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Churches on a Mission – Faith-based Mission Travel Throughout History

Mission travel has developed itself through the ages since it began long ago. Through the good work that they do and the areas they work in, missionaries have become explicitly conscious of social justice issues, and therefore today, they are more involved with resolving social justice issues.

History of Mission Travel

The first missionary outreach of the Christian church dates back from the time of when St.Paul expanded his missionary work throughout the Roman Empire and beyond to Persia and India. Hundreds of years later, during the Middle Ages, the Christian monasteries and missionaries such as Saint Patrick propagated learning and religion well beyond the European boundaries of the old Roman Empire. Contemporary Catholic missionary work has undergone profound change since the Second Vatican Council of 1962-1965. While mission travel at the beginning was mostly focused on converting people to Christianity, modern mission travel focuses on helping the local population in tackling their immediate problems including inadequate basic needs and prevalent social injustices.

Humanitarian goals became much more important for mission travelers, and they have become explicitly conscious of social justice issues. Many compassionate, faith-based organizations dedicate themselves to doing good for those in need. Countless organizations are helping to alleviate suffering and injustice for children, victims of natural disasters and other vulnerable groups worldwide.

There are commendable group programs specifically designed for churches and any other Christian groups to go overseas together and help local communities. Nearly 7,000 children living in Haiti are sponsored by Compassion International, and 270 child development centers are in this vulnerable region helping take care these young souls. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, leaving a trail of destruction and hopelessness. Initial reports claimed more than 350,000 Haitians were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, including children who are currently being sponsored or are regular visitors of the child development centers. Compassion International and other Christian humanitarian groups moved quickly in response to Hurricane Matthew. About 400 World Vision staff handed out beddings and hygiene kits to those in shelters around Port-au-Prince. Before the storm hit, World Vision prepared tarps, water containers, hygiene kits, and blankets to help up to 15,000 families. Helping those in need dire need of help.

“"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."”

Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

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