Tips for Planning Mission Trips

Many church leaders know the importance that mission trips play in teaching their congregation about poverty.  So that your missions trip can go smoothly and have great impact, here are a few important tips that many pastors forget to consider when planning mission trips.


When picking the place and organization for your mission trip, find:

  1. A Local Church: A needy community where you can partner with the local church.
  2. Development Plan: An organization that focuses on development—not just relief—where the community and local church are moving toward meeting their own needs.


Find these 3 services to give you support for your team’s travel:

  1. Partner Organization: You need a partner organization that walks you through the logistics before the trip and supports you in; fundraising, a country’s culture and political expectations, international health insurance, oversight of team funds, applications for team members and more.
  2. Coordinator: During the trip, you need a host who will coordinate hotel rooms, meals, drinking water, transportation and translators.
  3. Debriefing: After the trip, you’ll want a debriefing process that prepares your team members to re-enter their daily lives with new purpose.


How FH can help your church build overseas missions to help the poor:

  1. Sponsorship: You can sponsor children in a country that your church chooses to focus on to make a difference. We will help you engage with your church—learn more at
  2. Partner with an Impoverished Community: You can form a partnership with an impoverished community by committing to help them build wells or other projects. This relationship includes mission trips, updates, child sponsorship, and even visits from field staff to your church. Learn more at
  3. Mission Trip: You can take a mission trip from your church to experience poverty first-hand and provide tangible hope.



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About Wendy McMahan

Wendy McMahan is grateful for her front row seat in watching God “reconcile all things to Himself.” (Colossians 1:20) She still can’t believe that she gets to participate in His story every day. Wendy and her husband are proud parents to two daughters and have been foster parents to children of all ages. Wendy serves as Director of Church Engagement at Food for the Hungry. She hosts the Poverty Unlocked podcast.

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