Well… for me it’s been the calm before the storm. Perhaps a bit less so for Liz. Let me explain…
This week we were given this beautiful bouquet of deep purple lilacs by our neighbours across the lane. They had no idea that:
a) this is my favourite shade of lilac,
b) lilacs are SUCH a reminder of home, or
c) that our spirits could’ve used the boost that comes with the smell of lilacs filling the room!
With our departure only 3 weeks away… we were a little bit in panic mode this week. But before I get to “panic” let me just talk “purple”…
In less than one month, we’ll be back in North America. It seems a bit surreal and now that we’re under the 1-month mark… things are kicking into a new gear…. somewhere between two -ICs:
pan-ic … 🙂
I’ll get to some of the preparations… but let me tell you about week T-minus-4:
If today’s feature image looks familiar, it’s because you saw it just a couple of weeks ago when I shared with you the “You can do it!” blooper reel. I pulled it out again today because I’m going to show you the full video Continue reading
Someone recently asked me what the goal or purpose was of short-term missions in general.
If you were to check the website of a dozen sending organizations, you’d likely see a variety of uniquely worded statements, but the goal of STM is essentially three-fold. Organizations will focus on one or more of these three aspects, to various extents or in various combinations.
- STM assists missions’ staff and overseas churches to spread the Gospel.
- STM provides participants with excellent training & personal growth opportunities.
- STM constitutes a recruitment funnel for sending organizations.
I was recently asked about how I brought up the subject of STM involvement with my pastor. It was a good question, here’s how it happened for us.
You are well on your way to taking part in your upcoming Short-Term Missions trip.
- You know where you’re going
- You’ve created communication tools
- You’re aware of possible pitfalls and
- You know how to publicly thank your financial partners
One of the next things you need to focus on is preparing yourself spiritually for your time away. You can begin, now, to build habits that no one will see but which could have a huge impact on you when you arrive on location.
I was recently asked a question and thought that the answer might benefit others who find themselves confident that God is calling them to short-term missions involvement, but they’re perhaps not yet quite sure where.
I’m applying for short-term missions. Do I indicate the country that I’m feeling or is there only a list of certain countries that the organization is recruiting for?
Hi there! Thanks for coming back to catch this last post in the Over & Above series. Today I’m going to tell you about the great family-building moments provided by our temporary stay in the country. Continue reading