Stewardship of the saints: Safety and church mission trips – by Frank Figliuzzi
Each year, about two million US churchgoers travel abroad to build schools and churches, provide medical care, teach in orphanages, and spread the message of the gospel. Most local people welcome ministers of the faith. Yet, some among the multitudes view these sojourners, instead, as particularly vulnerable victims. Good stewardship calls for church and mission trip organizers to ensure their team safely returns home to share stories of caring rather than crime, and of praying for others rather than being preyed upon. Frank Figliuzzi, JD, is the chief operating officer of ETS Risk Management, Inc., and consults with global clients on travel security. Frank is also a national security contributor for NBC News, Bethesda, Maryland, United States.