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What prepares people in churches to manage their time and their material wealth in such a way as to become a blessing to God's servants and lost people that God loves? What makes them go from being a spectator to a participator? Let me introduce you to Peter Rall, a member of Valley Forge Baptist Temple where Dr. Scott Wendell is the pastor. After you read about his involvement in his local church, you will have a better understanding of what makes some Christians do what they do. Brother Rall sent me this article entitled “Short-Term Missions for Time-Starved People” after we had met in Avondale, Arizona, in September 2012. Short-Term Missions for Time-Starved People by Peter Rall In my job as a territory sales representative, I often mention the features and benefits of the product I sell—commercial truck tires and retreads. Taking note of the features and benefits helps to show the customer both the need and value of having the product. Are there features and benefits to us as church members in going on a missions trip? You better believe it! The feature, the distinctive part, of the missions trip is that we put ourselves on a foreign mission field, to allow God to work through us. The resulting benefits are these: missionary families are encouraged, church members of the churches we visit see lay people involved in Christian service, souls are saved and the Gospel is presented to others through preaching, soul winning and tract distribution. None of us question the need for missions. We are aware of the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19–20. However, in addition to praying for missionaries and giving through our local church, have we considered actually going to visit one of the missionary families that our church supports? I took my first week- long missions trip in 1990. My pastor had my wife and me lead a team of teenagers and 12 single adults to Puerto Rico. We spent the week passing out tracts, visiting with missionaries on the island, preaching, singing and sharing our testimonies in Spanish. I do not know about everyone in the group, but I do know that two of the teens from that trip are serving full-time on the mission field today. One is in Australia and the other is a missionary wife and mother serving in Uganda. Since that first trip, I have been active in my local church in going on missions trips. During all of the 1990s, my job only gave me two weeks of vacation. I took one for missions and the other for personal pursuits. Just as we are to be good stewards of our money, we are also to be faithful stewards of our time. Are you giving back of your time to God? Ephesians 5:16 tells us we are to be redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Vine's Expository Dictionary explains this verse as “Making the most of every opportunity, turning each to the best advantage since none can be recalled if missed.” We need to ask ourselves if we are giving God of our time. In 2002 with no vacation time left for the year, an opportunity came for me to go to Peru.