UNPLUG. My friend and former co-worker, Melaney, has taken many, many, many, many short-term high school groups on mission trips. She is a teacher, trainer, communicator, and die-hard DOER of the Word. She says one of the very best things one can do to get ready for missions, especially in our wired world, is to PLAN TO UNPLUG DURING MINISTRY DAYS on your trip. Set aside time to use technology, but only if/when needed. And, to be honest, we would both say it’s usually not.