Nick has a post on short term missions and how he doesn’t understand why people knock short term missions. Well, I think that short terms are going to be the wave of the future – the need for long term established missionaries is still very great – but the simple fact of the matter is that short terms are here to stay – I personally think their positives can outweigh the negatives – when done right the right way.
But what I wanted to share is some of the ways missions is chaging and has changed. In the old days missions was primarily about going in and starting churches, bible studies and Sunday schools and so on.
Well, these things are still very much well and good but the face of missions has changed quite a bit – now it is much more about the practical side of the work. Whereas before it was about planting church and things (it still is especially among unreached peoples) now it is more about helping out practically in places and ways that can help in sharing the gospel – such as digging wells, setting up water purification systems, teaching English as a Second Language, helping the poor start up small businesses, doing medical missions stuff and the like.
And here is the thing, many of these things can be done or begun on a short term trip.
So I say definately – if you have the opportunity go ona shot term trip – really, it will be more for you than for them in the long run, but that is okay – you help them and they help you too!
Those were just a few thoughts I had on short term missions.