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In a World of Danger, are Short Term Missions Worth the Risk?

By Steve Colby

In an increasingly dangerous world, are short term missions worth the risk?

Danger and confusion were rampant for the early disciples. The Apostle Peter took refuge in Joppa away from the madding crowd in Jerusalem, only to have the Holy Spirit invade his prayers with a strange vision of an unholy banquet of snakes, reptiles and other unappetizing fare.

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St. Peter’s decision to go on a short term mission to Cornelius’ house was a response to the Holy Spirit’s invitation. He was compelled to “go without hesitation,” and go he did, even though he didn’t understand exactly why.

Sound like a short term mission to you? Compelled to go, but you don’t know exactly why, nor do you feel prepared, and you feel a queasiness about what you will find there, what the people eat, will there be any danger?

Certainly Peter’s visit made a big difference to Cornelius and his household. Cornelius and his family finally understood who Jesus was, received His life and were transformed.
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