Short-term missions

3) The Suitcase Never Arrived

missiontrip“My son, Steven, has been on a mission trip with my Dad for the past two weeks. They left the states during the big snowstorm that covered the East Coast and just barely got out of the country. Because of the weather, changes were made to their flight schedule and somewhere along the way their luggage got lost. Today, Steven leaves Ghana, Africa to come back to America. His suitcase never arrived…I think he has had one change of clothes for the whole trip.”

This is the beginning of a story we read recently from a woman’s whose son went on a short-term mission trip without insurance for lost or delayed baggage. Had her son been on the “TripArmor” plan from our good friends at MissionTripInsurance.com he could have been reimbursed for his lost/delayed baggage. If you are going on a mission trip this year that involves connecting flights (don’t all mission trips??) then you should be sure to check out this plan at

http://www.missiontripinsurance.com/group-short-term.html

or give Mark a call at 1-800-5776-2674 ext. 103.

6) MissionMakr Revives like a Phoenix from the Ashes

Remember MissionMakr.com, that great site that would help you through your short-term trip prep, all your communication, and all your on-field reporting? Remember how it went south when the previous owners let it die? Well never fear — it’s alive again! A dedicated servant-heart named Rick has relaunched it better than ever. Check it out today and compare it to any other site for short-term trip management. We think you’ll find it favorable.

http://www.missionmakr.com

6) Best Training Materials for Short-term Trips

We’ve been using Round Trip at the church where I’m an elder. It’s pretty great at preparing short-term teams for mission trips. But, for a while, we seemed to have lost it, once it became unavailable at the Christianity Today site. Now, suddenly, it’s available again here…

http://www.buildingchurchleaders.com/downloads/shorttermmissions/roundtripfull/

So glad. For $20 bucks, you won’t find a better cross-cultural training curriculum (complete with videos). (Probably couldn’t find anything any better than this at 10 times the price.)

7) Short-term Missions Webinars

DELTA Ministries is pleased to announce a series of webinars beginning August 20th that will help you get the most out of your short-term mission trip. Whether you have come back from your trip and don’t know what to do next or are preparing for a mission trip, these webinars are for you. The webinars have limited number of participants, are highly interactive, and customized to answer your questions and meet your needs. For more information, please email Tory at
toryratdeltaministriesdotcom . You can find out more about the webinars or sign up at:

http://deltaministries.com/onlinestore?page=shop.browse&category_id=3

1) Get Brigada On Your Smartphone via STM Toolbox app

STMDavid (who is Executive Dir. Of Short-Term Missions Toolbox…

http://www.stmtoolbox.org

has staged the development of an app that points to several locations and services and even downloads the first paragraph of those services into his smartphone app itself. See his app at…

http://www.shorttermmission-app.org

or just find it in the respective app marketplace for your smartphone. (Search your App Store for “STM Toolbox.”

Once you’ve installed it, you’ll find Brigada, by the way, under the headline, “Mission News.” Don’t forget to ‘refresh’ the screen to see the latest posts. (Do this on the iPhone, of course, with the more-or-less standard “swipe down” gesture.) Find us in good company there, right alongside the BBC! :-)

10) It’s not Too Late to Study/Teach This Summer in China

Believe it or not, here’s an opportunity you still might be able to make happen. Visit…

http://www.errchina.com/SummerBridge.html

To learn about “Summer Bridge,” and

http://www.errchina.com/summerProgram.html

to learn about Summer Teaching. Put the two together, and it looks like you could spend virtually the entire summer in China. Download more details, brochures, and applications at the sites above.

