Short-Term Mission: An Ethnography of Christian Travel by Brian M. Howell

By Brian M. Howell

during the last few many years, temporary project journeys have exploded in reputation. With quick access to reasonable air commute, hundreds of thousands of yankee Christians have journeyed across the world for ministry, carrier and evangelism. momentary journeys are praised for regarding many in worldwide venture but in addition critiqued for his or her limitations.

Despite the range of locations, convinced common commonalities emerge in how undertaking journey individuals describe their reviews: "My eyes have been opened to the world's needs." "They ministered to us greater than we ministered to them." "It replaced my life."

Anthropologist Brian Howell explores the narrative form of non permanent project (STM). Drawing at the anthropology of tourism and pilgrimage, he exhibits how STM combines those components with Christian reasons of undertaking to create its personal certain narrative. He presents a cautious historic survey of the advance of STM after which deals an in-depth ethnographic research of a specific venture journey to the Dominican Republic. He explores how individuals consider and interpret their reports, and he unpacks the consequences for a way North American church buildings comprehend undertaking, grapple with poverty and relate to the bigger international church.

A groundbreaking publication for all who are looking to know the way and why American Christians adopt momentary mission.

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