Each year, thousands of Americans board airplanes with an intense desire to make a difference in global poverty. They are driven by love for others and good intentions. But unfortunately, good intentions are not enough. Sometimes these people end up harming the very people they are trying to help. This book is a call to re-examine our short-term mission trips. The goal is not to discourage us from such trips, but to help us rethink our methods and goals. If you want to help people while avoiding long-term harm, this book is a must-read. There are things you should know before you go.