The Importance of Short-Term Mission Trips

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I just got back from a short-term mission trip to Ecuador. Like most churches, we seem to take a couple trips a year to various parts of the world. Our trips range from construction and building projects, to evangelism and training opportunities.

Of course, taking a short-term mission trip is not easy or always financially viable. Some have argued that instead of going on these trips, we should just send resources or money. But there’s a beauty in going. Short-term mission trips are important for several reasons.

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A Sermon Spoken, A Sermon Lived

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Our first few days in Ecuador have been incredible. Yet again, I find myself learning a ton by simply observing how my friends live. I had the opportunity to preach yesterday during the morning church service, but the truth is, I’ve been seeing sermons lived out since I arrived here.

There’s a power that comes from the spoken word. It’s a gift to share the good news from behind a pulpit. But I’m learning more and more that preaching happens every day. We bring the good news to others by the way we live.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: A Theology of Travel

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Used with permission: https://morguefile.com/search/morguefile/2/plane/pop

When you embark on any kind of journey, the first step is to make travel plans. As someone who loves to travel, I always look forward to the thrill of “getting there.” Road trips. Boat excursions. Plane rides. Hey, even layovers can be fun (well, some of the time). Part of the adventure is, of course, the actual traveling.

Missions is no different. As you board a plane or load a van, you do so intentionally, with your heart set on your destination, knowing part of your journey is getting from here to there. There’s a theology to traveling. As we move from one place to another, we do so with our hearts and souls aligned.

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