Information & Preparation

Philippine Mission Trip

Date: February 14th - March 6th
Cost: $2500

2024 Trip Trip Itinerary
  • Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th
    • Travel to the Philippines.
    • Layover in Istanbul Turkey
    • Arrive in Manila Philippines.
  • Saturday 17th
    • Fly from Manila to Bacolod.
    • Drive from Bacolod to La Carlota
  • Sunday 18th
    • Minister at Pastor Nono's Church
  • Monday 19th -  Wedsday 21sst
    • School Ministry
    • Pastor's Conference
    • Village Ministry (gathering Filipinos and bringing them to the tent revival)
    • Tent Revival
  • Thursday 22nd -  Friday 23rd
    • Go to Camp Canaan
    • Fun & Fellowship
    • Evening Revival Services
    • Sleep Over Night
  • Saturday 24th
    • Return to La Carlota
  • Sunday 25th
    • Local Church Ministry
  • Monday 26th - Wednesday 28th
    • Mini Revival Service at church plant
    • Out reach to the city.
  • Friday March 1st - Saturday March 2nd
    • Free Time & Travel 
  • Sunday March 3rd
    • Ministering at Missionary Israel Flores church
  • Monday 
    • Special Meeting at Pastor Ferdie's church 
  • Monday March 5th - March 6th
    • Return Home

General Packing List

  • Bible
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towel
  • Cloths (check to see what the expectations for clothing is. Every country is different and we want to respect their culture)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Swim suit
  • Dirty laundry bag
  • Flip-flops for shower
  • Warm shirt or jacket for airplane

Packing for tropical and temperate climates

  • Hat and/or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Swim suit

Other Things

  • Passport
  • Apple air-tag for your luggage
  • Baby wipes
  • Dude wipes
  • Electrolyte Powder
  • Travel Pillow
  • Camera
  • Universal Travel Adapter
  • Medication
  • Tylenol
  • Imodium (Just in case)
  • Osmotic laxatives (Just in case)

How To Prepare To Minister

What To Be Prepared For:

  • Singing
    • You will most likely be singing at many of the events you visit. 
    • If you have abilities when it comes to music that will be a great asset on the trip. 
  • Testimonies 
    • Have your testimony written out and rehearsed. 
  • Places we will be ministering 
    • Schools.
    • Local churches.
    • Orphanages.
    • Colleges.
    • Revival Services.
    • Going out to the villages and bringing people to the revivals.
  • Young Men - Be ready to Preaching.
    • These mission trips can OFTEN be unpredictable. 
    • You never know when you may be asked to bring a lesson to a group of young people or even a church service. 
    • This does not always happen but it has happened a lot.
    • It would be wise to have 2-3 messages prepared. 
    • Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. 
  • Connecting with the people.
    • We encourage all of our team members to get to know the people in the different countries we go to.
    • Nothing will impact you more than getting to know the stories of the people you are ministering to.
    • If you don't speak their language, try using Google translate on your phone. It's a great tool for communicating with people from other countries. It's not perfect but it still opens up doors of communication.
  • Be aware that things are going to be different.
    • Travel.
    • Food.
    • Culture.
    • Living 
    • Ect...
    • Be open to what God wants to teach you through this unique experience of visiting another country. 

Travel Tips For International
Mission Trips

Packing and getting there:

