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TABLE OF CONTENTS PREP TIME MISSIONS HISTORY

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MISSION TRIP POLICIES

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WHY DO WE GO ON MISSION TRIPS

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ROCK CITY’S FOCUS

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SAN SALVADOR

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LA LIBERTAD

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CHOLUTECA

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INDIA

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WHAT WILL WE DO ON MISSION TRIPS

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QUESTIONS + ANSWERS

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RAISING SUPPORT

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SAMPLE SUPPORT RAISING LETTERS

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EVANGELISM

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SCRIPTURE

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GRACE + WORKS

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ACCEPTING JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR

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THE LOVE OF GOD

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CATHOLICISM

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CULTURE AND GUIDELINES

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SPANISH LESSONS

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PACKING

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TRIP DETAILS

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KNOW YOUR TEAM

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THOUGHTS + EXPECTATIONS + DREAMS

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GO TIME GO TIME (DAILY JOURNAL: 8 DAYS)

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HOME TIME DEBRIEF

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RE-ENTRY

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NOW WHAT?

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MISSIONS HISTORY Rock City Church opened its doors on April 3, 2011. Forty team members gathered in a circle in the lobby of the AMC Theatres at Lennox Town Center to pray for the people who would walk through the doors for the very first time. By the start of the first public worship experience, 40 turned into 430, and with that, momentum continued to build.

2011

From the beginning, Rock City has been committed to serving and giving not only in Columbus, but in other places around the world. In October 2011, four people from Rock City, together with people from Cedar Creek Church embarked on a mission trip to Choluteca, Honduras.

2012

Rock City sent 13 people on two separate mission trips to Choluteca. Serving the Lord and the local GCLA (Great Commission Latin America) church for one week, missionaries had many opportunities to show love in tangible ways to the community and shared the Gospel with many people. As God continued to grow Rock City, GCLA approached the leaders with a vision to partner with more ministries in Central America.

2013

After seeing a need in El Salvador first hand, Rock City committed to giving $40,000 to complete the construction of the Guayabo Children’s Development Center. The new partnership in San Salvador also provided the opportunity to plan and implement a mission trip there. In August, 17 people from Rock City said “yes” to going, serving the local GCLA church, and sharing the Gospel with hundreds of people.

2014

As 2013 came to a close, Rock City celebrated 35 international missionaries that year. Anticipating growth in the coming year, six trips were planned in 2014 to Choluteca, San Salvador, and the first youth mission trip to New York City. Giving shoes to children, building new houses for families, and praying with people on the streets were just a few of the many highlights of those trips. With 81 people participating in mission trips in 2014, there was still a sense that that was only the beginning of what God had in store for Rock City.

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2015

110 short-term missionaries went on 11 different trips, including Rock City’s first trip to India. This trip to India was focused on providing quality medical and dental care to pastors and their families. Similar to prior years, 2015 was full of new short-term missionaries and those retuning back to the countries they had previously served to continue God’s work.

2016

134 people served on short-term mission trips in the United States and other countries. As natural disasters happened in the southern and eastern part of our own country, we felt the call to go, rebuild and bring hope. Joining efforts with Samaritan’s Purse, our teams were able to respond quickly in 2 cities after the natural disasters happened. A new partnership was also established with the GCLA church in La Libertad, El Salvador. After seeing the need, Rock City faithfully followed God’s call and committed to investing another $40,000 for the Children’s Development Center and the local church. Since the first mission team of 10 people went in July, 2 more trips were planned for the following year and we anticipate many more teams serving in La Libertad in the future.

We are praying and believing that He will continue to provide even bigger opportunities, which require bold steps of faith in the future. He is calling many to pray, many to give, many to go and many to serve. Thank you for being a part of a mission trip. You are a part of something much greater than yourself. We, as the family of God and the church, are committed to being the hands and feet of Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

“NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DO FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY THAN ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, ACCORDING TO THE POWER AT WORK WITHIN US, TO HIM BE GLORY IN THE CHURCH AND IN CHRIST JESUS THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS, FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN.” EPHESIANS 3:20-21

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MISSION TRIP POLICIES 1

Rock City’s main purpose for all mission trips is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are open to God’s will and His plans. Therefore, we must always be willing to be flexible. No plans are ever set in stone.

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All monetary deadlines will be communicated well in advance. If you know ahead of time that you are unable to meet a financial deadline, please tell the Global Outreach Coodinator. Due to Rock City’s non-profit status, no money may be refunded after a donation is turned in for a mission trip. However, money may be transferred to another trip within one year of the most recent donation. If a person cancels within six weeks of the departure date, he or she may have to forfeit all funds raised for a mission trip since Rock City may be required to pay travel cancellation fees.

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All trips require a passport. Each team member must show a current passport by the fourth training meeting. Try not to procrastinate, as this process can take weeks and even months. Delays are not uncommon.

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Team unity is a must for all mission teams. Therefore, please make your best effort to attend all 4 training meetings.

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Discretion with attire, language and behavior is essential and temptation is ever present. Personal appearance and conduct should always glorify the Lord. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the Devil and He will flee from you.” James 4:7

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Complaining of any sort will not be tolerated. If you have a problem or complaint with anything or anyone, take your concerns directly to your team leader. “Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.” Proverbs 27:20

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Be thankful, appreciative, and sensitive to your hosts from the local church and/or organization. A majority of what they do for your group is voluntary and may not be paid for by their church.

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Unacceptable activities during missions trips include but are not limited to: • Using narcotics (prescription medicines are the only exception) • Consuming any alcoholic beverage • Gambling of any kind • Flirting, dating or attempting to start a romantic relationship of any kind • Use of tobacco

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WHY DO WE GO ON MISSION TRIPS? Jesus says in Mark 16:15-16, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved.” Again in Matthew 28:18-20, He tells us, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” IN SHORT, WE GO ON MISSION TRIPS BECAUSE JESUS COMMANDS US TO “GO!” Notice that He didn’t just tell the religious leaders and scholars, the pastors and theologians, to “GO.” His message is to the Church, to the entire Body of Christ, to each and everyone of His followers … to you and to me! The God of the universe gives us the authority to go and speak on His behalf, however insecure and hesitant we may feel about our adequacy. “But God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” 1 Timothy 1:7. That God would entrust us to be His ambassadors is nothing short of amazing! Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:18b-20b, “...And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. We are Christ’s ambassadors ...” Every person who has chosen to receive the forgiveness offered by Jesus has the privilege and responsibility to be His representative, His ambassador. And every person you encounter, whether at home in Columbus, Ohio, or thousands of miles away in Honduras, El Salvador or India...is deeply loved by God.

WE GO because God has blessed us immeasurably, therefore we are called to BE a blessing to others. This is God’s way: Blessed to be a blessing. as humble learners with teachable hearts. so that we can increasingly mature into sacrificial world missions’ supporters; whether through prayer, generous giving of our money, time, talents and resources; or even deciding to go long-term into the mission field. to become influencers, who will motivate and mobilize others to come alongside God’s heart for the lost and the poor. with the confidence that we will return home forever changed.

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ROCK CITY’S FOCUS MISSION STATEMENT Rock City’s current missions focus is primarily in Central America and India. While there are many opportunities around the world where we could serve, we have chosen to go places where God has already been working for several years through Cedar Creek’s partnership with G.C.L.A. (Great Commission Latin America). We have also recently partnered with Alpha Ministries in India.

WHO IS CEDAR CREEK? In 1994, five people attending a church leadership conference were impacted by the idea that the local church is the hope for the entire world. They envisioned such a church being planted in the greater Toledo area. During that same year, 25 people gathered to form the core of what is now known as Cedar Creek Church. Twenty-five people grew to 180 the following year. By 2001, attendance soared to 2,600 and then to 5,000 in 2004. In recent years, the church has launched satellite locations and partnered with churches, such as Rock City, to continue to fulfill their mission to help spiritually restless and unchurched people love Jesus, serve others and tell the world about Christ.

