Pray that the mission team will not let the platform take the place of the mission. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commissioned us to make disciples. That’s our mission. Oftentimes, compassion ministry, construction, or other need-based ministries are the “platforms” that give opportunity for mission trips. But success in meeting these needs is not our “mission.” Our mission is disciple-making. Ultimately the work we do does not fully meet the needs of the people we work with but it provides an opportunity for the love of God to enter into lives that may be hopeless or lost.