Short-term missions can be tricky to organize and prepare. Even with the most compassionate of intentions, the customs of western mission travelers can put a burden on the communities they try to serve.Five important considerations for a Purposeful Mission TripThat’s why it is important to think about the ‘how’ of planning and executing mission trips. To be able to assist people in vulnerable places, it’s best to be careful and well-prepared. In this post, we provide you with five tips to make sure your mission trip is purposeful as it is compassionate.Make yourself familiar with the local customs A successful short-term mission trip starts before you even board an airplane or the means of transport you intend to use on your way to a vulnerable location. Training before the mission is imperative for helping travelers and volunteers to understand the cultural, political, economic, geographic and spiritual circumstances in which you will be working in.Avoid the Western liberator mindset It’s usual for short-term mission travelers who come from wealthy, developed countries, to think they have all the answers. But your mission is not going to eradicate poverty within a week. Instead, work with partners on the ground to figure out how you can best serve them and reach out to locals that are both respectful and culturally sensitive.Collaborate with the local church After your short mission is over, the long-term success of your work will depend largely on the local churches in the location where you worked. A good mission trip is always based on working in tandem with local churches, by helping church leaders as well as the congregation, make significant improvements in their communities.