Many of you probably already read the wildly popular blog, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary. Others of you should surely check it out — but not ALL of you. TVWM‘s popularity is due, in my opinion, to unabashed honesty and in-your-face transparency, which is refreshing to many of us. But candid writing of this sort surely is polarizing. So some of you will not like Jamie’s blog.
All of that said, Jamie, a long-term missionary in Costa Rica, has been writing a fair amount lately about short-term missions (a topic which can also be somewhat polarizing). For a taste, read Hugs for Jesus, which is a snapshot of what I consider to be short-term missions at its worst.
As you might suspect, I often find myself thinking about mission strategies, both long- and short-term. And I sometimes — should you catch me in a mood – complain that I’m in favor of doing away with short-term missions. Continue reading