How do I know that God is calling me to go on a mission trip?
Will it be safe traveling abroad?
How do I deal with the language barrier?
How do I overcome a feeling of inadequacy?
If I am having trouble coming up with the money to go on a trip, are there scholarships available?
What do I wear?
Is there a deadline to register?
What about a passport?
Will I need any special immunizations?
What should I expect with respect to lodging and food?
Can I take and use a cell phone?
Will I be working by myself?
Will the trip be physically challenging?
What kind of activities will I be doing?
What if I get sick while on the trip?
What about the bathroom facilities?
Will I receive training?
How do I overcome the fear of the unknown?

How do I know that God is calling me to go on a mission trip?
The Great Commission says that we are to go and make disciples. He has rescued us from sin so we in turn can take the good news of deliverance to our lost brothers and sisters.

Will it be safe traveling abroad?
Safety is of utmost importance. You will go through an orientation before traveling abroad and you will receive basic safety instructions.

How do I deal with the language barrier?
You will want to learn a few basic words and phrases; however, English is spoken in many countries. Sometimes you will have an interpreter to help you communicate with the people.

How do I overcome a feeling of inadequacy?
God is more concerned about your availability rather than your ability. The Holy Spirit will empower you to accomplish great things.

If I am having trouble coming up with the money to go on a trip, are there scholarships available?
Lack of money should not be a hindrance. There are many Christian bothers and sisters who cannot go on a mission trip but they are able to give so that others can share the Gospel to a lost world.

What do I wear?
The location and time of year will dictate the type of clothing that you will wear. You will want to pack light. During orientation, you will be told the customary clothing for that particular trip.

Is there a deadline to register?
It is important to register by the deadline that is set. A non-refundable deposit is usually required since plane tickets will likely need to be secured well in advance. If for some reason you are unable to travel, the airline may be able to issue a credit that can be used on a future trip.

What about a passport?
If you are traveling to a foreign country, it is important that your passport is current and is not scheduled to expire within six months of going on the trip.

Will I need any special immunizations?
Each country you travel to will have suggested immunization requirements. Some may be required in order to re-enter the United States. This will be discussed at orientation.

What should I expect with respect to lodging and food?
This will vary greatly. In many cases, the lodging will be similar to the United States. In other cases, you may be required to “rough it.” Usually you will want to drink bottled water or soft drinks. The missionary in the field will let you know about the local food.

Can I take and use a cell phone?
Cell phones can be taken; however, you will need to check with your carrier on how to disable features that would cause you to incur expensive charges. International calls can be extremely expensive. You can pre-pay for a certain number of international text messages before you go. The mission trip leader will have a cell phone in case of an emergency. Cell phones are probably one of the most attractive items to be stolen when traveling abroad.

Will I be working by myself?
You will be working as a team while at other times you will work with a teammate.

Will the trip be physically challenging?
That depends. A trip to Peru which involves mountains and high altitude will be physically challenging while a trip to Turkey will be less physically challenging.

What kind of activities will I be doing?
Each mission partnership will describe its activities. Typical activities involve: sharing your testimony, distributing a New Testament, providing the plan of salvation, etc.

What if I get sick while on the trip?
Health insurance is secured for each trip outside of the United States. In the event you become ill or injured, the team leader will assist you in getting medical treatment.

What about the bathroom facilities?
In many cases, the facilities will be similar to the United States. In some countries, you may encounter varying toilet facilities. You will be told what to expect before you travel.

Will I receive training?
Before traveling, you will meet with your team and go over aspects of the trip.

How do I overcome the fear of the unknown?
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
     - 2 Timothy 1:7

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