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Why I’ll Never Go on a Mission Trip Again

Our well-intentioned attempts to serve Black and Brown people barely made an impact

II grew up in a mostly White church, where a mission trip was a rite of passage. To fund a trip, we’d raise money through car washes, bake sales, or bottle drives. We prayed. We wrote letters to relatives asking for money. We believed we were being called…



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Mariette Williams

Mariette is a freelance travel + culture writer. Her writing has appeared in Travel + Leisure, VICE, Essence, and more. Read more at mariettewrites.com.