Alison Whitely is the Volunteer and Intern Coordinator for World Vision and is actively involved at Riverside Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado. She earned her B.A. in Biology from Indiana University and her Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She served for four years amongst Muslims in SE Asia, and has a heart for missions. She is married to Derek and blogs at trustingortripping.wordpress.com
I have heard mission agencies, pastors and parents say, “We pray that our people (or students) will be changed” by going on this trip. Their goal in missions is to make us more “thankful for what we have" and to disciple the short-term missionaries. But here’s the deal folks: People around the world are not tourist attractions.