4 Reasons Why Short Term Missions is Worth the Cost

In the next few months, we'll likely see another summer surge of short term mission trips. I think that's a good thing. I've even got some money where my mouth is. So, why would I, or should you give your hard earned money to a short term mission trip? 4 Reasons Why I Support Short Term Missions 1. It positively impacts the short term missionary. I can't say for certain, but one of the … [Read more...]

Why Every Missionary Needs a Kindle or Nook

Alright, I know we ought to differentiate between needs and wants, and I'm sure a Kindle or Nook doesn't technically fall under the category of need, but they are very, very nice to have - especially for missionaries. ** The Kindle may be better for people who live overseas.  To get books on your Nook if live overseas you'll need to do one of two things.  Either you must 'root' your Nook and … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Deal With a Declining US Dollar

In the cover article of the April 2011 issue of the Sound Mind Investing Newsletter, Austin Pryor shared stats that indicated that the US Dollar has fallen 14% (when compared to some of the major currencies) since the end of April 2009. You’d think that as a missionary who is paid in US funds I would have already known that, but I guess the PNG Kina hasn’t been hit as hard or I’ve been ignorant … [Read more...]

Money and Missions | Does Money Help or Hinder?

In 2004, I wrote a 28 page term paper on the topic of missions and money. Don’t worry, I’ll spare you all the dry details. Today I’m just going to raise this issue, and in the future we may spend time addressing some of the possible solutions. + Quoting from my own words: In the fulfillment of the Great Commission, there is an unalterable relationship between missionary work and … [Read more...]

How To Buy Missionary Health Insurance

Moving overseas, living on a minister's salary, and shopping for missionary health insurance is a brave new world.  There are policy limitations, exclusions, and benefits that are not typically part of Stateside insurance options.  This post will focus on introducing you to the elements that are unique to purchasing and shopping for international missionary health insurance.  While this post … [Read more...]

11 Missionary Care Package Ideas

Missionaries live with their feet firmly planted on two plots of ground. Most people don’t realize how much missionaries become attached to the countries where they work.  In fact, missionaries change and begin to share the values and worldview of their host country.  The host country starts to feel normal, and sometimes even more normal than their home country. Nevertheless, no matter how long … [Read more...]

Short Term Missions Handbook

Over the last few months my wife and I have spent our evenings huddled around our laptops. Earlier this year we were talking about some of our short term missions experiences.  Somehow by the end the conversation we decided we would co-authoring a book written specifically for short term missionaries. The book walks you through all of the important stages of mission trip planning – pre-trip … [Read more...]

Impact of the Declining Dollar on Missionaries

Last week I introduced 5 ways to respond to a weak dollar.  In that post I mentioned that you need to identify your exposure to the risk of the declining dollar.  For many people, shifts in the value of the dollar make little difference in their day to day living. One group of people who are especially susceptible to to a declining US dollar are missionaries who are supported by churches or … [Read more...]