Certainly, one of the best environmentally friendly ideas to come along in our pursuit of ways to help others on
mission trips, is the notion of the Christian salvage mission. There are
many ways to take this idea and develop some really good solutions to help raise money and awareness for our
particular ministry, and to help others in lesser developed nations.
A Christian salvage mission is a ministry that collects outdated or unused items and
"recycles" them by shipping them to people who need them in other parts of the world as a Christian
ministry tool. In many areas which will not allow the gospel to be freely proclaimed, this type of mission is
an excellent way to gain a foothold in an otherwise closed community for the purpose of witnessing to others about
Although there is certainly a fair amount of work and logistics involved in this endeavor, the goal of the
Christian salvage mission is not just to supply computers and books to people in need of them, but to show an
outward display of compassion and kindness which will lead others to hear good news of God. In other words,
remember that we're not just supplying some equipment or "stuff"; we are trying to gain an avenue in to
share the message of our Lord.
Christian Salvage Mission Items
There are probably as many items you can collect and reuse for the purpose of Christian salvage mission than
there are ants in your front yard, but certainly some of the most beneficial things you can recycle to other
nations are Bibles and other Christian literature. Bibles are in short supply, and even
though it is best to give English Bibles only to native English speaking people and Spanish Bibles only to native
Spanish speaking people, any copy of God's word (even in a second language) is better than none at
Remember all that literature you have left over at the end of each Sunday School quarter? All of that
reading and study material is gladly welcomed in places where it is economically of logistically difficult to
obtain these items. The sky really is the limit when you start thinking about it; maybe you can take some of
these things on your Christian mission trips.
Many Christian salvage mission organizations collect used, but still valuable, medical instruments and
equipment. Wheelchairs, eyeglasses, dentistry tools, etc., are all valuable and coveted items in
foreign countries where these things are difficult to come by. In addition, computers and educational
supplies are extremely useful in many areas of the world.
Christian Salvage Mission Alternatives
There are also some alternatives to a Christian salvage mission
that utilize recycling, but do not have the associated expenses and hassles of shipping overseas. Many
innovative Christian mission groups have begun the collection of recyclable items, like metals and plastics,
and simply take them to the local recycler for cash.
This is a great way to do some missions trip fundraising if you are a little short on cash for your next
mission trip. It is especially effective for fundraising for Christian youth mission trips.
Although this isn't nearly as exciting as the typical salvage mission, the fact remains that, in many
international locations, Bibles, computers, clothing, etc., are widely available for purchase, but the money
is not available to make that a reality. To be able to collect some aluminum drink cans and cash them in for
some money is an excellent method of raising money for some of your other projects for your missions trips.
Take a little time and use a little creativity to find some ways you might be able to help others by
collecting other people's "junk". You might be surprised at the effectiveness of a Christian salvage
mission for your own ministry needs.