1) Despise was maybe too strong a word. Basically what I meant was that mission trips are fantastic as long as the missions part is why you’re going. I totally agree God will reach a student in a different land but so often I’ve seen the message be more “I’m so lucky to have so much; I’m so glad I can help this poor person!” More than ” I am leaving my home and comfort zone to go and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ by giving time and effort to help someone else”. It’s the first one that goes with fists closed that I don’t like. The second is more likely to go with hands open and say “use me”.
2) My church was originally first baptist and then we changed the name to a more generic “welcoming” name. It’s funny going places and needing to say “no we are the ones from the other town”.