That was the question that came to me when I first heard about a possible medical trip to Lebanon to work with the refugee populations. Certainly I have no medical training, I’ve never been overseas (my passport has one Canadian entry stamp on it), and frankly, I was never drawn to “missionary” work.
I was always that Christian who said “not my gift” and “Lord, ask anything of me, but please don’t ask me to go overseas.” Yup, that was me. Then God, in all His eternal wisdom, decided I should attend a Perspectives Class (on Worldwide Missions) to open my eyes to what His mission was really about, and how I could be involved in the Great Commission. Now, here we are almost four years after attending that class, on our way to Lebanon in a few. Oh, I fought it. I told God I didn’t have the gifts, I didn’t have the training, I had never been on one of these trips before, but he kept referring me back to Exodus and Moses’ protestations on his inability to do what God had wanted.
What are we doing there? We will serve among the refugee population in Lebanon. The trip is planned from March 23, 2017, to April 4, 2017, and we will be part of a medical team partnering with the Chettis, missionaries in Lebanon. We will be working with the Syrian and Kurdish refugees in clinic settings, medical team members will be treating patients in medical setting, while those of us who are not medically trained will be helping with patient registration, greeting and talking with individuals, and maybe holding babies as they or their parents await their time with the medical staff.
So you, what about you? Should you go? Consider these ideas from Marti Wade, in the article “Deciding To Go” from Short.Term.Missions.com:
- To follow the Great Commission. Can you do this at home too – certainly. But consider that God may also want to use you somewhere else for a short period of time.
- To walk with God’s global servants. A trip like this can give you the opportunity to learn from these missionaries, learn more about their work, discover how they see their work and their world.
- Stepping out in faith. Have you felt a calling to surrender more to Him? By entering the unknown of a mission trip, you may learn how to better walk with Him on a day to day basis.
- Personal growth. Most mission trip participants will tell you they receive more than they gave. Of course, taking such a trip solely for what you get out of it is just wrong, however many find the journey of personal faith to be life-changing.
- To encourage others. We know that the world needs more missionaries. However, not enough of us are willing to leave our routines, perceived safety, or comfort to serve the poor and vulnerable. By going, your example may let someone else also picture themselves going.
If you consider these ideas and this upcoming trip to Lebanon and you feel God nudging you, let me know. We still need medical and non-medical team members, and I’d love to hear from you.