Leading "Helping without Hurting in Short-Term Missions" featuring Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett

Helping without Hurting in Short-Term Missions

You can find the Helping without Hurting in Short Term Missions in the RightNow Media Bible Study Library, here.

This Bible study is designed for a short-term team to experience together. Through powerful teaching, real-life stories and thought-provoking illustrations, Helping without Hurting in Short-Term Missions will challenge and inspire your team before, during and after your journey. 

Watch this funny illustration from the series. It is a cautionary tale about how our idea of helping can mistake people for projects, need for weakness, and under privilege for poverty.  

In the six video sessions, you'll be instructed by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett from The Chalmers Center. The Chalmers Center works to alleviate poverty by equipping churches to empower the poor. Brian Fikkert is the Founder and President of The Chalmers Center and Steve Corbett is the Community Development Specialist. Brian and Steve are the authors of When Helping Hurts

You'll also hear from people going to the field and people on the field. In this real-life story, Kurt Kandler, Director of the 410 Bridge in Haiti, talks about the benefit of utilizing American teams in existing programs. 

What is the mission of your team? Does your mission come alongside the people you serve or are you "riding in on a white horse"?
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Kurt said, "It's not about what we do, it's about the relationships we build." How are you guiding your team be a "combite"?
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To help you lead this study, you can purchase a Leader's Guide and Participant's Guides online that provide explanations of how to design a short-term missions team well in light of principles of When Helping Hurts. It also includes practical examples from short-term trips to illustrate key principles and suggested resources.  Six of the eight units have video elements, but there are two units that your group will do during their trip. 

As you prepare to lead your team, are there any ways I can pray for you or help you facilitate this study?
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Thank you for working through Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions, and thank you for exploring how you can be a part of God’s work in the world. 

You can find the Helping without Hurting in Short Term Missions in the RightNow Media Bible Study Library, here.