an unfamiliar place, doing unfamiliar things, eating unfamiliar food and being generally uncomfortable with everything around you for the sake of the gospel. It is in those moments you learn to trust the Lord and you see Him move through your life.
So if your church is going on a mission trip this year, in the spring, summer, or fall, we pray God works in your and through you for His glory. And if you would be willing to invite others from our association to go with you we want to help make that happen.
We have an online form for you to complete with information about your trip and how someone from outside your church can join in. As we go live with our new website soon there is a page for people to view the various mission opportunities in UBA.
If you are looking for a place to go, a way to plug in to the mission field, then check out the opportunities on our mission page.
I’m looking forward to hearing the stories of how God gained glory around the world through UBA.