We need to see areas in SoCal beyond our “Temecula bubble.” This trip is about that. As we go, remember a few things:
Notice the needs. Look around the neighborhoods and see the needs of people dying without Jesus. Notice. Get a burden for them.
Don’t just sight-see, but soul-see. As we drive around the area, don’t get enthralled with the scenery or vastness of the city. Remember that every streetlight, car, and building represents a person. See the crowds as individual people needing the Gospel.
Pray as you walk. Whatever we’re doing, have a prayer on your mind. Whether we’re door-knocking or driving, pray for people always.
Make the trip spiritual. Don’t go on this trip just for fun. Make it a spiritual experience (feed the spirit). You’ll find the fun automatically. You have to intentionally choose to find the spiritual benefits.
The second main reason we are going on this trip is to encourage other ministries however we can. Think about these things:
Notice the kids. As we are spending time with the church planters, notice their kids. Learn their names. Play with them. Laugh with them.
Learn others’ names. Try to remember not just the kids’ names but everyone else’s, too—church members, pastor’s wife, etc. Learn and use their names.
Take door-knocking seriously. Try to really make friends and see people brought to church through our door-knocking times. It would really encourage the pastor if we made a contact that actually was saved and added to their church.
Encourage the church members. Whether you think so or not, you will be viewed as an example to someone. Take that seriously. Work to encourage others by being kind, warm and friendly at churches. If you are not purposely friendly, we’ll just be that “cocky church that only came to show off their singing talents.”
SERVE. SERVE. SERVE. This is a ministry (service) trip. Always look out for ways to serve. Clean up, babysit, carry trash, wash dishes… serve wherever you can, and then ASK what’s next. Do not wait for adults to do everything. Do not get distracted by friends. Serve.
If we go into this trip with the right mindset, it will be a success. I want you to come away with a burden for the big cities of America. And I hope through our efforts and our spirit that the ministries will be encouraged by our church.
I want this to help you as you try to help others.