Saturday, December 29, 2012

Answers To Questions About Family Mission Trips

Considering a mission trip is probably a step of faith for your family, and you likely have lots of questions.  Addressed here are some answers to commonly asked questions.

What constitutes "family" for an e3 Legacy mission trip?

e3 Legacy is committed to building mission-minded families, so whoever makes up your family, you’re welcome to join an e3 Legacy trip.  These multi-generational trips often include an entire family, a single person, a parent and a youth, a husband and a wife, a grandparent and a grandchild.

How do I know if my family is ready to take an international mission trip? 

First, you do not need to be spiritual giants.  Most people going on an e3 Legacy trip have never led anyone to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, let alone shared the gospel with someone.  Interestingly, most team members think that God is going to use the other people on the team, but they doubt that He can use them.  But since God is simply looking for obedient families, He takes care of filling in the gaps.   Besides, each team member has a translator and notional with them, who can help out as necessary.  If you, as a parent, desire to make a difference for Christ, and your kids are ready for an adventure, God can work through your family.  And no, there’s not necessarily an ideal time to go, mainly because it’s more about God than about your family.  If you’re waiting for your family to be “ready,” chances are you won’t ever go. 

How old do my children need to be to go on a mission trip?

No minimum age exists for participating.  Several factors, however, influence when a specific child is ready for an e3 Legacy mission trip.  Younger children are welcome to go if they can handle seven long days of in-country training and evangelism work alongside a parent, taking turns sharing the gospel with the evangecube as the parent deems appropriate.  For older youth, they work with their family in a specific village all week, but then go out each day in teams of three with their own translator and national.  To date, the youngest child to share a translator with her parent was nine years old, and the youngest child having her own translator was twelve years old.  Contact e3 LegacyDirectors Andreas and Terri Mehrguth for help in determining if your child is ready. 

For more answers to good questions, such as: 

What will be my children's role on the mission trip?  

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• What kind of training will my family receive?

• Is it really possible for my family to raise the necessary funds to go on a family mission trip?   

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