Missionary travel and mission trips have been a part of Christianity from the start. Back then, travel was hard and required a major commitment of time and energy. Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, global travel has become faster and easier. This has made “missions” more accessible, not only to the missionary, but also to those who want to visit the mission field to learn, encourage and participate in what we call “short-term missions.” This movement, which began in the 1960’s, has experienced exponential growth and some estimate that nearly 2 million Americans participate annually in some kind of domestic or foreign trip.
If you do the math, you can see that a ton of money is spent on mission trips and we must ask the question…is it worth it? Do these trips have an impact and can we justify the expense? In fact, many well meaning efforts have back-fired and caused more harm than good—leading to books being written like “Toxic Charity” or “When Helping Hurts.”
At DiscipleTrips, we believe that mission trips can be a valuable and a legitimate investment in the Kingdom… when done right! Even with modern technology and the internet, planning trips is not easy! Finding a location, arranging travel all the other logistics can seem overwhelming. At DiscipleTrips, we have decades of experience planning healthy mission experiences… taking PEOPLE we train & prepare to PLACES where they are useful to the mission effort and help accomplish the goal of world evangelism. “Trips made easy, Missions done right” is a sobering phrase that expresses our humble PURPOSE to engage people in missions and to see the Kingdom grow!