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11. August 2009

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Long-Term Effects

I wanted to respond to the letter in the last RP Witness which indicated that we as a denomination (through RP Global Missions) could spend our money better than on short-term missions. I couldn’t disagree more…

I went on one short-term mission team in 2001.  As a result, I moved to Scotland to help the Airdrie RP Church and have lived and worked here for over 8 years. Every summer, our church receives a short-term missions team and has done so for over 10 years.…The cumulative effect has resulted in many of our young people staying in the church rather than leaving; becoming saved rather than giving up on the church; going on mission teams themselves; being interested in long-term missions as a career; and ministering to those in the church who are younger than themselves. Not to mention those in the community who have been visited by a mission team member, then followed up by a church member, and eventually become a member of the church.  Or those who have gone on a short-term team and ended up moving to that place to serve (myself included)—Heather Huizing, Jenny Baumgardner, Rob and Jess Edgar, and others.…

It is dead-on that our young people ought to serve in their own churches, but it is my own experience and that of many, many others I have met over the last 10 years that there is nothing like a short-term team to enthuse, inspire, and refuel our young people to be excited about their own home ...

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