Doing things safely: The first serving of the mission trip pie
"Whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm" -- Proverbs 1:33
During a Work and Witness short-term mission trip in Monterrey, Mexico we had a lady fall and dislocate her shoulder on a construction site. In the aftermath of that accident, Ken Earman, a veteran of lots of mission trips, sat down and drew a pie diagram on a paper napkin.
As he handed that napkin to me, he mentioned all the ingredients that go into a pie. A mission trip is like a pie, he said. Like a pie, a mission trip has a variety of ingredients. The ingredients of a good mission trip "pie" include things like:
- Recruiting participants
- Soliciting prayer support
- Getting passports and other documents
- Pre-trip preparation / training
- Team organization
- Transportation / travel
- On-field organizing
- Permission from local authorities
- Gathering of construction tools and materials.
Ken noted that it takes a long time to make a mission trip pie. Then he said, "But, the first piece of that pie that gets served at the destination is safety."
Don't serve any other piece of the pie until the safety one has been eaten, Ken insisted.
"Let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm" -- 1 Chronicles 4:9
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