Short-Term Missions With Long-Term Results
Is Christ calling you to take a short-term mission trip or even to full-time missionary work? Our goal is to empower you with practical information that will prepare you to make the greatest possible impact in the lives of those whom God has called us to love.
The best intentions are not enough. As Christians, we are supposed to be wise as the Holy Spirit prepares us, so that we may be tools for His purposes. As God guides us, He provides us with the resources to reach the mission field. We must remember to balance our enthusiasm with preparation so that we may go into the world with a sense of purpose.
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16
Do you want to really accomplish something “out there?” First, we need to understand how those “out there” think.
Visiting a mission field can —and should— be a life-changing event for those we are going to help, as well as for ourselves. Short-term mission trips be different, we believe short-term trips should have long-term effects.
“But when he (Jesus) saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them…” Matthew 9:36
A short-term missions trip can cause us to “see the multitudes (and be) moved with compassion on them.” However, real compassion should have a long-term effect as its goal. Short-term missions can hopefully kindle a passion and a calling for ongoing mission work.
For some, mission trips may be more of a “bucket list” experience, much like the way we fish. We take the picture, let the fish go, and return home with a great story. The problem is that this kind of mission trip has no long-lasting effect on the people left behind on the mission field.
Alpha Ministries’ short-term mission trips will partner with believers to provide a “short-term mission with a long- term result,” by providing a Touch Point between Western believers and those on the frontline of mission field.
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