You have participated in STMs -- and you like them, or you don't!
You have been on one or more short-term mission trips. You either like them or you don't. Maybe you like the concept of them, but struggle with the details. Maybe you like the details of traveling and meeting new people, but struggle with the concept of what a short-term mission trip is. Maybe you don't struggle at all, you just want to learn more about the church's role in the Great Commission.
Recommended chapters to read in A Smoldering Wick:
Chapter 3 - What a Short-term Mission Trip Shouldn't Be
Chapter 4 - Intellectual Development of Western Christians
Chapter 1 - What is Justice?
Chapter 2 - What is Charity?
Chapter 6 - Fostering Community and Fostering in Your Community
Chapter 7 - How Integritizing Our Marketing Strategies Leads to Justice
Chapter 9 - Why Participatory Development Matters for the Church
A Lesson from Mexico
Partnering in Development
Typology of Participation