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Mack & Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions [Kindle Edition]

J. Mack Stiles , Leeann Stiles
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Book Description

Today the world is as close as an airplane flight. Thousands take advantage of this, going for short visits to other countries to be more involved in God's worldwide mission.

How can you prepare for such a trip? What are the hazards to avoid and the opportunities to embrace? Here is field-tested advice you should not leave home without!

Mack and Leeann Stiles are veteran leaders of more than a dozen two-month mission trips that have taken them around the globe. Their practical advice, hard-won lessons and hilarious stories will help you know what to expect as you get ready to see God in action in new ways.

This book offers you the keys to

  • establishing partnerships with sending churches

  • learning from your hosts in the countries you visit

  • becoming a culturally sensitive person

  • overcoming the shortcomings of short-term missions

  • growing a servant spirit

  • learning to trust God, your hosts and yourself

  • facing injustice with realism and compassion

  • speaking about Jesus in a way that makes sense in a new culture

  • dealing with reentry culture shock when you get back home

Short mission trips can put feet on your knowledge of God and give you a God-sized picture of the world. In the process of going you will grow, and even though you may feel inadequate or scared, you will also give much to those you go to.

Editorial Reviews


An ideal book for church missions committees, youth pastors, and anyone considering a short-term missions trip. -- CBA Marketplace

About the Author

J. Mack Stiles and Leeann Stiles have led five two-month mission trips in Kenya, two in the Middle East, six in Central America, and they've done ground work for trips to Southeast Asia. Mack and Leeann live in Kentucky with their three boys, who joined them on these trips. Mack is the southeast regional director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the author of 17 Things My Kids Taught Me About God and Speaking of Jesus.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2032 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (August 20, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NEJ8WS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for any trip February 28, 2001
Having been on a short-term trip, I wish I had read this book before I went. It rings true.
Mack and Leeann have learned a LOT over the years about the beauties and pitfalls of short-term trips. This book is wonderful.
It's not a "what to pack" kind of book. Those are a dime a dozen. Instead, it digs much deeper -- into the theology/philosophy of short-term trips, how to prepare spiritually and how to return well, etc.
Perhaps most valuable is their culture-crossing advice. So much of the success and impact of a short-term trip depends upon one's ability to cross cultures, deal with culture shock, build trust, stretch yourself, and then return well. The advice here is priceless in this regard.
If you are going, read this book. If someone you love is going, read this book. If you are leading a trip, read this book and then make everyone you're taking read this book. It will save you so much trouble and may be the difference between an okay trip and an amazing trip.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Ryan
Mack and Leeann's guide is definitely a valuable addition to the newly emerging flood of books about Short Term Missions. What makes their contribution distinct is their understanding of Short Terms as a valuable part of God's mission to the world, rather than simply as a "farm league" for potential long-term missionaries, or as a way to envigorate a stagnant youth group. STM's are more than light entertainment for bored high-school students, and Mack and Leeann communicate this effectively and practically in this concise and readable guide. Chapter after chapter contain stories from their own experiences which also make this book unique.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for team preparation May 17, 2004
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I have gone thru many STM trainings and book readings. This is the best book I've read and it's an excellent resource for both the goer and trainer, it's captured all the important element for the team and individual success. It's very easy to read, with lots of practical advices, and the author always use real world stories to get to his point. I really love this book and I cannot put it down until I finished it at 3am.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's hear it for the short-termers! December 7, 2000
This book presents the basic principles of short term missions, shows how to develop critical cross-cultural skills, and addresses specific needs short termers experience. The pages overflow with foundational scriptures and true stories from short termers who have traveled with the authors during a dozen two-month mission trips to Africa, the Middle East and Central America. The experiences presented are realistic, sometimes humorous, and often life-changing. Short term missionaries are changing the world. This book will challenge you to consider the opportunities available for a short term mission trip. This is a great text for a small group study. It's fast paced, has short chapters, and is appropriate for high school students as well as adults. Highly recommended for mission minded individuals and congregations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST MISSION BOOK, EVER! September 21, 2013
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I was so glad I read this before my trip to Africa. It prepared me for some cultural changes I would not have been aware of. I loved the humor - it was an informative and enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read before a short-term trip May 13, 2013
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This book was required reading by our group leader for our missions trip to another country. We went to do hard labor in the heat and our team saw the truth in the book come out when we were all tired. Certain chapters are a great read for any professing follower of Christ, even if they do not go but want to support or doubt the need for supporting. Good job authors!
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