Family, Musings

Lessons from a Missions Trip (part 2)

One of the reasons I went on the Dominican Republic Missions Trip was because I could go with my whole family. It was a student ministries trip so both boys could have meaningful active roles and Mary Anne and I could also have significant roles.

I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to grow in their Fluency with God’s Word in life’s situations, to look for an opportunity to minister with their family.

On our trip (as with all upper level student ministry trips) the focus was not only on the activities we went to do, but on “training for life. ” I developed a devotional plan for all to use in the mornings (sometimes we did it as a team).  And in the evenings we had the opportunity to worship and study 1 John together.

As a teacher who spends most of his time teaching adults in environments that my family is not involved in, it was great to be in an in depth study together.

We also had “man talks” in which we talked to the students (guys) about leadership and relationships. It was great to have others speaking into the life of my kids (both other leaders and other older students).

And as a couple, though we each had different roles, it was great to see God work through my wife. Most of the ministries she is involved in, other than our small group, are in environments that I am not involved in. In previous ministries (smaller) we had the opportunity to do more ministry together. So it was fun to watch ladies fall in love with my wife and for her to be able to encourage and counsel. And she did a great job as “doctor Mom” to the whole team.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

One Commnet on “Lessons from a Missions Trip (part 2)

  1. I loved seeing God work through you to build into the lives of the young Dominican leaders as well as our students. You are a natural (God-gifted) discipler, and so often had a circle (literally) of people around you that you were influencing.

    And I loved seeing the Andrew and Nathan serving and growing as well. While we didn’t get to spend alot of time together as a family, it was great to EXPERIENCE the trip as a family.

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