Careful planning and good intentions can unravel in a second while you’re on a mission trip. That’s just the nature of international travel. Great mission trip team members have the ability to adapt and be flexible no matter what comes their way. Great team members will take a deep breath and open themselves up to new opportunities.
Here are 3 lessons that can be learned by practicing flexibility on a mission trip:
1. Getting lost can lead to fascinating discoveries.
If you find yourself lost in a new city, take a break, regroup, eat a snack, and make a new plan.
2. Creating a memory can be just as much fun as fulfilling a dream.
You don’t have to let your resources (time, money, energy) go to waste just because your well thought out plans didn’t go as smoothly as you’d hoped. Channel those things into a new activity!
3. If you can’t go through it, try going around it.
If your travel plans are foiled, check alternate routes. You may be able to fly or bus into a different city than originally planned. It may not get you exactly where you want to go, but it could get you one step closer.