Loobie, Susan G.† Short-Term Missions: Is It Worth It?†
Two surveys show that many current long-term missionaries were motivated to follow this career by short-term mission experiences.
∑ Latin America Evangelist surveyed career missionaries in
o Out of 112 respondents, 70 (64%) attributed their current occupation to a positive short-term mission experience.
o 38 of the 42 who said STM didn't affect them were over age 50.
o 60 of the 70 who said STM did influence their decision to serve long-term were under age 50.
The Spanish Language Institute in
o 74% of the students had been on a short-term foreign mission trip.
o A survey of Institute students 30 years ago showed that only 31% had been to