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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.

» Learn more about the Mission Leaders Conference in Louisville and the Standards Introductory Workshop.

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.

Celebrating 15 Years

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Bringing people and missions together using internet technology

This past month M-DAT celebrated its fifteenth year of serving the Christian community by connecting people with mission opportunities. Interest in M-DAT’s web services has consistently grown over the years. Will you join us in celebrating what God has done?

A Mission Trip Search Engine?

M-DAT was founded March 31, 2000. It grew from a vision to work with mission organizations to see a cooperative resource come together that would enable people to connect with mission opportunities quickly. Peter, our co-founder, recognized the need for such a service during his senior year at university. ShortTermMissions.com has now seen 2.2 million visits as people have searched for ways to serve God’s church and His kingdom around the world.

Services for Aspiring Missionaries

In 2009 the ministry expanded to include AskaMissionary.com, where missionaries answer questions and share about real life issues and challenges, and PreparingToGo.com, a resource center for would-be missionaries. In 2014 AskAMissionary.com had more than 88,000 visits and more than 180,000 page views.

Strategic Partnerships

Along the way we have partnered with scores of short-term and long-term sending agencies who use our services or contribute content, and also collaborated with ministries that equip and assist those who go.

This year, to continue our push for excellence in mission trips, we are promoting a web service that allows participants to rate their experience. MissionsTripsReviews.com was created by Amanda Jones who works for Christ for the Cities. Currently 13% of the organizations who post trips on ShortTermMissions.com have been rated there. We are encouraging the rest of our organizational partners to ask their short-termers to rate them there also.

Supporting M-DAT

Would you like to help expand the effectiveness of M-DAT services like ShortTermMissions.com and AskaMissionary.com? You can do so by giving through our online PayPal form. You do not need to have a PayPal account to do so. You may also send a check to M-DAT with a note to use the funds for expanding the reach of ShortTermMissions.com and AskaMissionary.com.

» Help support M-DAT with a donation through http://www.mdat.org/donate.

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