What’s Your Focus?

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This is a guest blog from our Associate Director of Youth and College Programs, Sarah Barnett. Sarah is a New Orleans native who spends too much time drinking coffee and reading BuzzFeed articles.   The leaves don’t change much during a New Orleans autumn. While friends in other parts of the country are beginning to add layers to their outfits, I’m still rocking flip-flops. I force myself to drink the oh-so-beloved pumpkin spice lattes, even though the face-melting heat will linger here until mid-December. Despite the weather, though, the feeling of fall creeps into New Orleans in other ways: the feeling that it’s time to rest, to regroup, time to rethink and reframe. Our theme for the coming MissionLab year is “FOCUS …

Why Do Short-Term Missions?

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Top 5 Reasons to Take a Short-Term Mission Trip 5. Your group will grow closer. Going on a trip is fun! Seeing new things, having new adventures, tasting new foods and experiencing life together draws people closer. 4. You will be stretched. You will see things that you do not see on a regular basis.  You will meet people that you may not talk to in your everyday life.  While the experiences themselves will grow you, having time set aside for the Lord is a growing experience.  Anytime you separate yourself from the day-to-day and push yourself to focus on God and others, you have an opportunity to experience the Lord in new ways. 3. You help long-term missionaries.  Short-term …