You won’t see any updates on Provident Planning for the next week and a half because my wife and I will be leaving early Sunday morning for a short-term mission trip in Saint Marc, Haiti. We’re going with a small group from another church to build a duplex in Saint Marc’s 5th Section – the poorest part of that area. The people who live there mostly live in mud houses, which don’t last very long when the hurricanes come through. We’ll be building a concrete block home that will last through the rain.
This trip was planned well before the earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, but we’ll still be able to make it work with a small change in plans. Instead of flying into Port-au-Prince, we’ll be flying into Santo Domingo (in the Dominican Republic) and driving to Saint Marc. While the people in Port-au-Prince desperately need help right now, the outlying areas may be neglected as the focus goes on to the capital city. Our small team is not experienced enough to deal with the work that needs to be done in Port-au-Prince. But we are ready and able to help with the project planned in Saint Marc, so that’s what we’re doing.
Please pray that we’ll be a blessing to the people in Haiti, that they will be a blessing to us, that God will open our hearts to their needs and enable us to share His love, and for the protection of our team. Continue to pray for the people in and around Port-au-Prince as well – the recovery process will be long and difficult.
What Do You Think of Short-term Missions?
As I was considering this trip, I began to wonder about the effectiveness and efficiency of short-term missions. I found a helpful article at GotQuestions.org that laid out some pros and cons of short-term mission trips. But what do you think? Are such trips a good use of the money God has given us? Are they beneficial for those who go and for those in the areas served? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!