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Four ways to share about your short-term missions trip experience

You made it! Now that you’re back from your short-term missions trip, how do you share all that you did overseas with Americans back home? Four ideas may help you communicate more effectively: Be prepared “How was your trip?” Family and friends will ask this as soon as you get back. Some people want all the details, but […]

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Three ways to process your short-term missions trip

Through fundraising, plane rides, unique foods, foreign culture, and more, you’ve just experienced big things during your overseas missions trip. You may feel that your overseas trip was brutal, excellent, or maybe both. How do you process your short-term missions trip? You’ll want to consider a few things: Time to process your short-term missions trip […]

Short-Term Missions

A missions trip fit for you Like Mary Poppins’ bag, the deeper you reach into short-term missions, the more you find. Search “short-term missions opportunities” and you’ll quickly find dozens of websites offering hundreds of trips. Complete an agency’s requirements and you could conceivably serve nearly anywhere for less than a year (as we’ve defined […]

Open for business: A story of God at work through Business As Mission

Most citizens in our adopted country belong to a religion that is hostile to the gospel. The people around us have grown up hearing all kinds of untruths about Jesus. Their hearts tend to be resolutely closed to following Him. What a privilege and honor it has been to rub shoulders at work day in […]

How to raise funds for a short-term missions trip

“I’d sign up for a mission trip, but I don’t think I could ever raise the money.” You may have heard (or made) an objection like this. If you’ve made plans to serve on an overseas short-term missions trip, you’re unlikely to be going for free. If you’re going to ask others for support, how […]

Gaining from training: Short-term missions training

“All right everyone, listen up! You have one minute to read the following game instructions in silence (no talking) and then we’ll collect them.” What followed was semi-organized chaos. We participants didn’t realize that each table was given a different set of rules. I found this out when, of four players at my table, I […]

Finding the right mission organization

When I was little, my dad gave me a Swiss army knife—not that I could be trusted with it, as a tiny arc welding accident proved later—but I loved that knife. I could use tools on that single knife for so many things: Big knife: Slice celery. Small knife: Slice butter (but I’d pull out […]

Why fundraise for a short-term mission trip?

So you’re telling me that my meal plan will consist of whatever carbs and carrion a nasty flock of birds delivers!? I imagine this is what Elijah must have wondered about God’s provision for him in the ravine east of the Jordan River (1 Kings 17:1-6). But bread and meat showed up via ravens and […]

How to prepare yourself for a missions trip

Yes! You’ve signed up for a missions trip! Now what? God’s called you to step out in faith, surrendering your time, efforts, and talents to see the gospel advance into the nations though a short-term missions trip. And you’ve obeyed! Suddenly, your to-do list is full of team meetings, fundraising, passport photos, packing, vaccinations and […]

How to talk to your parents about going on a short-term missions trip

“I want to go on a short-term missions trip to Zambia.” What would rush through your parents’ minds if you said that? Where’s Zambia? Africa, right? Was that a country with Ebola? Or with terrorist activity? Who’s supposed to be leading my precious child on this trip? Who do I talk to for background on […]

Why go on a short-term missions trip?

I was asked today about taking a mission trip to Southeast Asia. Why would anyone want to go overseas for weeks at a stretch when there’s plenty to do here—including earning some money?   Widen your world:  No matter how many posts we read, we’re often drawn to what we already know, what we think. […]

Four ways to share about your short-term missions trip experience

You made it! Now that you’re back from your short-term missions trip, how do you share all that you did overseas with Americans back home? Four ideas may help you communicate more effectively: Be prepared “How was your trip?” Family and friends will ask this as soon as you get back. Some people want all the details, but […]

What you need to know about hot- versus cold-climate cultures

A group of Nepali men approached speaker Sarah Lanier with tears in their eyes. Why, they wanted to know, did no one tell them earlier how directly they had to speak with European colleagues who were visiting Nepal as guests? “[W]hen they asked us to take them on treks into the Himalayas, we would, of […]