For more information, visit cedarcreek.tv

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WHO IS GCLA? Great Commission Latin America (G.C.L.A.) is an association of churches that are united with the same doctrine, central values, history and a common call to make disciples of Jesus Christ. With an emphasis to reach Latinos, G.C.L.A. has 33 churches in 11 different countries. Latin American countries that are on the brink of economic, political, social, cultural and moral collapses, this need is more crucial than ever. Latin American societies need Jesus’ message of hope and transformation. G.C.L.A. builds partnerships with US churches and ministries to strengthen its local churches and transform communities with the Gospel. Missionaries who visit G.C.L.A. churches’ project sites serve in holistic community development projects aimed at restoring the quality of life of individuals and their families. These mission efforts are primarily directed to serve single mothers, the elderly, children and youth at risk.

For more information, visit english.igcla.com

WHO IS ALPHA MINISTRIES? Alpha Ministries has been planting churches for more than 45 years in one of the most strategic mission fields in the world, the 10/40 window. Today, they are ministering in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar and West Africa. Since their founding in India in 1965, Alpha Ministries has been training and mobilizing native missionaries through a dynamic learning process. Individuals trained through this program are sent out with a renewed vision for pioneer church planting. As they look forward to the future of missions, they’re looking ahead with 20/20 vision: to train 100,000 church planters in Asia by 2020 and to plant 100,000 churches where no church exists.

For more information visit alphaministries.net

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“FOR EVEN THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED, BUT TO SERVE, AND TO GIVE HIS LIFE AS A RANSOM FOR MANY.” MARK 10:45

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SAN SALVADOR E L S A LVA D O R

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_ San Salvador is the capital city of the Central

_The hotel where we will be staying is located

American country, El Salvador, as well as the

in the city, near the GCLA church. This hotel

capital of the San Salvador department.

has all of the basic necessities with a central location.

_ El Salvador is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, _Guayabo is a community overlooking the city

Honduras and Guatemala.

where the church has been doing outreach _ It is the largest and most populated

since July 2010. Traveling up the road to

municipality. San Salvador is also El

Guayabo you’ll see restaurants, coffee shops

Salvador’s most important political, cultural,

and tourist attractions. Once off the main road,

educational and financial center.

the need becomes very visible. It is a poor community of an estimated 5,000 families,

_ The population of El Salvador is near 7

each with an average income of $100 per

million people in an area slightly smaller than

month. A majority of these families have no

the state of Massachusetts. This fact makes it

running water, which contributes to multiple

the most densely populated country in Central

medical issues associated with contaminated

America and is often overlooked by travelers

water and dust. Knowing this information the

due to its history of civil war. It is, however,

church has built a Children’s Development

perhaps the most accessible, diverse, and

Center where over 170 children attend.

affordable countries in Central America. _Located 30-40 minutes from San Salvador is _ El Salvador has the third largest economy

a community called Soyapango. This location

in Central America (behind Costa Rica and

has a church service on Sunday mornings

Panama).

and they also recently started a Children’s Development Center. Over 70 children from the

_ 19% of the population lives on less than

community come before and after school for a

$1.25 per day.

meal, Bible lesson, help with their homework and spiritual care.

_ It is known as the “Land of the Volcanoes” because of the more than 20 volcanoes in the

_The GCLA church has also partnered with

country. Two of them are currently active.

a high school and a university in the city. At both places, there are opportunities to share the Gospel in the classroom and evangelize to students one-on-one or in a small group setting. _As short-term missionaries, we will be assisting the church and the Children’s Development Center with their community outreach efforts. This includes teaching Bible lessons, serving in a medical clinic, visiting families in their home, doing arts and crafts with the kids, and evangelizing in the community.

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LA LIBERTAD E L S A LVA D O R

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_La Libertad is a port on the Pacific Coast of

_Despite poverty and other circumstances,

El Salvador, home to more than 35,000 people.

the GCLA church has become one of the most

La Libertad is a town with an average salary of

cohesive and love-driven churches. It began

$3,500 a year.

in 1991, started small and has since grown to

_Some have to travel 45 minutes to San Salvador to work or go to school. Given that La Libertad is on the coast, some people may survive off of fishing and selling the catch of the day. The ocean also attracts tourists for surfing and relaxing at the beach. _Gangs are active in La Libertad with identified zones in the city. It’s not unusual for gangs to recruit youth coming from broken families with hopeless futures. There are 2 ways out of a gang in La Libertad: Death or join a local

a congregation of around 150 people, with 9 different small groups . With a recent change in location in April 2016, the church has seen exciting growth. _In 2010, the GCLA church began its own Children’s Development Center (C.D.C.), which is now providing care for more than 60 children. Through our Child Sponsorship Sundays, people at Rock City are sponsoring more than 30 children there.

evangelical church.

_The C.D.C has a sewing and carpentry

_Many international surfing competitions

make money to save for college. By entering

program for the teenagers, which helps them

have taken place in El Salvador because of

into this program and working to raise their

its beautiful beaches and powerful waves. It

own funds, teenagers begin to see that hard

is even common to see people with surfing

work produces ample opportunity. What could

boards at the airport.

seem to be a mundane task, such as making bedsheets, becomes an investment in their

_The national dish is the famous and delicious

future.

pupusa. _The need for beds in this community allows missionaries to put their hands to work alongside these teenagers in order to build beds. This opportunity to work with these youth, not only gives a bed to a child in need, but it inspires the youth to invest in their future. _As short-term missionaries, there are many opportunities to serve God and the local church. These include teaching Bible lessons to the children, building and delivering beds for families in need, visiting the local orphanage, and working with the youth.

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CHOLUTECA HONDURAS

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_ Choluteca, Honduras, is situated between

_Our team will be staying in the mission

El Salvador and Nicaragua and is home to

house in a community called Casa Hogar

over 150,000 Hondurans. It is the capital city

Vida. The accommodations are excellent, with

of the Honduran department (state), which is

access to safe food, clean water, and even the

also named Choluteca. This city is considered

opportunity to do laundry. In this community,

the regional center of southern Honduras,

there is an orphanage close to the mission

primarily because it’s the only major Honduran

house, which provides a true loving home for

city on the Pan-American Highway.

these children. Located 15 minutes outside the city, the homes in Casa Hogar Vida were

_ Choluteca is regarded by many as the second

built by the church to show the residents that

hottest city in Honduras.

they are loved, living up to its name “House Home Life.”

_ When Hurricane Mitch hit in 1998, Choluteca received more rain than any other place

_The GCLA church is located in the city and

impacted by the storm: 3 feet in a few days.

since services are on Saturday nights, there

This is typically the amount they would

may be an opportunity to attend two services

receive in 212 days. As a result, the Choluteca

during the trip.

River swelled to six times its normal width, temporarily submerging entire neighborhoods

_Limon, located about 15-20 minutes outside

and causing many deaths.

the city, presents a stark contrast from the living conditions in Choluteca. The poverty

_ Health conditions in Honduras are among

here forces families to live in deplorable

the worst in the Western Hemisphere. There

conditions and substandard housing. The

are an estimated 83 physicians, 25 nurses, and

Children’s Development Center is located in

1 dentist per 100,000 people.

the middle of this community.

_ The city is mainly known as an agricultural

_Las Brisas del Rio, a community located

hub and includes a variety of sawmills, dairies,

just outside Choluteca, also wrestles with

and rice mills in the city. Street vendors are

the multi-faceted challenges that accompany

prevalent there. While strolling through the

extreme poverty. With help from mission

city, it is not uncommon to see merchants and

teams, the church has built many houses

farmers selling fruits, vegetables, and other

here. Imagine building a house for a family in

goods.

need and handing them the keys at the end of the week. The look on their faces when they are given a house to protect them from the elements is well worth the hours of hard work. _As short-term missionaries, there are many opportunities to serve God and the local church. These include construction and building projects, evangelism, and children and youth ministry.

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INDIA

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ADDITIONAL INFO

_The population of India is estimated to be

_Additional detailed information about short-

four times that of the United States. India,

term trips traveling to India can be found at

however, is one-third the size of the U.S.

alphaministries.net as well as in a booklet provided by Alpha Ministries.

_India’s population makes up 17% of the worlds population.

_Missionaries will have the opportunity to serve at an annual pastors conference where

_There are an estimated 50,000 villages

pastors and their families from around the

in India who have never heard the gospel.

country are attending. They spend their lives

Only 1.5% of India’s population is Christian.

pouring into the unchurched in India, so this

Thousands of people die daily without knowing

conference allows missionaries to pour into

their savior.

them by serving in a mobile medical and dental clinic set up to provide care for them.

