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June 17, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Summer mission trips require a lot of preparation. You’ll need a passport, immunizations (depending on where you travel), culture lessons, language lessons, fundraising, and more. However, don’t overlook the fact that involving your parents would alleviate some of the trip prep pressure. Since you need their blessing to volunteer abroad, consider these simple steps to get your parents involved in your next summer mission trip:
June 17, 2014 by Chris Klinefelter
Summertime is here and it’s never too late to plan an impromptu trip with your family. What better way to spend a vacation than by planning a family mission trip to help those in need this summer? Family mission trips are unique and have their own set of benefits compared to a solo or church mission trip. Consider these 4 reasons why family summer mission trips might be right for your family this summer.
June 15, 2014 by Nathan Walters
Sometimes we struggle to see God.  We ask where He is, and why He doesn’t show up when we need Him.  Other times we see Him in just about everything.  All of creation is screaming, “HERE I AM!”
May 26, 2014 by Nathan Walters
It wiggled it’s way through a baby’s nasal passage and came out of his FACE!  In Haiti, our medical team sends most patients through the “deworming station” after being seen by a doctor or nurse.  There, they enjoy a pill, a dime sized peanut butter snack and a cup of water.
May 26, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Is your friend, coworker or family member going on an international mission trip this summer? Perhaps you’re wondering how you can support them by choosing a special gift to show your encouragement. Last week we talked about giving gifts to children in developing countries. From a monetary donation to a personalized gift, mission trip volunteers always appreciate the gesture. You can show your support in lots of ways. Here are five of the best!
May 19, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
One of the nicest things about spending time as a volunteer abroad is giving gifts to the people you meet along the way, particularly the children. It’s only natural to want to shower these kids with items we take for granted that they may rarely see. It’s important to remember that while it might seem like a great and generous thing to do, gift giving in certain countries, especially in communities where resources are scarce, can easily overwhelm or create feelings that you weren’t expecting. 
May 9, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Helping others as a volunteer abroad is a blessing to be enjoyed. But it’s also important in missionary work to keep a perspective of discipleship so you don’t wind up being self-righteous or of the opinion that you are there to help and teach, exclusively. Because here is the one thing you weren’t expecting on your summer mission trip…
May 1, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
So you are thinking about joining a short term or international youth mission trips. Maybe you feel called to serve, or your youth group or church friends are encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and participate in something bigger.
By volunteering on local or international summer mission trips, you have the opportunity to grow spiritually and deepen your faith.
May 1, 2014 by Nathan Walters
The sun rises early in Haiti.  Dogs barking, roosters crowing, it’s time to peel myself out of bed as all of creation is shouting and begging me to wake up.  What will I experience today? Yesterday I witnessed things I had never dreamed of.  I held a screaming infant as infections were scraped from his sores.  I passed out bags of rice and beans and saw true despair as a crowd of people kept growing and the number of bags kept shrinking.
April 24, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Now is a good time to start planning wardrobe essentials to bring for your summer mission trip, especially if you are going on an international mission trip. Volunteering abroad requires packing some specific items. Here are ten of the best to think about before you start to pack.
April 20, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Packing for any trip can be tricky. Packing for an international mission trip can be really overwhelming! What you will take with you on an international mission trip to Jamaica can be different than what you might take on a summer mission trip to Mexico. Do some research about the place you will be visiting and try to determine what you can expect with climate and conditions. Also keep in mind:  
April 18, 2014
Each scream tore strait through me, they sank to the deepest places of my heart.  My hands, covered in this infants tears, were holding the back of his head and his tiny ears as he restlessly laid in Lori’s lap and Shelly, our nurse, scraped loads of infection from his open wounds.  He had been severely burned.  How could I be calm when the cries of this baby boy could be heard halfway up the mountain?  How could I hide my tears while his mother buried her face in her hands because she couldn’t take the sight of her child in explosive agony.  How could I be p
April 14, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
You’ve booked your mission trip and you’re busy fundraising, packing, and counting down the weeks until you go. Now is a good time to start planning the necessary immunizations and medical plan for your summer mission trip, especially if you are going on an international mission trip. Immunizations are essential for your well-being as a volunteer abroad. If the thought of a few shots scares you, think about getting a preventable disease in a foreign country. Yep, I’d take the shots any day, too!
April 12, 2014
I usually stand back and watch the children at the “Deaf School” play soccer, but this time I jumped in.
April 4, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
A common question from our mission trip participants is -- “What is a travel visa and why do I need one?” It’s a great question to ask before you go on an international mission trip. Here’s a list of the most frequently asked questions about visas and how to obtain the ones you need to visit the countries you will be doing mission work in.
March 27, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
Before you book your international mission trip and starting fundraising there are some basic and practical things to take care of. Now is a good time to start working on a simple, functional and practical plan to make your summer mission trip a success. This week, we will go step by step through the USA passport application process to kick off your time as a volunteer abroad.
March 20, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
So you have committed to an international summer mission trip, and you’re excited about planning your time as a volunteer abroad. Things like organizing fundraising, deciding what to pack, getting to know your team members and youth leaders are probably occupying your thoughts right now!
March 13, 2014 by Simone Loughlin
By volunteering on local or international summer mission trips, you have the opportunity to make friends with new people. Mission trips also provide the ideal opportunity to grow spiritually and learn new skills. Volunteering on a local or an international mission trip involves exposing yourself to other cultures, which will broaden and change the way you approach your life and how you want it to be, not just today, but for years to come.
March 8, 2014
Every mission trip is different.  I have found a few songs that God has used in my life.  If you have been on a trip with me, chances are you heard a few of these. You Steady My Heart – Kari Jobe
March 7, 2014
“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.” – Mother Theresa

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