Let’s face it. Mission Trips can be expensive. Travel expenses, training materials, ministry supplies, possible medical expenses, meals, housing…and the list goes on. Is the expense worth it? Absolutely. I’m on record that short-term mission trips can be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to provide long-lasting spiritual life change. BUT…there are times when the expense of a trip is simply too much. So what do you do when you can’t afford to go on a mission trip? To put it simply, look out your window!
Each year, we host a summer mission project for our junior high students. It is a mission trip literally in our backyard. It teaches them how to participate in a mission trip setting, and helps their love for serving others to grow.
Below are some examples of projects we have done in the past or plan to do in the future that are inexpensive projects that can serve as your summer’s mission trip:
- Landscape a neighboring apartment complex
- Yard Work for elderly of your church
- Help with end of the year cleaning at the local school
- Plant a community garden
- Trash pickup along the roads of your community
- Free Garage Sale for community
- Vacation Bible School Projects
- Clean nursery toys
- Church Spring Cleaning
That should get you started. Even if you do international trips at your church, I strongly encourage you to try some community projects either in the summer or throughout the year. After all, if you are not serving in the community you are in now, how can you serve in someone else’s community?