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Short-Term Missions, A Christian Guide to STMs
For Leaders, Pastors, Churches, Students,
STM Teams and Mission Organizations
Survive and Thrive!

Short-Term Missions, A Christian Guide to STMs is a full and concise guide to STMs. What you need to know about planning a STM, or joining a STM team, and considering the options as part of the Great Commission, from the Good News to good works.

This book is full of anecdotes and advice with informative timelines, and a biblical framework for STMs to help you engage in cross-cultural missions; with viable solutions to common mission issues to make your STM more effective to the glory of God.

Survive and Thrive on your Short-Term Mission!

  • Mission considerations and types of STMs
  • What to do, where to go, with the best methods
  • How to pick a team or choose a STM organization
  • Raising financial support and managing your STM budget
  • Travel kit list, items to buy and what to leave behind
  • Emotional and spiritual work, before, during and at home
  • Security, safety, duty and character, and being streetwise
  • Dealing with social media and disruptive team members
  • Medical advice, obtaining a visa and your plane ticket
  • What to pack, how best to travel and airport etiquette
  • Christian literature, building a home or sinking a bore well
  • Communication, language issues and public speaking
  • Team dynamics, food and drink, the tribe, and social time
  • Working with the locals and being culturally sensitive
  • What to do before and after you return home

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    Book Details
  • 6 x 9 inches (229mm x 152mm)
  • 35 chapters
  • 156 pages
  • ISBN 978-1-907066-49-8 (paperback)
  • ISBN eBook 978-1-907066-50-4 (eBook)
  • eBook available on multiple eReaders
  • Kindle, Kobo, Apple iBook, Nook, etc.

  • Preface
  • Short-Term Missions and the Great Commission
  • To Go or not to Go on a STM
  • Good Stewardship
  • Short-Term Mission Motives
  • The Good News or Good Works
  • Mission Considerations
  • Who to Go With
  • Guidance from Heaven
  • Who Should Go
  • The Dream Team
  • Concerns and Visas
  • Money for your Mission
  • The Cost of the STM your Budget
  • How to Travel with Money
  • Preparation Before you Depart
  • Items to Buy and Consider
  • Go Pack your Bag

  • Preparing for Departure
  • The Arrival
  • Duty and Character
  • Be Streetwise
  • Spend Wisely
  • Security, Wisdom and Safety
  • Look After Yourself
  • Understanding Culture
  • Being Culturally Sensitive
  • Culinary Delights and the Tribe
  • A United Front
  • Communication and Public Speaking
  • Working with the Locals
  • The Labourer is Worthy of his Wages
  • Can you Give Me
  • Expectations and Reality
  • Preparing to Return Home
  • Back at Home

  • About the Author
    Mathew Backholer is the co-founder of ByFaith Media and films and presents the reality mission series ByFaith TV which airs globally on numerous Christian networks. He has been on more than thirty mission trips and has experience: as a team member, a leader and as a host. He has travelled to forty nations of the world and is the author of many books, including: How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission, Extreme Faith: On Fire Christianity and Global Revival: Worldwide Outpourings.