While a short term worker or team is on the field, stay in touch with them as you’re able. Depending on the length of the trip you may just want to hear their report once they return, but with the ease of communicating globally today, there’s no reason you can’t get updates from them regularly while they are on the field. Many short term workers set up blogs, Facebook pages, or Twitter accounts to keep everyone informed. Thanks to the ease and low cost of video chatting today, you should also consider investing some of your Sunday morning service in a live Skype, Facetime, or Hangouts video chat with the worker or team while they’re on the field. Take these opportunities not just to receive information and updates and encouragement, but to also give back updates and encouragement as well.
Mission workers go out in faith that God will provide their needs through his people. As a worker’s sending church, you share in the responsibility of being the means through which God provides for this worker. Financially supporting a short term worker or team is front-loaded. As there aren’t any recurring or monthly expenses to be concerned with, the lump sum cost of the trip is known well in advance and the Lord usually provides that money through His people beforehand.