How will this trip fit into the rest of my life?
Many people go on these trips expecting to make an impact and are surprised to discover that they have been impacted personally to a much larger extent. So, be prepared to be changed. It may be that God will use your experience to lead you in a new direction, but it may be just as possible that it will confirm to you that you’re exactly where God wants you to be for now. Most agencies run debriefing programmes which are set up to help you process the experiences you’ve had and to offer practical advice on making the most of it once you’ve come home. Many people who have been impacted by a short term mission experience become mission mobilisers in their own chuurch communities. Likewise, many of those who become enthusiastic communicators move on a stage further to become team leaders for projects with the agency with whom they had their first experience. Others will seek further training to prepare for longer term service. Who knows where it all might lead? At the very least, be open to what God wants to teach you, and ask your church leaders for their prayerful input as you process your experience on your return.