~ “Integrity is truly foundational to your service.” ~
One often-overlooked trait of a great mission trip member is integrity. Integrity is truly foundational to your service. As a mission trip member, people trust you to work well with their staff, serve the community they love, and respect their facility. This trust can be easily damaged when there is a lack of integrity.
Integrity means taking responsibility for your mistakes and not hesitating to humble yourself, apologize, and ask for forgiveness.
Integrity means respecting others and treating them the way you want to be treated, practicing good conflict resolution when needed.
Integrity means being sincere and working hard to show how much you care about what you’re doing.
Even if you strive to practice integrity in your daily life, when you’re catapulted into new surroundings and circumstances, it can be tempting to take shortcuts. Avoid taking the easy way out of hard situations. When you’re unsure what to do, consult with a team member or trip leader to ask for advice. It’s always crucial to maintain honesty and trust—fruitful, enriching volunteer work depends on integrity. The way you serve reveals who you are, and the people will notice. Don’t forget that as a participant in a Christian mission, you are representing Christ.