Short-Term vs. Long-Term Mission Trips: The Best Option for You

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Embarking on a mission trips across the globe is one of the best ways to spread the Gospel while lending a helping hand to those in need. If you’ve decided to commit yourself to a mission’s opportunity, the journey that awaits you will no doubt bring you a lifetime of gratitude, transformation, spiritual growth and memories you’ll cherish forever – especially during one of Healing Haiti’s mission’s trips to Cite Soleil.

Long vs Short-Term Missions

While you may be ready to help and are prepared both physically and mentally for the journey ahead, perhaps you have some questions regarding how much time you’re ready/able to dedicate to sharing your faith and building Christ-centered relationships. If you’re debating between assisting on a short-term or long-term mission trip, here are three things to consider before finalizing your decision.

1. Financial Investment
God has called upon us to enrich the lives of others through evangelism and discipleship and one of the best ways to do so is through missionary work. Unfortunately, your finances may be the one barrier hindering your ability to fully commit yourself to a longer-term mission. While it may seem that a short-term mission is an ideal choice for the financially conscientious, shorter-term missions can often be more expensive. This is because it isn’t as economical to send a handful of people to a developing country for only a short period at the same cost in plane tickets and expenses.

If you’re looking to make a financially sound investment, a long-term missions trip may be best suited for you. You won’t spend money on a plane ticket only to have to board another plane ride back home a few weeks later.

2. Time Dedication
Any mission trip that lasts longer than one year is considered a long-term commitment. If you’re someone who wants to help but isn’t quite sure you have the resources or time to commit to longer periods of time, one of the major benefits of short-term mission trips is the ability to make an impact without necessitating a long stay abroad. If your employer disallows long breaks in work, you aren’t able to find a long-term sponsor, or if you have a need to stay at home throughout the year, you can still take pride in knowing your trip will make a difference despite the number of days you’re aiding.

If want to fully indulge in the culture of the land you’ll be experiencing, consider signing up for a long-term mission. You won’t be able to learn a new language, understand cultural differences and solidify your broadening perspective all within a matter of weeks. While any form of help is better than not taking initiative at all, accompanying a long-term mission is best when you’re able to adequately dedicate time to the cause.
3. Degree of Impact
One of the greatest benefits of long-term mission trips is the degree to which your accomplishments can be made. A longer trip equates to more time sharing your faith, encouraging redemptive conversations and aiding those in need. The results are substantial when you can dedicate longer durations of time to your mission.

Don’t be entirely discouraged by short-term mission trips if you’re aiming to make a lasting effect in a foreign community or country. Any time you’re guided by the calling of God to carry out a meaningful mission, you’ve already accomplished to show your obedience and firmness in faith. While you may not be able to spend years on end on the mission’s field, you’ll inarguably bring about greater awareness and understanding to those who need to experience the heart of God even in your short but meaningful stay.

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Both long-term and short-term missions can be impactful and provide a lifetime of difference both within yourself and for those in the community who you’re able to touch. Whether you embark on a journey that lasts a month or a few years, your commitment and follow-through towards God’s calling is what ultimately matters.