You may think that “short-term missions” (STM) is a term unique to the Christian community but in truth, it is a term that is not foreign to other segments of society. In fact, many use a week of vacation to take advantage of the opportunity to do something to help those in need.
Many high school and college students use summer vacations, spring break and fall break to do mission work. Many people feel so blessed they want a humanitarian opportunity to use their trade skills to donate their gifts and talents to help the less fortunate.
Whatever the reason (and there really is no bad reason) people have their lives changed by a short-term missions experience. If you go with an open mind and a willing heart, we believe it will change your life forever. It certainly changed ours!
The Basics of STM Volunteering
- Your presence alone can brighten the life of a child just by being a loving, smiling face.
- Whether it is teaching, building on the property, playing with the babies, packing food and supplies, putting bandages on scrapes and cuts, there is a place for EVERYONE! You are NEEDED no matter what your skill set.
- You will have an opportunity to experience a different culture and its people.
- You WILL be changed – your world-view, your walk with God, the way you feel about your fellow man, yourself and your priorities!
- While you may never feel the call to be a full-time missionary, you can certainly impact the lives of others on an organized short term mission experience.
Why Short Term Missions?
Many have asked “ Why should I go?” or “What’s the big deal?” as it relates to STM volunteering.
Well, the answer is not a short and simple one.
First and foremost, the essence of the word missions reveals being sent with a message.
We in Christian circles believe we have the best news any man can have to share and that this message of God’s unconditional love is exactly what is needed all over the world.
Many think we are arrogant to believe we have something the world needs, but the truth is, every nation still needs people to share the love of God and His good news!
Many think STM is only for high school kids or college age young people that partly desire to see the world and partly want to aid humanity in some way. While this may be true in part, what we see is an opportunity to change one’s perspective of themselves and the world around them.
Some think only builders and special skilled labor persons are the ones that go and “build stuff” on short term mission experiences. While this is needed, this is not the only purpose. I am always taken by how moved these people are once they get in country and begin to see the sites and meet the people. We try to share the culture and history of the nation with them to give them understanding of their environment. But when they meet the kids…everything changes. Soon, water breaks turn into photo sessions and hugfests. Young boys watch with amazement while these workers use the power tools and you can see in their eyes; they are itching to hammer a nail themselves! It gets in their blood and melts their hearts and it claims a spot that nothing else will occupy.
In short, while relief and support volunteer teams do accomplish much, they seem to always walk away feeling as if they had received far more than they gave. Most return home with a tired body, but renewed spirit. Often a sense of gratitude overwhelms them when they return to their life. Perspectives change and priorities shift. One thing is for sure, the trip will be forever etched in their memory as a highlight of their life.
How much does it cost?
One of our driving passions is to expose as many people to the opportunity of Haiti as possible. In order to do this, we have priced our trips very affordable in comparison to other STM opportunities. The reason for this is simple; we want EVERYONE to have a chance to go on a mission trip! Our weeklong trip is all-inclusive and the cost is $800 plus airfare. Contact us for more information about airfare costs in your area of departure.
*Please note, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due 60 days prior to departure with the balance 30 days prior to departure.