You Are Unique – Just Like Everyone Else

Screen Shot 2020-04-25 at 8.10.48 PMWe are more alike than anybody wants to admit. We like to think that we’re different and unique, but when it comes right down to it, there are a lot of people who share the same qualities and quirks that we do. We are born into the same humanity, created in the image of God, and we have the same basic needs and desires. Basic survival, comfort, and a need for connection are shared by everyone. Continue reading

“I’d Rather Help Kids in America”

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It doesn’t happen often, but now and then, people have an odd reaction when they hear that I work at an orphanage in Mexico. They say, “I’d rather help kids in America.” This statement brings up so many uncomfortable and unhealthy issues. The snarky side of me really wants to say, “Great, what are you doing for kids in America?” I can almost guarantee they aren’t doing anything for anybody. Continue reading

Embrace the Mess That is Short-Term Missions

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Most people are a complicated jumble of conflicting priorities, values, and reactions. Anyone who has worked with a homeless outreach, done marriage counseling, or worked with teenagers will tell you that the vast majority of people are messy. In a perfect world, things wouldn’t be so difficult. It’s not a perfect world. Not even close. Until we embrace the “messy,” ministry will be an unending exercise in frustration. Continue reading

WE DON’T NEED YOUR ORGANIC GARDEN

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Many short-term mission teams come with their own pre-planned ideas and agendas; this is fine as long as they mesh with the goals of the ministry they’re serving. Sometimes these goals and agendas are questionable at best. Sometimes they can be harmful to the goals that have been laid out by the receiving ministries and communities. What kind of impact will your mission team have? Continue reading