February 2
How many short-term missionaries are sent from the USA?

Dear Justin, do you know any sources for figures on short-term missionaries going from the US to various countries? In particular, to Haiti? 

A. It depends on how one defines "short-term missionary." The Mission Handbook, 2001-2003 edition, defined one "short term" category as "overseas from 1 to 4 years." For that definition, they noted

  • 5,115 in 1992,
  • 6,562 in 1996,
  • 6,930 in 1999.

Then, for "short-term of 2 weeks up to 1 year," they listed 63,995 in 1996 and 97,272 in 1999.

I don't have a post-2003 edition Mission Handbook on my shelves, although there is one for 2010. Perhaps if someone has a copy they could look up the numbers and email them to me. I suspect it would be significantly higher in the 2003-2010 period, but I also suspect the number has begun to decline (although I don't have hard evidence for this). I don't have specific numbers for workers sent to specific places (like Haiti, for example).