Flipping Missions [Book Review]
Are you looking to make your missions trip better?
I am always on the lookout for resources to help make my youth ministry better. Two years ago, I took a group on a missions trip, and one of the things that students gave feed back on was the devotionals. We need to find a better resource. So we checked out Leader Treks.
We could have spent hours developing our own resources, but why not purchase a resource by an organization that specializes in leadership development in student leaders.
I asked to review this devotional this past summer and was so surprised by the quality of this, that we used it for our missions trip this March. Students love the devotional. It’s full of stories that our students got. The one thing that I love about this resource is that it helps the students to understand their mission field at home before they go somewhere else to serve on a missions trip. I know that the devotional, Flipping Missions: Flip Your Perspective To Change How You Serve, will help my missions trip this spring. This might be the right resource for you and your group this year.
We all know that mission trips can be powerful experiences, but we also know they don’t always help in the ways we’d like them to. There’s only so much a small group of inexperienced but well-intentioned people can do over a week or so. For mission trips to have the best kind of impact (in our team and in the community), it’s going to take something huge: a complete shift in perspective. Students will have to see their trip through the eyes of their leaders, their missionary hosts, and the communities they’re serving. Flipping Missions helps you see behind the scenes from all these angles so you can push your trip from a one-time experience to something life-changing.
Flipping Missions guides each participant through the three phases of your mission trip:
Before the Trip: 12 interactive studies (best done over a six-week period)
Lay the foundation by setting the right goals and expectations through Bible studies, on-the-ground stories, and personal challenges.
On the Trip: 6 morning devotions and 6 evening reflections
Hear from two perspectives every day as a long-term missionary and an experienced pastor lead you through devotions to start the day and evening reflections to reflect on God’s work in and around you.
After the Trip: 12 follow-up studies (best done over a six-week period)
Do you want your trip to become nothing more than a pleasant memory? Or do you want it to change how you live? These lessons, questions, and experiential challenges will get that process started.
- Insights from long-term missionary and experienced pastor
- Trip tips so you can make the most of your experience
- Personal, interactive challenges
- Checkpoint days for your entire group
- Checklist so you won’t forget anything before you go on your trip
Why reinvent the wheel when looking for a resource? Leading a missions trip can be stressful enough. Why not let someone else resource your training and devotional times. This is an awesome resource! We love it, and are using it. Check out Flipping Missions.