Short-Term Missions Preparation
Being properly prepared for your journey to Cambodia will increase your enjoyment and impact as well as decrease your discomfort and cultural stumbles. Afterall, Cambodia is very, very different than your home. It is the home of the Cambodians so you must consider yourself a guest. Wtih that in mind, Asian Hope would like to help you prepare. Take time to read, study and engage with the following resources. They are designed to give you a headstart in understanding Cambodian culture and making your transition here, no matter how brief or long, as successful as possible.
5 months before your trip: History of Cambodia
4 1/2 months before your trip: Various Points of Khmer Culture with Explanations
4 months before your trip: Understanding Cambodia
3 1/2 months before your trip: What makes the Cambodians Cambodian
3 months before your trip: BARRIERS AND BRIDGES TO THE GOSPEL
2 1/2 months before your trip: Asian Hope Short Term Mission Team Preparation Guide
1 month before your trip: At this point, you will all be getting very excited. Keep encouraging each other to continue shifting your chairs within your team so you are well practiced for when you get here. We would be more than happy to Skype in on one of your meetings at this point as well. At this point, if you have not had a chance to go through some of the material, please go through it. It will really benefit you...and us. Also, review anything you feel like you need to and let me know if there are any questions. We are excited to have you. You may also want to watch the movie "The Killing Fields" as well.
* A short disclaimer: Asian Hope is not the originator of the above materials but is the benefactor of the research and graciousness of others.