A quick question for discussion: given our mandate to "make disciples," how effective are short-term mission trips? In my opinion, they can be very effective, but it would be important to work with someone who either lives in the location or is willing to stay so that not only people come to the Lord, but they would be taught about the faith. I have been on both types - where it was purely an evangelistic effort (good intentions) but no provision had been made for the future with the people that responded to the gospel message. I often wonder what happened to those people. In other cases, we worked closely with a local fellowship, and I have been able to keep up with the growth of some of the new converts, even though I'm a considerable distance away.