Problems encountered on mission trips and some solutions for them

Solving problems in each of the three essential phases of every cross-cultural exposure experience


1. Pre-field preparation

Problem: Time pressure, distractions, busy culture, work schedules, tourist or consumer mentality, "adventure" attitude, lack of understandingSolution: Provide pre-field Bible studies. Insist that every team member prepare their heart for ministry through completing these devotional Bible studies before leaving for the field.

2. On-field experience

Problem: "Tyranny of the urgent" for leaders, lack of time to prepare, unexpected schedule changes. Good intentions with no follow-throughSolution: Schedule 20-30 minutes before breakfast (or another set time) for team members to be alone with God. Provide on-field devotional Bible studies to help participants grow in their spiritual walk.

3. Purposeful reentry

Problem: Time and schedule demands on returning students, workers, professionals. Failure to understand or feel the need for readjusting to a person's own culture can later cause serious problems for returnees.Solution: Frequently, people underestimate reentry stresses. Maximize your short-term mission trip investment with follow-up and debriefing. Provide reentry devotional Bible studies that include helpful reentry questions.

Based on material by Howard and Bonnie Liesch: —

"As leaders we can do a great job of managing team logistics while at the same time becoming so busy with those details that we fail to help our team members grow spiritually."
    —Howard and Bonnie Liesch

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