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5 Reasons Not to Go on a Mission Trip

Unfortunately, sometimes we can have the wrong motivations and intentions going into a mission trip. Make sure you are aware of your reasons for going and what you are going to be doing while you are there.

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To Hell with Good Intentions

The title of this article comes from a pot-stirring speech delivered in 1968 by Ivan Illich to a group of American volunteers. Thanks to globalization and airplanes, 50 years later, his intended audience has grown to include me and the estimated 1.6 million American volunteers going on short-term mission trips each year. We spend as much as $3 billion on these trips annually and have left many inside and outside the Church wondering if it does as much good as it could.

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Reframing Fundraising

If you are someone who hates the idea of asking people for money and you dread fundraising with every fiber of your being, or if you are someone who is excited for all of the events and activities that fundraising can bring, or if you’re somewhere in between, it’s important to keep a proper perspective.

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Thanking Your Hosts

You’ve just returned from your trip and you can’t wait to tell everyone back home everything that happened. Coming home is exciting, but make sure you don’t forget to thank the people who hosted you while you were away. Here are some ways you can do that! Remember that not every way is appropriate for every situation.

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Fundraising Ideas

So you know that you need to start fundraising, and you know the basics, but you have no idea how to actually make it happen. You’ve started to feel the financial weight of the trip. Don’t worry. Fundraising isn’t as complicated as you might initially think. Thankfully we have a starting point.

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Short-Term Mission Trip Book Suggestions

Your short-term mission trip is likely going to be a life-changing event. You will be pushed out of your comfort zone and you will see things you’ve never seen before. You will see God work in ways you never would have imagined. Through all of this, it is important to keep your mind and heart in the right place. Check out the following books help to prepare you for what you will experience on your cross-cultural trip.

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Culture and Country Learning

Culture shock is what happens when someone travels to a new place and feels overwhelmed by the differences between the new place and their home. This experience is normal for anyone in a new culture. However, we can limit and manage this by learning as much about the culture as possible before going.

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Fundraising Letter Template

We’ve made an example fundraising template for you to follow. Check it out:

Dear (Name),

I pray that you are doing well. (Mention how you know the person, group, or church and add any personal discourse here).

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Travel Safety Considerations

Joe is going on a short–term mission trip. He’s very excited. So excited in fact, that it seems he can’t focus on anything else. At the airport, he pays no attention to his surroundings and his teammates continuously must tell him what’s going on. He gets lost in his thoughts and doesn’t hear any of the things the team leader is trying to tell the group.

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