As summer is rapidly approaching, those of us involved in church often receive letters from friends and family asking for prayer and money for short-term mission trips. As a matter of fact, I am helping to lead five groups this summer from our church to serve with a ministry in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
With this summer coming soon, the value of short-term missions is on my mind. Many people within my tribe (protestant Christians) often question the need and effectiveness of these types of trips. However, after 15 years of serving overseas and hosting many of them, I am an absolute believer in short-term mission trips.
There are many reasons why I financially support people going on these trips each year. However, the following are the six main reasons I see great value in short-term mission trips (and why I am excited about my summer in particular).
1. Short-term mission trips serve a specific and REAL need
If a church/group is doing missions effectively, they partner with ministries who have genuine and specific needs which can realistically be addressed through short-term mission teams. This was always the case for the groups I hosted in East Asia and this is definitely the case for our teams going [Read more…]