Championing short-term international mission trips has unquestionably been one of the best things I have ever done in my life, both as a father and as a pastor.
Short-term international mission trips have sparked more spiritual growth in the hearts of people at the church I serve than everything we have ever tried to do combined.
When people ask why I think CCV has grown so rapidly and impacted our community so deeply, I always tell them I think it’s because God has blessed two things:
- We’ve committed ourselves to do whatever it takes to reach people far from God.
- We’ve thrown ourselves into international missions.
There are missionaries who have deftly pointed out the pitfalls and perils of sending Americans abroad to do short-term mission work. Yet, even when you consider these valid critiques, I still believe the positives far outweigh the negatives. [Read more...]