Short-term Missions and the Economic Recession

Today is the last day of class before spring break. Over the break, my school will send over 200 students, faculty, and staff around the world on short-term mission trips. I have participated in these trips the last two years and found them to be very formative. But are short-term mission trips a good idea in the midst of our current economic situation? Would that money be better spent elsewhere? Or would it be more wisely spent just giving the ministries we are going to serve the money instead of using it to send students to help? All I know is that I have more questions than answers on this topic.

This sort of discussion reminded me of a blog post from Andrew Jones last summer regarding this very topic. In his post, there is a link to a Washington Post article that is also worth taking a gander at.

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