~ “Working with a reputable ministry partner is ideal.” ~
If your ministry is planning to go on an international mission trip, you should consider working with a trusted mission partner who has experience working in the area your trip will take you. If your church supports a long-term missionary, your short-term mission trip can support their ongoing ministry overseas.
Working with a reputable missionary partner is ideal, not only from a safety standpoint, but also to maximize the team’s impact during their short time in the field.
4 Benefits Local Missionaries Offer:
1. Vouch that the location is safe.
Long-term missionaries can keep new travelers safe by advising where and where not to travel in the area. Since living in the country, the on-site missionary will know the ins and outs of the field and can help the short-term mission team adjust to social and cultural norms.
2. Collaborate in the planning process.
Long-term missionaries can be valuable planning partners, advising travelers on anything from which clothes to pack to the types of activities that resonate with the local people. Long-term missionaries can set up activities for when the team arrives, such as service projects and ministry opportunities. Planning together helps ensure that each trip will meet the needs of the permanent missionaries. Some trips are construction-heavy, others are focused on youth outreach or other activities.
3. Act as supervisors during the trip.
With firsthand knowledge of the local landscape and the work to be done, missionaries are often in the best position to take the lead once the team reaches its destination.
4. Continue to minister after the team leaves.
An on-site missionary can easily keep ministry work from the short-term mission team going after the team flys home. The local missionary can empower the local people to get involved and nurture the community.
Article adapted from The Deacon’s Bench, a publication of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. Used with permission.