How do I know that God is calling me to go on a mission trip?
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) says that we are to go and make disciples. Jesus has rescued us from sin so we in turn can take the good news of new life to our lost brothers and sisters.
Will it be safe traveling abroad?
Safety is of always 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. In situations where this is not the case, you will have an interpreter to help you communicate with the people.
How do I overcome a feeling of inadequacy?
We rely on God and power to accomplish all things. We are simply obedient to follow his direction. God is more concerned about your availability rather than your ability. The Holy Spirit will accomplish great things through you.
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. Colonial Heights provides assistance to team members and opportunities for scholarships through our association with the MS Baptist Convention.
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 instructed on the customary clothing for that particular trip and region.
Is there a deadline to register for trips?
It is important to register by the deadline that is set. That information is generally available on the "Trips" page on the website. 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. Entry visas will vary by location. The Global Discipleship office will help secure any additional travel documents.
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 during your preparation meetings.
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 and your trip leader will let you know about the local food.
Can I take and use a cell phone?
Cell phones can be taken on most trips; 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. The mission trip leader will have a cell phone in case of an emergency. Also, cell phones are probably one of the most attractive items to be stolen when traveling abroad.
Will I be working by myself?
Generally, 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 the Himalayas which involves mountains and high altitude will be physically challenging while a trip to Scotland will be less physically challenging. Don't forget about spiritual and mental preparation also!
What kind of activities will I be doing?
Each mission partnership will describe its activities.
What if I get sick while on the trip?
A very basic insurance policy is secured for each trip outside of the United States, however, your primary health insurance plays a key role in your care abroad. It may be helpful to contact your provider and ask about benefits while traveling. In the event you become ill or injured, the team leader will assist you in getting medical treatment.
Will I receive training?
Yes. Before traveling, you will meet with your team and go over aspects of the trip.
How do I overcome the fear of the unknown?
Spiritual preparation is key. Understanding that God will accomplish His purpose regardless can alleviate a lot of the anxiety of responsibility that you may feel. Pray and tell God about your concerns. He is faithful to hear and meet our needs.
“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