Are you thinking about joining us on a missions trip next year but want to learn more before you take the leap?
If so, you’ve come to the right spot! We get a lot of questions from potential volunteers, so we thought it would be helpful to do an in-depth series explaining everything you ever wanted to know about our upcoming 2020 trips. (This is part 1. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!)
Our first trip of 2020 is March 7-16 in the West African country of Liberia. Unfortunately, this country has experienced several civil wars in which over 95% of the countries health facilities were destroyed. They have very limited access to medical care and over 83% of the population lives below the international poverty line. Here is a list of facts about our upcoming trip, we hope it will help you decide whether to join us! Of course, if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to contact us via email.
What language is spoken in Liberia?
The official language of Liberia is english, but there are also over 20 indigenous languages spoken. Chances are most people will speak english so communicating should be fairly straight forward.
How much does it cost to join this trip? Do I have to pay the entire amount to secure my spot?
The cost for our Liberia trip is $2700. A $300 deposit is required within 2 weeks of registering for the trip to secure your spot and will go towards the total balance. Half of the balance is due 11/15/19, and the rest is due by 2/15/20. Additionally, there is a $100 application fee.
What does the cost of this trip cover?
The cost of each of our trips include meals, travel, and accommodations. If a tourism day is built into the trip, travel is included. Volunteers are responsible for the cost of souvenirs or other optional activities they wish to pursue.
How old do I have to be to participate in this trip?
For liability purposes, you must be 18 years or older to participate in a trip with us.
What are my responsibilities while attending this trip?
All we ask is that you are willing to serve as a unified team member and are willing to be flexible. We assign roles and and discuss more specific trip responsibilities during our first team meeting which will be held via zoom video conference. Additionally, we ask each participant to attend all team meetings, be on time during the trip and attend all trip activities.
What type of documentation do I need to provide to attend this trip?
All participants need to provide a passport with 2 blank pages and at least 6 months expiration date past return date of trip (9/16/2020), a clear color copy of your passport, 2 additional passport photos, and a visa (this will be discussed during our first team meeting).
Furthermore, doctors and dentists must provide a clear copy of their medical degree, certificate or evidence of completing internship, CV, reference letter from employer, and a copy of current medical license. Nurses must provide a clear copy of their nursing degree, nursing license, a resume, a reference letter from their employer, and an official transcript.
Are there any vaccines or other medical requirements to participate?
All volunteers are required to get a yellow fever vaccine before they can obtain their visa. We also recommend you consider obtaining Hepatitis A and oral typhoid vaccines, as well as prescription medication to prevent malaria.
Are there any other requirements that I should know about this trip?
Yes. We do require a background check, and that you sign a waiver.
I need help raising funds for this trip. Can you help me?
One of my favorite parts about doing mission work are the friendships I’ve developed along the way.
Of course nothing can compare to the experience of helping others, telling people about Jesus, and witnessing them give their lives to Christ, but coming home with new friends all across the world is something I will always cherish.
On mission trips you have the opportunity to meet a lot of people.
There are the local volunteers that assist with the outreach, the people you may meet at the local village church everyone attends, and the people that translate for you or drive you around. The opportunities to develop friendships are endless! And with today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to keep in touch after your mission trip is over.
8 years ago I met Aude.
He was my translator on one of our trips, and we quickly became friends. Many of our conversations focus on our love of Jesus and I treasure our friendship! His father has experienced health issues the past few months and I’ve been able to pray along with him. I love that we can keep in touch, pray for, and encourage each other even though we are miles apart!
Because of mission work I have made lifelong friends all over the world, and I am so grateful to have so many friendships!
Many of the Christians we meet in third world countries are the minority. They need our encouragement and prayers, and love being able to keep in touch with other Christians from all over the world as well.
You did it. You’ve answered the call from God and said YES to your first missions trip!
Preparing for your first missions trip is such an exciting time, and you might have a lot of questions, but the number one question we get from people entering the mission field for the first time is: How do I raise enough money to fund my trip? Here are our top 5 tips and tricks on how to raise funds for your next missions trip:
1. Share your story
Your story is powerful, so when you approach a person or business about donations, be sure to lead with your story. Why are you going on this particular trip? How did you connect with the organization you chose? Why do you have a passion to serve in this type of way?
