AM Editorial: The History of Youth Short-term Mission Trips

The Oxford dictionary defines the word missionary as "a person sent on a religious mission, especially one sent to promote Christianity in a foreign country." It comes from the mid 17th century: from modern Latin missionaries, meaning "act of sending" or mittere, meaning "to send." The word missionary was used in light of its biblical usage. In the Latin translation of the Bible, Christ uses the word when sending the disciples to preach in his name.

In the Apostolic age (30 to 80 AD) the first mission trips were taken by Christ's disciples themselves. Peter preaches to a Gentile audience in the house of Cornelius in Caesarea Maritima. Mark goes to Alexandria in Egypt and Paul (formerly known as Saul of Tarsus) begins his first missionary journey to Western Anatolia, part of modern-day Turkey via Cyprus. 
In modern times, mission trips have come to represent a way to express Christ's love for all people. Risen and given all authority by the Father, Jesus sent his disciples out to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything they were commanded, (Matthew 28:18-28). This commission was also told in the account of Mark, chapter 16:15-16: He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And how can they believe without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14). An organization named: Mission Discovery began in 1991 as an effort to serve Jesus Christ by combining and coordinating mission trip resources and US churches to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the world's poor.

Apostolos Missions North America recently announced the that a short-term mission trip for the summer is being prepared for the month of August.  One reason why trips like this are important is for members to really live out their faith and call as people sent out into the world.  

Matthew 5:14-16 is Jesus declaration of the disciples as the light of the world. As bearers of this light, AM chapter leaders and members should long for these sorts of opportunities to go into different places and let that light shine before others, that they may see the good they do in  following the life of Jesus and deeds and glorify our Father in heaven who saved the world through the life, death, and resurrection of his son. This is the gospel, and of this gospel, we have been appointed heralds and apostles and teachers. We don't want these words to merely be Paul's to his son Timothy- 2 Timothy 1:11, but we want this to be our lives testimony to many spiritual descendants of our very own. 

AM prays the trip in August is one of many to come. And with the practical experience, these students gain, they would have ever-growing hearts for mission in this fallen world.

Please pray that the gospel expands in this new environment through this blessed venture. Thank you.  

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