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TABLE OF CONTENTS PREP TIME MISSIONS HISTORY

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WHY DO WE GO ON MISSION TRIPS

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ROCK CITY’S FOCUS

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MISSION TRIP POLICIES

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SAN SALVADOR

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LA LIBERTAD

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CHOLUTECA

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JORDAN

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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

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GUIDELINES

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SPANISH LESSONS

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PACKING

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TRIP DETAILS

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THOUGHTS + EXPECTATIONS + DREAMS

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PRAYER

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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 2013

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. Serving the Lord and the local GCLA (Great Commission Latin America) church for a week, missionaries had many opportunities to show love in tangible ways to the community and share the Gospel with many people. As God continued to grow Rock City, GCLA approached the leaders with a vision to partner with more churches in Central America. 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.

2014 2015

Anticipating growth, 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. Similar to prior years, 2015 was full of new people going and those returning to the countries they had previously served to continue God’s work. 2015 also saw Rock City take a team to India for the first time, with a focus on providing medical and dental care to pastors and their families.

2016 2017

Joining efforts with Samaritan’s Purse, teams were able to respond quickly to natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey in the southern and eastern part of our own country. Rock City was able to send supplies, food, and water, and also missionaries to some of the hard hit areas. A new partnership was established with the GCLA church in La Libertad, El Salvador, and two trips were added for the spring and summer. The teams built beds for families, evangelized in the city, visited children at the orphanage, and gave shoes to the kids at the Children’s Development Center.

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2018 -

CURRENT

In 2018, Rock City embarked on their first mission trip to Amman, Jordan. The team visited refugees, supplied them with aid and also served kids at a youth camp. Rock City has seen hundreds of people say “yes” to serving others and sharing the Gospel through a short-term mission trip. Since 2011, the number of short term missionaries has grown each year. We will continue to send mission teams to the same places, where our partnerships with GCLA and One Child are strong, as well as add new destinations to serve as relationships form and develop.

We are praying and believing that God 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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WHY DO WE GO ON MISSION TRIPS? 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 Jordan 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 Jordan. 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 GCLA (Great Commission Latin America). In 2017, we started partnering with One Child in Jordan.

WHO IS GCLA? Great Commission Latin America (GCLA) 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, GCLA 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 GCLA 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 ONE CHILD? One Child is a global community that serves and develops children in poverty so that those children can reach their God-given potential. They work in 14 poverty-stricken countries in the world, bringing hope, truth, life, love, and mercy to over 40,000 children through child sponsorship. Their staff in the field live in the same communities as the children they serve. In every community where they work, they develop a hope center where care designed to meet the unique needs of the community’s children is delivered. One Child has 310 Hope Centers around the world, which are usually located at a local church or school.

For more information, visit onechild.org

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MISSION TRIP POLICIES “GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOOD NEWS TO EVERYONE. ANYONE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED WILL BE SAVED”

MARK 16:15-16

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Rock City’s main purpose for all mission trips is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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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 and not distract from the gospel. The country, culture, or church may determine what will be appropriate to wear. “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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Limit the use of phones.

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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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PICTURE YOURSELF!

_ 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, Honduras and Guatemala.

_ Guayabo is a community overlooking the city where the church has been doing outreach

_ It is the largest and most populated

since July 2010. Traveling up the road to the

municipality. San Salvador is also El Salvador’s

volcano you’ll see restaurants, coffee shops

most important political, cultural, educational

and tourist attractions. Once off the main road,

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 one of the most accessible, diverse,

Center where over 170 children attend.

and 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

_ As short-term missionaries, we will be

country. Two of them are currently active.

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 homes, doing arts and crafts with the kids, and evangelizing in the community. Even at the hotel, God may bring opportunity for you to share the gospel.

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LA LIBERTAD E L S A LVA D O R

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PICTURE YOURSELF!

_ 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

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 (CDC), 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.

join a local evangelical church.

_ The CDC has a sewing and carpentry

_ Many international surfing competitions

make money to save for college. By entering

have taken place in El Salvador because of

program for the teenagers, which helps them 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

boards at the airport.

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

_ The national dish is the famous and

their future.

delicious pupusa. A pupusa is a thick flatbread stuffed with a filling of beef, beans, cheese, or pork.

_ 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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PICTURE YOURSELF!

_ 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 and since

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

services are on Saturday nights, there may be

This is typically the amount they would

an opportunity to attend two services during

receive in 212 days. As a result, the Choluteca

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

teams, the church has built many houses

and farmers selling fruits, vegetables, and

here. Imagine building a house for a family in

other 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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JORDAN

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PICTURE YOURSELF!

_ Jordan is located in the heart of the Middle

_ Our team will be staying in the Guest House.

East and borders Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia,

This house has all of the basic necessities you

and Syria. It is home to just over 10

would need, like showers, common areas, a

million people.

kitchen, and washing machine.