2. Explain the problem
What problem is your chosen organization attempting to solve? Is it hunger and malnourishment in underserved nations, or the lack of healthcare in certain areas of the world? Be clear about what problem your organization is trying to solve and what they are doing about it.
3. Be specific
When asking for funds to help you on your missions trip, it helps to be specific. People want to know exactly what their money is going towards, so whether it’s to help with airfare or provide extra medical supplies, don’t be afraid to list off a few things their donation will help purchase.
4. Offer an alternative
Not everyone is able or willing to donate to your trip, and that’s ok! Don’t be discouraged if some people can’t donate, but definitely offer them an alternate way they can help! Asking for prayer and encouragement is a great way someone can be a part of this journey if they can’t give financially.
5. Be thankful
No matter what, always end with gratitude! Make sure to let whoever you’re approaching know how thankful you are for whatever they are able to give, whether that’s money, prayers, or encouraging words. Having an attitude of gratitude always makes people feel good!
If this isn’t your first time raising funds for a missions trip, is there anything you would add to this list? If so, please let us know in the comments. If this is your first time raising funds and you are still struggling to find the words to ask for help, feel free to download our free fundraising letter template to help you on your way!
Just because you can’t go on a missions trip right now, doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference!
Maybe you just don’t have the funds right now to join your organization of choice on a missions trip, or maybe a trip isn’t feasible due to a medical issue. No matter the reason, there are many other ways to make a difference in the missions organization you are passionate about! Here are a few ways you can support them without traveling:
Praying for an organization you want to support is one of the best ways you can help them. Many Christian non-profits like ours also have a prayer team, so make sure to check their website to see how you can join. If you want to join ours, just send us an email and we’ll get you added to the team!
Non-profit missions organizations simply cannot run successfully without the financial help from donors like you! In fact, donor support is exactly how we are able to keep our costs so low for volunteers that travel on missions with us. Every dollar that you can give to an organization you’re passionate about helps so much! Want to support our organization? You can make a donation here.
Gather supplies to donate
Many missions teams can also benefit greatly from supply donations. There are so many items teams need to bring on their trips, that supply donations end up being a huge help. A warning though: Before you start collecting supplies, make sure to contact the organization you want to donate to first and find out what they actually need! If you would like to donate supplies to us, you can contact us for a supply list.
Encourage your friends that are going on a trip
Even though attending a missions trip may not be in the cards for you (yet!), you can make a huge difference by supporting and encouraging your friends that are able to volunteer in this way! Check out this blog post for a helpful list of ways to support your friend or loved one on their next mission trip.
Find ways to give back to your local community
Though giving back to your local community doesn’t directly help the missions organization you would like to travel with in the future, it definitely DOES make a difference! As Christians we are called to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), and that includes the nation right in our own backyard. So no matter where you live, find people that need help, then go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus to them.
We hope this list will help encourage you that no matter which way you are able to support missions organizations, that your help DOES make a big difference and is greatly appreciated. Do you have anything to add to this list? If so, please let us know in the comments!
You’ve just heard from a good friend that they booked their first mission trip. This is exciting news, but how do you best support them?
Raising funds, arranging travel, and serving during a mission trip itself can be emotionally and mentally exhausting, so the support of friends and family during this time is crucial. Here are four ways you can support your loved one on their journey:
1. Pray For Their Mission Trip
Prayer is probably one of the most important things you can do to support your friend or loved one during their trip! As Christians we know that prayer can move mountains. Don’t know what to pray for specifically? This post offers 31 ways to pray for missions.
2. Encourage Them
Being your friend’s greatest supporter will go a long way towards easing their fears of the unknown, and help them feel encouraged. A simple text message letting them know how proud you are of them will be enough to lift their spirits when the going gets tough. For an added dose of encouragement, consider sending a care package with them filled with notecards containing a scripture and encouraging word for them to open on each day of their trip.
3. Give Financially
You simply can’t go on a missions trip without funding, so supporting your loved one’s trip financially can be one of the best ways to help! Even if you can only give $5, every little bit counts.
4. Spread The Word About Their Mission Trip
Another way to help financially is to spread the word about your friend’s trip for them to help raise funds! When people are personally connected to a cause they are more likely to give, so share away! If you need help coming up with the words to say you can download our free fundraising letter template here.
What about you? What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments. The more we support others with their mission work, the more people we can serve around the world!