Short-term missions

5) is Intent on Making Your Mission Easier —

If there was ever a doubt, check out their 4-minute video at…


Their goals? Merely to “Engage the body of Christ, impact people going on short-term trips, and do it in less time, with less effort and less cost.” Watch the video to get the whole story, but in a phrase, they’re trying to make it easier for teams to be effective in short-term mission trips. Check ’em out if you travel overseas. They’ve recently reduced their price structure, by the way.

1) Free Short-Term Mission Starter Kit Available Online —

A newly released Short-Term Mission Starter Kit, developed by DELTA Ministries International (DELTA), in Vancouver, Wash., is now available online for churches and ministries around the world.  This website gives churches and organizations nearly 40 resources for prayer, encouragement, training, post-ministry follow-through, and a comprehensive referral list of more than 60 short-term mission resources. This tool is designed to help churches that are just getting started with a STM program, as well as fine tune established programs. Access this free tool today at

2) Training For Short-term Trip Participants and Leaders —

Check out these devotional journals written especially for people on short-term mission trips:

*** 30 day Helping Hands–Healing Hearts (3 part combo book) especially for medical personnel

*** 28 day Live in The Light (3 part combo book)

*** 14 day Live in The Light (On-Field only)

*** 7 day Pre-Field Preparation (Book 2) follow up to book 1

*** 14 day Returning Home (Book 3) Reentry devotion, follow up to Reentry books 1 & 2

These (and others) are all available from:


Also, check out the Short-term Missions trip Training course from


They also have regular emails for leaders of short-term missions trips.

6) Missions Trips/Camps for Kids, Teens, Preteens and Adults —

Teen Missions is among the pioneers behind the concept of providing a short term missions trip experience for teens. The ministry had confidence that as young people saw the mission field first-hand, God would call many to a life dedicated to world evangelization.  The first team went out in 1971 and since that time over 40,000 North American young people have assisted with a variety of evangelistic and building projects with over 100 established missions in over 70 countries. Learn more at…


Teen Missions challenges, trains and disciples young people, exposing them to worldwide missions. A large number of our former alumni are in full-time Christian ministry serving the Lord worldwide as pastors, teachers, Christian authors and missionaries. Director and founder Robert M. Bland is a former Youth for Christ director from Ohio and past recruitment director for Christian Service Corps.

7) Training for Short-term Missions Trip Participants —

So… you’re leading a short-term team. What do you pull off the shelf to train them? Would it be “Foreign to Familiar?” … “Serving With Eyes Wide Open?” … or maybe “Round Trip?” The church for which I’m Missions Committee Chairman just did a trip to visit one of the missions we support in Haiti. I recommended the latter, based on the recommendation of Pat, a great friend and Missions Minister in Southern Indiana. Our group loved it. It’s extremely affordable (like — $20 for everything, including videos and rights to copy up to 1000 copies for your church or agency). The insights and discussions that came out of our participation in the course were *exactly* what you’d want a short-term team to cover. Can’t say enough positive things about it.

But what’s your favorite resource? What tool would you recommend? Just click “Comment” below and write in your solution. Thanks in advance for your response.

1) 2011 Short Term Missions Preparation —

Bring mission team members into the Presence of the Lord each day. Prepare their hearts for your upcoming trips with the devotional book “Before You Go” by Jack Hempfling. With the 2011 short term mission season just ahead and in a tight economic climate, ensuring that each team member is prepared to help, not hinder, the mission effort is vital. You will see your team’s resources used most efficiently for maximum impact in the field God’s has called them to, whether you are a team sender, leader, or host of teams. Find the book on Amazon, or call Xulon Press for ministry / bulk discounts @ 866-381-2665 ext 1163 (ask for Jason). To get a taste of a few excerpts, click:

4) Christmas Short Term Missions Trip –

With a few hundred languages/dialects spoken in Mexico, how can you share the gospel with them? Global Recordings Network has 300 language recordings that will be distributed in the migrant farming camps of Mexico.  They’ll be driving from Flagstaff and Phoenix, AZ (or you can fly to the Culiacan airport) and going to Culiacan, Mexico from Dec 27 – Jan 8.  If driving the total cost is $300 per person.  Need application contact? Write

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Hurry only 20 more slots remain. Want to see the list of languages? Go to GRN Mexico language web site

Want to learn more about Global Recordings? Contact Roland…

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5) Distance Training Curriculum for your Short-termers —

Look no further. Our good friend in Evansville, Pat, recommended “Round Trip,” and sure enough, it’s great. Find it at…

Note that it comes with a leader’s guide, a participant’s workbook, plus videos. We’ve now ordered it on our *agency* side for training short-term workers applying one-at-a-time from across the country. We’ve also ordered it on my church’s side for our mission teams headed to a common field. (I’m on a team headed to Haiti and we’re hoping to try out the course prior to departing.) Christianity Today, which distributes the course, has ok’d it for photocopying, too. They’ve granted in advance the right to make up to 1000 copies for your church or agency, so long as you don’t sell them for a profit. (Thanks for the tip, Pat!)

