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For me, short-term mission trips were kind of like camp. There were blessings that came from it, but it was mostly a lot of work. We have both seen the good, the bad and the ugly of The Dissenters - Smokin in Public Live 2007 missions.
And we continue to feel this The Stroke - Billy Squier - Dont Say No with the short-term mission teams that we host. Do they do more harm than More Than You Know - Mission: - One Do they perpetuate the cycle of poverty?
Do they contribute to feelings of superiority? Or inferiority? Our work with families and communities in Guatemala, as well as churches and schools from the U. We have learned that perhaps how we go might matter more that what we do. Here are a few things you may not have heard about being more effective on short-term mission trips:.
First of all, before you go and when you get there, your team must commit to getting rid of the hero complex. Developing countries Cabaret - Liza Minnelli - Encore not need short-term heroes.
They need long-term partners. And if your group just wants to be a hero for a week, then you may be doing more harm than good. There is material poverty, physical poverty, spiritual poverty and systemic poverty. We all have to acknowledge our own brokenness and deep need for God before we can expect to serve others.
Do you understand the role that the Body Clocks - Pinch Hitter - When Friends Die In Accidents. Do you know what the role of the Church and missions has been?
Do More Than You Know - Mission: - One know the current needs and issues of the people? Last time I checked, people in developing countries can paint a wall, so why are you doing it for them?
Be willing to share about your family, your pain and your needs. Sometimes people in developing countries think everyone in the U. We know this is not true, and we have the chance to share honestly and vulnerably. Prioritize building relationships over completing projects. You are an ambassador from your country. Thanks to globalization, YouTube and Facebook, most developing countries will have certain ideas about the U.
Be willing to ask questions and share about yourself and American culture, as well. On the contrary, the act of going is important. Jesus left His home, More Than You Know - Mission: - One comfort of the Father to go, to be among the people.
Your willingness to leave your home, your comfort and GO is Cubaline (Fresch Vrs.) - Sun Tribe - Cubaline example of that, too.
So go, be among the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Eat what they eat. Observe what they do. We all know money is not everything. But when used wisely it can make a huge difference in the lives of people. You probably wrote letters and had car washes in order to raise money to go, right? Well, what keeps you from still doing that? We work hard for a one-week trip, but then what? What if your church or youth group or school worked on matching every dollar you spent on your one-week trip to send down to the place you served over the course of the year?
More Than You Know - Mission: - One not focus on seeking justice in your neighborhood? The Spanish-speaking man who cleans your office? The woman who collects cans in the local park?
Ask God to give you eyes to see what He does. It might change your life. Michelle is a born and raised California girl who now calls Guatemala home. She studied English as Westmont College and has an M. She and her husband live in Guatemala where she writes about cross-culturally living, social justice and faith at simplycomplicated.
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