How We Mission: 2020 Benin  Trip Faqs

How We Mission: 2020 Benin Trip Faqs

Are you curious about joining us for our Benin trip in 2020 and want more information?

If so, you are in the perfect place! In this third part of our How We Mission series, we are going to share everything you ever wanted to know about our upcoming 2020 trip to Benin. (You can read about the first and second trips in our series here and here.)

Our trip to Benin will be 11/7/20-11/16/20. Benin is located in West Africa and is the birthplace of voodoo. We will fly into Cotonou, travel north, and will serve in 2 small villages that are very interested in being involved in a 3-5 year coaching process to transform themselves and break the cycle of poverty. Together with our partner, Global Hope Network International, we will host a free medical clinic and provide health education, all while sharing the love of Jesus! Here are a list of facts about this 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.

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 Benin trip is $2700. Half of the balance is due 8/14/20, and the rest is due by 10/17/20. 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 (5/16/21), 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?

Yes! Check out this blog post for some tips on raising funds, and don’t forget to download our free fundraising template!

Where can I learn more about your organization?

You can learn about us and our heart for mission work by watching this video:

You can also learn more about us on our about page and our f.a.q. page.

Where can I find your application for this trip?

You can find the application for our Burundi trip on this page.

I can’t attend this trip, but would like to support it financially. How do I do that?

You can donate directly towards this trip by clicking here!

We hope this gives you more information about our trip to Benin, and we hope you will join us next November! Click here to submit your application.

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Are you thinking about joining us on our trip to Benin next year but want to learn more before you take the leap? Learn everything you ever wanted to know about our upcoming 2020 mission trip here: https://missionpartnersforchrist.org/how-we-mission-2020-benin-trip-faqs/
How We Mission: 2020 Liberia Trip Faqs

How We Mission: 2020 Liberia Trip Faqs

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?

Yes! Check out this blog post for some tips on raising funds, and don’t forget to download our free fundraising template!

Where can I learn more about your organization?

You can learn about us and our heart for mission work by watching this video:

You can also learn more about us on our about page and our f.a.q. page.

Where can I find your application for this trip?

You can find the application for our Liberia trip on this page.

I can’t attend this trip, but would like to support it financially. How do I do that?

You can donate directly towards this trip by clicking here!

We hope this gives you more information about our trip to Liberia, and we hope you will join us next March! Click here to submit your application.

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Partnering With Local Organizations On Our Mission Trips

Partnering With Local Organizations On Our Mission Trips

The beauty of serving on multiple missions trips is that we get to partner with new organizations every time!  

On our trip to Burkina Faso, we had the privilege to partner with a local organization, The Burkina Faso Christian Medical and Dental Association. Working with local organizations allows us to to help more people than we could on our own, and helps establish long lasting relationships in the area.

When we first arrived, we landed in Ouagadougou, (pronounced wagadagu) the capital and largest city in Burkina Faso, and then took a flight to Bobo-Dioulasso, where we were joined by the newly formed Christian Medical and Dental Association. We had a great time getting acquainted with 4 of the doctors from the association over dinner!  They shared all about their training, where they are working, and about the Association’s mission. 

For the next four days, our team along with theirs served together in many remote, unreached villages. 

Our American doctors were able to encourage the Burkina Faso doctors and medical students. They were also a great encouragement to us as they showed us how they treat many tropical diseases in Burkina that we don’t see in the United States.

Together we were able to treat more patients than on any other trip= 1894!  

There were three patients we were very concerned about that lived in the rural villages many miles from the city. Two have serious eye conditions and one has leukemia. With the assistance of the Burkina Faso Christian Medical Association, these patients were able to receive additional treatment they otherwise wouldn’t have, and I am so grateful we were able to establish a partnership with them!

The Burkina Faso Christian Medical and Dental Association witnessed how serving in these remote villages opened the hearts of people to the gospel.

  They were very encouraged serving with our team and appreciated the partnership just as much as we did! At the end of our short trip we had some left over medication and supplies that we were able to donate to them.

We had the best time serving the people in remote villages around Burkina Faso and are so thankful that we were able to work together with the Burkina Faso Christian Medical and Dental Association. We couldn’t have helped as many people as we did without them!

Have more questions about serving on one of our mission trips? Want to stay up to date with what’s going on with our organization? If so, be sure to sign up for our mailing list!

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Why You Should Go On A Medical Mission’s Trip

Why You Should Go On A Medical Mission’s Trip

Medical mission’s trips are a great opportunity to explore new cultures and serve people who are in desperate need of medical attention. Of course, medical mission’s trips always require some medical professionals on the team, but not everyone is required to have a medical background! In fact, many members of the team are students because they are able to get healthcare experience and — in some cases — receive class credit or volunteer hours they need for school.

Maybe you’re someone who is looking for some hands-on medical experience. Or, maybe you want to serve but need an organization to help you with the logistics. We would love to help!

Here are a few reasons why you should go on one of our trips:

  1. You will grow closer to Jesus.
  2. You will learn to see the world differently.
  3. You will have to step outside of your comfort zone.
  4. You will be following God’s command (Matthew 28:19-20)

We are confident that when you say “YES” to one of our trips, you are opening yourself up to the world-changing impact that God can give through you!

