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The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip

By David Forward (Author)
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Many are turning to short-term mission trips as a way to fulfill the Great Commission. In this indispensable handbook, David Forward helps prepare leaders and team members for the mission field. You'll get the whole story on practical subjects like cultural sensitivity, raising financial support, and clearing customs. Before you pack your bags, find out what lies ahead with this complete guide. If a short-term mission is in your future-whether you're a church officer, a team leader or a trip participant-this essential, step-by-step guidebook is a must. David Forward, a veteran of short-term missions, covers all the details you will need to avoid likely pitfalls and help ensure a rewarding and memorable missions experience. If you're wondering about the value of short-term missions: You'll appreciate the inspiring, biblically-based perspective that can motivate you to serve others with the love God has given you to share. If you need a comprehensive planning guide to lead a group: You'll learn to rely on the practical, logical plan that includes important points on how to get started, raise funds, build your mission team, make travel arrangement and get the most from the trip itself. A valuable appendix includes sample forms, checklists, and other resources for planning the trip. If you're already preparing to experience another culture for the first time: You'll want to turn right away to the helpful resource tips, including what to take and how best to keep a journal. The lists of important phone numbers for U.S. government and missions agencies, alone, would take hours to research. "This book fills a needed gap in helping to prepare and train teams. It helps keep them productive for the Kingdom while focusing on their mission." -Greg Parsons, Executive Director, US Center for World Mission "This is an outstandingly practical and NEW resource for short-term mission teams. It will motivate and prepare them for the trips that they are about to embark upon. The book is very practical and the anecdotes add so much to make it come alive." -Carolyn Koons, Executive Director, Institute for Outreach Ministries, Azuza Pacific University David Forward is an accomplished writer and popular public speaker who regularly consults with and conducts seminars for church leaders on how to successfully organize mission trips. A transplanted Englishman, he has led more than a dozen work teams to Romania, where he helped to build a Christian clinic

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'Go into all the world and make disciples' Shortly before He ascended into heaven, Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, and to all His followers thereafter. While people vary in their personal application of this command, many people are becoming part of the increasingly growing short-term mission trips. In The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip, David Forward helps prepare leaders and members on the team for their experience as volunteers for the cause of Christ. He covers all sorts of topics, including: Cultural Sensitivity Raising Financial Support Choosing a Team Pre-trip Team Meetings What to Bring Clearing Customs After-trip DebriefingFulfilling the Great Commission on a short-term mission trip is both exciting and challenging. Be prepared with this complete guide.

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Studio: Moody Publishers
Pages   227
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Spiral Bound
Release Date   Jan 12, 1998
Publisher   MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN  0802425267  
ISBN13  9780802425263  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! DAVID C. FORWARD is an accomplished writer and popular public speaker who regularly consults with and conducts seminars for church leaders on how to successfully organize mission trips. A transplanted Englishman, he has led more than a dozen work teams to Romania, where he helped to build a Christian clinic and orphanage. He has also led teams to the Dominican Republic and Lebanon. Today he serves as president of the International Children's Aid Foundation.

David has written five books including "Tales from the Trenches, Sales SuperStars," and "The Essential Guide to Short-Term Mission Trips." He is the senior contributing editor for "Airways" magazine and publishes two to three magazine articles each month in international journals.

In addition to his writing, David is a pilot. He lives in southern New Jersey with his wife and son.

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Excellent practical tips  Aug 3, 2006
Covers all the basic with very practical tips. Every leader of a short term missions trip should read this book. I highly recommend it for new leaders as well as seasoned leaders.
AWESOME BOOK  Sep 27, 2005
This is a must read for any first time short term missionary. It prepares you for trips from 1 week to 1 year.
For Missions Team Leaders  Jul 20, 2003
Maybe you are a missions pastor teaching a class on short-term missions and are looking for a textbook, or you are leading a team overseas. You might be going on your first trip and want to know how to approach the whole matter.

"The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip" by David C. Forward explains with examples the sorts of things which those in missions leadership at a church should be thinking about.

The points made in this book could avert disasters. What good is spending a lot of money to go overseas only to find you've no idea what you've got yourself into? While it is true that having a flexible personality is key to any missions effort, it is also a good idea to prepare when possible.

Some readers may cringe at the strategic sensibility of David Forward. "The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip" is all about practical thinking. St. Paul prepared practically for his trips. He knew where he was going, how long it would take, and how much food to being along. Forward helps think like Paul.

Noting that many going on the trip may be first time short-termers, or first time airplane riders, he discusses travel tips. For example, bring a spare pair of glasses, remember to bring a list of people you intend to write (Like your supporters), and how to deal with lost luggage. He even outlines how to run a team meeting, with suggestions for topics.

He spends time on the complex matter of money, and how support should be raised, and what a church's financial involvement should be. He is not dogmatic, but points out the pro's and con's of the various positions.

Forward's missions experience has taken him primarily from Britain to Romania, with stopovers in Budapest. He cites from this experiences fluently, and helps the reader see how the essentials in this guide can be applied. He gives anecdotes about cultural sensitivity, like how in Romania, the real Dracula is considered a national hero for reasons other than what Bram Stoker's novel talks about. Jokes, Forward writes, about the morbid side of Dracula are unappreciated by locals.

The appendices are useful, helping the reader think through the incidentals. Some things, like having calling card codes and travel insurance numbers with you, should not be overlooked.

I fully recommend this excellent tool for preparing a team for short-term missions. For a solid text helping the sender church, see "Serving as Senders" by Neal Pirolo.

Anthony Trendl

A FABULOUS Resource!  Jun 16, 2000
This is the best book ever written on short term missions. It helped me organize our teams and we gave one copy to each team member for their own planning. It covers the spiritual basis and logistical requirements, it tells us about mistakes others have made so we can focus in being true missionaries.
This book is a valuable tool for first-time trip planners!  Jun 3, 1999
In writting "The Essential Guide to the Short Term Mission Trip," David C. Forward has generously provided first-time trip planners with a comprehensive and detail-filled resource. I would recommend it to any congregation that is looking for a "manual" that will get them started and see them through their first trip.

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