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The Great Commission

Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” Mark 16:15-16.

Jesus sent out the twelve disciples on their first short-term mission (STM) and said, “And as you go, preach saying, 'The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons, freely you have received, freely give” Matthew 10:7-8.

Whilst each mission agency or humanitarian organisation (listed below on the left-hand side) is placed into its primary category, with some there is overlapping (humanitarian aid and gospel outreach) and some will expand or retract in certain areas over time. Please note that some NGOs (humanitarian organisations) are open to people of all faiths (and those of no faith) and perhaps is an opportunity to share the Good News with other team members or an NGO to be avoided.

The onus is on you to read all the small print and contact any organisations before you decide which group (if any) you wish to spend your hard earn money and holiday (vacation) time and will you feel comfortable in a group who are in their teens when you are in your late 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond? Some organisations have your age groups in mind, others group all together.

How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission by Mathew Backholer

Short-Term Missions, A Christian Guide to STMs: For Leaders, Pastors, Churches, Students, STM Teams and Mission Organizations, Survive and Thrive! by Mathew Backholer

Budget Travel, A Guide to Travelling on a Shoestring, Explore the World, A Discount Overseas Adventure Trip: Gap Year, Backpacking, Volunteer-Vacation & Overlander by Mathew Backholer

Travel the World and Explore for Less than $50 a Day, the Essential Guide: Your Budget Backpack Global Adventure by Mathew Backholer

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is playing your part in the Great Commission, when Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach…” (Mark 16:15) or to express the love of Christ in His words, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it for Me” (Matthew 25:35-45) or a combination of the two. Remember that love is a universal language and transcends culture and speech and ‘do all for the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10:31).

ByFaith TV Mission Clips (Season 1)   Go
ByFaith TV Mission Clips (Season 2)   Go

Book:Short-Term Missions, A Christian Guide to STMs

Book:How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission

Book:Budget Travel, A Guide to Travelling on a Shoestring, Explore the World

Book:Travel the World and Explore for Less than $50 a Day, the Essential Guide

Please note: Missions Now does not have control over the content of external sites and may not necessarily endorse their views – the links below are as a courtesy to those who are interested in the subject of short-term missions (STMs), missions, the Great Commission and world travel, exploring the globe. Each organisation has its own emphasis within Christian ministry: from direct evangelism / missions, to church planting or humanitarian aid, with some organisations offering training before you depart on your STM. Most major denominations also have Short Term Mission programmes and offices, so check out the various denominations' web pages (not listed), speak to your church leader and / or search on google.

For everything you need to know about STMs, see Short-Term Missions, A Christian Guide to STMs and How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission. For budget travel on a global scale see Budget Travel, A Guide to Travelling on a Shoestring. For Travelling the world on less than $50 (£36) a day see Travel the World and Explore for Less than $50 a Day, the Essential Guide.

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Mission Organisations for STMs
Nations (Training, Missions & Planting)   Go

World Horizons (STMs)   Go

Youth 4 Christ Training   Go

Overland Missions   Go

Council for World Missions  Go

Pioneers (UK) Mentoring Towards Missions   Go

Operation Mobilization (OM)   Go

Worldwide Evangelisation Crusade Int.  Go

Adventures in Missions (Teens to Adults)   Go

Mission Next (Follow God's Direction)   Go

Team World (A Global Alliance)   Go

Serving in Missions (From Anywhere to Everywhere)   Go

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) STMs   Go

DCI Mission Trips (Belize or Mexico)   Go

New Tribes Mission   Go

Youth / Students / Young People
YouthWorks (Youth Missions)   Go

Christ In Youth   Go

Harding University (Summer STMs)   Go

Mission Year (1 year placements)   Go

Habitat for Humanity International (making shelters / homes)   Go

Casas por Cristo (translates as: ‘Houses because of Christ’) Building Homes, Changing Lives   Go

Amor Ministries – STMs (in Mexico)   Go

Community Work / Development
Educational Concerns for Hunger Organisation (ECHO) Agricultural advancements   Go

The Kibo Group - Holistic, Sustainable Development   Go

World Servants - Sustainable Community Development   Go

US AID - Agency for International Development   Go

Beach Missions (UK Summer Time)
Open-Air Beach Missions  Go

Scripture Union (Summer Missions / Holiday Clubs)  Go

Placements and Opportunities
UK Network for UK Missions (Global Network)   Go

OSCAR - Information Service for World Missions   Go

Worldwide Database – Opportunities   Go

International Missionary Training Network   Go

The Evangelical Training Directory   Go

Interserve - Envision, Equip, Engage   Go

Christian Volunteer Directory - Christian Organization, Volunteering and Ministry Directory  Go

Christian Jobs - Connecting Believers in the Workplace  Go

Mission Travel Agencies
InterMissions World Travel   Go

Raptim Travel International (Humanitarian Travel)   Go

Fellowship Travel (Airlines and Tours)   Go

Understanding Culture
Understanding Culture and Differences   Go

The Gospel and Our Culture   Go

Training and Resources
How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission   Go

