‘Mission trips’ are bullshit

16 Aug

Church ‘mission trips’ are just church-funded vacations-in-disguise for teenagers / young adults.

We should do away with them.


20 responses to “‘Mission trips’ are bullshit

  1. infowarrior1

    August 16, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Mission in one’s own country. Plenty of homeless and lost there. Foreign mission trips are too much an opportunity for fornication.

    • Will S.

      August 16, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Exactly! On both counts, so true…

    • feeriker

      August 16, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Mission in one’s own country. Plenty of homeless and lost there.

      Oh, but you see, one’s own country is full of white-trash rednecks, n****rs, beaners, tweakers, drunks, and other types of people “we” don’t associate with who not only aren’t nice people like us, but who aren’t very exotic either. Sure, the grafitti covering our church (located in the middle of a neighborhood full of the aforementioned people we don’t like and to whom we pay absolutely no attention) isn’t exotic either, but at least we can say that we’re suffering for Christ by being persecuted (having our church property defaced counts as persecution, doesn’t it?).

      Oh, and did we mention that goading exotic people in other countries into learning English (us learn to communicate in somebody else’s native tongue? Jesus perish the thought!) so that we churchianize them is a mission ordained by God too?

      • Will S.

        August 17, 2016 at 1:46 am

        Yep. Though to be fair, there are a number of churches with inner-city missions, but that never seems as popular as flying to some other country, eating exotic foods and enjoying tropical weather, etc.

  2. Sean

    August 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    It’s the stats that they report upon their return that get me. “We led 125 people to Christ!”

    No, you may have had that many conversations but praying an unbiblical prayer doesn’t save. Go back in two years and see just how much faith and repentance there is.

    • Will S.

      August 16, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Indeed. They dishonour God by their lies. I’d hate to be in their shoes, come Judgment Day.

  3. Anonymous age 74

    August 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I live in rural Mexico. A few weeks ago, I was asked to use my mini-van to transport volunteers to bible classes for kids in a near by town. The adults were from the USA. No one was led to Christ as far as I could tell. Kids did some color book exercises and got some food to eat, period. But the missionaries really felt they had done some great things talking about Jesus to those poor heathen.

    Some years ago, I attended a fundamentalist church with an emphasis on missions. Many churches will donate $100 to a missions group and think they are doing missions. We had an annual church budget around $100,000 and a mission budget around $100,000.

    A missionary came back from Russia and gave a fiery speech, mostly that most missionaries were on all expense paid vacations. He said in Russia for a missionary couple, they would buy a building with three apartments in it, and convert it to one apartment for the American couple. And, he said if they converted ONE person in a year, it was unusual.

    Then, he realized what he was doing, and started walking it back. Our members told him don’t wak it back, we went to know the truth. And, he got a lot of money for next year.

    • Will S.

      August 17, 2016 at 1:49 am


      I occasionally attend a fundamentalist church which is in a convenient location for me when I travel a certain place, where it’s the closest uncompromised, decent solid church. They send missionaries to far-away places, but they don’t do ‘mission trips’ for their young people. And they really have a heart for the lost. I do admire them, even if I don’t agree with all parts of their theology.

  4. feeriker

    August 16, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Contrast too the typical “Christian” missionary trip with its Mormon counterpart. While I naturally disagree vehemently with Mormon theology, I must give Mormon youth props and kudos for taking on what is the farthest thing from a “vacation” imaginable.

    Not only do young Mormons spend one or two years in rigorous preparation for their mission trips, they are required to fund them out of their own pockets. Once in the field, they spend 24/7 engaged in mission work, often in isolated and or dangerous places with little or no outside support, for up to two years.

    Again, while I abhor their theology, one cannot but respect their example of diligience. It’s a wonder only that the LDS church hasn’t made greater inroads worldwide than it has. Would that young Christians were as diligient and dedicated.

    • Will S.

      August 17, 2016 at 1:46 am

      Yes, they are devoted people; one does have to admire them for their zeal, I certainly do…

  5. Scott

    August 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I work in Spain as a missionary. I work supporting, teaching and encouraging local believers to evangelize their own. I got my start in missions through a short term trip to Ukraine to do a teaching seminar for pastors. I don’t know how your church does short term missions but it was no vacation.

    I agree some short term mission trips could be as you say. Some short termers we have here are spoiled brats or incompetents that should have stayed home. The majority are well meaning Christians SACRIFICING their vacation. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath.

    • Will S.

      August 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Glad your experience was a positive one, Scott. Alas, I’ve all too often seen what I’ve written. The anecdotal does not disprove the general.

      • Scott

        August 17, 2016 at 4:18 pm

        Agreed, but I see far more here done well rather than done poorly. Since we are quoting platitudes…”The perfect is the enemy of the good.” I see much good being done by imperfect people.

  6. sbawtin

    August 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I just went on a trip to Haiti for a week. Because I suspected it’d be a disguised vacation I didn’t ask for anyone to contribute money for me. It was pretty fun. Rode on the back of a truck for an hour out to a village, played with and fed some kids, passed out some water purification tablets, talked through a translator with villagers. Our work projects were messed up by the American college kids who were staying the summer down there but we ended up 1. doing a bad job painting a concrete house that already had paint on it 2. tearing down tarps held up by boards so that roofers could come install a roof on a busted up stone church (it took an hour and a half). That was it. It was a week well spent I think.

    • Will S.

      August 21, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Sounds like a great vacation. Rather than real mission work…

      • sbawtin

        August 22, 2016 at 5:38 am

        yea that was my point

      • Will S.

        August 22, 2016 at 10:13 am

        I thought so. 🙂


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