Add a Northland Short-Term Trip to Your 2018 Bucket List

Olivia Blase

Over the years, Northlanders have set foot in dozens of countries around the world. From Brazil to Ukraine to Costa Rica, we have visited friends and partner churches to bring encouragement and helping hands and to learn from believers around the world.

Those who have gone on a trip know that the lasting relationships formed make the weeklong trips life-changing. The Psalmist’s words “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” hit home as people from Orlando form tight bonds with brothers and sisters from all over the world (Psalm 133:1, NIV).

We have had the gift of hosting multiple international partners here at Northland, making the journeys across borders both ways. Maria from our partner church in Costa Rica served us as a True North intern this last summer. Pastor Robert Uganda visited us for the Hunter’s Last weekend and for the screening of the film Queen of Katwe. Our friends from New Life Church in Ukraine visit at least once a year, along with others from around the world.

One way Northland grows as a church is through the perspective and insights offered through our partners. World events take on new meaning when seen through their lenses. We also learn a great deal about how others do evangelism, disciple-making and training of new church leaders. Once a month, the Global Missions team host a virtual “round table” discussion with our international partners. Participants use Google Hangouts to “meet” and talk about different subjects like next generation leadership, church planting and evangelism. This helps maintain connection with partners before and after short term trips.

A short-term trip is not just a multi-day experience; it’s a lifelong impact both on those who are being served and on those who go to serve. As friendships are formed and worldviews are shaped, Northland and partner churches strive to sharpen each other to reflect the glory of the God we serve.