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Half a Million Visitors

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Traffic to M-DAT Sites Up in 2016

We recently took some time to analyze how well our services are reaching their audiences. I hope you’ll rejoice with us that traffic to ShortTermMissions.com made a 15 percent increase in 2016. Though the majority of the visitors still come from the US, a small but growing number are from Canada, the UK, Australia, and elsewhere. The number of users accessing this site from mobile devices also continues to grow and keeps us on our toes to be sure the web content displays properly.

The trip description pages got almost a third of a million views in 2016 and generated 25,000 direct inquiries through the website’s suggested channels, in addition to inquires from those who may have contacted the sending organizations directly.

Five issues of the ShortTermMissions.com newsletter, designed to remind visitors about the many great opportunities that exist and encourage them to take their next steps, were sent to a list that has now grown to more than 20,000 subscribers.

Meanwhile, the AskaMissionary.com website received 150,000 visits. That’s a six-percent increase from the previous year. The AskaMissionary.com newsletter was sent out quarterly to about 3,000 people including missionaries, mission agency personnel, and those interested in longer-term mission opportunities.

When we add up the numbers, we see that our web services now serve half a million mission-interested people of all ages. Thanks for your encouragement and support in these endeavors!

Training Workshops in Louisville

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Connecting with Mission Leaders

In a few months, for the fourth year in a row, David will put on his Standards of Excellence in Short-term Missions (SOE) “hat” to help provide a short-term missions track and pre-conference training workshop designed to help and facilitate conversations about effective short-term missions with those who attend an annual conference of mission leaders. This year’s Missio Nexus event will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, September 29 to October 1. Last year’s Orlando conference attracted nearly 1000 mission agency leaders and other participants.

A pre-conference workshop will introduce the Seven Standards of Excellence in Short-term Mission and the SOE membership process. Last year this was completely full, and reviews of the workshop were very positive. Please pray for those planning to attend this year. May the relationships begun or nurtured in this context bear fruit for the Kingdom.

Board Retreat

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Once a year our Board (currently Michael, Malachi, Howard, Katie, and David) take two days to review all the great things God has done during the year and review plans for the year to come. It never ceases to amaze us what God has done.

This year was no exception. We sat around the wood stove in the Black Forest north of Colorado Springs and talked it over in detail. God is good.

Read the highlights, as reported in the January issue of Propel »

Sixteen Years of ShortTermMissions.com

Monday, April 11th, 2016

We just competed 16 years of connecting people with their next step in missions involvement—thanks to many of you who enabled us to do this!

During the last 16 years M-DAT has helped well over 3 million people who were searching for volunteer opportunities in the US and overseas. We really appreciate the prayers and support that have made it possible.

Read about our 2016 first quarter traffic reports »

Mission Data International: Bringing People and Missions Together Using Internet Technology

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

By David Armstrong

Making connections: that’s the job of a bridge, or a bottle of glue, or the Internet, and it’s also what M-DAT does by providing services and resources people need to take themselves to their next step in mission involvement.

Our best contribution is in serving those in their twenties and thirties who are somewhere on the journey from hearing God’s call to missions and buying their plane ticket to head overseas. Normally this is a period of 4-6 years, years during which they move from interest to commitment, from desire to departure, from thinking about it to actually doing it.

During this time of preparation, God’s global servants are answering questions like:

  • What kind of ministry focus is God leading me to? Church planting? Bible translation? Starting a relationship-building business overseas? Training pastors and leaders? Friendship evangelism through meeting practical needs?
  • Where in the world should I go? To what kind of people? With what organization?
  • How will this work be funded? How much do I need? How can I raise support?

AskAMissionary.com and PreparingToGo.com are designed to help a person answer those questions and encourage them to persevere. ShortTermMissions.com points people toward transformational mission trips. Articles, resource lists, and newsletters connected to these services point tomorrow’s missionaries to life-changing experiences like the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course.

We are humbled and honored that God has used three couples, a dozen volunteers, and 200 friends and partnering churches to make these services possible through their work and sacrifice. And we appreciate your tracking with us and praying for us over the years.

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