Item description for Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions by J. Mack Stiles & Leeann Stiles...
Overview How can you and your team prepare for a short-term missions trip? These veteran leaders of trips all over the globe share field-tested advice nobody should go without. You'll find practical tips, hard-won lessons, and hilarious stories about learning to trust God, your hosts, and yourself; growing a servant spirit; dealing with re-entry; and more.
Publishers Description Today the world is as close as an airplane flight. Thousands take advantage of this, going for short visits to other countries to be more involved in God's worldwide mission. How can you prepare for such a trip? What are the hazards to avoid and the opportunities to embrace? Here is field-tested advice you should not leave home without Mack and Leeann Stiles are veteran leaders of more than a dozen two-month mission trips that have taken them around the globe. Their practical advice, hard-won lessons and hilarious stories will help you know what to expect as you get ready to see God in action in new ways. This book offers you the keys to establishing partnerships with sending churches learning from your hosts in the countries you visit becoming a culturally sensitive person overcoming the shortcomings of short-term missions growing a servant spirit learning to trust God, your hosts and yourself facing injustice with realism and compassion speaking about Jesus in a way that makes sense in a new culture dealing with reentry culture shock when you get back home Short mission trips can put feet on your knowledge of God and give you a God-sized picture of the world. In the process of going you will grow, and even though you may feel inadequate or scared, you will also give much to those you go to.
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J. Mack Stiles is CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked for many years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Marks of the Messenger and Speaking of Jesus.
J. Mack Stiles currently resides in the state of Kentucky. J. Mack Stiles was born in 1956.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mack & Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions?
Excellent book for team preparation May 17, 2004
I have gone thru many STM trainings and book readings. This is the best book I've read and it's an excellent resource for both the goer and trainer, it's captured all the important element for the team and individual success. It's very easy to read, with lots of practical advices, and the author always use real world stories to get to his point. I really love this book and I cannot put it down until I finished it at 3am.
This is it Jul 29, 2003
If you're interested in a book about short-term missions that is to the point in an easy reading style, this is the book for you. This book is written by a couple that has been leading short-term mission trips for many years. They've seen it all. The chapters are short and cover the "stuff" you need to know;practical advice in a spiritual context.
Stands out in the crowd of Short Term Missions literature Apr 18, 2001
Mack and Leeann's guide is definitely a valuable addition to the newly emerging flood of books about Short Term Missions. What makes their contribution distinct is their understanding of Short Terms as a valuable part of God's mission to the world, rather than simply as a "farm league" for potential long-term missionaries, or as a way to envigorate a stagnant youth group. STM's are more than light entertainment for bored high-school students, and Mack and Leeann communicate this effectively and practically in this concise and readable guide. Chapter after chapter contain stories from their own experiences which also make this book unique.
A Must for any trip Mar 1, 2001
Having been on a short-term trip, I wish I had read this book before I went. It rings true.
Mack and Leeann have learned a LOT over the years about the beauties and pitfalls of short-term trips. This book is wonderful.
It's not a "what to pack" kind of book. Those are a dime a dozen. Instead, it digs much deeper -- into the theology/philosophy of short-term trips, how to prepare spiritually and how to return well, etc.
Perhaps most valuable is their culture-crossing advice. So much of the success and impact of a short-term trip depends upon one's ability to cross cultures, deal with culture shock, build trust, stretch yourself, and then return well. The advice here is priceless in this regard.
If you are going, read this book. If someone you love is going, read this book. If you are leading a trip, read this book and then make everyone you're taking read this book. It will save you so much trouble and may be the difference between an okay trip and an amazing trip.
Let's hear it for the short-termers! Dec 8, 2000
This book presents the basic principles of short term missions, shows how to develop critical cross-cultural skills, and addresses specific needs short termers experience. The pages overflow with foundational scriptures and true stories from short termers who have traveled with the authors during a dozen two-month mission trips to Africa, the Middle East and Central America. The experiences presented are realistic, sometimes humorous, and often life-changing. Short term missionaries are changing the world. This book will challenge you to consider the opportunities available for a short term mission trip. This is a great text for a small group study. It's fast paced, has short chapters, and is appropriate for high school students as well as adults. Highly recommended for mission minded individuals and congregations.