Do I need a passport?
Yes. If you don’t already have a current U.S. passport, you may obtain one by picking up the forms at certain branches of the U.S. Post Office or go online to http://travel.state.gov/passport. Note that passports typically take six weeks to process. NOTE: Your passport cannot expire within 6 months of the travel date. The team leader keeps all photocopies for the team. Each team member keeps their originals with them at all times. Leave another copy at home with someone you can easily get in contact with while you are abroad.
Are mission trips tax-deductible?
All our mission trips are hands-on experiences. Additionally, your journey may contain a significant amount of work in service to the poor. This service may be realized in the building of houses, the feeding of the hungry, the care of children, and other activities that will bring love and hope to those who desperately need it. The expenses paid to attend your mission trip ARE tax-deductible under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). Please consult your accountant or tax advisor for more information.
Is insurance provided?
Yes, Medical Evacuation Insurance is provided. You should check with your personal medical insurance carrier to confirm that your insurance would cover any overseas illness.
Is financial assistance available to help pay for a mission trip?
Every year, people raise support in order to participate. We can help you know how to write fundraising letters along with providing personal donations forms that can be submitted directly to us.
Are there steps I can take to prepare for a mission trip?
Yes! First off, please make sure you are up to date on all vaccines. Make sure your passport is currently valid (the expiration date cannot be less than six months from your travel date.) Find someone who has gone on this trip previously, and ask them questions! Prior to the trip, your team leaders will provide specific steps for preparation at team meetings.
How can I support mission trips from home?
The biggest way to support global missions from home is to commit to pray for safety, courage, spiritual energy, and strength for our missionaries and our short-term teams. You can “adopt” a child from Casa Hogar through our Promise Child project. Email Dawn Bradley for details. You can also donate shoes at Christmas for Casa Hogar, financial assistance for Christmas meal for the poor in Mexico City, and glasses throughout the year for Armonia. If you would like to donate specifically to our missions ministry, you can give online now and select the “Missions” fund.