Stop seeing missions as an adventure Seeing different countries is fun. You take a few photos of famous places then return home and say, "I was there." Cross-cultural mission isn't adventure. It isn't about conquering unknown worlds.
Start seeing missions as pilgrimage Throw out the idea of a short-term mission and jump into the idea of a pilgrimage. Give and receive, teach and learn.
Colonial imperialism is dead, why do we still propagate it? The Colonial Empires were built on the assumption that their way of life was the 'right way'. By going to other lands and peoples and teaching them about the 'right way' they were making them civilized. It also meant that the homeland would be enriched by the natural resources discovered in far away places. An overly simplistic view? Probably. Far from the truth of what churches and missions agencies do in the name of the Gospel? Less than we'd like to think.
Too often the 'right way' is our culturally biased theology and forms of church. The natural resources are the souls that we win. The result is churches warped by an ideal that is not theirs and overly dependant on the 'homeland'.
Banish the terms of 'mission fields' and 'sending countries' Those terms are just nice ways of saying 'colony' and 'homeland'.
This is the echo weblog. An echo is somewhere between a voice and no voice, somewhere between hearing and not hearing, and somewhere between knowing and not knowing. It's a place of faith and doubt. It's for all those trying to shed their snake skins of tradition, pride, ignorance, prejudice, and trying to work things out for themselves. It's for those caught dancing in the dichotomy of clubbing and christianity, and still trying to follow Christ.