Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence

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Your passport to learning how short-term missions can best serve Christ's kingdom

Short-term mission trips are a great way to impact the kingdom. Yet they can lack effectiveness because of mistakes or naiveté on the part of participants. In this insightful book, David A. Livermore calls us to serve with our eyes open to global and cultural realities so we can become more effective cross-cultural ministers. Winner of an Outreach Resource of the...
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Your passport to learning how short-term missions can best serve Christ's kingdom

Short-term mission trips are a great way to impact the kingdom. Yet they can lack effectiveness because of mistakes or naiveté on the part of participants. In this insightful book, David A. Livermore calls us to serve with our eyes open to global and cultural realities so we can become more effective cross-cultural ministers. Winner of an Outreach Resource of the Year Award in global outreach from Outreach magazine, Serving with Eyes Wide Open is a must-have book for anyone doing a short-term mission or service project, whether domestic or overseas. Now updated throughout to reflect the changing mission field.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801066160
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Livermore is a thought leader in short-term missions, cultural intelligence (CQ), and global leadership; president of the Cultural Intelligence Center; and author of Cultural Intelligence: Improving your CQ to Engage our Multicultural World.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Paul Borthwick 7

Preface 9

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction 13

Part 1 Looking through a Wide-Angle Lens: Globalization and the Church

1 One World: Snapshots of the Globe 21

2 One Church: The Changing Face of Christianity 33

Part 2 Conflicting Images: The North American Perspective versus the Majority World Church Perspective on Short-Term Missions

3 Motivation: "Missions Should Be Fun!" 47

4 Urgency: "Just Do It!" 59

5 Common Ground: "They Don't Fly Planes in India When It Rains" 67

6 The Bible: "Just Stick to the Bible and You Can't Go Wrong!" 77

7 Money: "They're So Happy" 89

8 Simplicity: "You're Either for Us or against Us!" 99

Part 3 Sharpening Our Focus and Service with Cultural Intelligence (CQ)

9 Try, Try Again: CQ Drive 113

10 Seek to Understand: CQ Knowledge 125

11 On Second Thought: CQ Strategy 141

12 Actions Speak Louder than Words: CQ Action 153

13 The Heart of the Matter: Shema 163

Appendix: Recommended Resources 179

Notes 183

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    I have been on several trips and read several books on this topi

    I have been on several trips and read several books on this topic and this one is my favorite.  I also work with a non-profit organization that serves a third world country.  I can sadly say that the illustrations in this book outline what I have seen in missionaries, both short term and long term.  The research is solid and the book is well laid out.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have used it in training people to go on trips.  Further, I have given this book to several people as a gift.  Wisdom is the first step to making a difference and Mr. Livermore provides us with wisdom through this book.  

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Excellent Read

    I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in missions. It is truly eye opening with various stats and examples of just how much 'an island' we in the Western world can be when it comes to knowing and caring about the world.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Highly Recommended- Must read if you plan on going on a missions trip

    I have read several books on the subject of foreign missions and this one hands down is the best. Dave shares his personal experiences and teaches principles by telling stories- not just do's and dont's. I appreciate the balanced approach in his thinking and know everyone who plans a trip will appreciate his insight. I would say this is a must read for anyone wanting to effectively serve others in a culture not their own.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    A must read for those doing short-term mission trips

    Livermore does a great job dealing with the conflicting images that Americans have as opposed to Nationals regarding the purpose of short-term mission trips. He challenges the reader to develop Cultural Intelligence to sharpen their focus as they serve others. My favorite thought from Livermore: "Don't go running oversees to do something you aren't already doing in your own neighborhood."

    If you are leading or doing short-term mission trips, you and your team should read this!

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