_There are 18 official languages but Hindi is the national language. English is known by

_As short-term missionaries, there are many

most people who are educated. More Indians

opportunities to serve God and the local

know English than Hindi.

church. Your service is vital in providing care for pastors and their families because this

_There are virtually millions of gods and

may be the only medical and dental care that

goddesses worshiped in India, and most

they receive all year. Other opportunities

Indians consider it ludicrous to worship only

include sharing your testimony with Indian

one God.

men and women who may not know the saving grace of Christ, praying for the sick,

_More than a million Indians are millionaires,

ministering to the youth, and much more.

yet most Indians live on less than $2 a day.

During the evenings, the team may go to church, preach the gospel and be a part of

_Many Indians do not where shoes inside their

their worship experience.

homes. They will remove their shoes near the front door before entering. _Indians greet each other with “Namaste,” which means “Good morning,” “Good afternoon” and “Good evening”

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WHAT WILL WE DO ON MISSION TRIPS? THERE ARE THREE ESSENTIAL PARTS TO A MISSION TRIP:

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SERVE

EVANGELISM

BUILD RELATIONSHIPSS

We serve others because Jesus

We share our faith in Jesus

Jesus calls us to build

first served us, “For even the

because we are witnesses

relationships based on

Son of Man came not to be

to the Truth and because He

love, which He defines as

served but to serve others and

empowers us to share the

un-conditional, sacrificial

to give His life as a ransom for

gospel, “But you will receive

commitment to the good of

many.” Mark 10:45 (NLT).

power when the Holy Spirit

another person. (Agape is

comes upon you. And you will

the Greek word for this kind

After Jesus had finished

be my witnesses, telling people

of love.) “Love is patient and

washing the disciples’ feet, He

about me everywhere - in

kind. Love is not jealous or

said, “You call me ‘Teacher’

Jerusalem, throughout Judea,

boastful or proud or rude. It

and ‘Lord,’ and you are right,

in Samaria, and to the ends of

does not demand its own way.

because that’s what I am. And

the earth.” Acts 1:8.

It is not irritable, and it keeps

since I, your Lord and Teacher,

no record of being wronged. It

have washed your feet, you

Evangelizing may involve

does not rejoice about injustice

ought to wash each other’s

making house visits, sharing

but rejoices whenever the truth

feet. I have given you an

the gospel at schools,

wins out. Love never gives up,

example to follow. Do as I have

universities, clinics, and other

never loses faith, is always

done to you.” John 13:13-15.

venues, as well as praying with

hopeful, and endures through

people.

every circumstance...

Serving may involve teaching English, preparing and cooking

Three things will last forever-

food, helping in a health clinic,

faith, hope, and love-and the

doing light construction,

greatest of these is love.” I

playing soccer with the youth,

Corinthians 13:4-7,13. We

providing Bible lessons and

will have opportunities to

other opportunities as they

build relationships with local

arise.

children, youth and adults; translators, church staff and volunteers; and we will grow to love one another more deeply!

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QUESTIONS + ANSWERS WHAT FORM OF IDENTIFICATION DO I NEED?

WHAT ABOUT TRAVELING SICKNESS OR DIARRHEA?

You are required to have a passport. If you do

Talk to your doctor about bringing along

not have one you will need to obtain one as soon

antibiotics for traveler’s Diarrhea.

as possible. Hilliard Post Office is a full service

Also visit www.cdc.gov/travel to find more

passport provider. In most cases it takes 4-6

information about “safe food and water” and

weeks to obtain a passport, but sometimes there

“special needs travelers” and information on

are delays. Plan accordingly.

“insect protection.” Some medicines to keep in mind when talking to your doctor are: Zithromax,

AM I REQUIRED TO GET SHOTS AND/OR TAKE MEDICATION?

Cipro, and Levoquin

going on a mission trip. We do ask all short-term

DO I NEED TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE OF THE COUNTRY I WILL BE VISITING?

missionaries to get a tetanus shot and all routine

No, but it is extremely helpful to learn basic

We highly recommend you see your doctor before

vaccines (ex. flu shot). You are not required to take anti-malarial medication for most trips; however, it is strongly suggested. Specific vaccines or medications may be suggested or even required depending on which country you visit. A very valuable resource is cdc.gov. On this website, you will find specific vaccines to consider getting based on the country to which you are traveling. We recommend you check this website three months before your departure date.

WHAT ABOUT BUG SPRAY? YES, bring some! It is important to take insect precautions all of the time. Use a bug repellent of <28% DEET, anything more doesn’t add any more protection, just skin irritation.

words, sounds, and phrases such as: “Yes,” “No,” “Please,” “Thank you” and “Where is the bathroom?” Attempting to learn even a little of the language also communicates respect to the locals. You can purchase simple, inexpensive, pocket-size books at local book stores, Half Price Books and on Amazon to provide some of the basics.

IS THE WATER SAFE TO USE AND DRINK? The water is NOT safe to drink in most places. We strongly recommend you drink only bottled water. This includes brushing your teeth and rinsing out your mouth. We even recommend you keep your mouth closed in the shower.

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IS WHERE I AM GOING SAFE FOR PEOPLE FROM THE U.S.?

IS IT OK TO GO PLACES ALONE AT ANY

_ We always travel in groups. Don’t wander

ADVENTUROUS OUTSIDE THE GROUP?

off alone or even with another person. Always let people know where you are and never walk around at night. _ Don’t wear fancy or expensive jewelry. _ Do not carry cell phones in your back pocket. _ Make sure money/cash is never exposed. *We have never had any problems in the past, and we trust the church that hosts us. Nevertheless,

POINT DURING THE TRIP? CAN I BE Team members are encouraged to never to go anywhere alone and must always inform a team leader about their whereabouts. Most, if not everything, you do will be done together as a team. Please stay with the team as much as possible and be respectful to your team leader, who is in charge of and accountable for knowing where you are. This is for the safety of the team.

we can’t guarantee that adverse circumstances will not occur, just as there are no guarantees when you go on vacation.

WHEN IN-COUNTRY, WILL I BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE IN THE STATES? WILL I BE ABLE TO USE A CELL PHONE? Yes. We typically stay in places that have Wi-Fi available. Most cell phone companies will charge extra fees to use a cell phone without Wi-Fi. While we do encourage you to communicate with loved ones and supporters regularly to let them know how your trip is going, we also suggest that

AM I ALLOWED TO GIVE MONEY OR GIFTS TO THE LOCALS? Yes, absolutely! When giving gifts, particularly money, we would appreciate you speaking with your team leader and the local pastor/leader before offering the gift. The local person will best know the needs of the people you encounter, and be able to suggest what gifts may and may not be helpful and appropriate. Although smaller, inexpensive items (toiletries, school supplies, etc.) are generally ok to give anytime, we still prefer you first check with your trip leader, as well as the local/national leader.

you do not spend too much time on phones and computers, since it can detract from your overall experience.

DO I NEED ANY SPECIFIC SKILLS TO SERVE? I.E. CONSTRUCTION On mission trips with construction, a majority of the tasks are capable of being done by anybody who is willing to do it. There are many opportunities on a mission trip to use your specific skills, gifts and talents.

AM I ALLOWED TO RECEIVE GIFTS FROM LOCALS? Yes, absolutely, as long as the gift is reasonable and nothing extravagant. You may find that people want to give you something to thank you for your visit and service. It communicates gratitude and respect to accept small, inexpensive gifts from the locals. However, if you are given food or beverages that are homemade, we strongly urge you to use caution, as they may not be safe to eat or drink.

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WHAT ARE THE AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN GOING ON THE TRIP?

CAN I BRING ELECTRICAL DEVICES, I.E HAIR DRYERS, ELECTRIC RAZORS,

Everyone is welcome and all youth are

Yes. We will inform you well in advance whether

encouraged to go with their parents but youth desiring to go without their parents must be 16 years or older. However, any youth under the age of 16 wanting to go without their parents is a possibility under certain circumstances. If you need clarification please talk to the Global Outreach Coordinator.

C-PAP MACHINES, ETC. you will need a converter. We also recommend using caution bringing computers, tablets, and other expensive electronic devices, as they are typically worth much more than what you paid for them in the United States. Generally speaking, if you can live without it, do not bring it. When deciding what items to bring on the trip, keep in mind that Rock City is not liable for lost or stolen

WILL WE HAVE A DAILY ITINERARY TO

personal property.

