Mission Trip Resources

Mission Trip Resources


THE TRANSFORMATIVE MISSION TRIP EXPERIENCE

Use these resources to promote preparation, reflection, and advocacy.

Preparation:

MISSION TRIPS THAT MATTER: EMBODIED FAITH FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD. By Don C. Richter. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2008. Available from Upper Room www.upperroom.org/bookstore and other book sellers.

Explores the purpose of a mission trip and highlights preparation and readiness for new experiences. Part II's chapter headings offer a hint of what is to come: Attentive Eyes, Attuned Ears, Sturdy Backs, Beautiful Feet, Open Hands, Courageous Lips, Conspiring Noses.

R.E.A.D.Y.! REVOLUTIONARY, ENGAGED AND DRIVEN YOUTH. GLOBAL MINISTRIES (UCC/DISCIPLES). www.globalministries.org/ready

A 4-session online youth curriculum and leaders guide. Challenging stereotypes and prejudices; Recognizing God in all religious traditions; Discovering differences and similarities to people in different cultures; Realizing God's mission requires a constantly evolving worldview.

R. E.A.C.H. GLOBAL MINISTRIES (UCC/DISCIPLES). www.globalministries.org/reach

Online curriculum modeled on the R.E.A.D.Y. youth curriculum, but appropriate for adults.

MERGE: A GUIDEBOOK FOR YOUTH SERVICE TRIPS. By Krista Dutt. Order from Mennonite Publishing Network: http://store.mennomedia.org/ or 800.245.7894

Merge is written for use with youth groups participating in service trips. Through seven sessions of preparation, on-site reflection, and follow up, this guidebook offers step-by-step plans for each session with discussions, fun activities, and reproducible journal pages for youth to record their experiences and thoughts.

SERVING WITH EYES WIDE OPEN: DOING SHORT TERM MISSION WITH CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE. By David Livermore. Ada, MI: Baker Books, 2006.

Highlights the importance of cultural intelligence in the context of mission trips. It is written for global cross-cultural encounters and is usable for internal U.S. cross-cultural contexts.

HALOS AND HAMMERS HANDBOOK "ORGANIZING YOUR TOOLBELT" SECTION. United Church of Christ, Southbury, CT.

Helpful list of tools your group may need if participating in a housing recovery or rehab mission trip. The section includes pictures of the tools and general categories of use. Posted: http://www.ucc.org/volunteer/mission-trip-opportunities/Halos-and-Hammers-Handbook.pdf

YOUR LOCAL HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE — FOR BUILDING SKILLS PREPARATION.

Attend trainings on specific construction/building/repair techniques offered at your local home improvement store. Or invite an experienced home contractor to teach the group basic or advanced building skills.

On-Site Participation & Reflection:

MEETING GOD IN THE RUINS—DEVOTIONS FOR DISASTER RELIEF VOLUNTEERS. By the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Available free by calling 800.328.4648 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.

Disaster recovery mission trip groups are encouraged to make use of resource. It leads volunteers through the preparations of leaving, working at disaster sites and returning home. The 48-page guide was written for individual devotions, but reflection questions can also be used in group settings. Since disaster volunteers often work in poor areas, the guide also offers facts on poverty.

GETTING READY TO COME BACK: ADVOCACY GUIDE FOR MISSION TEAMS. By Bread for the World. UCC is one of sponsoring partners in the creation of this resource through your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing. Order from www.bread.org or 1.800.82.BREAD (800.822.7323) $10.00

Helps short-term mission teams understand how political, social and economic systems contribute to hunger and poverty. The guide will support and encourage mission teams to engage in advocacy as informed Christian citizens upon their return home. The guide focuses on advocacy for international mission teams, but is very appropriate for use by short-term mission trips within the United States.

Follow-Up Action:

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERFAITH ADVOCACY TOOLKIT. Download from: http://www.habitat.org/sites/default/files/gov_interfaith_advocacy_toolkit09.2011.pdf

This toolkit is designed to encourage local community interfaith groups to advocate governments, religious groups, nongovernmental agencies, corporations, labor groups, foundations and individuals to develop the will to make changes and to seek to end poverty by providing adequate shelter for all people.

PUBLIC POLICY BRIEFING BOOK, 2015-2016. Wider Church Ministries/Justice and Witness Ministries, UCC. Download a copy from: http://www.uccfiles.com/pdf/Briefing-Book-2015.pdf

Section I: Advocacy 101 addresses a biblical call to advocacy, developing an advocacy strategy, engaging in effective policy advocacy, media advocacy tips, and getting involved through the Justice and Peace Action network (JPANet): http://www.ucc.org/justice/join-the-network/

REMAINING FAITHFUL: HOW DO I KEEP MY EXPERIENCE ALIVE? A Manual for Reflection, Integration and Prayer after a Short-Term Experience in Another Culture. By Julie Lupien and Michelle Scheidt. Longmont, Colorado: From Mission to Mission, 2006. Available from Mission to Mission: www.missiontomission.org/publications.html

Questions and reflection starters for use after returning home. Includes a list of websites helpful for further action for justice and mission. Can be used as a group or as individuals.

JUSTICE TRAINING RESOURCES: http://www.ucc.org/justice_justice-training

Justice Leaders Engaging and Developing (Justice LED) is a training program offered by Justice & Witness Ministries (JWM) designed to equip local church leaders with the skills and tools needed to develop, strengthen and sustain justice advocacy ministries in our UCC congregations.

Issue-Centered Programs Include:

  • Accessible To All (A2A)
  • Economic Justice Covenant Program
  • Green Justice Congregations
  • Just Peace Church
  • Open and Affirming
  • Our Whole Lives (OWL)
  • Homegrown Faith & Justice: Faith-Forming Activities, Conversations, Rituals, and Resources for Families with Children
  • Becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation
  • Congregation-Based Community Organizing
  • UCC Fair Trade Coffee Project

Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org