Short-term missions

1) Short Term Missions Preparation 2nd Edition Published

“Before You Go” took 40,000 short term missionaries into God’s Presence for 40 days prior to their trips, helping prepare their hearts for what only God knows awaits. Teams serving overseas land on the ground with humble attitudes and servant hearts. Excellent and easy reads are great for any age or experience level; the 2nd Edition added testimonies and discussion questions. You can also get bulk rates from the publisher by calling 866-381-2665, ext. 1163 . Learn more at…


4) TripIt (App) Can Help You Plan and Track Your Next Mission Journey

TripIt is a web service and app that can help you keep track of your upcoming flights, rental cars, hotels, and more. You can even make note of your meetings and conferences. As you build your itinerary in TripIt, the service will automatically check with the airlines you use to keep you up-to-date about the latest gate changes, delays, and more. The basic service is free, but for a small fee ($49 per year), TripIt Pro will even hunt alternative flights for you if your flight is delayed or canceled (and a lot more). Privacy is a top concern. They promise that, if your information is shared, it is shared only in aggregated form. Read their privacy policy for more info. Once it’s set up correctly, you can configure TripIt so it shows all your flights in your Outlook calendar. That’s cool. Learn more about the product here:


Learn how to lash it up with Outlook here:


5) CityMapper Can Make Your City (or Your Next VaCay) a Cinch

Do you live in a sprawling metro area capable of boiling your blood? If so, try CityMapper and make public transport fun! In a place like London or New York, trying to keep track of buses, subways, cabs, and *walking* can drive anyone nuts. CityMapper is amazingly better than just about any app you’ll ever find. And it’s completely free. You’ll need Wi-Fi to set it up (and get real-time updates), but if you just positively have to operate offline, once you’ve downloaded the trip into your device, you can do so. Check it out for free at…


It will almost ALWAYS be better than the app provided by the local train or bus company AND it lets you specify the mode of travel you WANT rather than the mode that THEY want FOR you.


8) It’s Not Too Late to Catch One of these Great PreConferences…

Check out all the great pre-conferences kicking off just before Missio Nexus. For example, how about the one on Wednesday, 1:00 – 9:00 PM, entitled, Standard Introductory Workshop, presented by Kathy Mort, Tory Ruark & Randy Schmor. The SIW is a seminar designed to help people understand how they can incorporate and achieve competence in all Seven Standards of Excellence, a code of best practice for short-term mission practitioners. MISTM-grid theory and the supporting principles behind the standards are reviewed. This workshop would be applicable for church and organizational staff members, mission committee members, and team leaders who want to take a comprehensive look at excellent short-term mission trips. Learn more at…


1) Reentry After Short-Term Missionary Service: Free Download

Many books are available for people returning to their passport country after serving in other cultures for several years.  Although many more people return after short-term service after short term service of a few weeks or months, few books are available for them even though the issues are often very different.  Written for people returning to their passport country after a few weeks or months of missionary service, this book helps them not only reenter but also consider how they have changed and what that implies for their future. Using Jonah and Paul as examples, it also helps them process the good and bad events that occurred. This book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…


(We’re so grateful to those who prepare materials like this for cross-cultural servants! Hats off to Ron and all those who help him make this happen.)


14) The Last Bit: What Makes a GREAT Short-term Missions Trip?

After several decades of rise in the whole short-term missions trip industry, it seems like some have begun to search for higher, deeper, and nobler purposes. And although some predicted short-term missions trip interest would wane, we’re still waiting for that to happen. Even now — there seems to be no end in sight. For you and your church or mission org, what makes for a fantastic short-term trip experience? One of our best Brigada partners (Thanks Dave — in Savannah) told us some time back that his church likes “LEAP” trips, where L = Learn, E = Encourage, A = Advocate (for the people, location, and workers, once you return) and P = Pray (both onsite and afterward). We are also a fan of the short-term trip standards of excellence — benchmarks that make it easier to measure success. (Learn more at…


Groups like RighNow Media (and many others) feature a list of success indicators as well.


But how do YOU decide what makes a great short-term missions trip experience? What are YOUR standards for success? Please click comment after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your help!


7) Short-term Missions (STM) Toolbox Gives Resources and Motivation

missions toolboxThe STM Toolbox website is a gold mine of information and advice at…

They assist churches, schools and mission agencies in implementing effective short term mission as a part of their strategic kingdom callings. They do this by providing resources, services, and motivation that just won’t quit. Their motto is, “You say where; You say when; We make it happen.” They’re ready to serve you. As a free sampler, check out the resource page they provide to get you started.

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 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

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

6) MissionMakr Revives like a Phoenix from the Ashes

Remember, 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.

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…

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:

1) Get Brigada On Your Smartphone via STM Toolbox app

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

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…

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…

To learn about “Summer Bridge,” and

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.

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