How to convince your parents to let you go on a mission trip
You just found out about an incredible mission trip opportunity that fits you perfectly. You feel like God is leading you to go on this trip. There's only one thing standing in your way:
If your parents are putting the brakes on your mission trip, they probably have a reason. And there are 3 common reasons why your parents might be hesitant to let you go. To convince your parents to let you go on a mission trip, you need to show them why these 3 hurdles won't be an issue.
1) They don't have the money to send you
International mission trips can be expensive. Someone has to pay for it, and sometimes parents feel that financial pressure. You don't want your parents to feel that pressure. If your parents are left with the burden of financing your mission trip, they may be hesitant to let you go. You need to show your parents that you are willing to take charge of raising the money that you need to go. Tell them about your fundraising ideas. Create a fundraising plan that shows your parents that you're taking this seriously. If your parents know that they won't be stuck trying to figure out how to pay for your trip, they'll be more likely to let you go.
2) They don't think it's safe for you to go
Your parents probably don't want you to die. If your mission trip is to a developing country, your parents might be hesitant to let you go based on safety. If you tell your parents, "I want to go on a mission trip to Africa." Sometimes what they hear is, "I want to fly half way around the world, contract malaria, and get bit by a lion."
Saftey concerns usually stem from a lack of information. If your parents aren't familiar with the country you're visiting, it's easy to assume that it's not a safe place. To relieve your parents of their concerns, you need to do 3 things.
- Teach your parents about the country you'll be traveling to. The more familiar your parents are with the country, the more comfortable they'll get with you going there.
- Tell your parents about all of the successful mission trips that have happened before yours. Does your youth group/organization go to the same place every year? If so, that's a great place to start as you show your parents that the trips before you have been safe.
- Have your trip leader talk to your parents about the safety precautions that the team takes. Your trip leader is probably very familiar with the country you'll be traveling to, and very up-do-date on safety precautions.
3) They don't think you're mature enough yet
If your parents don't think you're mature enough to go on a mission trip, you need to take the time to show them why you are. Begin by explaining why you want to go on a mission trip in the first place. What's motivating you?
Your parents might think your only goal is to hang out with friends, travel, or get to know a cute guy or girl. Explain your true motives for going on the trip, which are hopefully to share God's love with others and grow your faith in Him at the same time.
After you tell your parents that you're mature enough to go by explaining your motivations for going, be sure to keep an eye on your actions. You want your words and your actions in sync.
God is in control
Hopefully the tips above will help as you try to convince your parents to let you go on a mission trip. However, if your parents are still putting the brakes on your trip, remember that God is in control. Maybe your parents don't believe in God like you do, or maybe they can't get past some of the safety concerns. No matter what their reason is, remember that God understands what you're going through. If He wants you to go, He will make the way. And if you don't get to go on this trip, trust that God has something else planned specifically for you.
Written by CJ