When things don’t go according to plan, you keep going forward. I asked Taylor Wolfe to develop a resource to equip missionaries while he is on a stateside assignment. As I have led short-term teams on the field, I’ve always wanted a spiritual and practical preparatory guide. This resource is what I’ve always wanted for our people, but I pray it can help you as well.
It has been said that failing to prepare is preparing to fail. For short-term mission participants and trips, this is also true. Often, in our haste to put a team together, raise funds, and sort out the logistics of the upcoming trip, we fail to ensure that each member has prepared for the task to come. Journey to the Field was developed as a tool for individuals to use as they walk toward the mission field, serve on the mission field and return from the mission field.
To say that my preparation for the mission field was minimal would be an understatement. From my initial local trips to my introductory global excursions, it is incredible that I made it to where I was going and somehow got back safely. I was willing but not prepared. While I possessed a sincere desire for people to know Jesus, I lacked the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual preparedness necessary for the field.
“Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way” (Prov. 19:2). Potentially like you, I was brimming with desire but deficient in knowledge. In my early years, I made haste so that my steps would assuredly be known as those “beautiful feet taking good news” (Isa. 52:7), but the proverb above described me perfectly as one who missed the way often.
That’s why this resource exists. We want to help you make the most of your short-term opportunity. Your willingness will intersect with this world’s lostness, but we want to ensure your readiness accompanies it. This guide is written by those who have lived overseas as missionaries and those who have led numerous short-term teams. Using their experiences and God’s Word, we pray this book can help you be prepared before you go, encouraged while you serve, and motivate others once you return.