1. Family Mission Trips Have the Details Covered
We takes care of the details. Transportation? We do it. Schedule? We’ve got it figured out. Kid Activities? Let us take care of that. From meal planning to coordinating volunteer service sites to creating family-friendly evening programming, we provide the trip’s flexible framework and resources so parents can fully engage in the experience.
2. Family Mission Trips Provide Focused Family Time
There are no football camps, Wii consoles, TVs or work meetings. While all these things have a time and a place, it’s not on a family trip. As families step outside their normal rhythm of life, there are ample opportunities for focused family time. Families help prepare meals together, spend their days serving alongside one another and engage in programming as a unit. The time away from digital distractions and activities in favor of togetherness is a breath of fresh air.
3. Family Mission Trips Cultivate a Value of Serving Others
Sticky Faith has done extensive research showing that families who serve together tend to grow in faith together. Parents want to sow seeds of empathy, compassion and generosity in their children, but sometimes coming up with tangible manifestations of these values can be a struggle. On family trips, there are age-appropriate service sites that can easily be recreated in your hometown. We want to guide parents through the logistics of serving at a nursing home, food bank or other community organization so they can have the tools to foster similar service opportunities at home.
4. Family Mission Trips Foster Faith Conversations
Sticky Faith research has also shown that when kids grow up in families who talk about faith together, they tend to stick with faith into adulthood. On mission trips, families will explore what it means to “Live Like Jesus” in their everyday lives, diving deeper into the concepts of seeing, listening, serving and loving like Jesus through conversations.
5. Family Mission Trips Create Lasting Memories
In 10 years, it’s not the Netflix special or the Pinterest-inspired Fourth of July party kids will remember from summer 2015; it’s playing Bingo with Miss Peggy at the nursing home, bunking down in a tent at the housing site or quality time with their parents that they will remember. Family trips are all the stuff memorable moments are made of: family, shared experiences, joy, togetherness. Family trips create a foundation for a lasting legacy of faith, service and love.