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Heading for a Mission Trip? Stop and Consider …

More and more schools are getting involved in “mission trips.” I applaud the initiatives in many way, but more and more research is suggesting there are serious flaws with the one- or two-week “mission project.” Haiti is currently in the news, and I don’t doubt that some of our schools will take the opportunity to take on projects. May I suggest that any school that takes on a “mission project” first call it a “cross-cultural partnership project,” and then take some time to have the leadership immerse themselves in the opportunities and pitfalls of something that at first glance might seem so right!

Now to the book and website reviews. Three Cups of Tea is the real-life story of Greg Mortenson, an American, raised in Africa. [This is only part of the article. Want to read more? Subscribe to the website by choosing "Register" from the menu above. It's free!]