Global Frontier Missions strongly believes that Global Missions Journeys, our Short-Term Missions Exposure Trips, are a vital part of mobilizing more workers to reach the unreached peoples of the world both locally and around the world.
Short-term missions have attracted negative attention in recent years, as it has been discovered that well-intentioned Christians can cause significant damage to communities and have been largely ineffective in their long-term ministry strategy. Many churches and organizations are using methods that do not fit the local context and results in disempowering the local people. Use finances has also caused quite a concern, with millions of dollars being spent on mission trips with no long-term benefits to the receiving communities. Numerous short-term missions trips are done by Westerners with a Savior complex who want to help the poor with a “quick fix” mentality. Instead, GFM wholeheartedly desires that Christians a “learner” posture, so that we can humbly serve alongside the poor, the oppressed and the broken. This is why we are “redefining short-term missions” and focusing heavily on training, mobilization, and multiplication. Trips are designed by GFM staff, who are disciple-makers and church-planters among least reached peoples. Much prayer, training, research, partnering with local ministries and years of hosting short-term teams have gone into designing a short-term mission experience that fits the local context, is culturally appropriate, and done alongside local, indigenous leaders.
GFM desires to make disciples among internationals, as well as send others to make disciples among unreached people groups overseas. We desire to maintain a healthy spiritual and emotional environment for foreigners, by providing long-term care and discipleship in these communities. With a community development perspective in view, we use short-term mission trips for training, instead of direct relational ministry with local refugees. In order to be more involved with the foreigners in our community GFM requires longer term commitment from individuals or local churches. We believe the most healthy form of discipleship and ministry is done when it is relationally consistent and soberly committed. Therefore, our hope is that your team will decide to make a longer term commitment with GFM to do holistic ministry among the unreached.
Several books that have greatly influences our philosophy for short-term missions teams are “When Helping Hurts” by Corbett and Fikkert and “Cross Cultural Servanthood” by Duane Elmer and “Charity Detox” by Bob Lupton. We highly recommend these resources for any individual or church wanting to get involved in missions.
Our team will equip you with knowledge, tools, and resources that will help you go back to your community and engage with the unreached people groups that are in your city. We would also love to assist your church through the steps of adopting an unreached people group overseas. We place a high value on equipping your team, BUT there is an expectation that you will take the training that you get from us and APPLY those things in your context as you go home.
Whether your team members want to come back for our longer programs, such as the summer internships or mission training schools, or they receive the call to work with unreached people groups overseas, we believe our Global Missions Journeys are great opportunities to hear God’s heart for the nations and determine the next steps for individuals and churches.
We also believe that your finances are valuable and should be spent wisely. We have always worked to make GFM short-term mission trips one of the best values out there. And since we believe strongly in sending more finances to unreached people groups around the world, we have developed an unreached people group fund, whereby 20% of Global Missions Journeys fees are allocated yearly to assist church planting efforts among unreached people groups overseas. In past years, we’ve supported the following efforts:
2014: Translation of portions of the Bible for a completely new language of an unreached people group in Northern India.
2015: Two church planting teams of Muslim background believers that had come to Christ in a radical way and were trained and equipped to take the Gospel into some of the hardest places in the Middle East.
We are proud members of the Standards Of Excellence in Short Term Mission which guarantees that our short-term missions programs have been evaluated by other missions organizations and have met the seven standards of excellence in short-term mission which are: God-centeredness, empowering partnerships, mutual design, comprehensive administration, qualified leadership, appropriate training, and thorough follow-up. The goal for our short-term mission trips is to give you an absolutely life changing experience!
Click here to request a complete information packet concerning our short term missions trips for college students, adults, and families.
We are now offering Global Missions Journeys among unreached people groups in Atlanta, and occasionally offer trips to our Richmond locations as we are searching for a short-term missions coordinator in these two locations. As God provides more laborers in the future, we hope to add new GFM locations.