Bringing the Text to Life

Vacationaries Luke 10:25-37


A million American Christians will be traveling to do short-term mission work this summer, but are they really helping their neighbors?

At a Glance

This summer, thousands of churches will send forth teams of youths and young adults into the world on "mission trips." But, what do these trips really accomplish? Some studies suggest that not only do many of them not accomplish a whole lot, but that they do positive damage as well. Of course, there are exceptions. But in any case, these studies provide a window through which to look at the story of the Good Samaritan in a fresh way.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's Old Testament text, see "Jurassic Bark," July 15, 2001, at

It's become as much a summer rite of passage in churches as Vacation Bible School or the church picnic: groups of teens and/or adults packing up tools or tracts and heading out on short-term mission trips to faraway places. Many of them will spend more than $1,000 to get on a plane and fly to their destinations, which can be anywhere from Africa to the Far East to wherever people may be poverty-stricken ...

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