Medical Mission Trips and the
Elements of a Successful Trip

Medical mission trips can either be successful or disastrous depending on you and the preparation you put in before the trip. 

All sorts of side roads and surprises can be part of God's design for your time on site.  What it all boils down to is the more time you spend preparing for the trip, plus the more time you spend in prayer, the better the experience will be.

The key to all successful medical mission trips is to have a servant's heart.  Be ready to serve and to listen to God - being willing to participate in His work rather than your own.  Remember that this trip is all about God and His work through you so that He will be glorified and not you.

Tips For Successful Medical Mission Trips

The following elements are absolutely crucial for any missionary trip you undertake:

Be Dependent on God at All Times

This is His work - not yours.  Apart from God we can do nothing.  John 15:5 says, "I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."  

Remember to ask for God's help in everything you do. 

Nothing is too small or insignificant for God.

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Build a Team of Prayer Partners

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Make sure to find a group of faithful prayer warriors, and communicate with them regularly. 

Find people who are willing to pray for you daily while you are on the mission field. 

Do not neglect this crucial step.  Prayer is powerful!  The more prayer you have, the more you can accomplish for God.

Spend Time With the Missionaries and
the Locals While You Are There

Don't spend your evenings holed up on your room and don't leave the field to go sight seeing.  Your purpose for being there is to demonstrate God's love by serving.  The locals won't see Jesus unless they see you.

Take Time to Experience and
Learn the Local Culture

This is your one chance to learn more about the local culture.  Don't lose that chance by spending all your time with other team members.  Take time to get to know the local people.

Be Flexible and Have a Sense of Humor

No matter how much planning you put into it, things will change at a moment's notice.  Be willing to adapt to God's plan rather than yours.  Taking it with grace and a sense of humor will make the trip far more pleasant for everyone.

Focus on Getting the Job Done

Of course, the primary reason for going on medical mission trips is to accomplish the task set before you.  Be prepared to work long and hard hours without complaint.

Stay Healthy

You won't be helping anyone if you get sick and someone on the team has to look after you.  Take time for adequate rest both before and during the trip. 

Drink plenty of good, clean water and make sure healthy foods make up the lions share of your diet.  Also be sure to follow the hygiene rules for that setting.

Remember God

And carve out time to spend alone with Him on a daily basis - this is absolutely essential. 

Without plugging into God's power daily, your own power will be quickly depleted and you won't be of any help to anyone.

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Grow Together as a Team

Participate in group devotions and worship.  Share with team members what God has done during the day and share meals together to bond as a team.

Journal Everything

You think you'll remember everything on your trip, but it's amazing how many details you may forget if you don't keep a journal and write in it daily.  That way, you can also share with church members and your prayer team everything that happened on your trip.

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