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Missions Trips 101

Christian Mission Trip Tips and tricks! Essential Information for Adventures in Missions Trips Including the World Race!

Welcome to missions. You are about to embark on a journey bigger than you are as you join a legacy of adventurers, freedom fighters, and kingdom-bringers. At Adventures in Missions, we mobilize people to missions as a means of discipleship, and we’ve been at it for over twenty years. Read on for advice that is useful whether on overseas missions or US based trips.

Missions Are Still Valuable

Top Reasons to go on a mission trip

Do you ever feel like something’s missing? That feeling that there’s got to be more than just this.

You want to make a difference in the world. You want to be part of something bigger than yourself.

The world is a big place, full of overwhelming heartache, hunger, poverty, sickness, and pain. It’s easy to be weighed down by the enormity of it all and assume you can’t make a meaningful change. All too often, people look at the problems of the world and say: “Someone should do something about this”.

You have the opportunity to respectfully step into someone’s pain and make a meaningful difference. To build sustainability where there was only hopelessness. But you need to take the first step, you need to get out of your comfort zone!

Will you take the plunge?

Missions Bring Transformation

The danger of Missions Trips

*Hint, they aren’t easy and they change you forever


A mission trip will turn your world upside down in the best way. Discover your unique role in bringing God’s kingdom to the needy. Let Jesus fill the need in your own heart as he uses you to make a difference in the lives, communities, and hearts of those who need it most.


The best way to experience missions is to live responsively. At Adventures In Missions, we ask, prayerfully listen, and respond through obedience. When we ask God for guidance, listening for his response it often changes us. When we obey him to the best of our ability, we begin to truly live!


You can take a small step. Take a few days or a few weeks of your life to be Jesus to someone in desperate need of hope. God can use you to make a difference. It’s not enough to learn about God and live life in a cozy Christian bubble. The church needs to leave the building!

Jesus did not call us to say a prayer but to enter into a lifestyle. We know that a life with Jesus is a life full of hope, and we are committed to bringing that hope to the people who need it most.

Kindle a Relationship with God.
Build fellowship with others.


We Challenge expectations to allow God to work through us.

The mission field offers many unique experiences that will challenge our definitions of normal. We embrace the concept of ‘doing something different’ in order to let God have his way in our lives and ministries.

James 1:2-4


We Listen for the voice of God and respond.

We believe that God is living, active, and has something to say to us. Listening and responding to the voice of God are the goals that drive us.

John 10:27


We Partner with intention and use innovative ways to meet needs.

We choose our ministry partners based on shared values, and work alongside them to creatively meet felt needs.

Philemon 1:6


We Disciple and build relationships to see God transform lives.

We empower and equip for kingdom work, believing that communities and relationships will be transformed by the love of Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20


We Proclaim God’s love through our story and actions.

We are passionate about sharing Jesus’ story with those we encounter. We help build the kingdom by explaining how God has transformed our own lives, and by confirming our words through our actions.

Missions Transform You

What to Expect on a Mission Trip

*Hint, they aren’t ordinary or fake

  • Break the Mold
    Don’t be afraid to get dirty or reach out to touch the marginalized and forgotten
    We believe your mission experience will be something out of the ordinary. We have a deep, desperate love for the people of the world. Whether they are in our back yard or halfway around the world, we see the beauty of God’s creation in our diversity. We must leave comfort behind to see the world as it truly is, and to bring Jesus in. By shaking up the status quo, by doing something different, we offer every youth a chance to spend real time with a real person with a real story. We are not afraid to get dirty or to reach out and touch the marginalized and forgotten. Whether you are ministering in rural Appalachia or near the beaches of Florida, our hope is that your experience will push your teens, your leaders, and you out of your comfort zones and into relationships with people and ministries in ways you may least expect.
  • Invest Deeply
    listen for the voice of God to hear how he would like us to serve and love others

    Adventures in Missions has been forming relationships with ministry partners around the world for over 23 years. You may be partnering with a ministry host that has been on board with us since then or pioneering alongside us with a more recent ministry partner. Whatever the circumstance, Adventures staff has been communicating with your host on a consistent basis, and have recently been on the ground to survey the most current and pressing needs of the community you will be serving.