  • Make sure you have a valid passport. 
    • If you don’t, you should get one well in advance of your trip. 
    • You may also need a new passport if yours is close to expiring. 
    • Most countries require that your passport be valid six months beyond the date of your trip.
    • Make two copies of your passport in case you lose it. Take one with you and leave the other at home.
    • Take a picture of your passport on your phone. 
  • Find out if you need a visa to enter the country. 
  • Securing a visa can take time, so if you do need one, start the process for obtaining one as early as possible.
  • Research the electrical voltage and plug configuration in the country where you are going. You may need to get an adapter or converter to plug in electronic devices while abroad.
  • Make a plan for exchanging currency. Airports often do not have the best exchange rate. Talk with your hosts before you arrive about where you can safely exchange currency or use a secure ATM.
  • Let your credit card company know you’re traveling outside the country. Take only the credit card(s) you need.
  • Learn about local laws and customs. Your host will be able to help you with this.
  • Learn a few key phrases in the local and/or national languages.
  • Let your credit card company know you’re traveling. Only take the credit card(s) you need.
  • Some countries require a tax to enter and leave the country. Check to see if this is included in your ticket cost.
  • Some countries require a parental consent form for minors traveling without a parent. If you will be traveling with minors, check what the policies are for your destination. It is always a good idea to have parental consent forms when traveling internationally with minors.
  • Be aware of any travel alerts or warnings for the place you are traveling to. U.S. travel advisories and alerts.
  • Find out what your health insurance provider will cover while you’re in another country.
  • Get a medical release form from your church or the organization through which you’re serving. Plan to take the signed form with you and leave an extra copy at your church.

While your there:

  • Have a plan for storing passports. DO NOT  LOSE YOUR PASSPORT!  Your host may have instructions. If you are a minor, it might be best for a leader them.
  • Consider purchasing a TSA/CATSA-approved lock for your luggage. Leave luggage locked while it is in your room during the day.
  • Don’t give away money to people on the streets. If you want to give money or donations to people the ministry works with, check with the local ministry staff first, and allow the donation to go through their normal processes.
  • Check with your host about the appropriateness of gift-giving in their culture. It may be customary to exchange gifts with people.
  • Keep your camera or cell phone in your bag when you aren’t using it.
  • Don’t pet stray animals.

Food Safety:

    • Only drink bottled water.
  • If you are offered food, it is always polite to accept it. 
    • However, if there is something that you find questionable, you can probably refuse politely. 
    • If you have an allergy or intolerance, by all means, let your hosts know that the food looks delicious but that you are allergic.
  • It may be difficult to maintain certain eating preferences (such as gluten-free or vegan) in other cultures. 
    • If you do not have a medical reason to be on a special diet, please be flexible while on your trip.
  • Bring non-perishable snacks. 
    • Eating new or different foods doesn’t agree with everyone, and sometimes the meal schedule is different than what your body is used to.
    • It is impossible to guarantee the safety of food and beverages when traveling, especially in developing countries. 
    • But you can still enjoy local food; it is part of the joy of traveling. Listen to your host’s instructions; they will take great care of you.
  • Most people do not experience severe problems outside of traveler’s diarrhea, which is normal and nearly impossible to avoid. (Sorry!) 
  • Here are a few ways to reduce your risk of foodborne illness:
    • Rule of thumb for food: boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it.
    • Eat foods that have been cooked thoroughly and are still steaming hot.
    • Avoid raw fruits and vegetables that cannot be peeled. Salad might be tempting, but veggies such as lettuce are easily contaminated and very hard to wash well.
    • Peel fruits and vegetables yourself if possible. Wash your hands with soap first, and do not eat the peelings. Ideally, you should also wash and dry the fruit or vegetable yourself.
    • Use antibacterial liquid hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available (but washing with soap and water is best).
    • Avoid foods and beverages from street vendors when possible.
    • Avoid popsicles and flavored ices that may have been made with contaminated water.
    • Boil drinking water for one minute or buy bottled water. You should also use bottled, boiled, or chemically treated water for preparing food.
    • Ask for drinks without ice unless the ice is made from bottled or boiled water.
    • Drink beverages made with boiled water whenever possible (hot tea and coffee are safe).
    • Carry safe water with you if you are going out for the day and the availability of safe water is not guaranteed.
    • Use bottled or boiled water to brush your teeth.
    • There is no problem with showering in regular tap water. Just don’t open your mouth and drink the shower water.
    • Become a consistent hand-washer (if you aren’t already!). While some illnesses are airborne, many more can be avoided simply by washing your hands regularly. When soap and water are not available, individually wrapped moist wipes or antibacterial hand sanitizer are recommended. 
    • Always eat with clean hands.

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