_ The average net income for a person in

_ Refugees make up roughly 10% of Jordan’s

Jordan is $7600 per year.

population. The majority of these refugees live in cities and towns instead of camps. This

_ Virtually the entire population of Jordan is

means they must find a way to pay for things

Sunni Muslim. Christians constitute most of

like rent and transportation. Only a limited

the rest, of whom two-thirds adhere to the

number of refugees have work permits, so

Greek Orthodox church.

most of these families rely on humanitarian assistance to meet their most basic needs.

_ The country has very few natural resources.

These are the people you will have a chance to

Water and agriculture are scarce, as only 10%

meet, encourage, and share the love of Jesus.

of the land is usable for farming because of the intense climate.

_ Children who are sponsored receive help with education, supplies, mentorship, meals

_ Jordan is filled with archaeological digs,

and more. These children attend a youth

biblical sites, ancient monuments, and

camp once a year in the summer. This is a

even luxurious resorts along the Dead Sea.

time to learn, grow, be challenged and have

Approximately 3.6 million people visit the Dead

fun! Our team will have the opportunity to

Sea each year, which borders Jordan

serve the children at this youth camp.

and Israel.

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“EACH ONE SHOULD USE WHATEVER GIFT HE HAS RECEIVED TO SERVE OTHERS, FAITHFULLY ADMINISTERING GOD’S GRACE IN ITS VARIOUS FORMS.” BEYOND OUR WALLS_MISSION TRIPS

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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

EVANGELIZE

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

feet. I have given you an

the gospel at schools,

truth wins out. Love never

example to follow. Do as I have

universities, clinics, and other

gives up, never loses faith, is

done to you.” John 13:13-15.

venues, as well as praying

always hopeful, and endures

with people.

through every circumstance.

Serving may involve teaching

Three things will last forever-

English, preparing and cooking

faith, hope, and love-and the

food, helping in a health clinic,

greatest of these is love.”

doing light construction,

I Corinthians 13:4-7,13.

playing soccer with the youth, providing Bible lessons

We will have opportunities to

and other opportunities as

build relationships with local

they 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 cdc.gov/travel to find more information

passport provider. In most cases it takes 4-6

about “safe food and water” and “special needs

weeks to obtain a passport, but sometimes there

travelers” and information on “insect protection.”

are delays. Plan accordingly.

Some medicines to keep in mind when talking to your doctor are: Zithromax, Cipro, and Levoquin

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

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

WHAT ABOUT BUG SPRAY?

strongly recommend you drink only bottled water.

YES, bring some! It is important to take insect

your mouth. We even recommend you keep your

precautions all of the time. Use a bug repellent

mouth closed in the shower.

This includes brushing your teeth and rinsing out

of <28% DEET, anything more doesn’t add any more protection, just skin irritation.

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

DO I NEED ANY SPECIFIC SKILLS TO SERVE? I.E. CONSTRUCTION

_ We always travel in groups. Don’t wander

On mission trips with construction, a majority

off alone or even with another person. Always

of the tasks are capable of being done by

let people know where you are and never walk

anybody who is willing to do it. There are many

around at night. Team members are encouraged

opportunities on a mission trip to use your

to never to go anywhere alone and must always

specific skills, gifts and talents.

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

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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.

AM I ALLOWED TO RECEIVE GIFTS FROM LOCALS? Yes, absolutely. 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, as long as the gift is reasonable and nothing extravagant. 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. Please do not accept cash.


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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

you will need a converter. We also recommend

desiring to go without their parents must be 16

using caution bringing computers, tablets, and

years or older. However, any youth under the

other expensive electronic devices, as they are

age of 16 wanting to go without their parents

typically worth much more than what you paid for

is a possibility under certain circumstances. If

them in the United States. Generally speaking,

you need clarification please talk to the Global

if you can live without it, do not bring it. When

Outreach Coordinator.

deciding what items to bring on the trip, keep in

C-PAP MACHINES, ETC.

mind that Rock City is not liable for lost or stolen

WILL WE HAVE A DAILY ITINERARY TO FOLLOW? Typically there is a plan for the day, but that may change depending on what comes up on any given 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.

personal property.

WHAT IF I HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES OR AM A PICKY EATER? 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 a team 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.

“TRULY, TRULY I SAY TO YOU A SERVANT IS NOT GREATER THAN HIS MASTER NOR IS A MESSENGER GREATER THAN THE ONE WHO SENT HIM.”

John 13:16 ESV

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 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 children’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. _ Include a list of personal and team prayer requests in your letter. _ For tax-deductible purposes, please ask supporters to make their checks payable to “Rock City Church.” In the memo section, 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 _ Scroll down the page and click “Give Here” _ Donor information goes up top (Name, address, email) _ Choose the correct trip location from the drop down box under “I would like to give” _ Enter the dollar amount _ Donors can fill out your name under “who am I supporting” which ensures their donation goes towards your trip _ If you are giving for yourself, please put your name at the bottom of the form under “who am I supporting”

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. We suggest to follow up with a different method of communication than the initial contact. Also, a helpful hint, the more in person face-time 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 who are supporting you. Write thank you notes before you leave...keep your supporters updated on your travels while you are there and share stories when you return. These steps might be an open door for an invitation to come to church or to join a mission trip in the future. 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. Currently there is not a way for you to see online how much support you have raised through donations on our website. If you would like an update on how much support you have raised, please email missions@rockcitychurch.tv

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FUNDRAISERS/CROWDFUNDING 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 need of people, but to be involved in a ministry that is changing the community and helping people 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. However, any donation is appreciated. 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/or 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. Most Sincerely, Bob Jones

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 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 and 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 tax deduction under IRS regulations. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation towards the mission trip, you can go to rockcitychurch.tv/globaloutreach and select “Give Here” in the middle of the page.

