Posted February 14, 2013


I am considering going on a missions trip this summer to an orphanage in Mexico with some of my siblings.  I am 15.  I have felt since I was about 8 years old that God wanted me someplace in missions, especially with children.  I have never been on a missions trip, and this seems like a great opportunity.  However, I am torn as to whether I should leave or not because my mom depends on me so much to help out with the family and at home (we have a big family).  She will especially need me this summer because she will have a 5 month old baby.  But on the other hand, there are children and ministries in Mexico that really need my help, more than my mother does.  My mother is a former MK and is supportive of me going on a missions trip someday because she knows that is my passion, but I don’t know if this is the right time to go because of all times, this is when she will need me the most! Help!  I think if I ask her, she will say yes and just “silently suffer” without me if you know what I mean. How do I make sure I am not neglecting her and my responsibilities toward her and still follow God’s calling for my life?  Oh and FYI, if I do not go this summer, I will not be able to go until Summer 2014.  Thank you!


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  1. Allie

    You are a sweet girl, and I’d love to have a girl like you serving here in Mexico 🙂

    But, I want to tell you that you know that God wants you to serve, and you know God wants you to honor and help your mom. What to do? Ask Him! He knows exactly what He wants you to do this summer.

    He can work out every detail for you to come: He can provide all that you need, He can open any close door, He can give you peace to your mom and even provide another help for her, He can give you peace and confidence.

    “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:8

    But also remember James 4:3 “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

    Know that God is more than able to bring you here if He wants, but also know that if He doesn´t allow you to come, He has a wonderful plan for you at home. Maybe He wants to tech you something that you cannot learn far from your family, maybe He wants to give you a special surprise.

    So, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

    Don´t try to rationalize about what would be better, you cannot know. Just ask the Lord to show you a clear path to His plan. Remember that the Lord often works through our parents, so be clear with them, be clear with them and tell them that you want to come to Mexico for good reasons, to serve and know the Lord better. And also tell them that you don´t want to let your mom alone. Pray together about this and tell them that you want to seek God’s will about this and that you’re going to let them decide.

    May the Lord give you peace and joy as you seek to obey Him.
    In Christ,

    # February 25, 2013

  2. lizzy23

    My suggestion would be to discuss it with your parents and pray about it. If God is truely leading you to go on this mission trip He will work things out for both you and your mother.
    🙂 I hope this helps!

    # March 14, 2013

  3. sierra

    Hi Jackie,
    First of all, what does your father thing of this? If he is there to be involved, ask him what he would like you to do; what he thinks you should do.

    I know exactly how you feel. Your first responsibility is to your family; if you know that your mother would not be able to get along very good without you, and since it weighs so heavy on you, then you should know what to do. Not to mention you are only 15; you are still very young. God is able to make these things work out. Ask me how I know! 🙂
    I am currently getting ready for a trip overseas & have only had to put forth money for my passport. I prayed for a long time that the money would be provided, whether it was be me getting a job, or someone donating, & God has answered my prayer & taken care of everything, even down to someone else ordering my tickets. God will make sure that you are in the right place in the right time if you simply trust him & let him take care of things. It may not be his will that you go to Mexico this year, but who knows? You may get another chance to go next summer. God can do this, Jackie! If he wants you in Mexico, he will get you there at the right time!
    I’m telling you right now, pray about it! You can never go wrong in seeking God’s face! He will come through every single time! He will NOT let you down!

    I will be praying that you have wisdom about this.

    ~ Sierra

    # March 23, 2013

    • sierra

      Also, not to discourage in you getting away from your mission mindset, you could support the place you were planning to go. If you’re able, send them some money. A lot of times, this is so needed & it comes as a great blessing. If you still are looking for a way to get involved, do you know anyone that does any kind of ministry? I do a sidewalk ministry outside of an abortion clinic. We hand out little booklets with resources for abortion: letting them know that there IS another option; whether it be adoption or otherwise. This is fulfilling, knowing that you may be able to save a child’s life. Like I said before, PRAY about it! This is so important in doing what God wants you do.

      ~ Sierra

      # March 23, 2013