For several years now I have been heavily involved in leading short-term mission trips. Through the years much has been said about these short ventures into the mission field to work along side the local church and missionaries. Some of this discussion has been constructive. Most of the talk has been critical of the importance, effectiveness and even necessity of these short-term trips lately. Throughout my ministry I have continually evaluated the process of ministry based on a few critical elements of faith I learned early in my journey.