This guide is meant to give helpful passages regarding servanthood and some of the topics that short term mission groups will typically encounter. Please use this as a resource to help you in planning your devotions with the group. You can look up the verses in any version or language at Bible Gateway.
Day 1: Ephesians 4: 1-6 (Living with each other)
It is not easy to live with many different personalities in unusual circumstances for a week. How can we work together as a team? Protect relationships- be encouragers. One of our biggest witnesses is how we live with each other.
Day 2: Matthew 14: 22-34 (Concentrate on 22-24 today) Facing Difficult Circumstances
Difficulty is going to occur- different language, different culture, different food, different personalities. Expect it and grow from it (James 1:2-4)
Day 3: Matthew 14: 22-34 (Concentrate on 25-27 today) What are your Fears?
What are some of your expectations and fears for this trip? We can take courage that we are walking through this with Christ at our side. "Take Courage! It is I. Don't be afraid!"
Day 4: Matthew 14: 22-34 (Concentrate on 27-31 today) Taking a Risk
What are some risks you can take while on the trip? When you go home? Remember that Christ is reaching out his hand and asking us to come join him. What a wonderful experience. Think of what the other disciples missed out on.
Day 5: Matthew 14: 22-34 (Concentrate on 32 today) God is in Control
He is the Son of God. He controls the wind and waves. We can put our trust and confidence in him as provider and strength.
Day 6: Matthew 8:1-13 (Touching the Untouchables)
It is easy to care for the lovable. What about the unlovable, untouchables? Who are the people whom are most difficult for you to reach out and love? Remember that for many we are the ovnly physical manifestation of Christ that some people will ever meet.
Day 7: John 15: 9-17 (Love One Another)
Stepping from a servant to a friend. A true friend is one who goes beyond serving to knowing a person, their needs, and how they can help. We have had a great opportunity to reach out and share with others- sometimes it is easier with those you don't know. Now, what about those we do know? How do we become "friends" to those at home?