by Kara Powell
So you're fired up, you want to make a difference, you want to change the world...but how? Signing up for your church's mission trip or service project is a great first step, and you are definitely going to make a difference in someone's life. But are you ready for the different cultures you may encounter? How are you going to really connect with the people you serve? And what about when you come home - how do you make sense of all the things you've experienced?
It's easy to forget your experiences in the mission field - especially when the people around you haven't had those same experiences. And it is easy to go back to living your life the way you were before - but if you really want to change the world, you have to change, too. The only way that is going to happen is if you spend some time before, during, and after your service preparing for and processing your justice work.