As I began thinking through all that the Lord has been teaching me about short-term teams a few weeks ago, I had no idea He would have me blog this over the course of several weeks. I am in the middle of nearly six weeks of reflection and writing about short-term mission teams. The next few weeks will be focusing on aspects of the the team and short-term trips that are critical to mutually beneficial partnerships.
Over the course of the past fourteen months I have been on a journey toward a healthier lifestyle. this journey has taught me many lessons. As I ponder the future of the short-term mission team in our current Christian culture, I see many things the Father has been teaching me this past year. As in the last post, I believe the short-term mission team is critical to the future of evangelism and discipleship among the nations.
We are navigating the waters of missional efforts in a day when the emphasis is not on the short-term team as much as it has been in the past. More and more of the focus of churches, mission agencies and organizations is on mid-term and long-term efforts to difficult, unreached areas of the world. The Father's heart is for all people and these areas of tough ministry are in much need of long-term commitment by Christ-followers to carry the Gospel message with passion and patience.