FOLLOW? Typically there is a plan for the day, but that may

WHAT IF I HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES OR

change depending on what comes up on any given

AM A PICKY EATER?

day. Last minute changes should be expected and flexibility is very important no matter where you go. Keep in mind that other cultures view time differently than we do. For example, your definition of being punctual may be much more strict and literal than the definition of punctuality in some cultures. Remember where you are.

Please let your team leader know in advance and in-country if you have food allergies so we can accommodate your food needs for all meals. We ask that you be open to trying the food that is prepared for the team. In some cases, locals are volunteering their time to make meals for mission teams.

WHAT KIND OF TRANSPORTATION WILL I BE USING IN-COUNTRY? I.E. MOTOS, MOTORCYCLES, BUSES, ETC. Typically, we travel in vans and buses. We rarely use public transportation because it may not be safe. We do not want trip participants to use public transportation during free time unless your trip leader has deemed it safe.

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RAISING SUPPORT A mission trip is a time for God to stretch you and use you to fulfill His purpose and advance His Kingdom. This is very exciting, but you may be worried as to how you will raise the support you need. You are not alone. It is important to know that raising support is so much more than just raising money. Raising support is about building up an army of people to pray for you, encourage you and financially support you. Raising support could be writing a letter, meeting with a friend, emailing family members, crowd funding, or hosting a fundraiser. No matter how you decide to go about raising support, know that God has already chosen people who will invest in your mission. Follow Him, believe in His call for you to go on this trip, and He will lead you to people who are willing and able to support you.

WHY RAISE SUPPORT IF I CAN AFFORD TO PAY MY OWN WAY? Rock City mission trips are about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and serving God. Support raising is the first step by sharing with your family and friends here at home. It is not just about financial support. You will want a team of people praying for you while you are on the trip. It will be a comfort to you on the trip, knowing people have supported you financially and are continuing to support you in prayer! Having a team of financial supporters allows them to be a part of the trip and live out generosity. Some people may have never given anything to God and this may be their chance to be obedient to Him. You may raise more money than the cost of the trip. Any extra funds will go toward mission trip projects and/or helping other people on the team who may not raise enough money to fund their own trip. Some possible mission trip projects include the supplies for childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lessons ($100$200), making beds ($150), building a house for a family in need ($2,500), and distributing food bags ($20).

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WRITING YOUR SUPPORT LETTER _ All letters must include the disclaimer regarding excess funds found at the bottom of the sample letter word for word. _ Ask supporters to make their checks payable to Rock City Church. For taxdeductible purposes, please do not put names in the memo section of checks. Please put “Missions and the location of your trip.” For example: Missions: La Libertad _Sending self-addressed, stamped envelopes with your letter will help assure the checks are sent correctly. _ Letters should be clearly worded stating you are raising support for the Rock City Mission Team, rather than for you as an individual. _ Sample letters are provided on pages 33-35 to help give you ideas.

GETTING THE WORD OUT Write down the names of anyone you can think of who would want to help participate in your trip (friends, old roommates, your doctor, your dentist, neighbors, etc). Do not count people out, you may be surprised by who sends support and who doesn’t. Also, next to their names, write down how you would reach them (letter, email, text message, meeting, etc.)

CASH AND CHECK DONATIONS _ Cash donations should only be turned in during a Sunday service offering or at a mission trip meeting. Please do not mail cash. _ Double check that all checks are made out to Rock City Church _ Double check that the memo section states “Missions: Location of the trip” _ Once you have verified that all the checks are completed correctly you may:

DROP THEM IN THE SUNDAY OFFERING, OR MAIL THEM TO: ROCK CITY CHURCH ATTN: MISSIONS PO BOX 474 HILLIARD, OHIO 43026

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ONLINE DONATIONS ROCK CITY CHURCH CAN ACCEPT DONATIONS THROUGH OUR WEBSITE AT ROCKCITYCHURCH.TV/GIVE _ Click on the words One-Time Gift or Repeating Gift. _ On the next page, select “Choose Campus” and select “Rock City Church _ On the next drop down menu labeled ‘designation,’ select “Mission Trips” _ After submitting the donation, please email missions@rockcitychurch.tv with the subject being the name of the missionary.

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR POSSIBLE DONORS THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS OPTION: Rock City Church can accept mission donations and support online through their website. Currently the merchant services that Rock City uses do not offer an option to leave a memo with my name. Along with your online donation, please send an email to missions@rockcitychurch.tv and put my last name in the subject line. Our Rock City missions team will make sure that I am given credit for your gift. You can find the online donations link at rockcitychurch.tv

FOLLOW UP Once you have sent out support letters or emails, it is important to follow up with those that you wrote to. At first, you may not hear back from a lot of people so that is why it is important to reach out again and follow up with them to see if they will support you in any way. Most people have busy lives so it is common to forget after just being asked something once. Also, a helpful hint, the more in person facetime that you can get with a person the more likely they are to support you.

FOLLOW THROUGH It is important to follow through with those that are supporting you. Some ways to do this are to write thank you notes for their support, keep the supporters updated on your travels, tell them stories, and invite them to get involved. Make their donation more than just giving money but also about serving God and being a part of the work being done on the mission trip.

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WHAT ABOUT FUNDRAISERS? We fully support fundraisers however, it is important and necessary to decide in your team who is doing the fundraiser and who the proceeds of the project are going to assist. Addressing these questions ahead of time can prevent misunderstandings later. Before proceeding with a fundraiser, please talk with the Global Outreach Coordinator. If you’re wanting to use Rock City’s logo, ask first. Crowdfunding is funding your trip by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people. For example, instead of asking 4 people for $500, you could ask 40 people for $50. The advantages to this method are that more people can be a part of the trip. Social media is a very valuable tool to use and can help you to instantly share what you are doing. There are many websites that can help you reach your goal through the method of crowdfunding such as GoFundMe. These can be a good way to get a lot of people supporting you, however these options are usually not tax deductible.

QUINN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR ROCK CIT Y MISSION TRIPS After first coming to Rock City in the summer of 2014, Quinn became a devoted volunteer. Quinn served with a big servant’s heart for Jesus and his church community, all while doing it with tremendous joy. Quinn participated in two Rock City Mission Trips, both for the Dream Center, one to Los Angeles and the other to New York City. Quinn’s joy and devotion to the Lord was contagious, so much so, that his mom, Maureen, decided to come to Rock City. Quinn had always dreamed to go on a mission trip outside of the U.S. but medical concerns and complications made this nearly impossible. When Quinn passed away to be with God in September of 2016, Maureen generously decided to honor Quinn and his love for mission trips and serving. She did this by creating a scholarship fund to make it easier for others to go and spread the love of God. Ideal candidates for this scholarship are those who have a servant’s heart, similar to Quinn. Someone who gives of their time to serving the Church, and most importantly Jesus. Optimal applicants are those fully committed to serving as a short-term missionary and planning to fundraise for the trip. For more information or to apply, email missions@rockcitychurch.tv

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SAMPLE SUPPORT RAISING LETTER #1: Dear Family and Friends, I am so excited to be able to share with you a very special opportunity that God has placed on my heart. In just a few short months, July 25 – August 2, 2017, I will be going on a short-term missions trip to Choluteca, Honduras with a team from Rock City Church. I am anticipating to see what God is going to do in and through me while I am in Honduras. Also, I cannot wait to not only reach the physical need of people, but to be involved in a ministry that is changing the community and helping people physically, spiritually and educationally. While on the trip we will: · Work on a construction project · Train leaders · Evangelize I am asking for your support in two ways. First and foremost, we need some diligent, persistent prayer partners! If you remember to do nothing else on our behalf, please remember to pray! This is so vital both before the trip and while we are on the ground. Please add us to your daily prayer list! Secondly, I am asking for support financially. Ideally, I am praying for 37 different partners to donate $50.00 each that will cover the cost of this mission trip. The total cost is $1850 per person for the 9 days we will be in Honduras. I believe that this is what God would have me do and thus I am very confident that He will put this request on the hearts of the folks he would have support this mission opportunity. All that I ask of you, is to pray about it and then follow what God wants you to do for His Kingdom. Your prayer and financial partnership will help us to influence many for Christ as we serve them in different ways while we are in their country. For your information, I must have half of this financial support by April 1st, and the remaining balance by May 6th. I look forward to hearing from you. Together, we can make an impact on the lives of these precious Hondurans! Thank you again, for your time and interest in this awesome project of serving the Lord in a different country. Any donation is appreciated. Most Sincerely, Bob Jones

