From a purely selfish standpoint, this IS a blog on the perks of having a short term missionary. Lori came in late January and stayed with me for 4 months: four months of hilarity, late nights, an unending pile of data entry, popcorn, lots (and I mean LOTS) of Coke Zero, and so much more.
Part of any STM's stay should be a chance to see the beauty of the country they are visiting. We can't just lambast them with the poverty and difficulties of the culture, even if that's where we spend 99.9% of our time. An LTM should take the opportunity to take the STM to see some positive aspects that are present in each and every culture and country.
Here's how you make sure your STM has fun:
|You go jumping off a waterfall (Bunga Falls)|
|You go canoeing up a river through a jungle for an hour and a half...|
|...to see another waterfall (Pagsanjan Falls)|
|You see the Guiness Book of World Records qualifying spin of the world's largest top|
|You take them to see the world's smallest active volcano. Incidentally, it's an island within a lake, within a volcano, within a lake, within a (extinct) volcano, with an ocean|
|If you have a staff team-building day, bring the STM with!|
|And every STM needs a debriefing retreat...and if you're in a country consisting of 7,100+ islands, the beach is a must|
|If parasailing costs the same as a meal at TGI Fridays, then by all means... (first for me, too!)|
|And view as many gorgeous sunsets as possible while at said beach debriefing retreat|
Thanks so much for all your hard work, Lori! We miss you already. And thanks for giving me the excuse to put down the stethoscope and fetal doppler to get out and see some of the gorgeous country I live in.