Mack  Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions, By J. Mack Stiles and Leeann Stiles

Mack & Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions

by J. Mack Stiles and Leeann Stiles

Mack & Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions
  • Length: 186 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: August 10, 2000
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 2269
  • ISBN: 9780830822690

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Today the world is as close as an airplane flight. Thousands take advantage of this, going for short visits to other countries to be more involved in God's worldwide mission.

How can you prepare for such a trip? What are the hazards to avoid and the opportunities to embrace? Here is field-tested advice you should not leave home without!

Mack and Leeann Stiles are veteran leaders of more than a dozen two-month mission trips that have taken them around the globe. Their practical advice, hard-won lessons and hilarious stories will help you know what to expect as you get ready to see God in action in new ways.

This book offers you the keys to

  • establishing partnerships with sending churches
  • learning from your hosts in the countries you visit
  • becoming a culturally sensitive person
  • overcoming the shortcomings of short-term missions
  • growing a servant spirit
  • learning to trust God, your hosts and yourself
  • facing injustice with realism and compassion
  • speaking about Jesus in a way that makes sense in a new culture
  • dealing with reentry culture shock when you get back home

Short mission trips can put feet on your knowledge of God and give you a God-sized picture of the world. In the process of going you will grow, and even though you may feel inadequate or scared, you will also give much to those you go to.

"This excellent book makes short-term missions a possibility for everyday Christians. Yet it has not avoided problem areas, and so brings a realistic and honest perspective to this exploding movement. The biblical illustrations and [the Stiles's] personal stories from their wide experience means this is a must-read book for everyone going overseas."

John Kyle, senior vice president, Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies


1. The Risky Adventure
2. The First Journey: From Head to Heart
3. Abraham's Math Lesson: A Missions Mindset
4. Models for Modern Short Terms
5. Short Terms with a Long-term View
6. Extra! Would-Be Missionary Becomes Headhunter!
7. A God for all the Potatoes
8. Kenyan House-Help
9. Questions of Trust
10. Culture Shock!
11. Redlining
12. Scars
13. Headlines from Mombasa
14. Partnerships: Back Home On Site
15. Pith Helmets Modern Missionaries
16. Unnecessary Risks?
17. Oh, the Places You Will Go: Families On Short Terms
18. Home Sweet Home? Reentry

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J. Mack Stiles

Mack Stiles is CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked for many years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Speaking of Jesus and coauthor with his wife of Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions.

Leeann Stiles

Stiles is a pharmacist based in Lexington, Kentucky. With her husband, Mack, she has codirected more than a dozen short-term mission trips in Kenya, the Middle East and Central America.