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SAMPLE SUPPORT RAISING LETTER #2: Dear Family and Friends, We hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the spring! The last couple of months have been extremely busy and the next few months will be even busier as we prepare for an exciting, challenging and life-changing opportunity to travel overseas. We will be participating in a short-term trip to Cambodia (Month/Dates) of this year. We will be working alongside a crew of 15 young adults, and will have the privilege of working alongside top-notch agencies such as _____________________ (fill in blank of partnering agency or church). Our duties will include: teaching orphans and abandoned children good hygiene skills; engaging young adults in Bible studies and providing vacation Bible school for young children and youth; caring and providing for the homeless who live in garbage dumps; assisting with sex-trade rescue missions; and providing medical aid to victims of HIV-AIDS. Our mission is to come alongside the people of Cambodia and serve them in the areas of greatest need; not as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;great white Americansâ&#x20AC;? who have all the answers, but as humble servants. Cambodia is a southeast Asian country located between Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The country is about the size of Oklahoma with an estimated population of over 12 million people, 60% of whom are under the age of 21! Cambodia is a poor, developing country, still suffering and recovering from the deadly and oppressive regime of Pol Pot. Sincerly, Jane Smith

IMPORTANT: DISCLAIMER! To insure the tax deductibility of your support gift, IRS regulations stipulate that support contributions may NOT specify that an individual be the beneficiary of or direct recipient of the contribution. However, you may indicate a preference below and the Church will endeavor to honor that preference. Make all checks payable to Rock City Church.

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SAMPLE CROWDFUNDING PROFILE As some of you know, I have been on many leisurely trips, but I have never been on a mission trip. I have been encouraged through the church I have been attending, Rock City, to go on a mission trip. After spending months praying about this and talking with others, I’m excited to tell you I am going to El Salvador! The dates of the trip are July 6-15 and I’ll be part of a team traveling to La Libertad. This is a town on the Pacific Coast of El Salvador. The population is 35,000 people and the average salary there is $3500 a year. Our team will be focusing on building beds for families in need and working with children. We will even have the opportunity to visit a school to share the Gospel and pray with children in their classrooms. I have been so blessed to hear stories, see pictures and videos of what’s happening through the church there. They are making such a difference in people’s lives, all for the Lord. I look forward to joining their efforts to reach more people. Your generous donations will help me greatly. The total cost of the trip is $1850 and I have felt led to pay for the 1st half so I am trying to raise $975 by April 15th. Any donation that you can make will be greatly appreciated and all used for the cost of the trip and funds for projects while we are there.

IMPORTANT: DISCLAIMER! Please note that any donations made through this website do not qualify as a take deduction under IRS regulations. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation towards the mission trip, you can go to rockcitychurch.tv/give and select Mission Trips as your giving option.

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LET’S GET STARTED: This may be your first time evangelizing so if you are scared, anxious or uneasy, know that is normal. When first starting to talk to someone, whether it’s in their house or in public, get to know them! Ask them questions about themselves, which will help to build trust and open the door to sharing the gospel. Remember to introduce yourself as well, show pictures of your family back home, tell them that you’re here serving with the Great Commission Church for the week. Some great conversational starters are asking them questions that are cross cultural. For example: _ Who lives here? _ Do you have any siblings? _ How long have you lived here? _ Can you tell me about your family? _ What’s your favorite food? After getting to know them a little its time to get more in depth.

SOME GOOD QUESTIONS TO GET MORE IN DEPTH: ASK THEM IF THEY GO TO CHURCH.

If yes, ask them more about church, what church they go to, what kind of church they go to. If no, make sure to invite them to the Great Commission Church. ASK THEM WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT THE BIBLE.

Explain that the Bible is the word of God, inspired and written by Him. ASK THEM WHO THEY THINK JESUS IS.

Explain that the Bible says Jesus is the Son of God and He died for our sins. BE BOLD AND ASK:

If you were to die today, are you 100% sure you would go to heaven? This is a bold and direct question but will really help you to understand where they are with their relationship with Jesus. If yes, ask: How do you know for sure? If no, ask: Would you like to know what the Bible says about how you can be sure?

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SCRIPTURE ALL SCRIPTURE IS GOD-BREATHED AND IS USEFUL FOR TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING AND TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, SO THAT THE SERVANT OF GOD MAY BE THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK. 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 Scripture is the living Word of God. Nothing you say or do on your own will lead people to the Lord. Taking them to scripture and letting the Lord work in and through them can impact them for eternity.

FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. ROMANS 3:23 Sin is anything that separates us from God. God has standards on how to live. At many points in our lives, we have fallen short of those standards, which makes us all sinners.

FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH CHRIST JESUS. ROMANS 6:23 We deserve death for our sin, but God offers eternal life by accepting Jesus as our Savior. Jesus is the Son of God. He came to earth and died for our sins.

GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE FOR US, WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US. ROMANS 5:8 Even though we sin and fall short of God’s standards, God loves us and Jesus died for our sins. We don’t have to get our act together first. We don’t have to clean up to accept Jesus in our hearts.

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GRACE AND WORKS FOR IT IS BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED, THROUGH FAITH. AND THIS IS NOT FROM YOURSELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, NOT BY WORKS, SO THAT NO ONE CAN BOAST. EPHESIANS 2:8-9 IN THE SAME WAY, FAITH BY ITSELF, IF IT IS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY ACTION, IS DEAD. JAMES 2:17 While evangelizing and sharing the gospel with people, you may notice that some believe they must work their way to heaven. They may feel that they have to be a good person, all the time, to earn Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grace and forgiveness. This belief is based on the premise that salvation needs to be earned. Some people lose track of the fact that Christ died, paid it all and salvation can be found in Christ and Christ alone. Instead of looking at the deeds we do and the works we perform as what paves our way to heaven, we should view it as our thanks for the fact that the road is already paved! We cannot earn our salvation; it was freely given to us. Instead, we show our gratitude to the Lord for what He has done for us by eagerly informing those we meet about the gift Jesus wants to give them as well. We are a light to the world, only by the grace of God! When you accept Christ and allow His love to fill your entire life, His joy naturally overflows from you and onto all around you. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we do good works to honor the Lord and fulfill our purpose He has given to us.

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ACCEPTING JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN, TO ETERNAL LIFE, AND IT IS BY ACCEPTING JESUS AS SAVIOR. Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me.” John 14:6 Many people know about these verses and know that Jesus is the Son of God. But we have to respond to receive the gift of eternal life. Ask: Would you like to know what God requires you to do to be sure of going to heaven? That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:9-10 Explain this is a free gift from God and the only thing they have to do is accept Jesus as their Savior by saying a prayer.

ASK THEM IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO PRAY WITH YOU AND ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR. PRAYER: Dear God, here I am. I believe in You and I believe that you love me. Right now, I confess that I am a sinner. I am sorry for the sin in my life. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ. I believe that He died on the cross for my sin and rose from the dead. Today, I ask for your forgiveness. I ask you to come into my life. I place all of my trust and faith in You, God. Amen The prayer above is just an example. Please do not think you have to memorize this wordfor-word. The important points are making sure they accept Jesus in their heart, believe He is the Son of God, and confess their sins.

