I Survived a Short Term Mission Trip to Honduras! -- Sightings (Brian Howell)
Many churches schedule short term mission trips for their youth. Some travel overseas and others go to places where need is perceived here in the state. Many go to disaster relief sites. I have been intimately involved in the establishment of a mission station in Detroit. For the past four summers mission teams have been coming to Detroit through two ministries my congregation has partnered with -- Motown Mission and Rippling Hope (Gospel in Action Detroit). Motown just finished its tenth season and is a United Methodist related effort. Rippling Hope has its roots in the Disciples, but it seeks to be ecumenical, while Gospel in Action Detroit is a Michigan Region effort working in partnership with Rippling Hope and Motown Mission. I share this say that I see the value in Short Term Missions, but I also know that there can be a dark side that needs to be acknowledged. This mixture is explored in brief in this Sightings piece from Wheaton College Anthropology Professor, Brian Howell. Take a read and offer your thoughts.