Most well-meaning mission efforts in Guatemala at best address the symptoms and not the causes of Mayan suffering. In fact, these efforts may even contribute to the perpetuation of the systems of oppression that harm the Maya.
Have all our short-term mission trips to Latin America shaped our response to the migrant ‘caravan’?
Over the past dozen years, nearly 13 million American Christians have participated in short-term mission trips to Latin American countries. Where are those 13 million Jesus-followers now when their voices and actions are most needed?
Rethinking short-term missions
When I returned to Haiti for my seventh short-term mission trip, I wondered how I can do good and not harm. The question of doing good is inherent in short-term mission trips. In other words, how can Christians engage in…