Don C. Richter addresses a concern of mine in Mission Trips That Matter: Embodied Faith for the Sake of the World. In one place he writes,
The more our hearts and minds are shaped by biblical and liturgical imagination, the more connections we notice as the larger story of our mission trip unfolds. And the more we notice as leaders-especially in relation to our bodies-the more readily we invite all participants to weave together daily events into the warp and woof of the life of faith.
Daily events during a mission trip are no different from daily events in life, are they? Yes. The location is different, the people are different, etc. However, we are still called to live as Christ’s witnesses as we are so called to do at home and to be intentional about how we live in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ as members of our particular faith communities. We need to know and be formed by the narratives of the Bible and the lives of our congregations. Moreover, as youth workers, we cannot be passive participants. Rather, we should be able to help our students see and connect the events of the journey with the faith we claim.
How do you connect your faith and everyday life as you witness to God’s love in Jesus Christ? How are the Bible and the liturgy of the church shaping you? How do you work with your students to be so shaped?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor