Showing posts with tag: Mission trips

31 MARCH 2017

Where To Go on Mission Trips?

When initiating a short-term mission trip overseas, the most important decision may be the first: where should we go? Here are two possibilities: Take advantage of a personal connection.  This may be someone who knows the community because they have been there, either as a tourist, as part of a mission trip, or because of […]

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Short-Term Service Trips: Ten Worst Practices

  The excitement generated by the prospect of taking a short-term mission trip is palpable.  What could be more promising than a group of well-resourced, energetic people grappling with the needs of a distant community in poverty?  Despite the best of intentions, service learning can fall abruptly short of expectations.  Remember the Hippocratic oath:  First […]

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Before Serving Others, Raise Your Awareness

  “I hate it when volunteers come down here,” a neighbor told Robert Lupton, author of the book, Toxic Charity.   Virgil, who lived in an economically challenged neighborhood of Atlanta, had just observed a fourteen-passenger van filled with young volunteers on a mission trip.  This church group been coming every weekend for two months and […]

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