Are you looking for an opportunity to provide medical attention and education to communities in need? Go on a mission trip! Would you love the idea of shadowing local doctors and nurses and playing an essential role in someone’s care? Come on one of our trips! Do you want to plant the seed of the Gospel into the hearts of people who may have never heard of God’s saving love and grace? Join us on a mission’s trip!

Here on the blog, we have everything you need to know to prepare for your trip!

 

6 “Must-Knows” For A Short-Term Mission’s Trip

Mission’s Trip One-Page Trip Planner

Tips For How To Stay Healthy And Safe On A Mission’s Trip

Scripture Memorization For The Mission’s Field: Free Printable

8 Fundraising Tips To Attend A Mission’s Trip Debt-Free

 

Click here for all the information on our upcoming trips!`

Click here for the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

 

What Is The Key to Medical Missions? Multiply Yourself.

What Is The Key to Medical Missions? Multiply Yourself.

The key to medical missions is to multiply yourself.

You see, you will arrive in a foreign land, offer your valuable medical expertise, make a difference in a community, but then you will leave. You will come home changed and on a “spiritual high,” with memories of positive interactions and life-changing experiences, but those you leave behind are left waiting for the next group to replace you. They rely on the service — not the people serving — because they expect to have their physical needs met by medical mission’s teams who come and go.

But what would most benefit a community is to stop offering a transactional service that comes and goes, but instead provide a transformational service — one that sticks in between and long after your visit.

John Maxwell said, “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” To spread the power and produce other leaders, medical mission’s teams need to focus on multiplying. This doesn’t mean to show up with bigger and better mission’s teams in the future. Instead, intentionally plan how you will leave a place better than when you arrived. Don’t allow important value to be taken away once your trip comes to an end.

Think about this: will you offer services from you and you alone or will you train and equip those within the community to maintain and profit from your labor? True, lasting change comes from building a foundation rather than placing a band-aid on the problem time and time again. Band-aids can easily be ripped off and removed while a foundation allows for one to build.

It’s important to keep in mind that teaching is required for a change to stick.

Just like the saying goes: ”Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”  Don’t make being the fisherman your main focus. Instead, prepare local fisherman to do the same job just as well if not better!

While you are onsite, offer your medical expertise, but schedule time for training as well! Allow local medical staff to observe or even perform the services with your assistance until they can confidently be on their own! Locals are going to be the ones who remain and produce a lasting change. They are just as capable but simply need the training you have experienced. The best thing you can do on a mission’s trip is to instruct, demonstrate, and develop!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela

Don’t just travel to see a difference in the short time you are serving, travel to make a long-lasting difference and multiply yourself.

You don’t have to be the best in your field or save the most lives; you simply have to care. Don’t settle for short-term satisfaction and healing when you have the chance to spread and multiply your efforts! Just like Jesus didn’t heal the sick and walk away, he passed along His wisdom to His disciples to carry this love even after He left this earth.

Go, serve, and multiply yourself!

See you in the mission field!

Sheri Postma, RN
Founder & CEO
Mission Partners for Christ
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Are Mission’s Trips Hurting Instead of Helping?

Are Mission’s Trips Hurting Instead of Helping?

Are mission’s trips hurting those in need?

Mission’s trips can sometimes innocently be a method of hurting rather than helping if we do them for the wrong reasons.

The book When Helping Hurts touches on humble service and focuses on the impact of faith-based organizations trying to alleviate poverty. The book dives in deep explaining the root behind those who serve — some truly want to help those in need while others show up as if they are superior. The book talks about the importance of seeing how some may lack in resources, but we are equal when it comes to our brokenness.

“Until we embrace our mutual brokenness, our work with low-income people is likely to do far more harm than good.”

Before you head out on a mission’s trip or even just serving right where you are, read the book When Helping Hurts. It will guide you to better understand the relationship between spiritual and relational poverty and how we can encourage the materially poor instead of hurting them. The book is an important resource needed for self-examination and intentional service.

In an excerpt from the book, Mission expert Miriam Adeny relates a story told to her by an African Christian friend:

“Elephant and Mouse were best friends. One day Elephant said, ‘Mouse, let’s have a party!’ Animals gathered from far and near. They ate, drank, and sang. And they danced.  Nobody celebrated more and danced harder than Elephant. After the party was over, Elephant exclaimed, ‘Mouse, did you ever go to a better party? What a blast!’ But Mouse did not answer. ‘Mouse, where are you?’ Elephant called. He looked around for his friend and then shrank back in horror. There at Elephant’s feet lay Mouse. His little body was ground into the dirt. He had been smashed by the big feet of his exuberant friend, Elephant. ‘Sometimes, that is what it’s like to do missions with you Americans,’ the African storyteller commented. ‘It is like dancing with an Elephant.’”

Don’t be an elephant!

Listen to the stories of those you are helping. See their humanity as equal to your own and serve with a humble heart. Don’t relish in your ability to lend a helping hand while others are reaching out their hands in need. We only can help others through the grace of God and the power He gives in spite of our weakness. Use His power for good and acknowledge the source of your impact.

 See you in the mission field!

Sheri Postma, RN
Founder & CEO
Mission Partners for Christ
MissionPartnersforChrist.com
Facebook.com/MissionPartnersforChrist
Twitter.com/mission_partner