~ “Your life has many implanted sources of creativity.” ~
God made us all unique. We each have our own passions, talents, and senses of humor. Your personality should absolutely be allowed to shine on your mission trip, whether traveling solo or in a group. The best volunteers are creative people who allow their imaginations to fuel their excitement and passion.
Creativity goes hand in hand with our first trait of great volunteers, flexibility. At times, volunteering can be overwhelming and unpredictable or repetitive and mundane. Both extremes benefit from creativity, which helps keep volunteering fun and helps stave off exhaustion and stress.
After all, we are created in the image of God, and God is the ultimate creator. When we exercise our creativity, we reflect his glory.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a naturally creative person, there are many sources of creativity built into your life. Consider the following:
1. Your hobbies.
Most of us have at least one thing we like to do just because we like to do it. Identify yours, and think about how you could bring your love for ______ (flying kites, baking desserts, writing poetry, participating in a fantasy football league, etc.) into your volunteer experience.
2. Your career.
What skills and passions do you use on a day-to-day basis at work could you bring to your team or project? It’s easy to overlook how valuable the tasks you do all the time could be on a mission trip. Consider creative ways to incorporate what you do best.
3. Your social networks.
Before your trip, poll your family and friends in person and online for great ideas. Talk to other people who’ve been on mission trips and ask for their advice. The best creative resources are often sitting right next to you.
4. Your time with the Lord.
The Bible is full of great ideas about doing ministry. Ask God to reveal to you how to best bring your gifts to the table.