Preparation is necessary. If you are unsure of that statement, don’t stop reading yet. Short-term mission work is an ever-increasing interest in most church youth groups and ministry teams today. Many Christians agree these mission trips are helpful, but also admit that there are often stumbling blocks in the way of cultural and spiritual preparation, hindering the true mission. This blog “travel guide” will suggest that our greatest need in Christianity is not necessarily for more short-term mission work, but for generating future missionaries and mission supporters through that exposure. It will also recommend and advise you with words of direction and challenge. Let’s target the topics as culture, flexibility, what we do and don’t have of offer, the biblical basis for mission work, relationships on “the field,” and let’s most definitely find ways to discover and use your own unique gifts on your trip.