Why it is important for young people to experience cross-cultural ministry.
By Caleb Lange
It is a privilege to be loved by the living God who gave Himself for us so that we can be with Him forever. The Lord is perfect; He has no defects that impair Him from fulfilling His promise to believers.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[a] knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”[b] “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”[c] For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
As a simple act of worship, Christians can give back to God in a variety of capacities: singing praises, praying, giving financially, memorizing scripture, and giving our time. A short term mission trip is a wonderful mode Christians have to bring all these attributes together.
I strongly encourage high school and college students to participate in a cross-cultural mission trip. God has given each believer a set of gifts that He intends for us to use for His service. I am a sophomore at Grace Bible College and have gone on four mission trips outside the United States. Each time learning more and more about myself and about God’s will for my life. I have made many friends from other countries on mission trips, some of which I keep in contact with on a regular basis. Young people are especially blessed through mission trips because they get the chance to make new uplifting friends from around the country and from the field your team is going to spread the Gospel. It is fun to be in the culture playing basketball or soccer with the local people: knowing each of you comes from a different background, but having the chance to influence each others’ life in a positive manner to bring us closer to Christ. Cross-cultural ministry can open your worldview to a brand new understanding of the world. It gets you out of your comfort zone and exposes you to life changing experiences. It broadens your understanding of how the Body of Christ operates and how Christians around the world worship God. There is a level of excitement coming back to the U.S. which supersedes all other experiences, knowing the Lord has used you to impact the world with your talents and gifts. The blessings of a cross-cultural mission trip are beyond measure. Every high school and college student should go on a mission trip to experience cross-cultural ministry. A passage of scripture I love that motivates me in any ministering situation is 2 Corinthians 5:13-15.
If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:13-15.
Christ’s love for us is so vast that He died for us to take away our sin. Realizing this, ministry no longer becomes a chore; to be done one day; then forgotten about the next. Serving Christ becomes a life goal, never ending, never coming to a point of satisfaction, but steadily advancing Paul’s Gospel message that all are saved by grace through faith. Missions are exciting! I challenge you, get out there and serve, you just might change the world.