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THE LOVE OF GOD NOTHING CAN SEPERATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD. GOD SENT THE HOLY SPIRIT TO LIVE INSIDE OF US AND TO HELP US LIVE FOR GOD. Remember, we don’t go to heaven by being ‘good’ or by our actions, but by being forgiven by Jesus Christ. God has freely offered to us an expansive, unimaginable love. The grace he offers to us ,despite our sin, is truly awesome and awe-inspiring! Even when we do not live up to the Lord’s standards, he covers us with unfathomable mercy and love. There is not one thing that can separate us from this love. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

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CATHOLICISM Nearly 40% of the world’s Catholic population can be found in Latin American countries. The most recently elected Catholic Pope is from Latin America himself. When religion was first reaching the new world, brought over by the Europeans, they were preaching the faith to many. Eight hundred missionaries in Mexico alone spread Catholicism like wildfire, further spreading south as time went on. Although recent times have caused a slight downfall in Latin America’s identification with Catholicism, it still remains the overwhelming religion of choice. In all of Latin America, however, countries such as Honduras and El Salvador prove to be the most religiously sound and conservative in their faith. At the beginning of the 20th century, Latin America added religious freedom into their constitution. It was socially known that Catholicism held a special position as the national religion. As time has gone on, religious discrimination has dwindled, and less people are actively pursuing their faith. The majority of Latinos say they are Catholic, yet some do not necessarily attend church regularly, or act upon their faith daily. There are also those that both claim their faith and live it out. Catholicism and Christianity have many similarities, although often times society tries to divide the two. Both religions firmly believe in The Trinity. They see God as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each religion also believes in the importance of scripture. The Catholic Bible has extra books, called the Apocrypha, but without that difference, you see that both religions see Scripture as God’s word for each of us. Along with that, both Catholicism and Christianity recognize Jesus’ sinless life, His defeat of death, His bodily resurrection, and His ascension back into heaven. The core values of Christianity hold true also in Catholicism. Although Christianity and Catholicism have many similarities, there are a few differences. Catholicism holds a high reverence for the pope and believes in the concept of purgatory. Perhaps the most dramatic difference, however, would be their high honor for The Virgin Mary. The Catholic Church believes Mary to be flawless, thus why God chose her to carry His son. Also, Mary can intercede on a person’s behalf for their prayers to reach God. Even with a high regard for The Virgin Mary, Catholicism does not teach people to worship her. That is meant for God alone. Remember that both faiths believe in Jesus! As short-term missionaries, we enter into these countries knowing that regardless of race, gender, faith, government, etcetera, Jesus’ love extends to each and every person. You may encounter those who regularly attend Catholic church and are living out God’s purpose for their life, while others may simply just identify as Catholic yet may not understand the importance of putting their faith into action. In any situation, we strive to show people God’s goodness and love no matter what their circumstance may be. We seek understanding when pursuing relationships with other people. We are Christ’s ambassadors and God is making His appeal through us.

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CULTURE + GUIDELINES REMEMBER THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIP IS TO SERVE, NOT TO BE SERVED! WE ARE THERE BOTH TO SERVE GOD AND THE LOCAL CHURCH.

_Latino time is a real thing, be ready to adapt

_ Running water is not very common, which

and go with the flow. Expect to be flexible and

makes it difficult for some families to afford

not on any sort of rigid schedule.

clean drinking water.

_The most common greeting in many Latin

_ Most children attending public schools

American countries is cheek kisses, hugs or

go for only 4 hours a day, whereas children

handshakes.

attending private schools go for 7 hours. Children who’s parents can afford to send

_ Sometimes Latin Americans may refer to

them to private schools get the opportunity to

North Americans as Gringos. No worries, this

begin learning English from an early age.

is not offensive. _Culture shock is real. You will experience it, _ La familia plays a very important role in

and this isn’t a bad thing! God will use it to

the culture. It is common to see multiple

stretch you, grow you, and challenge you!

generations living in one house or living in the same community next door to each other.

_You are from the United States or North America, not America

_ People in this culture are very relational. It is not uncommon to tell a friend “I love

_Be cautious of using the words “stupid” and

you very much” and deeply mean it. Latin

“silly.” In both English and Spanish, many

Americans highly value their personal

Latin American countries consider these

relationships, and there are many occasions

words and their synonyms very offensive.

when strengthening relationships will take _When speaking through a translator be

precedence over daily tasks.

cautious that the words you are speaking _ A common phrase said when saying

are not too complex. Speak in one-sentence

goodbye is “un abrazo,” which means “a hug.”

blocks. The more basic your speech the

Although it is just a figure of speech it really

better.

reflects what this culture values. _ Expect a lot of differences and a lot of _ Common foods include: pupusas, tortillas,

surprising similarities

beans, cheese, rice, seafood, mangos, plantains, bananas, watermelon, coffee,

_ Remember different is just different, not

avocado, tamales, etc.

wrong.

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LET’S embrace the culture shock you may feel and prepare for it. ask questions! Don’t be shy, ask away and learn about the culture without criticizing or critiquing. Be an initiator, if you want to know more ask about it! be respectful in your words and actions. wash your hands every chance you get. drink only bottled water and/or filtered water, and remember to drink plenty of it! We will have water stations, wherever we go so that you can always have a chance to fill up your water bottle. remember to brush your teeth with bottled water, and not shower with your mouth open. always know any food given to us by staff members, is good and safe to eat. know that any food given to us as a gift, is ok to accept, always saying we will eat it later. And if it’s packaged and from a commercialized brand, it’s ok to eat, but if its homemade we can just dispose of it later. refrain from alcohol and tobacco. ALWAYS travel in groups. avoid inviting any local or staff member to any meal or event that the mission team is involved in. ask the church first, before giving monetary gifts or donations to a family. refrain from too much physical contact with the children at the center. expect to be changed, challenged and stretched! expect wondrous acts of God!

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LET’S NOT assume people in different cultures are uneducated, lazy, or needy. These may be untrue stereotypes, and this will harm your experience. flush toilet paper. A trashcan next to the toilet is a good clue that it is supposed to be thrown away not flushed. eat food from street vendors. take public transportation. be offended if people stare at us. Remember you may look different than the average person in their country. say “yes” or “si” to any invitation we receive from locals. Rather let’s respond by saying we will talk to our missions leader and coordinator. allow the children to spend too much time taking pictures or playing games on our phones. Rather, let’s relationally connect and share God’s love with them through our words and actions.

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QUESTIONS ¿Hablas inglés? – Do you speak English?

Hola – Hi or Hello

¿Cuantos años tienes? – How old are you?

Buenos Días – Good Morning

¿Cuál es tu color favorito? – What’s your

Buenas Tardes – Good Afternoon

favorite color?

Buenas Noches – Good Evening/ Goodnight

¿Cuál es tu comida favorita? – What’s your

¿Cómo estás? – How are you?

favorite food?

Bien/ Muy Bien – Well/ Very Well

¿Puedo tomar una foto? – Can I take a

¿Cómo te llamas? – What is your name?

photo?

Me llamo… – My name is…

Donde esta el baño? – Where is the

Mucho gusto- Nice to meet you

bathroom? ¿y tu? – and you?

SAYING GOODBYE Hasta luego – See you later Hasta mañana – See you tomorrow Adiós – Goodbye

BASICS Por Favor – Please Gracias – Thank you Muchas Gracias – Thank you very much De nada – You’re welcome Disculpe – Excuse me; pardon me Lo siento, no hablo español – I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish Si entiendo/ no entiendo – I understand/ I don’t understand

¿Cómo se dice…? – How do you say…? ¿Te Gusta…? – Do you like…?

EVANGELISM TERMS Dio- God Fe – faith Amor- love Alma- soul La Cruz – the cross Salvación - salvation Jesus te ama – Jesus love you Biblia – Bible Espíritu Santo – Holy Spirit Santo – Holy Poderoso – Powerful

Tengo Hambre – I am hungry

Rey – King

OTHER WORDS/PHRASES

Creer – To believe

Aquí – Here Allí - There Listo – Ready Agua – Water Fútbol – Soccer Buen Trabajo – Good job Me gusta… - I like… La comida estuvo muy rica – The food was very delicious

Orar – To pray Yo soy Cristiano – I am a Christian ¿Cuál es tu religión? – What is your religion? ¿Tienes una biblia? – Do you have a bible? Salmos – Psalms Mateo – Matthew Marcos – Mark Juan – John Lucas – Luke

Buen provecho – Enjoy your meal Está bien – It’s okay

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TIME, DAYS, WEEKS, AND MONTHS

