Short-Term Mission Trip Devotions

How do you carry the closeness you feel to God during your mission trip back home with you? These mission trip devotions are designed to help you and your team experience lasting growth in your relationship with God through your short-term mission trip. Feel free to adapt the devotions to work for your context.

Eight days of mission trip devotions

Drawing Close to God Mission Trip Devotions

Each devotion includes Scripture reading, a brief takeaway from the passage to guide your time with God, and reflection questions. This set of devotions works particularly well as a prompt for journaling. You can access these devotions online for free.

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Intentional devotional time during your mission trip

Your mission trip experience will be much richer if you are intentional about the spiritual dimensions of your journey. You can weave spiritual reflection into your days through group and personal devotion time. Here are some mission trip Bible study suggestions to help you and your team grow spiritually during your mission experience. 

Personal mission trip devotions

Set aside time each day for people to spend alone with God. This time can be used to reflect on what you talked about in group devotions, pray for the day ahead, journal, or read a devotion book. Here are a few questions to help spur personal reflection:

  1. What are my thoughts and feelings about what I did today and where I saw God at work?
  2. In whom did I see Christ today?
  3. How was I changed today?
  4. How will I bring what I experienced today home with me to share it?
  5. How was I challenged today? Did I overcome the challenge?
  6. Did God teach me anything today?
  7. How can I be Christ to someone today? 
  8. Where is God calling me to minister at this worksite?
  9. How can I use my God-given gifts and talents to serve at this worksite?
  10. Is there a way that I can disciple or help someone at this worksite, even if it only in a short conversation? 

Group mission trip devotions

A brief morning devotion time as a group can help to focus the day and bring the group together. This could be as simple as a verse and prayer or a word of encouragement and prayer. It works best to do a longer, more in-depth group devotion time in the evening. 

Begin your nightly devotions with a time of sharing. Encourage group members to talk about God sightings, challenges, and things they learned during the day. 

Follow your time of sharing by diving into the Word. You can use a ready-made Bible study or pick out your own verses to study. Ask your group how the night’s passage speaks to them as individuals. The most powerful Bible study experiences are usually personal. 

Consider using music as part of devotions as well. If someone in your group can play guitar, have them bring a guitar with them to play worship songs. Otherwise, you can always play songs on your phone and sing along. 

End devotions with prayer.

Recommended devotions and Bible study ideas for mission trips

Drawing Close to God, the eight-day mission trip devotion series available for free on Faithward, is just one of many excellent devotion and Bible study options for mission trips. Copies of three other mission trip devotionals produced by the RCA Short-Term Mission team are available by email subscription for free. You can sign up for your copy below.

Available for free via email

Engaging the Psalms Devotions

Engage with God through the book of Psalms with this set of 10 daily mission trip devotions. Each devotion includes one psalm, questions for reflection, and a prompt to prayer. Read a sample devotion.

Subscribe for your free copy of this printable devotional. 

Character of Christ Devotions

Walk through the gospel of Matthew and reflect on the character of Jesus with this 10-day mission trip devotion series. Each devotion includes one character trait and its definition, a passage of Scripture that shows Jesus embodying that trait, and a few questions for reflection. View a sample devotion.

Subscribe for your free copy of this printable devotional. 

Biblical Service Devotions

Study biblical stories of service with this set of 10 mission trip devotions. You’ll reflect on how well your service on this mission trip—and at home—aligns with the biblical models of service. Each devotion includes one story of a biblical act of service, a short devotional reading, and questions for reflection. View a sample devotion.

Subscribe for your free copy of this printable devotional. 

We also recommend checking out these devotionals others have put together:

Christian Reformed Church in North America mission trip devotions
Experience (Mission Trip Devotions & Journals) by Christ in Youth
Do/Love/Walk journal by Frank Nelson
My Heart — Christ’s Home by Robert Boyd Munger

Suggested verses for DIY devotions:

Psalm 46:10, Hebrews 11, Romans 8:28, Exodus 14:14, Philippians 2:3–5, Mark 10:43–45, Luke 10:27, John 16:13, Luke 11:28, 1 Kings 19:11–13, Isaiah 30:19–22

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