The Power of Discipleship on Mission

A few weeks ago I went on a mission trip to Moldova with Paul, one of the teenagers from church, and a bunch of other great people.  At first I was a bit sad that only one of my teenagers could go but we had a good week and it was great to have this time away with him and the rest of the team.

Paul & Ute

I have been discipling Paul since last summer and it has been inspiring to see God work in and through his life.

So if I can disciple him at home in England, why even bother to take him on a mission trip? And what difference does it make to be on that trip together rather than just sending him off with a group?

Well, I believe that discipleship is about sharing life. Jesus didn’t just catch up with His disciples once every so often, but He did life with them. Of course I can’t share a house with all the young people I work with, but being on a mission trip together comes fairly close to that.

It is important for the people we disciple, to see how we handle different situations, especially the hard ones. They need to see that being a Christian is not just something we do every now and then, but that God is in every aspect of our lives.

At the same time it is a great opportunity to see how they handle challenging situations. It was really helpful for me to observe not only that Paul was willing to prepare a sermon when given the opportunity, but also how he prepared himself for it. It could be a way of getting him involved in our youth ministry, where he can grow in faith and develop his skills and talents. Seeing how Paul handled responsibility on our mission trip to Moldova showed me that he is a natural leader.

At the same time it is a great opportunity to see how they handle challenging situations. It was really helpful for me to observe not only that Paul was willing to prepare a sermon when given the opportunity, but also how he prepared himself for it. It could be a way of getting him involved in our youth ministry, where he can grow in faith and develop his skills and talents. Seeing how Paul handled responsibility on our mission trip to Moldova showed me that he is a natural leader.

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Going on a mission trip to a different country always puts you in a place where you don’t have your usual sense of safety and security.

You will inevitably face some stretching situations in which you will probably wish you had someone to talk to. How much more important is it then for young people to have their youth leaders there to encourage and support them? If Paul needed advice or help, he could turn to me as his ‘big sister’ and know that there is someone who understands.

Furthermore, I believe that God brings out gifts and skills in the people we disciple on mission trips. Being in new and challenging situations requires us to rely on God and Him alone. In those times we are usually more open to hear and learn from Him. It is in those situations that we discover more what gifts and skills were given to us. It never ceases to amaze me to see how God, in all His creativity and greatness, works in people’s lives, especially if you’ve journeyed alongside them for some time.

Lastly, going on a mission trip together means that you will share the same memories and stories; being able to look back, laugh, cry or just remember. Sharing a memory with someone is powerful and strengthens the friendship. In a moment of despair or doubt you can remind each other of the times, when you both experienced God show up.

Faith has a lot to do with remembering and holding on to those stories. It’s going back and looking at what God has done in the past to be able to trust that God will work in the future as well.

I believe going on a mission trip with the young people I disciple is a very special opportunity to deepen their trust towards me. Not only do I learn a lot about them, but also they can observe how I live life as a Christian – something that should be evident not just once a week for a couple of hours, but throughout the day. Every day.


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