A make-it or break-it factor for any group activity is team chemistry. Realize that the people in your mission team will be with you for the entire trip. It is important to be honest with one another about your emotions and skills relating to the trip. In your journal, answer the following questions:
What are my strengths and how can I use them?
What are my weaknesses and how can I overcome them?
Do I have any strengths that are someone else’s weakness?
Do I have any weaknesses that are someone else’s strength?
As a group, make a list of tasks that you think are relevant to your mission experience. Individually, label the tasks as “I have never done this but would love to learn,” “I have done this and feel okay about doing it with a little help,” or “I can teach others how to do this.” There is a template below to help you get started.
After you are finished, compare your skills to the rest of your team. This should give you a better idea of who is comfortable doing which tasks.
I have never done this but would love to learn
I have done this and feel okay about doing it with a little help
I can teach others how to do this
Outdoor painting (like a building)
Indoor painting (like a wall or room)
Using a hammer
Leading or teaching songs
Cleaning a kitchen
Speaking in a worship service
Cleaning a bathroom
Serving food on a serving line
Washing and preparing fruits or vegetables (using a paring knife)
Washing dishes by hand
Using measuring cups to follow a recipe
Doing math to multiple a recipe
Making and packing sandwiches and other lunch foods
Pulling weeds, raking, and other light yard work
Using a shovel and wheelbarrow
Picking up garbage to clean up an outdoor area
Measuring with a tape measure
Playing with small groups of young children
Organizing games for young children
Using a staple gun
Sharing your faith story with a group
Sharing your personal story with someone
Using a washing machine and dryer to do laundry
Doing math to determine unit prices when grocery shopping for the group
Leading a discussion of the Daily Text
Listening to someone’s problems
Praying one-on-one with someone
Offering counsel or guidance to someone who requests it
Setting a table for meals
Leading meal prayers
Being a good listener to someone who is homesick or lonely
Using power tools like a drill or saw
Carrying heavy items as a team