Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions
author Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
All missionaries and short-term missionaries should read the full edition of When Helping Hurts, but since it may be lengthy for a short-term context, this resource is a highly recommended book study for short-term missions training to use with a group heading out on a short-term trip. This study comes with some online video clips that can be watched together or can be watched before a short-term mission team comes together for training. The participant’s guide is a format that is easily studied, and a group leader can assign some “homework” if desired so that the mission team can discuss when they are assembled together. One of the strengths of this study is that there is a unit (chapter) entitled “On the Ground”, and each participant can use this as a journal to record their experiences during the trip. In typical Corbett and Fikkert fashion, the book would not be complete without a debriefing component, and they have not failed to provide an excellent unit that leads the trip participant to reflect on experiences and make assessments that come during the re-entry phase or the “back to life” stage. While very extensive in nature, the study is easily adaptable for groups of all sizes and for groups coming from all stages of life. It would not require a teacher for the class, but rather, a facilitator will serve just fine. Although many short-term trips and short-term opportunities come under fire for not being worth their time and financial resources, most would still agree that as long as short-term missions are done well, they can still add value to the process of discovering God’s will for one’s life in the area of missions. Certainly, this resource is a valuable tool in seeking to develop a plan for doing short-term missions well.