Short-Term Mission Trips in Europe- by Daniel Goering, Berlin, Germany

EUNL- Summer 2015

The work of GCE in Europe is the combined effort of many different contributing elements.  We desperately need your prayer and financial support, but we also need workers – missionaries, both long-term as well as short-term.  In this newsletter, we will share examples of how God has used STM (short-term mission) teams to further the work here.

Over the years, we have had many STMs come to Europe, and we have found them to be a win-win for all involved.  Here are some of the ways God has used them:

1.  STMs increase our faith.  “For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.”  (Romans 1:11-12)  It is not only those on the STM whose faith is stretched: it results in a mutual benefit – both yours and mine.

2.  The experience of going on an STM has been used by God to clarify His will in some deciding to go on the mission field for longer periods of time.  What better way to truly understand and discern what you are getting into, than to go and experience a place for yourself?  God uses such times to give direction.

3.  The local church is benefitted and enabled to do outreach and evangelism that they alone could not have done.  This has taken many forms over the years, including English Clubs, campus evangelism, Rock Band tours, service projects, apologetic lectures, and child-care teams, among many others.

We are very thankful for the flow of STMs from the U.S., and are excited to now see some of our own European churches sending teams of their own.  Might we continue to build one another’s faith!