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Why I Believe the Kingdom Needs Fewer Mission Trips

Passporter Stephanie Metzler examines how important it is to live for Christ everywhere we go, not just on a short term mission trip. I am writing this blog from Calama, Chile, where I am finishing a month on the field with a World Race team. I’m on a Passport trip for students ages 18-22, who get to live with and serve God alongside a World Race team. For months I’ve researched the World Race, dreaming of all the things it might mean. I’ve spent hours vlog stalking, reading blogs, and following Instagram posts. I have become quite familiar with one of Adventure in Missions’...

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How to Share Jesus When You Can’t Say His Name

While on a Passport trip to Vietnam, Rose Cushwa struggled with being in a country where ministry looked very different from an typical mission trip: meeting people at coffee shops and inviting them to English class and karaoke nights, instead of openly sharing the Gospel with everyone she met.  Then God did something amazing.  Monday morning came to Vietnam bright and sunny. As the clock ticked toward 11:30, I felt the insecurity that had been haunting the back of my mind since we arrived creeping up on me. Because Vietnam is a closed country, we can’t openly share the...

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Persecuted for Her Faith, She Still Has Hope

While in Cambodia, Passporter Kaylee Kuipers met a woman who was dying of HIV/AIDS and persecuted for her Christian faith in a Buddhist village, yet still chose to trust and hope in God. At the start of my time at Cambodia, I met a 15-year-old boy named Chheng Hak. He sat on the back of a motorbike with a mischievous smile on his face as he showed off how well he spoke English, having full conversations with my teammates and I. Chheng Hak taught us how to say the simple things like “hello,” and “thank you” in Khmer, and, as we became closer friends, he loved to...

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I Didn’t Think I Could Hear God’s voice. I Was Wrong.

Passporter Jordan Harrington is seeing God at work in Jaco, Costa Rica, both in herself and in this city.  Our host ministry in Costa Rica is Ocean’s Edge, which has a dream of reaching out to the surfing community. Before going to Jaco, our team knew we’d be working with children and helping local artisans live missionally, as well as a long list of other ministries. We knew that there was a need that rested in the hearts of the people of Costa Rica. But we didn’t know that God was already at work in Jacó, Costa Rica. He is drawing its people to Himself. During...

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God is Good, Even When Life is Hard

When Passporter Morgan Hill and her team went to the dump in Mae Sot, Thailand, she didn’t expect to find entire families living there. Her heart broke for those she saw literally living amongst mountains of trash, especially the children.   Later that night, while on a walk with her teammates in town, Morgan met a pastor named Philip who shared his testimony with her team. Philip’s story blew Morgan away—and reminded her of something incredibly important: that God is good, in every situation, no matter what, and no matter how difficult things get.    Even...

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Asking God Questions Doesn’t Change Who He Is

Kristy Odom didn’t think she had any expectations of her Passport trip to India. Then she got there, and asked God questions about personal pain and why He sent her to India in the first place.  Then God reminded her of something she can always count on: His unconditional love for her and His continual presence wherever she goes in the world. Everyone says to leave behind all of your expectations when you go on a mission trip because they only lead to being disappointed and discouraged. That shouldn’t be too hard, I thought. I don’t know much about the...

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