PU 044: Three Mistakes to Avoid in Short-term Missions

Good intentions aren’t always enough in missions. When churches and individuals go on short-term teams to communities in developing countries, they need to think carefully about the messages they send – not just verbally, but also through their actions. In this interview, Steve Corbett shares three mistakes to avoid when participating in short-term missions.

Other topics in this interview include the distinction between relief and development, choosing asset-based development rather than need-based development, and investing missions money wisely.

Steve Corbett is a featured speaker at Summit 2010. He is an Assistant Professor of Community Development at Covenant College and serves as a Distance Learning Trainer for the Chalmers Center. Steve Corbett co-authored When Helping Hurts with Brian Fikkert.

 

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PU 010: Insights from a Short-term Team

An interview with Josh Kienzle on lessons learned from colonialism and taking the posture of a cross-cultural learner.

Josh shares the location and characteristics of Mozambique, with special attention to the community of Mucodza, Mozambique.

Who is the main character of a short-term mission trip? It should be God, not the team. (Mark 10)

God is rewriting the history of Mozambique and the text of our lives. (2 Sam 22:21-25)

Social problems due to colonialism, and social problems due to sin (Romans 12:21)

Short-term teams to Mozambique and other countries

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