Disciple Up #68
Short Term Mission Trips – Effective or a Waste of Time?
By Louie Marsh, 8-8-2018
A brief – or maybe not so brief – summary of my just completed two week trip to Thailand & Myanmar.
Some thoughts on what happened, etc.
Are Short Term Mission Trips Effective?
Today most would say no to this, and I agree there are problems with them. But I know from personal experience they CAN be. Bad example Marylin Hickey’s “mission trip” promos from years ago. Look – she’s still doing it: http://www.marilynandsarah.org/events/dubai-hungary-austria-tour-2018/
My personal story – lasting change is possible.
Here’s some of my thoughts on how to make them work.
1) Make them ministry focused, not glorified vacations
2) No money. While you may have to provide funds for the ministry work there, you shouldn’t get involved in funding projects, people. Etc. In the end this only makes people more dependent upon American’s and that’s NOT a good thing.
3) Spend as much time with the nationals and be as close to their living conditions as you can safely be.
4) The keys to cross cultural communication – LISTEN!! Ask questions! Don’t assume ANYTHING! Or in a word just try and be as HUMBLE as you can be.
Next Week – another Life Lesson from Jeremiah.
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