10) Increase impact for your short-term trips (using the web) — allows churches and mission organizations the ability to build and launch their short-term trip online using drag and drop widgets made just for missions. Created by Robert and Caleb, two guys who have worked in both ministry and missions, MissionMakr follows the natural progression of a short-term trip: Launch, GearUP, GO! And Tell. Each phase allows you to connect with all the people who touch your short-term trip. People who want to go on your trip sign up as a Pending MissionMembr. Once approved, MissionMakr charges one Credit ($18-25) based on the number of people going. MissionSupportrs can sign up to follow your trip at no cost. When you’re on your trip, you can communicate using both a browser and an email equipped phone or mobile device. Learn more here:

They also operate a blog that is devoted to helping people communicate short-term missions.

You can request an online demo or contact Robert toll free inside at 1.877.290.4017. (Thanks for referring them to Brigada, Marti… and thanks for all your work at Missions Catalyst

6) Opportunity to be Surveyed re: Short-term missions —

Delta Ministries is calling on local church pastors and mission leaders to participate in a short survey that will be used to help determine how to better support local churches with missions.  They want to discover more about how short-term missions continues to evolve as more are actively involved in mobilizing teams around the world.  It’s a 10-question survey that will take just 2 or 3 minutes to complete.  They will share a summary of the results in a future Brigada Submission.  Take the survey at:

3) Int’l Short-Term Team Insurance With Trip Cancellation -–

Since the Iceland volcano eruption earlier in the year, many short-term teams have asked for a short-term team overseas insurance plan that includes trip cancellation coverage as an option.  Jeff now has a team plan that provides trip cancellation coverage.  For more information contact

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8) How to Connect Short-term Missions Opportunities with Go-ers? —

At various times throughout Brigada’s 15-year-life-span, we’ve sought out ways to connect prospective short-termer with prospective opportunities. Bob pulled us aside recently and asked again for the best way to make these connections and it occurred to me that it had been a while since we asked. Would you please click “Comment” below and list your favorite way to switchboard these two groups together? … the hosts with the short-termers themselves? For example, suppose a prospective short-termer was interested in doing a trip to get pure water for some location that previously had none. Where would he/she begin searching? Thanks for any help you can render.

8) Kick-Start Your Church’s STM program with this Starter Kit —

A newly developed Short-Term Mission Starter Kit, developed by DELTA Ministries International (DELTA), in Vancouver, Wash., gives churches and organizations nearly 40 resources for prayer, encouragement, training, post-ministry follow-through, and a comprehensive referral list of more than 60 short-term mission resources. This tool is designed to help churches that are just getting started with a STM program, as well as fine tune established programs. Obtain your free copy today at

or by calling 1-800-533-5822.

7) Short-Term Team Insurance That Includes Trip Cancellation Option —

Many teams have asked for a short-term team insurance plan that also includes Trip Cancellation coverage.  GNI now offers a new team plan that has rates as low as $1.01 cents a day for travelers age 30-79 and rates of $0.93 for ages 0-29.  The plan provides optional Trip Cancellation.  This standard short-term team plan includes: medical, medical evacuation, terrorism, political evacuation, return of mortal remains, extreme sports coverage (optional), return of mortal remains, AD&D etc.  For more information visit

or write

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1) Short Term Missions Pre-Trip Devotional

Missionaries who host short-term teams, as well as ministries and pastors who send them, are finding the 40-day devotional, “Before You Go” a great investment in helping teams be most effective. Spending a few minutes a day with the Lord before the trip, to prepare hearts for cultural adjustments, attitudes towards hosts, humility, team unity, and faith and expectations, has proven a huge blessing for the leaders who take and host them. “Before You Go” is available from or in bulk from Xulon Press: 866-381-2665, ex. 1163. See 4 free samples of the devotionals at:

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