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Making a Difference in a Globalized World: Short-term Missions That Work

Making a Difference in a Globalized World: Short-term Missions That Work


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Every year, an estimated 1.6 million Americans participate in short-term mission trips, spending over one billion dollars-figures that have increased exponentially in the last two decades. About one third of U.S. congregations sponsor such trips each year. While they are referred to as "mission" trips, many trips focus not on conversion or evangelism, but on service projects-building a playground, providing medical care, or serving free meals to the poor. Short-term mission participants have a genuine desire to transform conditions of poverty, yet they don't always know how to go about it; many people involved in short-term mission work virtually reinvent the wheel when they design and plan their service projects.

Making a Difference in a Globalized World: Short-term Missions that Work is a guide to leaders of such trips. The book presents clear insight and research from anthropologists and development professionals, and encourages individuals to lead mission trips that make a greater impact on the communities that they are serving.

The text provides:
·a framework for planning short-term mission trips;
·foundation for planning;
·personal anecdotes and case studies;
·and practical suggestions for volunteer opportunities.

This handbook is a vital resource for any potential mission volunteers or organizers.

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ISBN-13: 9781566994439
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laurie A. Occhipinti, PhD, is professor in the Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Earth Science at Clarion University. She is the author of Acting on Faith: Economic Development in Indigenous Communities in Northern Argentina.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Recounting mission trips
Chapter 2: Cultural Encounters
Chapter 3: Poverty and economic development
Chapter 4: Bringing Religion In
Chapter 5: Getting Practical
Chapter 6: Seeing the Big Picture
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