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January 30, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Over 2 million individuals will go on a short term mission trip in 2012. Many of those who go will simply be able to write the check for the trip, but others will be a part of individual and organized fundraising events to shore up the money to serve. Since 1975 I have been raising my personal support. Here at Mission Discovery each staff member is asked to raise a portion of the funds needed to supply their annual salary.
January 25, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
New to Mission Discovery trip planning is a new surge of Spring and Summer mission trips for Christian high school groups. I just returned on a trip to Arizona where I spent time with students and staff at a school committed to missional thinking.
January 13, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
So you've made the decision, the church is on-board, and you are ready to take the youth group on an international summer mission trip. Now what? A one-week mission trip in June or July really starts weeks, even months before you arrive on the filed. Every Mission Discovery trip leader is encouraged to attend a webinar or weekend event we call Pre-Field Orientation (PFO). When that training is complete the team leader has tools to prepare the team for the best possible international mission trip!
January 11, 2012 by Maury Buchanan
Meet the Greatest People in the World: First meet Mayra, who saw children in poverty living near her family home in the hills surrounding Antigua. These children had little purpose, and little hope for a future. So Mayra and her family decided to do something about it. They purchased a run-down building and turned it into a school. Now more than a hundred attend, so many that they had to find a bigger building!
December 9, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Today Mission Discovery Michael Kneff and Maury Buchanan sit down for a chat about mission trips in Guatemala. Listen, watch and go with Mission Discovery on this adventure of a lifetime!
December 7, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
News from Bulembu, Swaziland: Harry and Bobby Bisher continue to serve the Lord in Bulembu, Swaziland.  January 1, 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of their work there.  Here is their latest update!  
December 5, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
A BLOG BY Will Davis-Austin, Texas--I spent 24 hours last week in Nashville with my good friends from Mission Discovery. Mission Discovery is an organization that helps individuals and churches discover missions. They specialize in introducing rookies like I used to be into the wonderful, exciting, sometimes intimidating and very life-changing world of missions.
November 24, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
“Mission Discovery.” He read our display logo. “I’ve not heard of you, what do you do?” Last weekend I was at a conference with 3800 youth leaders in Atlanta. At the Mission Discovery booth, Matt, a booth operator with another organization, asked the question I love answering. When I started Mission Discovery I wanted the name to explain exactly what we did. “Our mission is to discover what God is doing in the world, and simply join Him.”
November 24, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
“Mission Discovery.” He read our display logo. “I’ve not heard of you, what do you do?” Last weekend I was at a conference with 3800 youth leaders in Atlanta. At the Mission Discovery booth, Matt, a booth operator with another organization, asked the question I love answering. When I started Mission Discovery I wanted the name to explain exactly what we did. “Our mission is to discover what God is doing in the world, and simply join Him.”
November 20, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Today is the last day for the National Youth Workers Convention here in Atlanta. Mission trips still rise to the top of priorities with youth leaders we talked to here. We asked several what they look for from their Mission Discovery trip experience.
November 6, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
“I’m a youth leader who takes teams on mission trips each summer. How do I have new content each year that is different enough not to loose the interest of those who have been before.” Good question. It is a challenge for a leader who consistently leads teams from his church to have current, relevant prep material. Here are some thoughts that might help.
November 6, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
New this year for Mission Discovery is our work in Hardrock, Arizona. Like many towns on the Navajo Reservation, the people of Hardrock, AZ are experiencing difficult economic times.
October 28, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
It was 19 years ago that the first Jamaica Mission Discovery team worked in a community to rebuild a church after Hurricane Gilbert destroyed it. Today, again, I’m in Jamaica with another Mission Discovery team of 70 adults. After completing the work on that church, Mission Discovery began a partnership with Pastor Leroy Blackwood at Victory Christian Fellowship Church. Leroy had a vision to start a preschool in this needy community. We partnered with the church and now there is a well-built school and church and 55 children in the pre-school.
September 28, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
I have a unique name, "Maury." For a middle school kid in the 1960's it was not a name that helped me slip into obscurity. First day of a new school year was terrifying. Would the new teachers say my name correctly? It took me a long time to realize that the laughs from friends at being called Murray, Mary, Monty, or Marty weren't at me but at the teacher.
September 23, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Looking at the cost of a mission trip has become the focus of church groups here in the U.S. Twice each year we take a hard look at what the needs are in the communities where Mission Discovery serves. We know that it is harder for you to gather as many for a short term mission trip today than it was two and three years ago. Our passion is to see vital work in our communities accomplished at a price that will draw the hands and feed to make that work possible. We do that in several ways.
September 10, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Download the Player Packet The 2014 Mission Discovery Golf Challenge is set for May 8th here in Nashville at Franklin's Temple Hills Golf Course. The event is a vital part of our work.
September 9, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
The beauty of a single Mission Discovery trip that few know about is this: Over a thousand donors help to underwrite each participant fee. Since our beginning in 1991 Mission Discovery donors have come alongside each participant with the dollars needed to make our mission trips possible. Simply, this means two things. One, that the trip price paid by someone who goes on a Mission Discovery trip is lower and that every participant is backed by the prayer of that supporter!
August 3, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
With mission trips in 9 nations including 5 states in the U.S. it's not hard to find great stories of changed lives. Pictured here is Ann Buchanan, wife of Mission Discovery founder Maury Buchanan in Bulembu, Swaziland. Ann spent a week in the tiny African nation as a part of Mission Discovery's partnership with Bulembu Ministries Swaziland. Along with 38 other youth and adults, Ann worked on physical projects in the morning and spent her afternoons in the home of 6 orphans and their "Auntie".
August 2, 2011 by Rich Rohde
Doris Piper is a seventy nine year old widow who lives alone and cleans houses to pay her bills. She has never driven a car, never been to a doctor and never taken a pill of any kind. She is full of energy but the maintenance of her large home in Gallatin has become extremely difficult. The blue tarps on her her indicate serious roof problems. Buckets and pots scattered through her cluttered home was the best she could do to keep the inside dry. Doris began to realize that the leaky roof was too much for her to handle.
June 28, 2011 by Maury Buchanan
Mission Discovery Summer Mission Trips are underway and Maury Buchanan, gives this video update on all that's happening. Mission Discovery organizes trips in 9 nations including the United States for youth, college age, and adult groups.

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