The next step as you GO is to PREPARE and plan. Although there’s not as much preparation involved in short term missions as there is for longer terms, it’s still important to be intentional about what you’re doing. Involve others in the preparation process. If you are going through one of our teams (ie. TeamWorkers, eTeams, or MSC Teams), stay connected and ensure that you are complying with the preparation process specific to your mission. If you are going by yourself or with a few others more independently, we can provide information on how to prepare and you can contact us for that. If it is required for your particular short term mission, you can let MSC help you to develop connections with the believers at your destination, sort out international travel and customs, and make sure that as your church sends you the finances are handled in keeping with government regulations for charitable organizations.
Continue reading – STEP 3: TRAIN.
Suggested books: (all links go to Amazon.ca)
Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- And Cold-Climate Cultures by Sarah A. Lanier
Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence by David A. Livermore
Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World by David A. Livermore and Chap Clark
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor And Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
Father of Faith Missions: The Life and Times of Anthony Norris Groves by Robert Bernard Dannt
Essentials Of Missionary Service by Fleming Kenneth