City Vision University   Go

World Christian Resources Directory   Go

Missions Resources on the Web   Go

Find your Gifts, Abilities and Personality Type. List of Links (Use the Free Resources)   Go

People Groups
People Group List   Go

Joshua Project (Unreached People)   Go

MAF - (Papua, Indonesia)   Go

Survival (The Movement for Tribal Peoples)   Go

Amazon Missions   Go

Great Commission
God's Call to the Chinese Church to Complete the Great Commission - 10/40 Window    Go

Click: Short-Term Mission book

Click: Another Short-Term Mission book

Click: Budget Travel book

Click: Travel the World and Explore book

Ethnologue (7,111 Known Living Languages!)   Go

Writing Systems and World Languages   Go

BBC – Learn 40 Language Online (for free)   Go

Bible Translations
Bible Gateway (100 online versions)   Go

Bible Society (The Bible in 50+ languages)   Go

Wycliffe Bible Translators   Go

World Bible Translation Statistics   Go

Bible Donations + Jesus Film
Gideons   Go

Bibles for China   Go

Bible League (Donating Bibles)   Go

Bibles for Asia ( 99 Asian Languages)   Go

Jesus Film   Go

Evangelistic Info
  • iPhone Gospel Presentation in 10 languages   Go
  • Free (and Buy) Tracts and Videos in 100 Languages   Go
  • Visual Verses (Bible Verses)   Go
  • World Christian Tract Ministry (Links – All about Tracts)   Go

    General Tracts
  • Living Waters (Way of the Master Europe)   Go
  • Open-Air Mission (Literature)  Go
  • TELit - Folders (Thematic Evangelistic Literature)  Go
  • Christian Publishing Outreach (CPO)   Go
  • Reach out Trust (specialising in the cults)   Go
  • Birmingham Gospel Outreach   Go
  • Christian Tract Outreach   Go
  • Gospel Tract Society   Go
  • Crossways Tracts   Go

    Tracts - Multiple Languages
  • Chick Publications (100+ languages)  Go
  • Fellowship Tract League (Various)   Go
  • Go Evangelism Gospel Tracts (Various)   Go

    Free Tracts
  • Fishing for Souls (Print your own)   Go
  • iPhone Gospel Presentation in 10 languages   Go
  • Free Tracts and Videos in 100 Languages   Go

    The Persecuted Church
    ‘Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, and those who are mistreated since you yourselves are in the body also’ Hebrews 13:3.

    International Christian Concern   Go

    Voice of Persecuted Christians   Go

    Open Doors – Serving Persecuted Christians Worldwide   Go

    Voice of the Martyrs   Go

    China Aid   Go

    Various Travel Related Sites - Be Inspired
    National Geographic   Go

    Geographia (World Travel Destinations)   Go

    Visit Europe  Go

    Go Africa   Go

    Geographia (Latin America)   Go

    Worldwide Calling Codes (telephone)   Go

    World Directory of Embassies and Consulates  Go

    Passport and Visas
    Identity and Passport Services (UK)   Go

    U.S. Department of State (Bureau of Consular Affairs)   Go

    NAPVS - USA Visa and Passports   Go

    ByFaith TV Clips
  • ByFaith TV Mission Clips (Season 1)
  • ByFaith TV Mission Clips (Season 2)

    Christian DVDs
  • Great Christian Revivals
  • Israel In Egypt – The Exodus Mystery DVD
  • ByFaith - Quest for the Ark of the Covenant DVD
  • ByFaith World Mission

    Christian Biographies
  • Samuel Rees Howells: A Life of Intercession
  • Samuel, Son and Successor of Rees Howells
  • The Holy Spirit in a Man

    Christian Investigation - Books
  • The Exodus Evidence - The Bible’s Exodus
  • The Ark of the Covenant

  • The World and Maps
    Google World Maps   Go

    Google Earth – see the World   Go

    World Atlas of Maps, Flags and Geography  Go

    Bing Maps   Go

    UK Distance and Route Planner   Go

    Free offline World Maps (App)   Go

    The World (Facts and Statistics etc.)
    CIA World Factbook   Go

    Operation World (World Facts by country)   Go

    Mission InfoBank (Database and Library)   Go

    Info Please (Almanac of the World)   Go

    Library of Congress (Country Studies)   Go

    Country Reports   Go

    World Statistics (in real time)   Go

    Travel Safety and Warnings - Danger Zones
    U.K. - Foreign & Commonwealth Office   Go

    U.S. - Bureau of Consular Affairs   Go

    Travel Safely   Go

    Top Travel Safety Tips   Go

    Alert Map - Emergency and Disasters   Go

    Travel Health Information (Vaccinations and Diseases)
    U.K. NHS Access to Healthcare Abroad   Go

    U.K. MASTA (Travel Vaccinations etc.)   Go

    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP)   Go

    Independent Travel Health   Go

    Travel Health and Advice (General)
    Sunburn (NHS)   Go

    Tips for Sleeping at Airports!  Go

    A Consumer Guide to Air Travel  Go

  • Health Home (Food, Nutrition & Exercise etc.)

