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Is God talking to you about short-term missions?
You may be sixteen or sixty. Perhaps you’re available for 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years. There a place for you in STM. Trust me, I know… I took my first trip in 1983 and have done numerous trips since then. What’s more… we’re currently on the field.
Short Term Missions Success was written with you in mind.
Participation in short-term missions (STM) opportunities has skyrocketed since the 1990s. Participants leave with great expectations which are shared by supporters and local churches back home.
From correctly discerning God’s will to navigating responsibilities (and fatigue) on the field, there are a few things you can do to increase the chances that your expectations will be met and surpassed.
More than anyone, God wants your STM trip to be a success: out of short-term missions, He wants you to experience long-term growth. That’s what this book is about.
Here’s what you can expect to learn:
- The W5 of STM (the who, what, when, where & why)
- My 30+ years of STM experiences
- How to discern God’s call to missions
- How to approach the application and preparations to go
- How to share the visions and get supporters on-board
- Common mistakes and how to avoid them
- How to avoid common STM-related frustrations
- How to deal with reverse culture-shock or re-entry
- Hindrances to long-term change after STM
- How to ensure that long-term, positive change comes out of your STM experience
About the Author
Mike took his first STM trip in 1983. Just barely into his teen years then, his continued participation in STM endeavors, throughout his teens, planted in him a keen awareness of the difference a young person could make. He also became aware of the difference that such experiences could make in him.
He participated in several other STM trips during his twenties and when on an STM hiatus as “daily life” kicked in following his marriage and during his kids’ toddler years. He and his family were never far from ministry in the local church however and, like Paul and Barnabas, it was as they served that God sent them out again, this time to France, where they have been since 2015.
Mike is a fierce believer in the positive effect that STM experience can have in the life of a young person. He should; he’s the product of STM.
Thank you for checking out this book!
I pray it helps you experience Short-Term Missions Success: Defining Moments Toward Long-Term Growth.
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If something takes your breath away…
…you feel surprise and admiration because it is so beautiful or exciting.
You’ve experienced moments like that and so have I. They remain engraved in your mind and, when positive, they’re easily recalled, cause you to break a smile or shed a happy tear, and afford you a momentary escape from the daily grind.
If any city in the world can boast the ability to “take your breath away” , it surely is Paris. Her monuments are iconic, her soul deeply rooted and her culture… seemingly endless. Other world cities can undoubtedly boast similar claims, but Paris is the one I know best.
Come with me…
In this short little book I share with you twenty-five moments when Paris took my breath away. From wherever you read the book… whether at home in an armchair, during a break at work or on a plane to your own destination I invite you to:
- Stroll with me along the grand boulevards.
- Join me as I discover the Sainte-Chapelle’s stained glass.
- Watch a master-barterer get out-smarted at her own game.
- Explore the famous Shakespeare & Co. bookstore, and
- Take in the entire city from atop the dome of Sacré Coeur
These very short stories – all true – make the book very easy to pick up and put down for those quick ”in-between”moments.
One needn’t look very hard for moments that take your breath away, they abound. All you need is to give room to a bit of quiet thoughtfulness, to be mindful of your surroundings and most importantly… to be present, or, “in the moment.”
By sharing my own “take-my-breath-away” moments, I hope you’ll be inspired to look for your own such moments of beauty and excitement. They abound… and not just in Paris.
About the Author
Mike visited Paris for the first time in 1989 and has been back countless times since then, and has been living in France since 2015. As such, Paris has had numerous opportunities to take his breath away… and it has never disappointed.
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Take the Guess-Work out of planning for your Paris Vacation
You're excited about seeing Paris but when it comes to planning details, you don't know where to start... Let me help you with that.
The goal of this book is to give you balance in your planning: I'll give you enough information to fill three good days and see the major sites and monuments, without overwhelming you with so many options that either the planning itself becomes stressful or the desire to do "everything" creates a rushed & therefore stressful pace. You'll get...
I'll help you navigate the Charles-de-Gaulle airport and detail transfer options from there into the downtown core. If you're arriving at one of the major train stations, I'll also give you information on getting downtown via the Paris metro system.
Getting around Paris
Once you're settled into your hotel and rested up a bit, you're now ready to start exploring. Over and above walking (itself a wonderfully romantic option), I give you options for moving about the city; whether by metro, land transportation or by boat-taxi.
Moving about the city is, in and of itself, a unique experience and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment when you've conquered it. Beyond that sense of satisfaction however, the main purpose of moving around is to let you experience the incredible sights and monuments that make Paris the world class destination that it is. I give you details and insight into 9 of the must-see monuments
- Sightseeing River Cruises
- The Eiffel Tower
- Sacré Coeur and Montmartre
- The Louvre
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- The Garnier Opera
- The Controversial (yet Oh so romantic) Love Locks
- The Bouquinistes along the seine
- The Arc of Triumph
In addition to these, I'll give you lots of tips on how to simply experience the city itself, outside of the monuments.
Accommodation & Dining
Rather simply listing accommodation options - (which are really too numerous) - I've opted to give you some insight into hotel chains that, while quite reputable, are generally less well known to travelers from outside of Europe and which present a happy middle ground between discount accommodation and the more well known international brands, which tend to be more expensive. Similarly, pertaining to restaurants, while I do list a handful of my favorites, I put more emphasis on helping you understand the French approach to an evening out as well as giving you tips on customs that may differ from other parts of the world. And for you die-hard Starbucks fans... I'll even point you to the Starbucks locations nearest to the main sites and monuments.
About the Author
Mike Long made his first visit to Paris back in 1989 and has been back countless times since. He has been living in France since 2015 and is in Paris any chance he gets. Having discovered it as a tourist, he first experienced it the same way you will; who better then, to help you discover this amazing city?
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