I am in the middle of reading an article on short-term mission that is great. Read the whole thing here. But, had to stop and share this quote, it took my breath away:
Imagine a team from France calls your church and says they want to visit. They want to put on VBS (which you have done for years), but the material is in French. They have heard about how the U.S. church has struggled and want to help you fix it. They want to send 20 people, half of them youth. Only two of them speak English. They need a place to stay for free, with cheap food and warm showers if possible. During the trip half of the group's energy will be spent on resolving tension between team members. Two people will get sick. They'd like you to arrange some sightseeing for them on their free day. Do you want them to come? -- Darren Carlson
Friends, if you either host or go on (or lead) such trips, we desperately need to rethink this thing. Perhaps churches should invest more in mission education than on construction trips to Lima.