1.6 million US church members travel internationally each year on mission trips valued at $1.1 billion USD. https://buff.ly/2R0HV6j
While cancelling short-term mission programs (generally speaking) is not a good idea, re-calibrating is and this pandemic is providing us with the opportunity to do just that.
While I know there are many factors at play and there is no one issue the global Church needs to tackle for greater missions effectiveness, that's a lot of money for US volunteers to spend a week or two (some longer) in a foreign country. The question we need to be asking is "Is it worth the money spent?".
For some, absolutely. I know some God has never called to live on the field long-term and they are extremely effective, mindful, and intentional where they serve, and it's worth every penny spent. But, this is not always the case and those cases may be more frequent than most are willing to admit.
Steve Schirmer, President of Silk Road Catalyst and co-Host of Missions Talk. Least Reached Advocate. Dedicated to No Place Left.