Have you ever taken a short-term trip to serve those in need in another country? We know this list doesn't cover everything, but we believe these are 5 reasons why every person should experience (at least once) in their life a short-term trip.
- Help those in desperate need – GPPD has trips scheduled to India, Haiti, Jordan, and the Philippines… where some of the most heartbroken and suffering people in the world are living.
Jordan – Refugees fleeing from Iraq/Syria by the millions
India – Tsunami in Dec 2004 killed over 230,000 in 14 different countries
Haiti - Earthquake in Jan 2010 killing an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 people
Philippines – Typhoons in 2012/2013 - over 8,000 people killed
By going to share and show God’s love we are able to bring hope to so many who need it. Our connections in each of these countries allow us unique opportunities to strategically partner and come alongside those who specifically need our help. These precious men, women, and children... created by God are crying out for help. You could be the answer to someone’s prayer this year.
- Encourage the full time workers / national partners – We have many full-time Associates and National Partners who sacrifice their entire lives serving those in desperate need. On our trips, we work hard to be an encouragement and blessing to them. While we will go and leave within a week or two, they are staying behind to continue the work. One of our primary goals is to have our National Partners love having our teams assist them so much that they are sad to see us leave. We also desire to use the skills of our team to build bridges for our Associates to use to create future ministry opportunities.
- Strengthen your core faith and trust in God – Committing to go on a trip (for most) will require great sacrifice of time, money, and energy. The amount of work you put into preparing for the trip will greatly benefit the blessing you receive (and the blessing you are able to provide) during the trip. The exposure you will have as you witness a completely different culture will potentially rock your world. All of these should combine to deepen your relationship and trust in God as you learn how to completely depend on Him while taking this giant step of faith. This will greatly help your life (if you apply all you’ve learned and experienced) once you return from the short-term trip. Take it a step further and GIVE up something of value to help you raise support - perhaps something like a vacation, an Xbox, or Cable TV for a length of time - and use the time and money saved to deepen your relationship with God and help those you will be serving.
- Create memories that will last a lifetime – Spending a week with a body of people all committed to the same purpose and goals will be so uplifting to your soul and spirit. There will be many moments of laughter and fun, but also tears of joy as we take time each day to share and celebrate all that God is doing and allowing us to accomplish together. You will make new friends that you will stay connected with for years to come. In some ways, our team will become a family… and you will be so thankful you are a part of it. Your prayer life will deepen as we rely completely on God to go before us and lead the way.
- Could forever change how you live your life – We have personally witnessed incredible life change that can take place on a short-term trip. Some have completely surrendered their life to God, others have committed to packing up and moving to Haiti or India, others have decided to remove some things in their lives so they can give back even more. In other words, seeing is believing and believing that you can actually do something (whether big or small) that can change someone else’s life forever is something that is motivating and inspiring. Once you experience the brokenness and suffering, you can’t help but want to do more.
You can take our word for it… or you can experience it for yourselves. Check out www.gpartners.org/trips to find out how you can sign up for a trip this year.
Let's DO SOMETHING!
Published on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ 8:13 PM CDT