Jesus commissioned His disciples to “Go into all the world and preach the good news.” The early church embraced their call and in the course of a generation, “turned the world upside down.”
Paul, an apostle and missionary extraordinaire, met a young disciple named Timothy and invited him to join the mission team. Paul set the precedent for student missions. It must have been hard for Timothy’s family to let him go. They did, though, and God used him to help save the world. Paul invested in this young man and sent him two letters that we read to this day. All this because Timothy was willing and able to take a disciple trip. The question is, are we willing to send our students on their disciple trip?
PAUL WANTED TO TAKE TIMOTHY ON THE JOURNEY…
DiscipleTrips is an organization built to take high school students and adults on short term mission trips to third world countries. We believe the best way to make disciples is to take disciples into places where the gospel is desperately needed. Our trips are intentionally designed to challenge our mission teams with a variety of service and outreach opportunities. We carefully choose locations where the need is great, the environment is safe, the country is stable and where we know the local missionaries.
DON'T LET ANYONE LOOK DOWN ON YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE YOUNG, BUT SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE BELIEVERS IN SPEECH, IN LIFE, IN LOVE, IN FAITH AND IN PURITY.
-1 TIMOTHY 4:12
The founding vision of DiscipleTrips was to make it possible for any high school student to have access to short-term missions. Half of the churches in America have an average attendance of 75 or less. Students who attend these smaller churches have little opportunity go on a mission trip. DiscipleTrips wants to change that! However, we also realize the biblical mandate and value of the "older teaching the younger" (Titus 2:3-7). Our trips are intentionally "inter-generational." We welcome parents, youth leaders, college students, families and other adults who want to be a part of this vision.
Several factors are considered prior to choosing a mission site. Our utmost concern is the health and safety of our students. We will never knowingly travel to a location that is unsafe or ill-advised. Be assured we constantly monitor and heed all U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Advisories. Secondly, we consider the need. Our aim is to find a location that will create the most impact--both for the missionaries and for our students. Is the work appropriate for a short-term team and will our time, effort and money make a difference? Another important factor is the relationship we have with our host missionaries. We prefer a site where we already know the spiritual leaders and where the work is well established and has a good reputation among the locals. Finally, we are sensitive to cost. We will always try to find sites where travel is somewhat convenient and as affordable as possible. Rest assured that we prayerfully consider each location in our desire to make each DiscipleTrip a wonderful experience.
Our purpose begins with the Great Commission. "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
- Matthew 28:19,20
DiscipleTrips is about taking disciples to make disciples of all the nations. It begins with Christ followers who want to personally fulfill the Great Commission. Our purpose is to create velocity for our disciple's faith to take greater flight by traveling to foreign lands to share the gospel of Jesus and help others experience "faith taking flight."
Our purpose continues by assisting the outreach efforts of missionaries who see the value of utilizing short-term teams to partner with their ministry. We only travel to sites that want a DisicpleTrip team and our goal is to work hard and do everything we can to create momentum for the missionaries who will stay and follow up on the seeds we planted.
Our purpose ends with challenging our disciples to return home and take the momentum they've experienced to their local mission points. We want everyone to understand that there is a mission field in their backyard! Our prayer is that the DiscipleTrip serves as a catalyst to an ongoing, ever-growing "faith taking flight."