This past Spring, a note of thanks was expressed to all volunteers who register and serve alongside IM global servants in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Did you know that short-term mission volunteers have been serving croci-culturally for over fifty years? Did you know that close to 1,000 volunteers registered with IM to go on short-term mission opportunities in 2018? As of early August 2019, over 850 volunteers registered with the STM office and close to 80 teams received pre-trip orientations, to help prepare them for their journeys. The process of going from the comfort of one’s home in the US to foreign nations on short-term mission assignments is covered in prayers. There is a tremendous amount of planning by the volunteers and all who accompany them (emotionally, spiritually and physically); from their sending churches, sending agency to the hosts. One important key component often not spoken about, is the fact that volunteers must process a background check as part of the registration process with STM. https://www.ministryopportunities.org/Details.aspx?oid=19161 In light of sensitive ministries and areas volunteers will be serving in, the background checks protect all concerned. It has become more and more important to be cleared before serving on short-term mission trips.
Anyone hearing God’s call, nudge and/or whisper to serve on short-term mission opportunities and who registers with STM, is accompanied by over 75 years of knowledge and skills. Teams and volunteers are encouraged to take advantage of the pre-trip orientation sessions we can offer (via Zoom, conference call or in person) utilizing “Going with God” manual written by Rev.Ann E.C. Borquist, as a primary tool. The STM team facilitates post-trip de-briefings with volunteers, provide medical evacuation and repatriation insurance, articles and video linked resources to address cross-cultural understanding and prayers. The STM team has in its midst, retired long-term missionaries (Asia & Caribbean) serving as Special Assistants, a part-time administrator with short-term mission experiences in Africa and Asia, four special special assistants from Great Rivers, MI, West Virginia and NY with extensive team leadership mission experiences, Special Assistants to specific Area Directors, from various ABC regions, with yearly missional team leadership, an MK who has lived in Africa, Europe and Americas and led short-term missions for decades in the US and abroad. All volunteer their time except for one full time IM Staff and one very part time Administrative Assistant.
If you hear God’s call to go and serve throughout the nations, reached and unreached people and tribes, do contact the STM team at email@example.com or call 610-768-2168. We will be happy to answer your questions, discern with you the call to serve, help you with the registration paperwork and more. We are blessed to share in the ministry of presence with you, following the 7 standards of excellence. It is a code of best practice for short-term mission sending agencies put together by SOE, Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission accreditation agency (www.soe.org) God weaves us all together for Kingdom building.