This summer I will be taking our students to the island of Eleuthera on a mission trip. The majority of the fifteen member team have been on the trip, only four newbies. For most of the team this will be their third trip to Eleuthera. Like camps and retreats even a mission trip can become a routine.
We are changing up our morning quiet time journals and evening team meeting this year. The past two trips we used two great mission trip journals from LeaderTreks. In the mornings our students would do the morning devotion in the journal as well as the prayer journal. At night the journal walks you through an evaluation of the day.
This year I ordered a different journal from LeaderTreks, Flipping Missions. In this journal is a six week devotional journal that leads up to the trip, the six day journal for during the trip, then a six week journal for after the trip when we return home.
Part of the goal in our trip is to help students establish the habit of having a quiet time.
My plan this year is to do more in the evening than just evaluate the day. We are going to do a little Bible study/group devotion time based off the morning devotion and the evening reflection. After that devotion time we will have some prayer time together. Following prayer we will evaluate our day and our working together as a team.
We evaluate by asking:
What three things did we do well today?
What three things do we need to improve on?
What three steps will we take starting now to make those improvements?
Our first trip we just sort of showed up and went for it. Our second year we tweaked some things to make improvements. Now this will be our third year and we will make a few more adjustments to improve what we do and to help us work well together as a team.
What do you do for quiet time journals and devotions on your mission trips?