What if my family doesn’t want me to do this?
First, you need to establish what is behind their objections. It is perfectly natural for other family members to be concerned about their loved one taking off somewhere they know little or nothing about with a bunch of strangers. If your family is not Christian then you need to be sensitive in how you handle the situation, but if this is the case then they may never agree with any Christian activity you engage in. If their concern is for your protection and safety, then do what you can to address their concerns. Get the agency you’ll be serving with to talk to them and give them every possible reassurance. Involve your church leaders if necessary. Talking to others who have had similar concerns may also help them. If at the end of this they still object, then you need to ask yourself questions about what’s most important. If God clearly has placed his call on your life for Christian service then you may need to just go for it. Maybe they’ll come round to the idea in time. However, God asks us to respect and honour our families, and you should do what you can to protect your relationship with them. Seek advice from people you respect – they may help you find a way through the difficulty. It’s also worth saying that the world is a much smaller place now and the prospect of travelling thousands of miles to serve on an overseas project isn’t as scary as it used to be.