(Closed) NWR: Missions trips..

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Post # 2
10452 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I don’t get it either. I think religion in general is a big waste of time though. I guess it’s good that they’re bringing supplies to the places they’re trying to convert, but I can’t imagine how annoying it must be for the locals. It would be like if a JW moved into your house and you couldn’t just ignore them by not answering the door. 

Post # 4
46877 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MichiganGirl24:  Given that by definition, a missionary is a person on a religious mission, it’s pretty much a given  that they will be promoting their religion. You don’t have to worship Jesus, but you would’t be a missionary of you didn’t worship something.

Many religions focus on third world populations because they are vulnerable. They always have and they always will. How else to grow their congregations? and the funds they raise for the main church?

That’s just one of the  dark sides of organized religion.


Post # 5
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m not personally in favor of them (not religious/not interested in being preached to) but I can understand them.

If you are a devout and litteral believer in a religioun that teaches that non-believers are going straight to eternity in hell, and you are a compassionate person, I could imagine that you would be FRANTIC with the need to give anyone and everyone the opportunity to avoid that fate. So I get it. 

Not saying that most people are necessarily motivated by this, but as somone who grew up in a hell heavy religion (Catholic), I get it.

That said, I think there is a WHOLE LOT of hair on the issue of charitable and NGO activity in the developing world to begin with, completely apart from religion.  The paternalistic attitude that the western media and thus western people have towards developing regions such as much of Africa is not solving core problems.

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Post # 6
10636 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think you’re generalizing too much.  Those are the ones that seemed to be the most talked about though.

They aren’t my thing, but I think there are some that are much better than what you’ve described.

Post # 8
2847 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


First, whether or not you believe in the Bible and what it says, I will preface this by saying that millions (probably more like over a billion) of people believe that it is the Word of God (all varities on how literally you take it).  My explanation uses Bible passages, not to convince you to believe them, but to illustrate what motivates Christians.

Actually, the Bible instructs Christians to make believers of all nations;  The Great Commission states as follows:

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<h3>Matthew 28:16-20</h3>

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<h3>The Great Commission</h3>

<sup class=”versenum”>16 </sup>Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. <sup class=”versenum”>17 </sup>When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. <sup class=”versenum”>18 </sup>Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. <sup class=”versenum”>19 </sup>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, <sup class=”versenum”>20 </sup>and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


Christians on mission trips believe that they are COMMANDED to spread the love of God and the word of God.  To merely bring aid would be to fail to fulfill what they believe is an important part of their duty to God, to teach others about Christ.  It is part and parcel of your duty.   To love and to bring others to God.  You are basically telling people they should abandon deeply held beliefs in order to give aid in the way YOU feel it should be given.  Did you ever think that belief in a higher being might give people hope?  Regardless of whether you believe in God or not, for over a billion people (estimates are there are 1.2 billion catholic alone)in the world, belief in God offers hope.  The bible offers a guide to living a good life.  Why shouldn’t that be shared…because you don’t believe?

Matthew 25:40 also states:

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’<br /><br />By providing humanitarian aide as well as offering testimony, the Christian missionary believes that he or she is fulfilling the Great Commission and the command to love others. 

I have met a number of missionaries, and it is my thought that they serve everyone (I’ve met one who runs a hospital).  They aid provided to the hospital is given to all.  A Christian believes that people need the love of God and Jesus as well as help.  I can’t figure out why you are so bitter or care what motivates people to help each other.  The basic commands of the New Testament are:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’<sup class=”footnote”>[a]</sup> <sup class=”versenum”>31 </sup>The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’<sup class=”footnote”>[b]</sup> There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31. 

If we all followed these basic commands and loved our neighbor as ourselves, the world would be a pretty good place.  I am not sure why you care what motivates people to do good, as long as they ARE doing good.  In any event, because of the Great Commission, Christians consider it a duty to spread the love of Christ.  I personally think the best way to do that is with your actions.   And certainly serving others on the most basic and humble level demonstrates the love of Christ as it is presented in the NT.

I probably cannot convince you otherwise, but you will never convince a Christian missionary that it is approriate to leave Christ out of the picture.  Serving a loving God is basic to Christianity.

In summary, spreading the love of God and helping people are two sides to the same coin for Christians.  You cannot separate them out!




Post # 9
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The only ones I’ve been on, or that my school sponsored, had bible studies and such but those were evening/weekend affairs.  The rest of the trip was spent running a medical clinic (the one I was on), building homes, fixing buildings, teaching, etc.  Most of the time, however, the fix-it part isn’t focused on since it’s just a given; the people who read about missions want to hear about the religious aspect because, to them, that’s the interesting part.    

Maybe your friend just doesn’t pick very good mission trips to go on!  I’m very religious, but even I can only handle so much bible study in one day lol!

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Post # 10
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Food and water only last so long, but God’s love is eternal. If there’s a chance to help them in this world and give them hope in their eternal world, that can be life-changing. My Fiance has been on mission trips and many people are brought to tears by the words of the Bible. Of course they appreciate anything we bring, but many write letters that reading the Bible in their language has changed their lives. If not saying every mission trip is that way but there are good ways to go about them. 

Post # 13
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

MichiganGirl24:  Ouch, this is a bit harsh. MY SIL is on a year-long mission trip through many, many different countries and while I was originally indifferent to mission trips before because I never really knew anyone who went on one, in her mission trip they’re building houses (and churches), fixing roads, volunteering at women’s shelters and orphanages, teaching basic reading/math skills to school children, etc. Spreading the Christian faith is just one aspect of many mission trips and a lot of them do focus on service in whatever area they’re in as well.

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