Here’s what people are saying about the GFM short term mission trips (STM):
“While serving with GFM, our eyes were opened to the opportunities that we have to reach the world just by stepping into our communities. Because Clarkston is such a culturally diverse town heavily populated with refugees, we had such rich cultural experiences during our time there. Our team learned so much from our experience with GFM, not only through the training that was provided, but also through meaningful conversations and eye-opening experiences.”
– Shelby C.
“Something unique about partnering with GFM for a short-term trip is that the week isn’t unnecessarily catered to the participants. What I mean is that you don’t necessary leave the week on a “spiritual high” or feeling like you have “accomplished” something. Instead, you leave the week with a biblical perspective on missions and first-hand experience of what God is accomplishing among the nations in Clarkston. The result of this is that you don’t go home counting days until next summer’s trip. But instead, you go home asking yourself and your church, “How can we reach the nations that are around us?”
– Nathan A.
Bacon’s Castle Baptist Church
“Looking for adventure? An accidental attendance at a Ramadan festival, lavished in fine art and apparel by Muslim acquaintances, an invite into a home of a Hindu family for a delicious cup of tea, church with Burmese and Bhutanese believers, a tour of a mosque and the largest Hindu temple outside of India… All in ONE WEEKEND? Only with GFM-Clarkston!”
– Corena L.
“Our students have served with GFM, both in Atlanta as well as in Houston. Each time it has proved to be theologically informative and practically life-changing. GFM truly has a grasp on what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God, and how we are to live in light of this citizenship. It is imperative that the Church understand the nature and telos of her mission, and that She apply herself to that end; GFM is helping the Church to do just that.”
– Jeremy S.
Carroll Baptist Church Associate Pastor
“I am still sifting through all the experiences, education, challenges, promptings, and awakenings. I believe the team is as well. I believe it is safe to say, our folks are changed forever. I really feel like I saw growth with the team. I saw hearts and eyes open. I saw veils drop, barriers lowered and comfort zones challenged.”
– Pat S.
“In Clarkston you look around and realize that if you are a white skinned, American born, English speaking individual then you are the minority here. God has literally brought the unreached nations right here to our backyard. Expensive plane tickets and passports are no longer an excuse for not being involved in cross cultural missions. We who know and have been transformed by the Gospel of Jesus must be in relationship with others live out and proclaim the Gospel to those who haven’t heard. To spend time in Clarkston is to genuinely feel like you have left the country. It is unique because with little expense you can be taught cross cultural missions and then walk out of the classroom and be engaged in a cross cultural experience.”
– Eric H.
Poplar Springs Baptist Church