I want to go on a Short-Term Mission!

In recent years there has been a rise in the number of people wanting to go on short-term missions. This is great news for the Kingdom of God, as those who name the name of Jesus Christ desire to promote His cause further into a hurting and needy world. We follow Jesus, who came to seek and to save those who are lost; to bind up the broken hearted and to comfort those who mourn (Luke 4:18-19).

Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Short-term missions are great for many reasons: it gives you the ability to share your faith in another culture and country, and / or to give of yourself to those who are less fortunate than yourself. Jesus said, “In as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:35-46).

Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16).

Even if you are in full time employment or education, you can still go in your holiday / vacation time or may feel called of God to take a year out – a gap year. You may know that your calling is to be a missionary, but are not yet 100% sure where your field of labour is, or what talents and gifts you have. By going on a short-term mission, you will be able to ascertain whether the country (people group), or the ministry you are involved in is for you. It will also be an adventure and an experience that you will not quickly forget!

Where could you go? Around the world there are endless possibilities – to Europe, the Americas, Africa, Australia and Oceania, to the Middle East or the frozen lands of Siberia! Where do you want to go? What sort of society do you want to go to? Secular, materialistic, pagan, animist, Communist, Islamic or Buddhist etc? You could go with a friend, fellow church members, or a mission organisation. What is God telling you? Where does He want you to go and when?

You may think that each person’s contribution may be small, but each contribution is part of the whole – so we must each do our bit. Well what are you waiting for? Go and do mighty exploits for and with God.

‘As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country’ (Proverbs 25:25).

Mathew Backholer

How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete your Short-Term Mission Go

Short-Term Missions, a Christian Guide to STMs Go


For further consideration: Are short-term mission trips effective? Go.

Mathew is the author of:
Revival Fire - 150 Years of Revivals Go
Extreme Faith – On Fire Christianity Go
Global Revival – Worldwide Outpourings Go
Short-Term Missions, a Christian Guide to STMs Go
Understanding Revival and Addressing the Issues it Provokes Go
Revival Answers, True and False Revivals, Genuine or Counterfeit Go
Mission Preparation Training. Evangelism, Teaching & Discipleship Go
Revival Fires and Awakenings. Thirty-Six Visitations of the Holy Spirit Go
How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete your Short-Term Mission Go
Budget Travel, A Guide to Travelling on a Shoestring, Explore the World Go