7 Power Principles For Effective Short-Term Missions

There is currently unprecedented growth and enthusiasm for short-term mission trips and programs. The appeal of these trips and their benefits to those going is clear. However, the benefits to those hosting these groups are not always as clear and short-term trips are not without their critics,

Some people see short-term trips as counterproductive – often wasting the time and resources of the host missionary or group and nothing more than glorified sightseeing trips. Therefore, many people want to understand better what can be done to make a short-term mission trip effective and successful.

The following Seven principles for effective short-term mission embody many of the features one can find Jesus’ earthly ministry.

1. Prayerful Seek A Clear Purpose and Strategy

It is so important that a group regularly prays for guidance and discernment before going on any trip. Groups who prayerfully seek God’s direction will find their trips more fruitful and productive and their team more flexible and open to unplanned ministry opportunities that present themselves on the trip.

Whether the trips will focus on Scripture and literature distribution, assist in building construction for a local church, or provide medical and educational service to the host missionary or organization, short-term trips that are prayerfully and carefully thought through can be powerful in their impact.

2. Seek Competent Leaders With Good Character

It cannot be overemphasized that having team leaders who are mature and have a godly character with the gifts, abilities, and experience to guide a cross-cultural team are critical to the success of any short-term mission program.

Leaders must be disciplined and thoughtful because trips are often trying and difficult for people going. Matures leaders with good character can serve as examples when the going gets rough.

3. Have A Student’s Heart

Short-term mission work involves making a commitment to learning. Learning how to communicate the gospel in the right context for the culture you will be entering. Learning to walk more closely and hear more clearly the Spirit’s leading in your life.

It means seeking out and learning from experienced missionaries and other nationals about the people you will serve and the places you will visit. To be truly effective you must be ready and willing to learning as much as possible, before you go, about the language, culture, and history, of the countries you’ll visit and the local church, and missionaries you’ll serve.

Soccer Scratch Cards

Soccer is one of the most popular participant sports in the country.  Players, teams, and leagues needing to raise a lot of money turn to fundraising scratch cards. Each card raises $100. Your team or league name is imprinted free of charge on each card. It’s a great soccer fundraiser idea.

What You Should Know

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card.The profits and profit percentages show are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
  • Free Shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
Journey of Faith Candle Fundraiser

Our Heritage $10 fundraising candles are the most affordable 55 hour burn time candle in the fundraising industry. Choose from 6 great scents.

What You Should Know

Our 8oz Heritage Candle offering is our newest no-upfront cost fundraising option. The attractive $10 price works for everyone. Perfect for individuals to use themselves or to give as gifts the highly fragrant, long-lasting Heritage Candles are a fantastic option your groups can return to sell year after year!

Our 8oz Heritage Candle program includes 6 highly fragrant and popular scents. The candles are Made in the USA with premium quality wax and fragrance. Featuring 55-60 burning hours these candles are an excellent and high-quality fundraising product to offer your donors. Most groups have returning customers year after year!

8oz Heritage Candle fundraisers are pre-sell or brochure sales. That means you sell the candles using free brochures and order forms we provide.

We suggest you schedule a two-week selling period. At the end of the sale, you tally together all the order forms and money and you can place your order online or call us with your candle order. There is no minimum to order, however, there will be a $65 shipping fee for orders under 150 candles. Call us toll-free (866) 874-8383 if you have any questions.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No

The Main Street Sweet Shop has reinvigorated candy fundraising. People are excited about the fun new products, they love the 1 case minimum, they appreciate the free shipping and they really love the high-profit percentages.  Everyone loves gummy bears and sour gummies!

What You Should Know

You will receive 2 carriers per case. There are 13 bags of each fantastic flavor!

  • Original Sour Jacks
  • Buddy Bears Gummi Bears
  • Nuclear Sqworms
  • Sour Jacks Watermelon

Profit and Cost

  • In-Hand Products
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Cases Bought % Profit Cost Per Case
60+ 65% $72.80
40 – 59 60% $83.20
20 – 39 55% $93.60
1 – 19 50% $104.00

Scratch card fundraising is one of the highest profit fundraisers available to any group needing to raise money. Our Money Scratch Card is the top-selling of our fundraising scratch cards because it clearly indicates you are raising money and can be used by any type of fundraising group. Each card raises $100.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon hand out with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages show are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
candle fundraising

Earth fundraising candles are a great way to raise money with no upfront money. You offer a terrific selection of candles in all the most popular scents. You make 50% profit on every candle you sell. You can even qualify for free shipping. We provide free brochures for each member of your group and all the materials you need to hold your candle sale.

What You Should Know

Candle fundraising is different than some other fundraising programs. Easy Fundraising Ideas gives you 50% profit on each and every candle you sell. The only additional charge you might incur would be a $65 shipping fee if your group sells less than 150 candles.

Each candle sells for only $14 to $16 each.

Profit and Cost

  • No upfront cost
  • Free brochures for your participants
  • Free shipping (orders of 150 items or more)
  • Start in under a minute
Items Bought % Profit Free Shipping
150 plus 50% YES
1 to 149 50% No
Patriotic scratch card

There are a lot of groups that need to raise money and want a creative fundraising idea. The problem for many is they want something different for their group. Scratch card fundraisers with our Patriotic card are perfect for scouts, veteran groups, or any other patriotic group looking for high profit, low-risk unique fundraising ideas.

What You Should Know

Here is an example of the coupon page you give to the people as a “Thank You” for participating. You can also create a custom coupon hand out with your town’s unique businesses.

As you can see from the profit chart below the lowest profit percentage you will make from using scratch cards for fundraisers is 70%. There are, however, price breaks that can increase your profit percentage. The more cards you purchase the higher your profit potential for each card. The profits and profit percentages show are based on successfully having all 50 dots scratched off on your scratch card:

Profit and Cost

  • In-hand products
  • Free shipping
  • Start in under a minute
Cards Bought Cost Per Card Each Card Raises Your Profit $ Your Profit %
100 $10.00 $100.00 $9,000 90%
25 $12.00 $100.00 $2,200 88%
10 $15.00 $100.00 $850 85%
1 min. $30.00 $100.00 $70 70%
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