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The Blessing of a Short-term Team

We often get asked by people how they can be involved in mission. Probably one of the most important ways is in prayer. In addition to prayer, coming on a short-term mission trip is a good experience. By being involved in a short-term team, people find that they can taste a little of what mission is like, and they can take their stories back home in order to mobilize other people to pray or go into mission.

During Christmas 2016, we had a short term team come serve with us. Having a team is always a great encouragement, not only for us, but also for the brothers and sisters in the local church who feel blessed when people come from overseas to serve the Lord together. We find that people sometimes hesitate to come on a short-term trip because they do not know the language, which is essential when you are coming to serve in another country long-term. However, we find that displaying Jesus’ love to the Isaan people (Central Thailand) by giving them a smile, being there for them, or by playing with the kids, is already a great blessing to them. Long-term OMF workers like us are also available to help by translating when needed.

Christmas Outreach

With this team, we went to a few different schools to do Christmas outreach. We find that schools in Thailand are very open to have a team from abroad come in to teach English. In addition, we were able to have a big Christmas celebration where the Isaan brothers and sisters from the local church invited their relatives and neighbors. We also had a very special baptism service at the church, in which the team members were able to give encouragement to a new believer. Finally, the short-term team also helped to hand out tracts in different villages, and they were involved in the Christmas outreaches at different church member’s houses; by giving their testimony, singing songs and by doing a play.

We hope and pray that this short-term mission trip was a great experience for them and that members of the team will come back to serve in mission again, either short-term or long-term.

Written by David & Grea van der Lee, OMF workers in Thailand.

Original story published on the OMF Thailand website.


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