No Ordinary Summer: Real Life College Missions vs. Summer Job

Are you about begin a summer that’ll make you wish you were back in school?

Perhaps you’re landed a gig nannying three of the spunkiest kids you know for a few weeks. The kids’ dad has to go on a business trip and you’re there to lend a hand or two. They’re cute and fun… for the first four hours. Then the stinky diaper changes and refusal to eat anything green takes the shine off real quick.

Maybe you’re applying for a job at [insert major clothing retail store]? True, you’ll get that sweet employee discount and you’ll be styling for the summer. But you’ll be spending a third of your day folding clothes, indoors while everyone else is outside, ringing up purchases at the register, then folding clothes some more. At least you’ll look good doing it?

If none of the above appeals to you, consider going on missions this summer.

Let’s be honest, it’ll cost you something. Instead of getting paid, you’ll have to raise support which, frankly, is a lot of work. And once you’re on the field, you will be put to work – build a house, get exposed to all kinds of hardships, hold babies for hours, share your life story ad nauseum as your visit every household in the village.

At least you’ll get away with not showering for days and wearing the same outfit for a week. At least you’ll get to see the sun rise and set in a new way; chances are you’ll see the stars more clearly then you’ll ever get to in the states. At least you’ll cross into and immerse yourself in a new culture (other than the office), meet really cool people, and eat delicious food.

At least you’ll get multiple chances on a daily basis to act on what you believe. At least your faith will grow deeper as a result. At least you’ll make an impact on at least one person for at least eternity.

Whaddya say? You willing to trade in at least one summer taking a paycheck to go on missions?
Check here for potential work sites – you’ll have to act quick, some trips (like Peru!) already filled up!

A Real Life summer will be no ordinary one.