Planning and prepping for missions is an exciting time. If you've been a part of a mission trip, you know the anticipation I'm talking about. A week full of new faces, new experiences, new culture, and most of all getting to show Christ's love to a what feels like a whole new world.
When the day finally arrives you're scrambling, you're excited, and most of all you're ready to get to where you're going. During all of this hustle and bustle, it's important to remember that your mission doesn't start and end at your destination; neither does Jesus.
Oftentimes it's easy to overlook all of the opportunities we have to be on mission right where we are. I'm sure this isn't news to most of you but Jesus wants to use you- even in the brief interactions you have. The airport staff, the airline staff, the people around you at security, and the people who sit next to you on a flight need a savior just as much as the international community you're going to serve.
You probably won't say a prayer of salvation with each person you meet but don't allow that to hinder you from being a light in the most unlikely of places. More often than not, people see Christ in how we treat them not in the things that we say. Try to not get so caught up in the stress of traveling that you lose sight of why you're even there in the first place! Allow the Lord to use you and share your heart behind the mission you're going on.