A Short Term cross-cultural experience could be just two weeks or last up to two years. It's a time to develop your skills through serving: the unreached, youth and children, the poor. You could teach English, do hands-on practical roles, use musical gifts in creative outreach, medical work, or school teaching. A Short Term placement provides the opportunity to learn from God, and from the local team members on your placement. Be open to new experiences and be prepared to have your faith stretched!
Kate went on a Short Term placement to southeast Asia. She reflects:
‘Probably the thing that struck me most vividly was how many of the people I was meeting had few or no opportunities to hear and discuss the gospel. Some of the people we were meeting simply had no idea who Jesus was. It brought home to me just what can happen when a country’s population has so few Christians: they simply can’t get round to tell everyone the good news.
The Short Term experience had a big impact on me. I came away able to pray much more meaningfully for Christians in this part of the world.
‘I had a far clearer idea of how to encourage and support people who were working with the church here. And God challenged me to consider whether the skills he had given me were being put to best use in the UK, or whether I could use them more effectively elsewhere in the world. The experience got me thinking about my long-term calling.’
Find out more about our Short Term / Gap Year ministry
WEC’s Short Term programme is geared to fuel your passion for God through a hands-on experience.
For a Solo Trek, we aim to match your gifts and time-frame for a short-term cross-cultural faith-filled adventure with God. We will place you alongside an experienced missionary in any one of over 80 countries, where you can serve God, share the good news and grow in your faith.
Alongside Solo Trek, we encourage Church Teams to organise and run your own short term cross-cultural trip. Feel free to get in touch if you would welcome some tips to get you started.
Read more about Short Term / Gap Year here.
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Take your first step with WEC. Go on a Short Term placement with us.