Sounds pretty awesome, right? So what’s stopping you? Here are the most common concerns we hear:
"I have to raise HOW MUCH MONEY?"
Yeah, it sounds like a lot. We’ve led thousands of people on this journey of fundraising, and even though it’s hard work, it’s totally possible. And we’ll guide you through the process! We’ve helped over 10,000 people successfully raise funds for their trips, and we can help you too! Don’t let this fear stop you from pursuing the Lord’s call on your life!
“I’ve heard mission trips and evangelism can be harmful to the communities.”
Yeah, we’ve heard that too! And sometimes, it’s true. We’re committed to doing mission trips well. Here’s an excerpt from our founder, Seth Barnes’ blog on this topic:
“In truth, both the long-term missionary and the STM team bring a gift to the throne of our Lord. Long-term missionaries bring direction. Short-term missionaries bring velocity. Often our long-term partners are greatly encouraged by the infusion of life and resources into their ministry. For example, I led a project where the Haitian pastor was thrilled with the injection of growth and life that our short-term team brought to his congregation. He implored us to come back with even more help next year. We did so and saw even greater fruit result. We have the kind of partnership in the gospel which enriches all involved. It is the person with a long-term commitment to a community who plants a church and disciples its members. The relationships and vision they provide are essential. They are like the rudder on the ship, providing direction, steering the course. Short-term missionaries can be the wind in the sails which give velocity and thrust to the enterprise. They bring with them resources, a prayer base, and tremendous enthusiasm.”
Read his two-part series on the case for short term missions: