Green's book offers reflection for short-time missionPosted December 05, 2013
Across the United States every year, more than two million Americans participate in short-term mission trips. But research shows that short-term missions often have a short-term impact on the lives of participants. Dr. Gary Green, missions coordinator for Latin America and coordinator of WorldWide Witness at ACU, offers solutions to this problem in his new book.
Now What?: Spiritual Discernment for Cultural Encounters bridges the gap between the short-term mission experience and returning home. At the end of each chapter, a mixture of reflection questions prompt readers to reflect, internalize and validate the short-term mission experience.
"My book is an attempt to help us slow down and reflect upon what God just did rather than what I just did," says Green. "By helping people contemplate their short-term mission, perhaps true spiritual transformation can occur."
As a long-term missionary himself, Green is passionate about the permanent impact of missions. Before starting WorldWide Witness in 2001, Green was a veterinarian and missionary in Venezuela.