Short-term mission trips have been getting a bad rap, and maybe for good reason. They can and have been done poorly and in ways that are more hurtful than helpful. But let’s not be hasty. Have you taken the first-hand word of the beneficiaries into account?
I’ll be honest, I love EMI and I think what we do is great, but we are not perfect and I know we have made missteps. Are we helping or hurting? (read the book) I can keep on working and coming back because I know for a fact I am not the only staff member who spends lots of time wrestling with these questions. I can honestly say most people here are extremely humble and always trying to avoid doing missions badly. We talk about it all the time. Some of us lie awake at night…
I’m not on a project team this time. It’s just me by my lonesome. Some very cool stuff happened recently in Uganda and there are new things on the horizon. I go for both of these things.
Without giving it all away, I can say that my work will be threefold. There will be only a small bit of video work to fill in some gaps in a previous project that we decide to tweak and use later in the year. The rest will be largely journalism with some still photography to highlight some very cool work and discipleship that is going on among local staff. I’ve missed having a heavier load of still photography, so I’m really looking forward to not having to think in video clips so much. Plus, with a 26-hour flight I figure I can knock out that whole editing project before I even hit American soil.
We are missionaries with Engineering Ministries International, based in Colorado Springs, and traveling around the globe to serve.
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