Pray that the mission team will not let the platform take the place of the mission. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commissioned us to make disciples. That’s our mission. Oftentimes, compassion ministry, construction, or other need-based ministries are the “platforms” that give opportunity for mission trips. But success in meeting these needs is not our “mission.” Our mission is disciple-making (evangelism, teaching, baptizing) connected to a local church. It is easy to let the need (platform) become the focus. Pray that our team will not forget the “mission” in lieu of meeting any other need.
Pray that this team will catch a life-long vision of making disciples that make disciples. This may look differently than what we know now but it is definitely the mission of the Church.