Short term missions trips are wonderful experiences for young people. But what happens after your kids return home? How can you help them to reflect on their experience in a way that will have a lasting effect on their lives? This student journal can help them to organize their thoughts and feelings during and after their trip so they understand the greater purposes God has for them.
So youre fired up, you want to make a difference, you want to change the world
but how? Signing up for your churchs mission trip or service project is a great first step, and you are definitely going to make a difference in someones life. But are you ready for the different cultures you may encounter? How are you going to really connect with the people you serve? And what about when you come homehow do you make sense of all the things youve experienced? Its easy to forget your experiences in the mission fieldespecially when the people around you havent had those same experiences. And it is easy to go back to living your life the way you were beforebut if you really want to change the world, you have to change, too. The only way that is going to happen is if you spend some time before, during, and after your service preparing for and processing your justice work. As you use this journal you will start to think about the people you are serving your relationship with your teammates how God factors in to your service project the impact your experience has had on you how you can continue to make a difference in the world around you If you think youre fired-up for service now, just wait! As you complete the creative and fun exercises included in this journal, you will be energized for justice work, youll learn how to apply this to your own life, and nothing will be able to stop you.
Dr. Kara E. Powell is an educator, professor, youth minister, author, and speaker. She is the Executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary (see www.fulleryouthinstitute.org). Kara also serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties and currently volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue church in Pasadena, CA. She is the author of many books including Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids (with Chap Clark) and Deep Justice Journeys. Kara lives in Pasadena with her husband, Dave, and their children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica.
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