Missions and trips A short-term mission trip can be a life-changing experience. Whether carrying out a specific type of training or activity to working hand in hand with the local church, to proclaiming the gospel in public, cross-cultural service can be greatly used by God to impact the lives of all involved. From the USA alone it is estimated that two million Christians will participate in short-term mission (STMs) trips each year. Unfortunately, many mistakes have been made by short-term ministry teams, devaluing their contribution, dishonouring their hosts and causing more harm than help. Because we so often misunderstand the root causes of poverty, we in turn make the wrong diagnosis and our efforts at best create short term solutions and at worse can be completely culturally irrelevant, causing guilt, shame and ongoing dependence. At Links we are committed to both leading teams and empowering others to do so in a way that ensures strong long-term commitment to partners, mutual learning experiences and empowerment and sustainability that brings genuine transformation. Our teams tend to be geared towards specific training of local ‘trainers’, that is then cascaded out through the trainers into both rural and urban communities. We work in long-term partnership with communities all over the world and maintain strong communication throughout all the work we are involved with. Links would love to help support you and your church to make the most of your STM opportunities and can provide assistance in everything from orientation through to travel administration. Alternatively we are always happy to include people on our teams around the developing world.