Short Term Mission Trips
Short term trips offer an incredible opportunity to build relationships with our mission partners, learn about God’s kingdom in different contexts, and leverage some of the gifts God has given us to His glory and the good of others. They do not offer us the opportunity to be experts or super-Christians; instead they humble us as we see God at work in different, often challenging circumstances around the world. Short-term trips show us how similiar we really are - image bearers of God struggling with the effects of a sinful nature and fallen world, saved only by God’s grace through Jesus Christ. At the same time short term trips show us that our worldviews are often very different and we have a lot to learn both from one-another and through one-another about our Heavenly Father.
There are many wonderful reasons to participate in a short-term trip, but there are equally important reasons to consider these opportunities carefully and proceed with humble, self-examination. Short term trips are NOT your chance to be a hero, or an expert - we take our sin, brokenness, and misperceptions with us wherever we go. The only thing we have to offer anyone in Huntsville or in India is Jesus. They are NOT just one more way to build your resume for college, or earn extra points as a super Christian. Nor are short-term trips the answer for a perceived “faith slump.” The goal is not to travel around the world for an “exotic” chance to minister if we are not caring for those in our own backyard. We do not say these things to discourage participation, but rather to help all participants engage with thoughtful self-awareness. Remember the whole reason we are serving on a short term trip is to express to others the grace we have already been given, so it is best to go as those aware of our great need for such a saving grace.