Helpful Links

GENERAL RESOURCES

Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission
A network of sending organizations offering opportunities for resource sharing, improved training, minimized risk, and mentoring. Applying the seven Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE) will demonstrate credibility and enhance the effectiveness of your short-term missions.

Short Term Missions
A website where you can:

  • Search the largest online database of mission opportunities across the globe.
  • Find detailed descriptions, requirements, and application information for mission trips with many organizations.
  • Read helpful articles on topics related to short-term missions.
  • Interact with others in discussion forums.

International Teams
This website has many available resources including short-term missions curriculum, books, focused ministry tools, and more.

Translation Services
A free online language translation source, WorldLingo Translations offers text, document, website, and email translation to enhance your communication with nationals. This service can enhance your communication with new friends and ministry partners both before and after your short-term trip.

World Missionary Press, Inc.
This interdenominational faith ministry produces topical Scripture booklets in more than 300 languages for free distribution around the world.

American Bible Society
The ABS makes the Scriptures available in hundreds of languages and in many different formats, including Braille, audio Bibles, and online Bibles, along with other Scriptural tools.

BreakThru: A Spiritual Gifts Diagnostic Inventory
BreakThru has been specially designed to help you identify, with ease and accuracy, you and your team members’ particular array of spiritual gifts. This is a great assessment to help you assign jobs to your team members in line with their giftedness and abilities.

TRAVEL SERVICES

Travel Document Systems
TDS provides excellent one-stop passport and visa information and services.  Download passport and visa forms directly from their website.

Brotherhood Insurance
Provides affordable travel and medical insurance for ministry workers traveling overseas.

U.S. Government Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs
This Department of State website is an excellent resource for embassy information, passport applications and agency listings, travel tips and advisories, etc.

TRAINING AND CONFERENCES

CULTURELink, Inc. “Help! We’re Going on a Short-Term Mission Trip!”
The most comprehensive and practical training available for short-term cross-cultural ministry, CULTURELink training seminars and curriculum are invaluable resources for both short-term team leaders and team members. With an emphasis on discipleship, CULTURELink’s in-depth but easy-to-follow (and implement) guidelines prepare individuals and teams to make the greatest impact possible on the mission field. At the same time, CULTURELink training provides broad-spectrum preparation for those who will serve on the field, enhancing their experiences and deepening their relationships with God.

Fellowship of Short-Term Mission Leaders
Hosted by the Fellowship of Short-Term Mission Leaders, The Forum is an annual conference for Professional STM leaders within agencies, churches, and colleges/universities. Participants are given the opportunity to learn, network, strategize and dream.

National Short Term Missions Conference
The NSTMC meets annually to train those involved in STM leadership at any level. Workshops and plenary sessions address the training needs of those who lead, send, train, receive, host, or debrief teams.

English in Action
This Bible-based program equips Christians, even those with no teaching experience, to have a ministry through teaching English as a second language. Teacher and student manuals are available.

COUNTRY & CULTURE INFORMATION

Operation World
Provides information, prayer guides, and other valuable resources to help you better understand and prepare to minister in more than 200 countries across the globe.

CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook, prepared by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, is a public domain, comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities.  The Factbook is a great source for information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues of different areas of the world.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is the arm of the federal government dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. Its website offers current information on infectious diseases around the world and recommended immunizations for each country/region.

Department of State Background Notes
Background Notes include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department’s regional bureaus.

Kwintessential
This UK-based website is a wealth of information on culture, social etiquette, customs, taboos, and business protocol.