Before you Go – Preparation For Short-Term Mission
by Howard Erickson
This COMPLETELY revised (2009) resource is written by a person that has been involved in about 30 Short-term missions overseas trips. It is primarily for those who will be organizing or leading the trip however everyone will gain from reading this book. This manual has great tips on making travel arrangements, communicating with host missionaries, and packing for the trip.
This 120 page manual summarizes experience gained by years of travel on short term-missions teams, and professional photography.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Laying The Foundation
Chapter 3 The Biblical Basis For Missions
Chapter 4 Who Is a Missionary?
Chapter 5 Why, Where & What
Chapter 6 Before & After
Chapter 7 Expectations & Potential Lessons
Chapter 8 Travel Planning & Preparation
Chapter 9 Practical Suggestions for Raising Support
Chapter 10 Trip Tips & General Conduct
Chapter 11 Travel Safety
Chapter 12 Avoiding Jet Lag
Chapter 13 Ready, Set, Go
Chapter 14 Airports, Security & Customs
Chapter 15 Remembering What Happened
Chapter 16 Presenting Your Trip Visually
Chapter 17 Keeping The Memories Fresh
Chapter 18 Staying In Touch
Chapter 19 The Ministry of Prayer
Chapter 20 The Beginning & The End
Appendix 1 Standards of Excellence in Short-Term
Appendix 2 Ten ways to ruin short-term mission
Appendix 3 Missions Trip Policy Agreement
Appendix 4 How To Pray For Missionaries
Appendix 5 Top 10 Video Shooting Tips
It contains very practical information to help prepare for and conduct a successful short term trip. It also includes a great section on how to communicate the value of the trip to friends and supporters through media.
TAKEN FROM THE INTRODUCTION:
The burden developed on that trip did not lead me into service for the Lord overseas. Rather, it
impressed upon me the fact that I had little clear knowledge and understanding of what missions
really meant — the how, what and why of being a missionary. I realized that others in the States
were in the same situation. What could I do to help elevate the awareness of Christians who needed
to become more involved?
Before You Go is designed to save time and effort for beginners and pros alike.
Published by Deeper Roots Publications
DRP Price: $11.95