With our church heading on a short-term missions trip to Hungary beginning tomorrow, I came across Trevin Wax’s post on the “Ten Commandments for Short-Term Missions Trips.” So helpful!
- Thou shalt always remember that the primary function of a short-term team is to learn, and not to help.
- Thou shalt always defer to the long-term missionaries, even when thou dost not agree with them.
- Thou shalt surely leave all they agendas at home before thou arrivest on the mission field.
- Thou shalt be prepared to spend large amounts of time doing nothing, for thus verily is the way of the mission field.
- Thou shalt be careful to obey in all details, the security rules and advice of the project which thou visitest.
- Thou shalt be both attentive and accurate in the communication with the mission base before they visit.
- Thou shalt be careful to pay for all the expenses of thy visit.
- Thou shalt take great care in thy giving and spending, lest thou appearest to be filthy rich.
- Thou shalt be careful to respect the doctrinal and theological views of the project which thou visitest.
- Thou shalt surely keep thy word in regards to follow-up activities.
(from Paul Cull, leader of Projeto Casa Esperanza in Brazil)