I’ve worked in Youth Ministry for a few years, and I’ve spent many years as a youth leader/sponsor/camp counselor/etc. From my (not so) vast experience, I’ve compiled an essential list for surviving a mission trip – or any youth trip. for that matter. Every one of these is inspired by an actual event. I call it…
Mission Trip Survival 101
- Make sure your air mattress can support the combined weight of three grown men.
- Master the art of using a super-duty black accordion-style plunger. Accept no substitute.
- Find a Dairy Queen. Order a Mississippi Mud Pie Blizzard (if it isn’t on the menu, ask for it by name). Repeat.
- When a chicken lays an egg on your pillow, it means breakfast tomorrow morning.
- Adding multiple espresso shots into your coffee is not recommended. Only use in case of emergency.
- Related to my last post – coffee trumps all those energy drinks that taste like medicine. No questions.
- The giant stuffed iguana hanging above your bed isn’t going to attack you in your sleep.
- When presented with local cuisine, never ask, “What is this?”. Rather, ask, “where is the bathroom?”
- 4:30 a.m. Comes early. Go to bed.
- The emergency room is your friend. It’s more of a love/hate relationship.
- Gas station chimichangas are not recommended.
- Make no mistake; too much ice cream can actually be a bad thing.
- Embrace 80′s Christian rock. Specifically, Rage of Angels. Google them.