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Examples of Cross-cultural Mission Trips in Scripture


  • Jonah went to Nineveh, an unreached people-group focus; he also went to Tarshish, a dysfunctional escape.
  • Paul made several journeys, the purposes being church planting and follow-up. 
  • Titus went to Jerusalem, a delivery man for financial support.
  • The Queen of Sheba traveled to meet Solomon, a desire for cultural exchange.
  • The disciples that Christ sent out in Luke, chapters 9 and 10, an experience of apprenticeship and random evangelism.
  • Abraham’s servant, in Genesis 24, went back to the country of his relative Nahor, a focused task of finding a wife for his son Isaac.
  • Joshua and Caleb went into Canaan, their purpose being exposure to the land and research. 
  • Joseph’s brothers went down to Egypt during a time of famine, under duress and as refugees. 
  • David sent out Joab’s army, a goal of empire-expanding domination.
  • Solomon sent craftsmen to Lebanon for cedar trees, a resource procurement for the home office.
  • Paul was sent to Rome by the authorities 8 David fled to Philistia to escape Saul, a combination of  persecution and creative access.

Even from this incomplete survey, we see there is obviously a wide array of potential purposes for short-term trips! 

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