1) Planting Islands of Integrity in Eastern Europe

East European Lake

East European Lake

We’re grateful this week for a financial gift from a project consultant with Integra Ventures USA.  Our Brigada friend is a non-residential missionary working in the country of Bulgaria. He does 3 one-month trips a year, focusing on Small to Medium Enterprise development – or “Planting Islands of Integrity in Eastern Europe.” To learn more, please browse to

http://www.integrausa.org and

http://www.integra-bds.bg

 

Thank you for your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9) Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities with IDEAS

IDEAS offers short-term volunteer opportunities for Christian professionals who want to gain international professional experience while also developing relationships and embracing a new culture and community. The Contract Associate Program (CAP) was created to provide international opportunities for Christian professionals while also providing support and expertise to long-term Associates and projects. These short-term assignments range from two weeks to one year. Visit

http://www.ideasworld.org/opportunities/short-term-opportunities/

for a list of current opportunities or email vickidotoehringatideasworlddotorg  (vickidotoehringatideasworlddotorg)  

5) Three Myths about inspiring your churches

Statistics say millions are going on short-term mission (STM) trips every year. Undoubtedly the vast majority are coming home excited to get others involved, especially those from their church. However many people go about inspiring others with wrong ideas. Here are 3 myths that commonly lead people astray:

Myth #1 – If I can just get people to go, they will be changed just like me.

Myth #2 – Sending STM teams means my church is missions-minded.

Myth #3 – I can inspire my church to action by myself.

For more information on these myths and how to conquer them, go to

http://themissionsmoment.blogspot.com/2012/08/3-myths-about-inspiring-your-c hurch-to.html

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7) Get Free Access to Resources for Coordinating Short-term Trips

STM Toolbox, a ministry dedicated to providing free access to resources for those coordinating short term mission, is launching a new email series. This monthly email provides insight on a particular topic related to short term mission. Each issue is filled with articles and links to help the short term mission coordinator perform their ministry with greater passion and knowledge. The August issue catalogues over 25 resources for debriefing short term mission teams. Subscription is free, but you have to sign up at

http://www.stmtoolbox.org

7) Conference for Short-Term Mission Leaders —

Every October STM leaders from around the world gather to grapple with where God is leading and how missions can be improved. Whether you are an educator, agency executive, church pastor, host-receiver, or team leader, the Forum exists to renew your soul, equip your ministry, and expand your vision. Join this vital ongoing conversation on the role of short-term leadership in global mission! For more information, check out FSTML’s website,

 

http://www.fstml.org/index.php

6) Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference —

The Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference (STMLC) is an annual training event open to churches, schools, agencies & individuals. It is designed to impact team members, leaders, and those who train, organize, or supervise Christian short-term mission trips as well as those who receive them. If you want to learn to lead short-term mission teams with excellence, you won’t want to miss this! April 12-14, 2012 in Bloomington, MN. Learn more about this conference at:

 

http://www.stemintl.org/training/stmlc

 

or go directly to the registration page here:

 

http://www.cvent.com/d/1cq7vh

 

or call 1.877.STEM.646 or 952.996.1385 for more info. Early registration/group discounts available.

5) The Next Mile: A Coach’s Guide —

Change lives before, during and after a short-term mission. The Next Mile: A Coach’s Guide is designed to encourage and equip pastors and lay leaders to follow-through with returning short-term missionaries in a meaningful way. The goal is to see short-termers experience lasting change by helping them determine God’s call on their lives and how they can become more like Christ.  Developed in partnership with Western Seminary’s Transformational Coach Training Program, this guide will equip you with enough information to become an informal coach for a returning short-termer. A short-termer is someone who has participated on a short-term mission team, served at a Christian camp or any type of short-term ministry assignment for as little as a few days to three years.  The basic objectives are 1) For you to know a basic definition of coaching and the unique role coaching plays in a person’s spiritual growth; 2) For you to understand the basic framework of a coaching conversation; 3) For this Coach Guide to serve as a resource in your coaching; 4) To provide the short-termer with intentional help and forward movement as they consider the impact of their trip on the rest of their lives.  The Next Mile is a collaborative effort of mission agencies and organizations joining together to address the “black hole” of short-term missions with resources for effective follow-through. It’s available as an E-Book at:

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YH2AKQ

 

Find it via a hard copy at:

 

http://ondemand.condeopress.com/s-thomas-c-mcdaniel/the-next-mile-a-coach-s-guide.html

 

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