    Travel within the UK
    Train Tickets  Go

    Splitting Train Tickets  Go

    Discounted UK Train Fares  Go

    Coach - National Express  Go

    World Weather
    BBC World weather   Go

    World Forecasts   Go

    Temperatures and Rainfalls   Go

    Travel Guides (Books)
    Go visit you local bookshop or...

    Lonely Planet Travel guides   Go

    Rough Guides   Go

    Airline (and more) Comparison Sites
    Some of these websites also include hotels reservations and car hire etc.

    Kayak – Travellers Search Engine   Go

    STA Travel (not just for students)   Go

    FareCompare   Go

    Cheap Flights   Go

    TraveloCity   Go

    Opodo   Go

    Expedia   Go

    Skyscanner   Go

    TripAdvisor (Flights, Hotels, Things to Do)   Go

    European Budget Airlines
    EasyJet (Europe)   Go

    RyanAir (Europe)   Go

    Vueling (Spanish European airline)   Go

    Pegasus Airlines (Europe and Turkey)   Go

    EuroCheapo (European Budget Flights)   Go

    Asia Budget Airlines
    Air Asia (Asia Budget Airline)   Go

    International Airlines
    British Airways   Go

    American Airlines   Go

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines   Go

    Qantas Airlines   Go

    Air China   Go

    Korean Air   Go

    Emirates   Go

    Currency and Foreign Exchange
    XE Currency and Foreign Exchange (CFE)   Go

    x-Rates (CFE)   Go

    ATMs Worldwide (Cashpoints)
    Mastercard ATMs Worldwide   Go

    Visa ATMs Worldwide   Go

    Money Transfers
    Money transfer fees vary from £5-£30 if sending from the UK. Please note that if you pay via your credit card you will be charged a Cash Advance fee and will pay interest (at a high rate as set by your credit card) by the day until the full amount it paid off.

    Western Union   Go

    MoneyGram International Money Transfer   Go

    Comparing the Cost of Sending Money Abroad   Go

    Operation World (Prayer)   Go

    Communications – you can buy local SIM cards abroad, but they may or may not work in your phone. You can buy an international phone card before you depart or purchase a cheap mobile in your country of mission.

    Travel Insurance
    Travel insurance is a sound and wise investment to protect you and other members of your team from forking out their money to pay for your hospital bill or evacuation or repatriation or in cases of theft or cancelled flight etc. If you are going for longer than 3 months then it is better to get a backpacker type travel insurance and always read the small print!

    Missionary Biographies
    Some of the missionaries biographies no longer have a link, however the names has been left as a guide for those interested in different people who went to the mission field.

    Count Zinzendorf (Moravian Missions)

    David Brainherd (American Indians)   Go

    William Carey (India)   Go

    Adoniram Judson (Burma)   Go

    John G. Paton (Pacific islands)   Go

    David Livingstone (Southern Africa)   Go

    David Livingstone (BBC History)   Go

    David Livingstone (various)   Go

    J. Hudson Taylor (China)   Go

    J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905)   Go

    C.T. Studd (China, India and Central Africa)

    Amy Carmichael (Japan and India)

    Isobel Kuhn (China)

    Oswald J. Smith (Missionary Statesman)

    Gladys Aylward (China)

    Helen Roseveare (Congo)

    Missionary Biographies (30 off)   Go

    Biographies on Christians, Leaders and Historical Figures (100+)   Go

    Missionary Quotes   Go

    Mission Article
  • Are Short-Term Mission Trips Effective?

  • Short-Term Missions, A Christian Guide to STMs

  • How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission

    Short-Term Missions, A Christian Guide to STMs

    How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission

    Budget Travel, A Guide to Travelling on a Shoestring

    Travel the World and Explore for Less than $50 a Day, the Essential Guide

    Extreme Faith – On Fire Christianity

    Heaven – A Journey to Paradise

    Global Revival - Worldwide Outpourings

    (Missions Now - Home Page) Go

    Christian History and Inspirational - Books
  • Britain, A Christian Country, A Nation Defined by Christianity and the Bible
  • How Christianity Made the Modern World
  • Holy Spirit Power! Knowing the Voice, Guidance and Person of the Holy Spirit
  • Jesus Today, Daily Devotional - 100 Days with Jesus Christ
  • Prophecy Now, Prophetic Words
  • Tares and Weeds in Your Church, Trouble & Deception in God’s House

    Revival Books
  • Revival Fires and Awakenings
  • Understanding Revival
  • Global Revival - Worldwide Outpourings
  • Revival Answers, True and False Revivals
  • Revival Fire - 150 Years of Revivals
  • Reformation to Revival, 500 Years of God’s Glory