Short-term mission trips have become a staple of the American Christian experience with billions being spent every year traveling, working, and attempting to make a difference in the name of Jesus around the world. Many have begun to question the efficacy of these trips. Brian Fikkert, author of When Helping Hurts and founder of The Chalmers Center, has recently published Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions to help leaders and participants detoxify the way these trips are practiced. Charity Detox interviewed Fikkert recently about this new book.
Charity Detox had the opportunity to speak with Brian Fikkert, Founder of the Chalmers Center and author of When Helping Hurts. The interview will be posted in two parts. PART ONE reports on the first half of our conversation, which focuses on the process of change for organizations seeking to detoxify their charity. Next week we will publish the remainder of the interview, which discusses Fikkert's new book, Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions.