Short-term mission teams can provide an opportunity to serve a local church and its community, drawing together different parts of the body of Christ from different cultures.
As such they can demonstrate unity within the world church; they can introduce new ways of doing mission; they can often provide resources and helpful materials; and they can help more Christians experience and understand mission.
In 2012 Chris interviewed Moldovan church leaders and together with them reflected on short-term mission in Moldova - the full study can be downloaded here
A Case Study
In Summer 2009, a group of 6 young British Christians, together with 2 leaders, came to work with us as we helped a Moldovan Church conduct its first-ever Mission Week. This small church had no more than 25 members, and very limited resources. Together, we were able to organise:
a week-long holiday club for 180 children
home and hospital visits in prayer teams
a sports day for local children
an open-air evangelistic service led by the local pastor
distribution of food, clothing and toys to poor families
social projects such as redecorating school classrooms; painting fences, bridges etc.
This collaboration has been a great encouragement to the local church, and has raised its profile in the village; many people - both children and adults - heard the Gospel message. The social projects have improved the way the church is perceived in the village, and have led to good relationships with the local mayor and headteacher. It is hoped that the relationship between this small Moldovan church and the sending church in London will continue.
If you are interested in coming to Moldova as part of a mission team of 6-12 people, please contact us
. Alternatively, if you are interesting in coming by yourself to help on a children's camp, please read more about them here