    Depending on your location, your day-to-day life of ministry can look different. But it will always reflect ways to show the love of Christ. We believe in listening to the voice of God to hear how he would like us to serve and love his creations. This may look like:

    • Showing consistent love to children who need to know they matter.
    • Facilitating a vacation bible school.
    • Playing sports and doing outreach with locals.
    • Visiting door-to-door to pray and share Christ’s love and heart for others. Share the gospel -the good news that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.
    • Going on a prayer walk.
    • Cleaning facilities for churches, organizations, and locals in need.
    • Serving and/or distributing food to the hungry.
    • Working on relief from a natural disaster.
    • Loving an orphan or widow.

    “The staff at Adventures work year-round to build and maintain healthy relationships with our partners on the field. Teams like yours are a huge blessing to the needs they have, and it is our goal to make sure you feel your time and efforts are maximized while serving.”

    -Brandon Babb, Missionary in Eswatini, Africa. 2021

  • Be Local Friendly
    Learn the culture, allow local leadership to guide your visit and goals

    Adventures staff or a local ministry host will provide a cultural briefing upon your arrival, including specific details pertaining to your location.

    We also have a desire for you to have a real experience of the location you visit, not just a tourist-level view. Our trips focus on going to the heart of the location, to where Jesus is most needed. Sometimes that looks like painting a building, other times that looks like praying at someone’s house. We let our local leaders determine what best fits into the grander vision of each location’s broad vision of ministry. 

    It’s not all work and no play. When appropriate, we often have a special outing planned relative to your location. This is a time for you to continue to bond and enjoy time with your team, and experience the culture around you.

Missions Aren’t Ordinary

Premium Missionary Accommodations:
Churches, Homes, Tents, Floors, and Hotels

*Hint, every trip looks different, but we do our best to keep everyone safe.

  • Food:
    Your teens may lend a hand in the kitchen, or you could stay with a lodging partner who will handle all cooking and meal preparation. Meeting your needs is a priority of Adventures, however we ask that you prepare yourself, leaders, and participants to have a ‘mission mindset’ when it comes to details like food and housing arrangements. All meals and accommodations will be sufficient, but not lavish.
  • Rest:
    You should have received information regarding the specifics of your housing location. You may have bunk beds, or you may be roughin’ it on the floor for a few days. A light sleeping bag and sleeping mat are a good idea for comfort. You may be on a project with only your team, or another group of missionaries. We ask that you not pack full-size, blow-up mattresses so everyone can enjoy enough space to relax and sleep.
  • Clean:

    Yes. Keeping the ‘mission mindset’, this could look like a variety of options. You will most likely stay at a facility with a small number of showers. It is a good idea to start preparing your students for five-minute showers. Have fun with this. Get creative. Make it a game at youth group in preparation for going into the field. For example, select a student to demonstrate a quick shower process. With shower supplies provided (shampoo and conditioner bottle, soap, towel) set a timer for five minutes. Have the student demonstrate to the group how long five minutes can actually be, MIMING, of course, the process of showering from start to finish.

  • Wear:

    Serving in missions means getting uncomfortable and giving up many things we often believe we’re entitled to at home. One of those things is the way we dress. While Adventures does not have strict dress codes or uniforms, we do ask that you and your team respect the environment and culture you are serving as well as the work you came to do.

    Best Mission Clothes

    • Knee-length skirt/shorts
    • Jeans
    • Loose-fitting t-shirts
    • Comfortable shoes/Toms

    Ladies, What not to wear These on Mission

    • Short shorts
    • Flimsy flip-flops
    • Excessive accessories
    • Tank tops

    Gentlemen, What not to wear on mission

    • Shirts with sides cut out
    • Nice shoes or sneakers
    • Red or blue bandanas
    • Sweatpants
  • Pack:
    What Should I Bring?
Missions aren’t Vacations