This post is the first in a series of three addressing common issues for students considering participating in the Chinese Trek summer missions. Check out the second and third posts.

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Barrier 1

“I don’t have enough money to go.”

  1. Consider whether or not you really do want to go.
  2. The cost is very inexpensive for what you’re getting.
  3. During the next several months, will you spend a significant amount of money for non-essential items such as eating at restaurants, snacks or video games? If so try saving that money instead.
  4. Save a certain amount of money each week for the summer trek. (For example: $50.00 per week for ten weeks is $500.00.)
  5. You could raise money for the conference from your church and other interested people. Ask your mentor, or receive more information through Bridges International.
  6. Remember that with God, money is never the issue. God can supply the money even if we can’t see how He will do it (Psalm 50:10).

Barrier 2

“I have an internship/have to work.”

  1. Ask your boss/supervisor if you can have the week off. (Be sure to explain why.)
  2. Pray that he will allow you to get time off. (Nehemiah 1:11)
  3. Even if it is a new job, you can at least ask to get time off.

Barrier 3

“I’m not currently involved with Bridges International.”

  1. You don’t have to be involved with Bridges in order to attend. Even if you aren’t, this could be a time of growth, spiritual enrichment, fellowship, and increased vision as to God’s plan for your life, etc.Bridges provides opportunities for you to grow closer to God.
  2. It will help you to firm up your decision as to whether or not you should be involved as you learn more about Bridges International.

Barrier 4

“I don’t know anyone on the summer trek.”

  1. You will get to know people once you arrive.
  2. You can bring some of your own friends!

Barrier 5

“I have friends coming in to visit me during that time.”

  1. Invite your friends to come to the trek with you.
  2. Ask your friends to come either a week earlier or a week later.

Barrier 6

“I don’t want to go.”

  1. Thanks for your honesty.
  2. What are your reasons for not wanting to go?

Barrier 7

“My parents won’t let me go.”

  1. Do you really want to go? Have you asked your parents yet?
  2. Ask your parents in a kind, respectful, persuasive manner.   Share with them your desire to develop spiritual character and ministry skill.
  3. If you have more questions, check out the next post in our series, which deals with getting parents’ approval.