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Rethinking the $3,000 Missions Trip
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Rethinking the $3,000 Missions Trip

When I learned that kids in my city couldn't swim, I started to rethink how much I'd invested in overseas missions.

Painfully thin for his age, Martin shivered uncontrollably by the side of the city swimming pool. He held his sides in a futile effort to keep warm. I was puzzled. A rare June heat wave had swept through Knoxville, and the temperature was pushing ...

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Vic Christian

July 23, 2013  2:33pm

Good article - but you are really stretching when you quote that verse in Jeremiah.

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Grady Walton

July 23, 2013  1:00pm

It seems good that churches start thinking about this topic. Let’s face it; going on a short-term mission trip can be adventurous. Add the fact that it’s for a good cause, and you have a recipe for a thriving industry. Perhaps congregants with limited resources should focus on serving where the need is greatest. I’ve heard missionaries say that things are much worse in many places around the globe than they are in the poorest parts of America. That is not an excuse to turn our backs on local needs. I think we can help in both places. But we need to examine our hearts to make sure our motives to go on a short-term mission are not for the sake of adventure. If we want adventure, we can sign up for a trip through REI.

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