A Backyard Mission Opportunity


By Chris Luper

Missions… I think it’s a word that most Christians try to identify with in today’s world. Living in a world where we so often talk about “Kingdom Building,” sharing the love of Christ with others becomes a part of our everyday narrative. Just think about some of those iconic Scripture passages used in youth ministry that focus around the idea of good works:

  • Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV) – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  • 1 Timothy 4:12 (ESV) – Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Both passages center around the idea of sharing one’s faith in Christ with the world.

Recently at my church, we have been gearing up to help with hurricane relief in Florida. Our church participates in one to two international mission trips per year, as well as countless local and domestic trips. Seeing the devastation of this year’s hurricane season, many of our seasoned missions folks are recalling the stories of the countless trips they made to Louisiana following Katrina. Now they’re preparing for monthly trips to Florida.

Our student ministry participates in the typical mission opportunities. Once a month we serve at a local soup kitchen and each summer we offer students a weeklong mission experience. Students are encouraged to participate in the larger missions of the church, but like many of you know, their lives often seem dictated not only by academics, but also by the plethora of extra curricular activities they participate in.

This is where I will unashamedly plug 30 Hour Famine. Most of the students that participate in our student ministry have never had to experience true hunger, not the craving for a snack between meals, but truly being on the brink of starvation. Through 30 Hour Famine, our students experience one day without food, but on a deeper level, they learn the truth about global hunger and are challenged to make a difference.

Even though our propensity toward the word “missions” in the church calls us to go, 30 Hour Famine provides all students with the opportunity to do missions. No matter your setting, consider participating in 30 Hour Famine this fall (or scheduling it now for next spring). Your student’s eyes will be opened to the global impact they can make from your very own church yard.