Links to Internet resources on short term missions
- Online management of trips
- Missionminder.com -- lets churches and team leaders manage everything from online applications, fundraising and prayer teams to group discussions, calendars and FAQs
- Missionmakr.com will help you set up a trip web page, help you collect funds and allow supporters to follow the progress of the trip as it unfolds
- Free international calls -- I have had no experience with this, so I don't know how it works. If you have issues, let me know!
- Missions-trip.com lists lots of trip opportunities plus has helpful articles
- Key lessons for short-term mission teams
- Short Term Mission "toolbox" — great collection of resources
- How do you judge if your mission trip was a success? [ mission trip standards ]
- Surviving mission trip emergencies: 5 worst case scenarios
- Upcoming opportunities: Mission trips on the schedule
- Work & Witness -- Nazarene headquarters information [ go to site ]
- Family oriented short term mission trip: Resources for Southern Nazarene University's annual "Commission Unto Mexico" trip over the New Year's holiday [ get info ]
- Requests from mission fields
- Larry Webb, retired missionary, forms Work & Witness teams from people all over the U.S. and Canada. Each year, he takes several of these "maverick" teams to Bolivia. For dates and information about his upcoming trips, call him at: 626-285-1011 or e-mail him: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Samples of mission trip application forms:
- Web sites promoting other opportunities
- Project reports from local churches and districts
- Dave Edmonds of PK Ministry Webs will help people in your home church see photos of your trip and read reports while you are actually on the trip. [ more info ]
- Fellowship of Short-Term Mission Leaders - annual conference in Atlanta
- National Short Term Mission Conference
- Mission trip planning software
- Create a mission trip budget, manage expenses, and keep track of team member contributions all in one location
- Missions Trip Resource CD from Bryan Waggoner at Bethesda Baptist Church in Brownsburg, Indiana
- Philosophy and strategy
- Short-Term Mission Trip Standards
- "The Dirty little secret about mission trips" by Bo Cassell
- "You're taking my kid where?" Are the risks and rewards of youth missions and service trips worth it?
- "Why Most Missions Trips Are A Waste of Time (and how to make sure yours isn't)"
- Five lousy reasons to do summer missions (for my youth pastor friends) by Randy Friesen (published in April 9, 2004 Mennonite Brethren Herald)
- Short-term missions: Is it worth it? summary of survey results as reported by Susan Loobie
- "Debriefing the mission," an article by Mike Woodruff in the May/June 2000 Youthworker
- Are you going overseas for a year or two as a married couple? Make sure your marriage is strong. [ missions and marriages ]
- Youth People Turning to Short Term Mission Work, Religious News Service article
- Re-entry help: "How to Keep the Flame Alive After Your Missions Trip is Over"
- Fund raising
- Bill Dillon's "people raising" resources [ more info ]
- MissionTripFunder — an online service that helps make it easier and faster for individuals to raise prayer and financial support for their mission trips. MissionTripFunder includes free coaching help for writing support letters. It also provides an easy way to keep supporters updated and see their role as part of a larger team of supporters.
- MissionMatchUp.com is a social networking site where people going on mission trips can connect with supporters
- Speaking through an interpreter: Did he really say what I said?
- Christian Travel Information, Equipment, and Advice from Mission2Go.Com
- Learning about your target country
- Where to get airline tickets and arrange transportation: Travel agencies and ticket sellers
Tax information — IRS deductibility for U.S. taxpayers:
What mission trip participants from the U.S.A. pay for their expenses while they are serving as volunteers with a non-profit organization is considered a tax deductible contribution. The Internal Revenue Service has allowed people to deduct out-of-pocket expenses directly related to voluntary service (including lodging and meals when an overnight stay is involved). To be sure you are getting the right tax deduction, check with your professional tax attorney or preparer.
The monetary value of your time is not deductible.
- Boston Globe article: "Don't pass up the opportunity"
- USA Today article: "Volunteers can deduct some out-of-pocket expenses"
- IRS Publication 526 -- see the "out-of-pocket" expenses section of page 19 of this document
Insurance and medical issuesInternet resources on witnessing, personal evangelism and conflict management
- Canadians: Travel insurance information
- Sample medical release and indemnity form
- BPB Associates - Travel Insurance: Travel medical insurance for missionaries and their families, including online quote and purchase. Coverage for all citizens worldwide.
- Dissinger Insurance Services: protecting and addressing the special needs of faith volunteers
- GoMissionTrip.com insurance for mission trips
- Good Neighbor Insurance — Full-service missionary insurance companies for mission agencies sending workers overseas. Long-term plans, short-term, kidnap and ransom, D&O
- Insurance Services of America — A Christian organization that specializes in international health insurance for missionaries.
- International Medical Group
- www.missionaryinsurance.info — Insurance plans for individual missionaries and families choosing their own health insurance)
- www.missionaryinsurance.org — Select insurance plans for short-term missionary teams
- New York International Group — comprehensive travel insurance for missionaries
Printed STM resources
Nazarene Missions International has published a number of small paperback books on short term missions. In chronological order, these include:
- Ambassadors to Latin Lands by H. T. Reza (1965)
- Ambassador diary by Paul R. Orjala in collaboration with John Smee (1967)
- Discovery: Student Mission Corps by Franklin Cook (1969)
- Work and Witness: One of the great success stories of Nazarene missions by James Hudson (1983)
- A dozen who dared : Trading comfort zones for mission fields by Jeanette D. Gardner (1996)
- Just Cause : How Nazarene students are changing their world by Frank Moore (1998)
- Through his eyes : The story of Youth in Mission edited by Ken Couchman and Jason Vickers (1999)
While these are all out-of-print, they can be obtained through used bookstores.
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