What new place would you most like to visit if money was no object, but you could only be away for a weekend?
How far ahead of a trip do you pack? And how long does it take you to unpack after you get home?
What is your travel comfort food?
As one option for this week, prepare some travel snacks for your group: beef jerky, dried fruit, trail mix or granola bars are all good options. Consider portioning them out in baggies for everyone. Or, take “short term” more literally and make an instant version of a classic: brownies-in-a-mug. Mixes are available that only require water, but you’ll need a mug for everyone.
“Short term missions requires long term commitment.” –David Joannes
Churches don’t need to send career missionaries anymore. They can send their members short term instead and still make a big impact.
Short-term trips and virtual experiences make global missions accessible to many Christians. They can have many wonderful outcomes and benefits. Our main concern is whether they can replace long-term missionary work. Is it still strategic to send a few cross-cultural workers for long-term ministry when we can now send many more for shorter stints? The core of missions is discipleship, which is often a long process. Missions, therefore, must always have a long-term mindset. This chapter explores some of the ways that short-term missions can inspire and support the long-term cross-cultural discipleship goal. The two approaches can work in synergy rather than competition. When done wisely, short-term experiences complement a long-term incarnational presence.
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