FAMILY

NUMBERS

Abuelos – Grandparents

1 - Uno

El Lunes – Monday

Abuelo – Grandpa

El Martes – Tuesday

Abuela – Grandma

3 - Tres

El Jueves – Thursday

Padres – Parents

5 - Cinco

El Viernes – Friday

Padre, Papá – Father, Dad

El Sábado – Saturday

Madre, Mamá – Mother, Mom

7 - Seite

Hermanos – Siblings

9 - Nueve

El Miércoles – Wednesday

El Domingo – Sunday

2 - Dos 4 - Cuatro 6 - Seis 8 - Ocho 10 - Diez

Enero – January

Hermano – Brother

Febrero – February

Hermana - Sister

11 - Once

Abril – April

Hijos – Children

13 - Trece

Mayo – May

Hijo – Son

Junio – June

Hija – Daughter

Marzo – March

Julio – July Septiembre – September

Primos- Cousins

Octubre – October

Primo – Male cousin

Noviembre – November

Prima – female cousins

Diciembre – December Tíos – Aunt and Uncle Ayer – yesterday

Tío – Uncle

Hoy – today

Tía – Aunt

Mañana – tomorrow Niños - kids La tarde – afternoon

Niño – boy

La noche – evening, night

Niña – girl

El mes – month La semana – week El día – day

20 - Viente 30 - Trienta 40 - Cuarenta 50 - Cincuenta

Agosto – August

El año – year

12 - Doce

100 - Cien

COLORS Amarillo – yellow Anaranjado – orange Azul – blue Blanco – white Gris – grey Marrón – brown Café– brown Negro – black Rojo – red Rosado – pink Verde – green Morado – purple

EMOTIONS Estoy bien – I’m fine Estoy feliz – I’m happy Estoy triste – I’m sad Estoy enfermo – I’m sick

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PACKING A FEW WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TRIP _ Get your passport ready, make sure to make an extra copy. _ Take any malaria medication prescribed by your doctor. _ Get ciprofloxacin (cipro tabs) if needed. Cipro is especially good for stomach and intestinal bacteria and infections.

GETTING READY TO PACK You will need these two things to put all of your items in (minus oversized liquids which will go in the team checked bag) _Carry-on suitcase: A suitcase or bag that can easily fit into an overhead bin. The maximum dimensions allowed are 22” x 14” x 9”. Tag your luggage and please do not expand your suitcase. _Backpack: This can be used to pack items on the way to the destination. When packing, put a day’s worth of clothes and any valuables in your backpack. Once you arrive, it will be mainly used for dayto-day stuff (ex. Bible, extra clothes, bug spray). Ladies, we suggest to not bring a purse.

TIPS BEFORE PACKING _Use caution when packing sentimental or expensive items because with all traveling situations there is always a chance for items to get lost, stolen, or broken _ Roll your clothes. Rolling will save a lot of space and will help your clothes from getting wrinkled. _ Put things (mainly liquids) in smaller containers _Liquids must be 100ml (3.4 oz) or less and be placed into one quart-sized bag to be put in your carry-on. Liquids over 100mL may be placed in the team bag to be checked. _Remove cards from wallet that are not needed. Take out extra credit cards, gift cards, pictures or receipts that you do not need. Also, don’t take any extra keys with you. _Utilize Ziploc freezer bags and plastic bags. These are great to put liquids in and to use for dirty and wet clothes later in the week. _At the end of the week, you can donate any unwanted clothes to the church. There is no obligation to do this. The church will give them to people in need. _Please do not bring anything with the numbers 13 or 18 on it. These are gang numbers in some destinations and although the chances of interacting with a gang member are low, we want to prevent any confusion.

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SUGGESTED ITEMS CLOTHES: _ Hats/Bandannas/Headbands: To block you from the sun and soak up the sweat. _ Sunglasses: We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recommend anything expensive. _ 5-7 Work Shirts: These may get very dirty. Lightweight cotton is good. T-shirts only in El Salvador. _ 1-2 Long Sleeve Shirts: If you want protection from the sun and warmth where AC in on high. _ 1 Sweatshirt/Sweater: For airport and where AC is on high. Will need for San Salvador. _ 1-2 Polo/Short Sleeve Button Up Shirt_ For church and/or plane ride. _ 2-4 Regular Shirts: For hanging out at night. _ 3-5 Work Shorts/ Pants (May get very dirty). Jeans/Capris ONLY in San Salvador. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, and capris are acceptable in La Libertad and Choluteca. Yoga pants/stretchy pants are ok but please wear with long enough t-shirts/sweatshirts _ 2-3 Regular shorts: For hanging out at night. _ 1 Swimsuit: Ladies, one piece only, please. _ 1 Slacks/Nice Jeans or Skirt/Dress (for ladies): For church, dinners, and other activities. Ladies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; skirt and dresses should be below the knee. _ 1 Closed-Toe Work Shoe/Boot (may get very dirty) _ 1 Pair of Flip Flops/ Sandals: For beach and/or hanging out at night. Sandals are also ok for church _ 1 Church Shoes/ Tennis Shoes/ Comfortable Walking Shoes: For long walks and uneven surfaces _ 8 pairs of socks: Cotton, long or short _ Undergarments: Lightweight, cotton

HYGIENE ITEMS: _ Antibacterial hand sanitizer: Make sure to bring enough. _ Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Mouthwash: Travel size or small size. _ Shampoo/Conditioner: Travel size or small size. Some hotels will have it if you forget. _ Soap/Body wash: Travel size or small size. Some hotels will have it if you forget. _ Deodorant _ Razor/Shaving cream: Can pack in checked luggage. _ Contact lenses: Take extra pairs in case you need them. _ Contact solution: Travel size. _ Eyeglasses: If you always wear glasses, take an extra pair in case they get broken or lost. _ Sunscreen: Can pack in the team-checked bag. May want to bring aloe if you burn easily. _ Bug Spray (with DEET): Can pack in the team-checked bag if over 100mL. _ Feminine products: Ladies, you want to bring these! Most stores do not have them. _ Pocket tissues _ Hand wipes/Face wipes

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MISCELLANEOUS: _ Bible: A Spanish/English Bilingual Bible (plan on giving this away during evangelizing.) *Also it is smart to mark important passages in your Bible before you go. _ Passport and paper copy of passport: For you to hold onto. _ Money: Bring small bills (only $1, $5, and $10 bills). Recommended amount is $100- $150. This could be used for extra food, gifts for family/friends, church offering, project money, etc. Dollars are typically accepted so there is no need to convert cash prior to leaving for the trip. Credit cards are accepted some places as well but there may be a service fee. _ Headphones/Cell phone/Cell phone charger: If you take your phone, keep it in a safe place at all times. Wi-Fi is usually available either at a hotel, church, or mission house. _ Snacks/Candy/Gum: For you and/or to share with the group. Put in Ziploc bag. _ Photos of your family/pets: Beneficial for the team to help bridge language gap if needed. _ Water bottle: One that you can identify that as yours; a hook for easy carry is also wise. It’s recommended to bring one that allows the mouthpiece to be fully covered by a lid. _ 1-2 Pairs of Work Gloves: typical gardening gloves are sufficient

OPTIONAL : _ Donations/Gifts: There may be many opportunities to give away items to the people/school/ development center/church. Examples: flip flops, coloring books, snacks, crayons, clothes, bracelets, hygiene items… _ Pre-sweetened drink mix: You may need a break from water and this is a good option. It may also be a good idea to bring one with electrolytes. _ Candy for kids: That won’t melt with the heat. Please give to church staff. _ Camera/Batteries: Come prepared with batteries. _ Deck of cards/games: For hanging out at night. _Pens or Pencil: They always come in handy. _ Dryer sheets/Air freshener: Keep your luggage/room smelling fresh, and fight off ants in Choluteca. _ Poncho: Depending on the season, it does rain heavily. _ Doggie bags: For used toilet paper at hotel or mission house.

