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Some thoughts on short-term missions

on April 6, 2011

Summer is coming and for lots of people that means it’s short-term mission season! I’ve only been on one STM. India when I was 18. I was woefully ill-prepared – as much my own fault as anyone else’s perhaps – and I’m sure I committed any number of faux-pas. Like dancing without shoes on because flipflops are so hard to dance in. No one told me how inappropriate it was to have no shoes on. No one told me that flip flops are for indoor wear in India – until years later my friend who is married to an Indian mentioned it. Who knows what other worrying things I did on that trip in my ignorance!

Anyway I wanted to link to an excellent blog post by Tara Livesay, whose name some of you may recognise from the Haiti Earthquake coverage last year. She blogs about some of the problems that can arise for long-term missionaries after the short-term mission has gone home (or even while they’re still there). It’s worth reading if you’re thinking about going on mission, just so you can be better prepared than I was. If you read the link, do read the comments too, many people have made interesting points and given helpful advice for would-be short-term missionaries. And if you don’t read it now, do bookmark her blog to read later anyway. It’ll make you laugh and weep and cry out to God for Haiti (and other things) – sometimes all in the same post.

Here’s the link:


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