In the past I have never been a person that is very good at finishing what I started. I would read half of a book, become bored and start another book. I wouldn’t complete certain tasks, and even ideas in my head that I told myself I would do, I never actually did. One of these ideas is going on a missions trip. I have always told myself I would travel to India or China but I never did.
The thing is, I do not have to travel overseas in order to be a missionary. I always told myself I had to travel, otherwise I was not showing the love of God. When it comes to mission work you do not need to travel in order to complete a missions trip.
Global vs. Local
I finally realized this in college when I did a missions trip to skid row with my college group. There were so many people that just wanted prayer for things such as healing, finding a job, starting a life, being able to afford a place to live, etc. To be a missionary does not necessarily mean you have to hop on a plane and go to a third world country, although people that do that are incredible people with humble hearts. Missions trips such as those are not made for everyone. People in your home city need to hear the word of God also.
Spreading the Word of God to Your Neighbors
If you are spreading the news of the gospel to non-believers it is considered missions. There are people out there that God put on this earth to travel the ends of the earth to spread the word of Christ. There are also people he put on earth to mainly show the love of Christ to friends, family, or the local community. As long as you are living to share His name to others, you are doing works of faith. So many people around the world need to hear the gospel. That includes local areas also!