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The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip Spiral-bound – January 12, 1998
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David Forward has done a great service to the body of Christ in writing The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip. I commend this book to all who are thinking about crossing borders or cultures to share the Good news of Christ.
-Robert A. Seiple, President, World Vision, Inc.
Short-term mission experiences can be creative and spiritually uplifting or they can be disastrous for everyone involved. This book will take you step by stop along the creative path towards making your next short-term mission trip a Kingdom-building experience.
-Tony Campolo, Professor of Sociology and president, Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education
David Forward's book gives a Biblical foundation and the practical steps needed to enter the international arena of short-term missions as an effective player. Trainers of short-term missionaries will find this an excellent resource of practical steps for developing an international missions outreach from their local church.
-Dr. Elizabeth R. Lightbody, Professor of World Missions, Moody Bible Institute
This book fills a needed gap in helping to prepare and train teams. It helps keep them productive for the Kingdom while focusing on their mission.
-Greg Parsons, Executive Director, US Center for World Mission
This is an outstandingly practical and new resource for short-term mission teams. It will motivate and prepare them for the trips that they are about to embark upon. The book is very practical and the anecdotes add so much to make it come alive.
-Carolyn Koons, Executive Director, Institute for Outreach Ministries, Azusa Pacific University
David Forward has given us a book that raises the vision for missionary outreach, and then empowers us to fulfill that vision effectively. His guide is desperately needed in so many churches. In light of thecoming revival, I'm so glad he didn't wait any longer to write it! Take full advantage of it.
-David Bryant, founder and president, Concerts of Prayer International
My hope is that sending agencies and hosting missions alike will derive substantial benefits from using David Forward's richly detailed, step-by-step approach to planning a successful short-term mission experience.
-Millard Fuller, founder and president, Habitat for Humanity International
Here's the mission trip mentor you always wanted -complete in one book. David Forward distills his years of short-term missions experience into a resource guide you'll want to refer to from the time a mission trip is just a twinkle in your eye until the warm glow of your debriefing time afterward.
-David Hackett, General Director, Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship
About the Author
David has written five books including Tales from the Trenches, Sales SuperStars, and The Essential Guide to Short-Term Mission Trips. He is the senior contributing editor for Airways magazine and publishes two to three magazine articles each month in international journals.
In addition to his writing, David is a pilot. He lives in southern New Jersey with his wife and son.
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"The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip" by David C. Forward explains with examples the sorts of things which those in missions leadership at a church should be thinking about.
The points made in this book could avert disasters. What good is spending a lot of money to go overseas only to find you've no idea what you've got yourself into? While it is true that having a flexible personality is key to any missions effort, it is also a good idea to prepare when possible.
Some readers may cringe at the strategic sensibility of David Forward. "The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip" is all about practical thinking. St. Paul prepared practically for his trips. He knew where he was going, how long it would take, and how much food to being along. Forward helps think like Paul.
Noting that many going on the trip may be first time short-termers, or first time airplane riders, he discusses travel tips. For example, bring a spare pair of glasses, remember to bring a list of people you intend to write (Like your supporters), and how to deal with lost luggage. He even outlines how to run a team meeting, with suggestions for topics.
He spends time on the complex matter of money, and how support should be raised, and what a church's financial involvement should be. He is not dogmatic, but points out the pro's and con's of the various positions.
Forward's missions experience has taken him primarily from Britain to Romania, with stopovers in Budapest. He cites from this experiences fluently, and helps the reader see how the essentials in this guide can be applied. He gives anecdotes about cultural sensitivity, like how in Romania, the real Dracula is considered a national hero for reasons other than what Bram Stoker's novel talks about. Jokes, Forward writes, about the morbid side of Dracula are unappreciated by locals.
The appendices are useful, helping the reader think through the incidentals. Some things, like having calling card codes and travel insurance numbers with you, should not be overlooked.
I fully recommend this excellent tool for preparing a team for short-term missions. For a solid text helping the sender church, see "Serving as Senders" by Neal Pirolo.