Mack & Leeann’s Guide to Short-Term Missions
Today the world is as close as an airplane flight. Thousands take advantage of this, going for short visits to other countries to be more involved in God’s worldwide mission. How can you prepare for such a trip? What are the hazards to avoid and the opportunities to embrace? Here is field-tested advice you should not leave home without. Mack & Leeann’s Guide is a unique help!
Mack & Leeann Stiles are veteran missionaries in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and have led dozens of mission trips varying in length from two months to two years, all over the globe. Their practical advice, hard-won lessons and hilarious stories will help you know what to expect as you get ready to see God in action in new ways.
This book can help in all these vital details:
* Establishing partnerships with sending churches
* Learning from our hosts in the countries we visit
* Being sensitive to the traditions in various cultures
* Overcoming the shortcomings of short-term missions
* Growing a servant spirit
* Learning to trust God and our hosts in new circumstances
* Facing injustice with realism and compassion
* Speaking about Jesus in ways that make sense across cultural boundaries
* Dealing with emotions and re-entry problems when you get home
Short mission trips can put feet on your knowledge of God and give you a God-sized picture of the world. In the process of going you will grow, and even though you may feel inadequate or scared, you will also give much to those you go to.
Table of Contents
- The Risky Adventure
- The First Journey: From Head to Heart
- Abraham’s Math Lesson: A Missions Mindset
- Models for Modern Short Terms
- Short Terms with a Long-term View
- Extra! Would-be Missionary Becomes Headhunter!
- A God for all the Potatoes
- Kenyan House-Help
- Questions of Trust
- Culture Shock
- Headlines from Mombasa
- Partnerships: Back Home and On Site
- Pith Helmets & Modern Missionaries
- Unnecessary Risk
- Oh, the Places You Will Go: Families on Short Term
- Home Sweet Home: Reentry
- Short Terms: A-Z
About the Authors
Mack & Leeann Stiles have directed over a dozen short-term missions trips in Kenya, the Middle East, and Central America. After many years serving with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, Mack is now CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. Mack and Leeann have three sons.