“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
If I may, I would say this is one of the biggest reasons why every Christian possible should go on regularly scheduled “short-term” missions trips… it helps us stay sane. :-)
One reason I went to seminary was to get into cross cultural missions. I wanted to be able to do stuff like go teach in a Bible school overseas, but that is all still in process.
The simple fact of the matter is, if one has gone overseas at all, be it to study, or do a missions trip, one has gone further than nearly 90% of most Americans… a vast significant majority of Americans are like Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings, they have never left the Shire…