OPTIONAL MEDICAL: __ Pepto-Bismol

__ Laxatives

__ Rolaids/Antacids

__ Nasal Spray

__ Tylenol/Aspirin __ Antibiotic cream __ Band-aids __ Probiotic Pills

__ Hydrocortisone cream

__ Benadryl spray and pills __ Imodium __ Cipro

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“ WE ARE THEREFORE CHRIST’S AMBASSADORS, AS THOUGH GOD WERE MAKING HIS APPEAL THROUGH US. WE IMPLORE YOU ON CHRIST’S BEHALF: BE RECONCILED TO GOD. ” 2 C O RINTH IANS 5:20

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TRIP DETAILS COST THE COST OF THE TRIP COVERS: Airfare leaving from, and returning to, Columbus, Ohio Lodging (typically a hotel that includes Wi-Fi) Transportation in the country where you will be traveling Food (typically three meals per day) Bottled water Medical insurance Project money

MEMBERS NAME:

STRENGTHS:

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ITINERARY

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KNOW YOUR TEAM PASS TO ANOTHER TEAMMATE 1. The worst movie of all time:

2. One of the things I like to do most is:

3. One thing I’m really good at:

4. A perfect meal is:

5. If I could meet anyone it would be:

6. One thing I’m most excited about during this trip:

7. One thing I’m most anxious about during this trip:

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THOUGHTS, EXPECTATIONS + DREAMS LETS THINK THIS TRIP THROUGH, PLAN, DREAM AND GET EVEN MORE EXCITED. HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF AND REFLECT ON BEFORE THE TRIP. 1. One of your hopes for this trip:

2. One way you’re going to challenge yourself:

3. What do you expect? (Take a minute to describe what you think each of these will be like!)

Food:

The people I’ll be serving:

The people I’ll be serving with:

The work I’ll be doing:

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_GO TIME

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ON THE GROUND: DAY ONE DEVOTIONAL VERSE OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY

PRAYERS

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NOTES + THOUGHTS

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REFLECTIONS

TODAY’S HIGH

TODAY’S LOW

SOMETHING THAT SURPRISED AND/OR CHALLENGED ME TODAY

ONE INCREDIBLE WAY I SAW GOD WORK TODAY

NEW SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY

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ON THE GROUND: DAY TWO DEVOTIONAL VERSE OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY

PRAYERS

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NOTES + THOUGHTS

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REFLECTIONS

TODAY’S HIGH

TODAY’S LOW

SOMETHING THAT SURPRISED AND/OR CHALLENGED ME TODAY

ONE INCREDIBLE WAY I SAW GOD WORK TODAY

NEW SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY

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ON THE GROUND: DAY THREE DEVOTIONAL VERSE OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY

PRAYERS

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NOTES + THOUGHTS

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REFLECTIONS

TODAY’S HIGH

TODAY’S LOW

SOMETHING THAT SURPRISED AND/OR CHALLENGED ME TODAY

ONE INCREDIBLE WAY I SAW GOD WORK TODAY

NEW SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY

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ON THE GROUND: DAY FOUR DEVOTIONAL VERSE OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY

PRAYERS

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REFLECTIONS

TODAY’S HIGH

TODAY’S LOW

SOMETHING THAT SURPRISED AND/OR CHALLENGED ME TODAY

ONE INCREDIBLE WAY I SAW GOD WORK TODAY

NEW SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY

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ON THE GROUND: DAY FIVE DEVOTIONAL VERSE OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY

PRAYERS

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REFLECTIONS

TODAY’S HIGH

TODAY’S LOW

SOMETHING THAT SURPRISED AND/OR CHALLENGED ME TODAY

ONE INCREDIBLE WAY I SAW GOD WORK TODAY

NEW SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY

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ON THE GROUND: DAY SIX DEVOTIONAL VERSE OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY

PRAYERS

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REFLECTIONS

TODAY’S HIGH

TODAY’S LOW

SOMETHING THAT SURPRISED AND/OR CHALLENGED ME TODAY

ONE INCREDIBLE WAY I SAW GOD WORK TODAY

NEW SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY

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ON THE GROUND: DAY SEVEN DEVOTIONAL VERSE OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY

PRAYERS

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TODAY’S HIGH

TODAY’S LOW

SOMETHING THAT SURPRISED AND/OR CHALLENGED ME TODAY

ONE INCREDIBLE WAY I SAW GOD WORK TODAY

NEW SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY

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WORD OF THE DAY

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_HOME TIME

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DEBRIEF Now that your trip is over, you may be missing it a lot. You may be remembering it as one of the best experiences of your life! You may be thinking of all the moments you truly saw God at work, and how you experienced the joy of the Lord, while serving others whole-heartedly! It’s time to put some of these thoughts on paper, to help you process what you experienced. Plan to talk with the team at our debrief meeting to share what you saw, heard and felt, in order to keep your memories alive!

The absolute highlight of the trip:

When I saw and felt God’s presence most:

One thing I saw that truly amazed me:

What does your life look like now?

What did you learn on this trip that you can now apply to your day-to-day life? Where is God leading you next? Maybe it’s another way you want to serve others, now that you’ve seen the difference that you can make. Maybe you want to keep meeting with people from your mission team or maybe you feel called to a take a leadership role on a trip. Whatever that next step looks like for you, mark it down here:

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RE-ENTRY By now you’ve probably returned home. You’re back to work or school and back to the life you lived before going abroad, but there’s something different. The things that used to excite you, no longer have that same feeling. You may see work or school and the people there differently. You may have feelings of guilt about simple activities you used to never think deeply about, such as getting your nails done or washing your car. You may be taken aback by the realization that some in the States live with so much excess yet are so unhappy. This is a contrast to some in Central America who live with so little yet have profound joy. You may find yourself thinking of the people from the trip or you hear a voice or name and it immediately takes you back to the trip. You also may find yourself being extra emotional or getting upset easily by something someone says. All of these and more are typical experiences and emotions you may feel once you re-enter the United States. Just remember, God did not provide a way for you to go on this trip, so you could come home and be weighed down with guilt. Just maybe God called you to be apart of the trip, so He could change things in you, to help change things and people right here in Columbus, Ohio. God is able to use this short one-week trip to work in your life, so that you can now go make a difference and influence others at home. Change is something people rarely enjoy, but is often necessary. But the biggest thing about change, is that it is a choice. You have to make the decision to change and have the courage and boldness to step out for Him here. You also have to start making changes within yourself first, before you are able to reach out to others. There is no denying your whole perspective may have changed. Perhaps, God took you on this trip for a reason, to change your lens in order for you to see the potential impact that you can make right here at home. Start challenging and reminding yourself of all you saw God do and believing that He can do similar things here. Remember, you went on this trip to be a blessing to others, and now you are called to continue being a blessing. Find ways to share experiences with others that will reach them where they are. For example, think about who you are talking to. If it’s a co-worker, find ways to relate experiences from your trip, if possible, to their work. If it’s a family member, tie in the family aspect of the team or of the native people. Remember, everyone may ask you about the trip, but let’s be honest, not everyone cares to know all about it. Be ready to share different stories with different people. It’s a good idea to have a 2 minute, a 10 minute and a 30 minute summary prepared to tell those who are asking about your experience. Some people will simply want to know more than others. You can expect your family and friends that were not on the trip to care, but you cannot expect them to understand what you saw and felt. To connect with those who do understand, it is important to reach out to the people that were on the trip. They are the only ones that really know what it was like. Your perspective may have changed but that doesn’t mean other’s have. The biggest thing is to know and remember the experiences that have helped change you, and to walk out each day just as you did on the trip, in faith with boldness. Even though your environment may look different on the outside, the person you are on the inside may continue to change. The familiarity of your surroundings will either comfort you or motivate you. It’s up to you how you see them. After all, change is a choice.

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NOW WHAT? Now is a great time to get involved both near and abroad, what does that look like for you? Maybe it looks like telling others the stories from your trip or using the evangelism tools that you gained on this trip to continue evangelizing in your every day life. All over central Ohio there are opportunities to serve, love on others and keep the mission alive.

SPONSOR A CHILD You most likely had the opportunity to visit the C.D.C., and see all of the amazing work that God is doing through this ministry. In order for a child to enter the C.D.C., they must be sponsored. For $45 a month, you can sponsor a child, and give them the life-changing opportunity of being able to attend the C.D.C.. Your monthly donation provides a meal everyday, academic support, healthcare, and most importantly spiritual guidance. For more information on child sponsorship, e-mail: missions@rockcitychurch.tv

COLUMBUS DREAM CENTER The Columbus Dream Center is a volunteer-driven organization attached to our Rock City Short North Campus. It provides hundreds of meals each week to those in need. In addition it offers kids outreach, a medical clinic, homeless outreach, laundry and shower facilities, just to name a few! To jump in at the Dream Center or for more information, you can email: volunteer@columbusdreamcenter.org

ROCK CIT Y MISSIONS Think of those in your life who you could see flourish on a mission trip and invite them to take that step to experience Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love cross cultures. If you feel called to get involved in another Rock City mission trip see our website to see upcoming dates. rockcitychurch.tv/missiontrips

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THE TRIP MAY BE OVER, BUT THE MISSION STAYS THE SAME

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