Are Short-Term Missions Trips Worth It?

When you ask people to describe their view of short-term missions some will answer that they a waste of time and resources, are just an excuse for culturally insensitive ill-informed “tourists” to see the world.

For many others, though the responses are only positive. They view them as life-changing experiences, and opportunities to serve God in cross-cultural settings while gaining a broader worldview.

That said, even with the differing views, there is no doubt that under the right conditions it is definitely worth the effort and expense.

What Do Long-Term Missionaries Think?

Not long go a well-respected missionary organization serving Latin America conducted an informal survey of their career missionaries to see how much influence and impact short-term missions have been in their lives. The results showed clearly the positive impact short-term missions had on a large majority of those responding. In fact, many said they were involved in missions today because of a positive short-term experience.

Also of note in the survey was that those who claimed no influence or impact from short-term missions were almost all over 50 years old, while those responding positively were generally younger with a large majority of them under the age of 50.

Numbers like these demonstrate that exposure to short-term missions experiences often has a profound effect on young people inclined to consider missionary service.

The Positives and Negatives Of Short-term Missions

It’s important to note that there are many factors to consider when looking at the value of short-term mission work, including the length of service, the type of ministry involved, and the training required.

Some programs are truly glorified vacations or summer camps for younger people with little or no experience and training, while others send trained medical or construction professionals to meet very specific needs.

However, even the “vacation” style outings can plant the seeds of service in a young person venturing out for the first time.

Short-Term: The Negatives

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Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon handout with your town’s unique businesses.

The lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. However,  the more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card, due to volume price breaks. The profits and profit percentages shown are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card.

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Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
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If you want an easy fundraising idea for all sports, scratch card fundraisers are just what you are looking for. If you can not find your specific sport in our collection of scratch off graphics,  All Sports Scratch Cards are your best option. You can make up to 90% profit.

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Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon hand out with your town’s unique businesses.
As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card.

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100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
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10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
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Our new $10 Simple Snacks Fundraiser offers 14 of today’s most popular munchies.  This amazing yet simple selection of premium quality snacks includes nuts, trail mix, popcorn, gummy bears, and sour gummy worms.  Combining the highest-selling snack items with a low price point creates a fundraiser that is sure to help you reach your fundraising goals. Our $10 Simple Snacks fundraiser has no upfront cost.  Let us know how many participants you have, and we’ll send 1 order-taker for each of them at no charge.

What You Should Know

Our Simple Snacks fundraiser offers 50% profit on every item. You sell each snack bag for $10 so that is $5 profit on every item! This is an easy fundraising idea for all types of groups, whether you have 5 sellers or 500.

If you sell less than 150 bags of snacks, there is a $65 shipping fee. Orders of 150 or more bags of snacks will qualify you for FREE shipping.

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You sell $50 Restaurant.com Gift Cards good at more than 18,000 restaurants nationally for only $20 each. You make 50% profit. The minimum order is only 10 fundraising cards. This is a great fundraiser for any sized group anywhere in the USA.

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Our Restaurant Cards were designed to offer high profits to any sized group. That’s why we offer a 50% profit on every card you sell. It’s as simple as that.

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This chocolate covered pretzel rods fundraiser is definitely worth its weight in flavor! Crisp pretzel rods are dipped in milk chocolate then rolled in delicious select toppings including crushed candy-coated chocolates, toffee, and rainbow sprinkles. The mixture of salty pretzel, sweet chocolate, and tasty toppings is sure to satisfy all cravings!

What You Should Know

You sell each Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rod for $1.00. You can make up to 50% profit depending on how many cases you purchase. Remember shipping is FREE. See the profit chart for more details.

Profit and Cost

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25 -49 55% $132.00
10 – 24 53% $136.80
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