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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 and tell them 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, it’s 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 try to clean up our lives or be perfect before we make the decision 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 most believe they must work their way to heaven. They may feel that they have to be a good person all the time to earn God’s grace and forgiveness. This belief is based on the premise that salvation needs to be earned. Many people lose track of the fact that Christ died—paid it all—and salvation can be found in Christ and Christ alone. 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, not to try to repay Him.

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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 heartfelt prayer like the one below.

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 SEPARATE 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

IMPORTANT: REMINDER Make sure to get their names and information to pass along to local church leaders and so you can be praying for them.

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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 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,

go for only 4 hours a day, whereas children

hugs or handshakes.

attending private schools go for 7 hours. Children whose 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 _ La familia plays a very important role in

it, 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 precedence over daily tasks.

_ When speaking through a translator be 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,

Although it is just a figure of speech, it really

the 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,

avocado, tamales, etc.

not 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. Particularly in the case of taking sulfa medications. 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 it’s 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

¿Cuántos 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 tú? – 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 Dios- God Fe – faith Amor- love Alma- soul La Cruz – the cross Salvación - salvation Jesús 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 Buen provecho – Enjoy your meal Está bien – It’s okay

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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


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TIME, DAYS, WEEKS, AND MONTHS

FAMILY

NUMBERS

Abuelos – Grandparents

1 - Uno

Lunes – Monday

Abuelo – Grandpa

Martes – Tuesday

Abuela – Grandma

3 - Tres

Jueves – Thursday

Padres – Parents

5 - Cinco

Viernes – Friday

Padre, Papá – Father, Dad

Sábado – Saturday

Madre, Mamá – Mother, Mom

7 - Siete

Hermanos – Siblings

9 - Nueve

Miércoles – Wednesday

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

30 - Treinta

Agosto – August

Primos- Cousins

50 - Cincuenta

Septiembre – September

Primo – Male cousin

Octubre – October

Prima – Female cousin

Marzo – March

Julio – July

Noviembre – November Diciembre – December

Tíos – Aunt and Uncle Tío – Uncle

Ayer – yesterday

Tía – Aunt

Hoy – today Mañana – tomorrow

Niños - Kids Niño – Boy

Tarde – afternoon Noche – evening, night Año – year Mes – month Semana – week Día – day

Niña – Girl

12 - Doce 20 - Veinte 40 - Cuarenta 100 - Cien

COLORS Amarillo – yellow Anaranjado – orange Azul – blue Blanco – white Gris – grey 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 day-to-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. _ Laundry services are typically available at the hotel/mission house; there may be a small fee. _ 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 don’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 is 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 – 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: It’s a good idea to bring two, in case you put one under the faucet water. _ Shampoo/Conditioner/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/Contact cases: 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.

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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. _ Pens or Pencils: They always come in handy. _ Water bottle: One that you can identify that as yours; a hook for easy carry is also wise. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, etc. _ 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. Emergen C is a good choice _ Candy for kids: That wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. _ Photos of your family/pets: Beneficial for the team to help bridge language gap if needed. _ 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. _ Hair dryer: The hotel/mission house typically does not provide these. _ Plastic bags for dirty clothes/misc items.

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) Private 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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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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PRAYER WHAT IS YOUR SPECIFIC PRAYER FOR THIS TRIP?

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_GO TIME

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WORD OF THE DAY

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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

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TODAY’S HIGH

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SOMETHING THAT SURPRISED AND/OR CHALLENGED ME TODAY

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TODAY’S HIGH

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SOMETHING THAT SURPRISED AND/OR CHALLENGED ME TODAY

ONE INCREDIBLE WAY I SAW GOD WORK TODAY

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ON THE GROUND: DAY FOUR DEVOTIONAL VERSE OF THE DAY

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TODAY’S HIGH

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TODAY’S HIGH

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TODAY’S HIGH

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TODAY’S HIGH

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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, write 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 many people in the world 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 a part 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 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. Remind yourself of all you saw God do, and start challenging yourself to believe 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 1-minute, 3-minute, and 10-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 who 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 who really know what it was like. Your perspective may have changed but that doesn’t mean others 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 CDC, and see all of the amazing work that God is doing through this ministry. In order for a child to enter the CDC, 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 CDC. 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 e-mail: 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 for upcoming dates. rockcitychurch.tv/globaloutreach

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