WHY GO ON A MISSION TO AFRICA 8
WhyGo on a Mission to Africa
Introduction:How bad does it feel to be hungry for a day? No imagine being hungryfor three or four days, and even when you have the food, it is notenough.
Thesis:By the end of this presentation, I am hopeful that you will see theneed and importance to make a trip to Africa and alleviate the hungersituation in the continent.
Problem:Africa has been experiencing malnutrition and starvation, whichaffects it’s the health and productivity of the continent.
WhyGo for a Mission Trip to Africa?
MainPoint: The people in Africa are starving and malnourished, in whichcase they are in dire need of food and water.
Sub-point:Going on an African mission trip would open your eyes to the realsituation on the group and appeal to your compassion.
Sub-point:It would provide an incentive and impetus to give back to thesociety.
Subtopic:What would happen if mission trips are not made?
MainPoint: The situation in Africa would worsen, with hunger andmalnutrition increasing.
Sub-Point:It is evident that the level of productivity would reduce, leading tomalnutrition, starvation, and stunted growth.
Sub-point:The declining health status would affect the world at largeespecially since immense financial resources would be channeled toeradication of diseases that would not have been there if there wasno hunger and malnutrition.
Subtopic:How to get involved
Subpoint:Donating to mission trips.
Subpoint:Enrolling for the varied mission trips offered in summer vacationsand spring break.
Conclusion:Assisting in the eradication of the hunger and thirst in Africathrough mission trips is in our best interests.
WhyGo on a Mission to Africa
Attentiongetter:Have you ever been in dire need of help probably as a result ofdebilitating sickness or hunger? Maybe you have never been in such asituation. However, maybe I should ask this. Have you everexperienced immense hunger for a single day and there is no way ofgetting food for the next few hours? Probably the times you have beenin such situations are limited to the extent that you cannot recallthem. However, imagine being in a similar circumstance for three orfour days without any hope for food. I am sure that most of you haveseen such scenarios, which have become synonymous with Africa. Haveyou ever felt the need to do something but you do not know where tostart?
Thesisstatement: By the end of this presentation, I am hopeful that youwill see the need and importance to make a trip to Africa andalleviate the hunger situation in the continent.
Iwill particularly be examining the reasons why you should be going ona mission to Africa or at least make a donation to entities that goon such missions.
Need/Problem:25 per cent of children in the entire globe have stunted growth,three quarters of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia(Howell,2012).As much as there has been a 33 percent decline in the proportion ofstunting in South Asia since the early 90s, the reverse has been thecase in sub-Saharan Africa where the numbers of children with stuntedgrowth as a result of malnutrition and starvation has increased by 12million within the same time (Thaler&Lee, 2009).This means that 40% of children have stunted growth, which saps thestrength of the country, reduce productivity and increase poverty(Howell,2012).I suggest that people in developed countries make a mission trip tothese parts of Africa and make donations of food, as well as startwater projects that may enhance access to clean water to theinhabitants.
Nowthat you know the situation in Africa, how would a mission trip toAfrica be helpful?
First,a mission trip in Africa would expose you to the tough realitypertaining to the lost nature of the world. It is often easy for usto read and watch news about the unengaged and unreached, but is acompletely different thing to look right into their eyes and see whatthey have to go through. Such a trip would give you the knowledgethat the statistics reflect real people who have real names and livereal lives (Forward,1998).It is only after seeing such things in real life that one would havecompassion for them. Going on a mission trip would also give you theimpetus to give back to the society and make an impact or adifference in the lives of the forgotten (Howell,2012).
Itgoes without saying that the mission trip would go a long way inalleviating the problem. However, what would happen if such missiontrips are not made?
Ofcourse, one may ask what will happen if the people down there are notassisted. One of the most devastating effects would be that thepeople would remain unhealthy, have stunted growth, and be under orunproductive. While you may not believe it, the global economy wouldbe negatively affected by the stunted growth in any part of the world(Meckstroth,2011).For instance, hunger, starvation and malnutrition, would make theindividuals weak, therefore, vulnerable to ailments. Then oncetourists from developed countries go to those areas, they wouldcontract the ailments, and unfortunately they would seek treatment inthe developed countries (Meckstroth,2011).This means that the developed world would still incur the costs. Inessence, it is in our interests to go for mission trips to Africaseeking to eradicate hunger.
Youmight be asking how you should get involved or rather how exactlywould you go about making the mission trip to Africa to alleviatehunger and thirst?
Thereexists quite a number of Christian mission groups that are open toall individuals. For instance, you may join the Adventures inMissions, a group that provides trips for junior high, high schooland college students. You may also join Ambassadors in Missions oreven Believers World Outreach, both of which have Summer Vacation andSpring break mission trips to Africa for youth groups. Of course, youmay not have sufficient money for such trips. This should not limityour participation as you could support the mission trips monetarilyor with foodstuffs that they can take to Africa. However, some peoplemay feel that mission trips are too short to make any real impact onthe situation on the ground. However, I have come to realize that itis the short trips that make the real impact on the ground. Suchtrips allow for quick dispatch of help and the missionaries wouldalso teach the locals some skills that they can use to eliminate suchproblems in the future. It is not the constant giving that wouldcount but the one opportunity for teaching individuals life skillsthat would assist them in eliminating the problems themselves.
Imaginegoing back to Africa, some years to come and finding that the peopleare you assisted can now cater for their own needs and even see youas a mentor for having started off the projects that allowed them toeliminate hunger. It would, undoubtedly, be quite satisfying.
Inconclusion, assisting in the eradication of the hunger and thirst inAfrica through mission trips is in our best interests. A mission toAfrica is the best opportunity to eliminate such unfortunatecircumstances. Imagine a world in which there are no more sights ofmalnourished or hunger stricken children? This could happen, just asa result of your small donation to mission trips. A philosopher oncesaid, there is no giant step that will eliminate problems in theglobe, only minute steps done by a willing people. This is yourchance to make that little step that will change the world.
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Howell,B. M. (2012). Short-termmission: An ethnography of Christian travel narrative and experience.Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.
Meckstroth,S. D. (2011). Lifeand adventures on mission trips.S.l.: Trafford On Demand Pub.
Thaler,M., & Lee, J. D. (2009). Missiontrip impossible.Grand Rapids, Mich: Zonderkidz.