Sunday, October 25, 2015

Join the Conspiracy

This week Nativity Missions is proud to kick off Project Thanksgiving! This is a perfect time of year to be grateful of all the gifts that God has given us. Project Thanksgiving challenges you to take the gifts you have and share them with others.

To participate in Project Thanksgiving, all it takes is two simple steps.

1. Serve
2. Share

That's it! Step one is "serve." Our mission field is all around us. Think about whom God wants you to help and give them a gift of service.

Then step two is "share." Share the story of your service on the Project Thanksgiving website. You can also share on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #myconspiracy. When we share stories of service, we can inspire others to do the same.

Imagine how many lives will be touched if we all conspire to serve this Thanksgiving. Join the conspiracy!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Why Should I Say ‘Yes’

Last week we asked if God was calling you to missions and summarized a few of the reasons to say “yes” to a trip. As we approach the NativityMissions trips planned for 2016, we will take a deeper look at some of the very important reasons you should consider taking a leap of faith and applying to go on a trip. This week we will explore the topic of building relationships.

“It is not good that man should be alone.”
-Genesis 2:18

From the very beginning, God created us with a deep need for relationships. We were created to be in relationship with God, ourselves, one another, and the rest of creation. A mission trip provides a unique opportunity to explore each of these relationships without the distractions of our daily lives.

Once on your trip, you will meet dozens of people who have a completely different culture than you, but share the same burning faith and love for God. Our partners around the world love us as much as we love them and they can’t wait to meet us when we arrive! These connections are instant and they are made regardless of language barriers. You will make lifelong friends with the people you meet on your trip as well as your fellow travelers.

Stepping away from your normal, busy routine can also give you the chance to focus on your relationship with God. Getting away can give you some much needed quiet time to pray and talk to God in a way that you might not be able to at home. He will be with you every step of your journey. You will look to Him for comfort when things are difficult and thank and praise Him for the joyous moments of the trip.

Relationships are the foundation of being a missionary and the core of the work you will do on your trip. Click here to fill out an application for one of next year’s trips.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Is God Calling You to a Missions Trip?

Do you think God is calling you to a missions trip? If you ask anyone who has gone on a trip before, they will probably tell you that the decision was not an easy one. They will probably then tell you that it was a life-changing experience and they don’t regret going.

There are many reasons to say “yes” to a missions trip. While on your trip you’ll have the opportunity to build relationships not only with our international partners but with your fellow travelers. Going on a trip can also push you out of your comfort zone and give you a chance to grow your faith. Traveling to the ends of the earth to serve God’s people will surely draw you closer to Him.

It’s important to look to God to help you with these major decisions. Turning to Him in prayer can help to quiet the noise in our lives and allow us to listen for an answer. Here is a short prayer to get you started.

Lord, Almighty God,
     source of light, truth, and eternal goodness,
     transform this present moment
     into an hour of vision and inspiration.
Help me to find wisdom;
     shed light on my thoughts.
May my aspirations come true
     through righteous and good deeds.
Give me the strength to concentrate,
     to think objectively,
     and to see clearly.
Shed your light on me so that I may see
     which decision to make.
Help me, O my Eternal God,
     to avoid vanity and pride,
     and thus be able to make worthy decisions
     as a true child of yours.

Amen.

To learn more about our 2016 missions trips, click here