Going on Faith

Winter 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ winter 2017 ] 8 Y ou brought 30 unskilled Americans into a Third World village for a week. You constructed a school, you held some babies, and you handed out some gifts. You got some great photos, had some very moving experiences and went back to your church with a great report. But do you really know how much good you did for the people you were serving? It could be a lot less good than you think. Some development experts and mission organization leaders have concluded that many short-term mission trips do more harm than good. Recent years have brought a lot of discussion in the faith community about the impact of short-term mission trips, with experts warning that many of the customs of American mission travelers can put a burden on the communities and the long-term ministries they intend to serve. That's not to say that all short-term mission trips are bad. But it does mean that American ministers and group leaders should think more care- fully about how they plan and execute mission trips. BY B R I A N J E W E L L P L A N M E A N I N G F U L M I S S I O N S HOW T O HOW TO

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