Everyday People: A Mission Trip Journal


Most of us see ourselves as ordinary, everyday people. But like a lump of clay being turned on a potter’s wheel, if we become centered, shaped, filled and used by God, it’s amazing what God can do through us. “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV) When we make ourselves available, God transforms our everyday, ordinary lives into unique and useful jars of clay. “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life–you’re sleeping, eating, going-to-work and walking-around life–and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” (Romans 12:1 The Message)

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Mission Trip Journal Themes

Pre-Trip Themes   /   Everyday People CHOOSE   /   Everyday People BLESS   /   Everyday People PRAY   /   Everyday People are HUMBLE   /   Everyday People have a PURPOSE   /   Everyday People LOVE   /   Everyday People LIVE

Mission Day Themes   /   Everyday People are CALLED   /   Everyday People SERVE   /   Everyday People BELONG   /   Everyday People FEEL   /   Everyday People NEED HELP   /   Everyday People CHANGE   /   Everyday People PERSIST   /   Everyday People MAKE MISTAKES   /   Everyday People TRUST   /   Everyday People WITNESS

Post-Trip Themes   /   Everyday People GIVE THANKS   /   Everyday People ARE RICH   /   Everyday People GIVE   /   Everyday People FORGIVE   /   Everyday People HOPE   /   Everyday People FOCUS   /   Everyday People are ORDINARY PEOPLE

7-10-7 Format for Mission Trip Journals

All TalkPoints journals feature the 7-10-7 format:

  • 7 days of devotionals before departure; up to 10 days of guided reflection at the mission site; 7 days of devotion after the trip
  • Useful for training and orientation before departure
  • Provides a guide for daily group debriefing
  • Lots of blank, open pages for personal writing and reflection
  • 64 pages and spiral bound for easy use and durability in the field
  • Only $8.50 (For mission organizations interested in a discount for bulk quantities, contact talkpoints@aol.com.)

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