Once the questions are answered, it’s time for the church to PREPARE to send this worker (or team of workers) out. Although there’s not as much preparation involved in short term missions, it’s still important to be intentional about what you’re doing. Involve others in the preparation process. If they are going through one of our teams, stay connected and ensure that they are complying with the preparation process. If they are going by themselves or with a few others “on their own”, we can provide information on how to prepare and you can contact us for that. If it is required for the particular short term mission, you can let MSC help you to develop connections with the believers at the worker’s destination, sort out international travel and customs, and make sure that as your church sends this worker the finances are handled in keeping with government regulations for charitable organizations.
Continue reading – STEP 3: COMMEND.
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