Mission trips are the best! Unless they end up being the worst. We have made more than our fair share of mistakes over the years. Hereâ€™s a little list of fantastic mission trip mistakes you need to avoidâ€¦that we didnâ€™t:
â€¢ Drinking the water. Never drink the water.
â€¢ Getting to the ticket counter about to leave for a trip to Africa and having a student whose passport was about to expire so the ticket lady wouldnâ€™t let him on the plan. He joined us 24 hours later after literally walking his passport renewal through the renewal office.
â€¢ My (Josh) wife accidentally knocked a sink off the wall while shaving her leg. Cut herself so deeply she needed stitches.
â€¢ Did I (Josh) mention my wife was a nurse and stitched it up herself?
â€¢ When the host Pastor says, â€œYou MIGHT preach tomorrowâ€, actually believing it is only a possibility! â€œmight preachâ€ means â€œwill preachâ€.
â€¢ Leaving a student behind at a truck stop.
â€¢ Allowing a student who I (Josh) knew shouldnâ€™t be on the trip on the trip. And had to send them home early. Saw it coming, but didnâ€™t have the guts to disciple/coach him beforehand.
â€¢ Offering to split the money with everyone who shows up to the fundraiser. Next time, say, â€œto everyone who shows up AND WORKS at the fundraiser.â€
â€¢ The water. Seriously, donâ€™t.
â€¢ Wait, weâ€™re out of money already? It is day 2!
â€¢ Driving the church bus (Kurt) down a highly crowded one way street in Tijuana, Mexico.
â€¢ Getting pulled over by local police for driving the church bus down a highly crowded one way street in Tijuana, Mexico
â€¢ Handing out a schedule of activities to the students. This only causes mass confusion when (not if) the schedule changes!
Whatâ€™s the worst mistake youâ€™ve made on a mission trip?
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.