Pre-Trip Devotionals

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The theme for our mission trip this summer is “Influencer.” When you hear the word “influencer,” what comes to mind? How would you define the word “influence?”

Take a few moments to reflect on the following questions:

  1. What or who influenced your decision to sign up for Week of Hope? Friends? Parents? Something you learned about? Something you heard at church? You went last year and had an amazing time? Something else? Take a moment to think about and write down your reasons.

  2. What are you hoping will happen while you’re at Week of Hope? Make new friends? Develop new skills? Have fun? Grow spiritually? Become closer to Jesus? Have a great adventure? Something else? Reflect on your hopes and expectations.

Read the passage from Philippians 4:8-9:


In this passage, Paul encourages us to take ownership of the things that influence our thoughts. He wants us to filter the “input” – wherever it originates – so that we hold onto things that are good and healthy and Christlike.

It is not an easy task today to filter our inputs. We are constantly bombarded with words and images that aren’t always positive and beneficial for our spiritual health.

Consider the following sources of “input” in your life on a regular basis: Video games, Music, Social media, Gossip/talk about other people, Parental feedback, Books, Movies etc.

These are all sources of both good and bad influence. The challenge is to use your filter. Choose wisely and be mindful of what you allow to influence you.

Read Proverbs 4:23: "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."



As you reflect, think about the following:

  1. The input in your life. Where are you taking in words and images every day?

  2. How do you feel after spending time playing video games, listening to music, scrolling through social media?

  3. Which outside influences are positive in your life? Which are negative?

Take a few minutes to write down your thoughts and feelings about the influences in your life. Consider how you can guard your heart and choose positive influences that help you grow spiritually and emotionally.



Conclude your reflection with a personal prayer.

Loving God, thank you for the world that you created. Sometimes, we get lost in it and forget to guard our hearts. Help us to use our filters and make choices about what kinds of words and images influence our thoughts and actions. We know that you want what is best for us. Thank you for loving us. Amen.

Made with ❤️ by Cross Roads Student Ministries
Adapted from Group Mission Trips