Last week I discovered a local blogger had articulated his views and responses regarding the South Africa mission trip I wrote about in May. He did a creditable job in detailing more thoroughly some of my presented material dealing with the problems these short-term mission trips present. In his views, he suggests the mother’s letter to the editor may have complicated the issue, especially with regard to her participating son/daughter.
My column was not submitted to discredit this particular church, but to point out these types of short-term mission trips do more for the participant than the people on the other end. In light of all of the evidence these trips do more harm than good, long-term, I’ve suggested this church present an op-ed regarding their views.
Unfortunately, in Alaska, we’re often more comfortable dealing with issues on the other side of the world rather than providing caring Christian services to those in our own neighborhoods. It is my hope these articles on missions will bring missionary activities into clearer focus here in Alaska.