Questions & Answers

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Through a World Reach trip experience, we will come alongside the work God is already doing through ministry partners. We’ll spend time with them, encourage them, and seek to learn from our partners. We’ll commit to spending time in prayer, asking God to give us a profound humility and openness to what He has for us. We’ll also pray that He would reveal the depths of our own sin, poverty, and brokenness as we prepare for our trip. God’s going to do incredible things in and through you.

Below are 7 reasons you should go on a World Reach trip:

1. You will encounter God’s heart. Our God is big and He cares about the nations. He’s a global God. His ultimate goal is to gather a family that represents “every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9). When you step into a foreign mission field, you will sense God’s amazing compassion for another culture and you will begin to know Him as Lord of the harvest.

2. You will expand your limited perspective. Too many of us are stuck in spiritual ruts. Even pastors can get bored with the sameness of ministry in one community. Every now and then you need to step out of your comfort zone and allow God to stretch you. Experience how other Christians worship God with fervor. Discover how they plant churches and engage in evangelism. Recognize that the way we do ministry in the United States is not necessarily the only way. And expect to learn from the people you are going to minister to.

3. You will be become more grateful. I receive an attitude adjustment every time I go to another country—especially when I am with poorer Christians. Whether I am eating papayas and frijoles in Guatemala, sleeping on an uncomfortable bed in Uganda or riding in an all-night train in India, I come back from my trips with a renewed appreciation for life’s little blessings—air conditioning, running water, nice roads and flush toilets. There’s nothing like spending time with a family of seven in a house made of mud and straw to put your puny problems in perspective.

4. You will discover your spiritual family. When you minister alongside Christians in another country, you find that the Holy Spirit bonds us together supernaturally. In the community I visited this week in eastern Guatemala, there are people who have become like family members to me because of our spiritual connection. These relationships can last a lifetime. This is the same type of bond the apostle Paul felt with the people he met in Greece, Italy and Asia Minor during his travels.

5. You will build lasting partnerships. God gives us this strong bond so we will link arms and work for a common purpose across racial and cultural lines. I encourage churches to send teams to the same place annually to foster permanent relationships and effective projects. Expect God to link your church with a community overseas. Your connection to the same people over time can lead to the planting of a church, an orphanage, a shelter for women or a school.

6. You will overcome your fears. One woman on our team this week had never prayed at a church altar for people—and she felt totally inadequate because of her limited knowledge of Spanish. But when people streamed to the front of the church she swallowed her fears and did what her flesh didn’t want to do. Instead of running like Jonah she poured her life out for the precious people we came to reach. I guarantee she will have more spiritual confidence when she gets back home. Sometimes you have to run to the front of the battle line to get new courage.

7. You will expand the kingdom of Jesus. The Great Commission was not a suggestion. Christ’s kingdom cannot be built without bold, radical obedience to Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore…” Somebody has to GO. There’s no way around it. To share the gospel with the whole world, we must be willing to pack our bags sometime and leave home.

Of course not everyone can hop on a plane and go to a foreign country for 10 days. Some people have health limitations or family pressures that make travel impractical. Don’t feel guilty if you are in that category. Instead remember that those who can’t go to the mission field physically can go through prayer or financial support. And the reward will be the same. When David defeated the Amalekites, he gave the same reward to the warriors who stayed behind to watch the baggage as he gave to the frontline soldiers who wielded swords (see 1 Sam. 30:22-25).

So, whether you go virtually or in person, let’s recognize the priority of missions. Let’s encourage every Christian to discover their role in God’s great plan to tell everyone about Jesus and His love.

Taken by: Charisma editor, J. Lee Grady

1.) Where do I go to find information about each trip?
https://summittogether.mymissionsapp.com/public/missions/listing

2. Who do I contact if I have additional questions? Email missions@summitpa.church or call Summit Church at 724-349- 8180

3. Who can go on a world reach trip?
Those involved at Summit Church with a heart to serve

4. How old must I be to participate on a World Reach trip?
Must be 16 years of age to participate, unless otherwise communicated.

5. How many training meetings will there be? Do I have to go to the training meetings? There will be 5 mandatory pre-trip training meetings beginning 4 months prior to the departure date. Trip members must participate in meetings in order to go through training material together, gain influence, become united as we serve, and have all information needed in preparation for the World Reach Trip.

6. What does the total trip cost cover?

  • Airfare
  • Ground Cost (Lodging, In-country transportation, Food-In Country)
  • Trip Insurance
  • One Checked Luggage
  • Entry Fees/Visas
  • Team T-shirt
  • Training Material/Resources

What’s Not Included:

  • U.S. Passport
  • Vaccinations/Preventative Medications
  • Souvenirs
  • Airport Food

7. What will I be doing on this trip?
Each trip is different. We are going on this trip to serve and not be served. On any World Reach trip, our ultimate purpose is to learn from our ministry partner, as well as encourage and spend time with them. We have the opportunity to engage and come alongside them in the work that God is doing through these ministry partners. We must be careful not to forfeit or discourage the impact or influence they have in their community.

The “project” of each trip will look very different. This may be due to the team composition, the culture of the area we’re visiting, the needs of the community, and many other factors. All specific information will be given during training meetings. Additionally, we must understand this initially spoken “project” may change over time. We trust the local ministry partners know what’s needed most and we will prepare and serve to the best of our abilities. In the event that the ministry partner knows in advance they need a World Reach team with specific talents & abilities, this will be communicated in the trip description. General information on each trip can be found at https://summittogether.mymissionsapp.com/public/missions/listing.

8. Will I be safe? 
Each World Reach trip is planned with a ministry partner Summit Church supports and has relationship with or is a reputable organization that regularly hosts teams. There is risk on any travel experience, but you can rest assured in knowing that our hosts know the area & the culture well. They wouldn’t take us to a place where they wouldn’t go themselves.

9. Do I need to have all of my money raised before I apply?

No. Each trip has communicated payment deadlines. Generally, 35% of total trip funds are due 3 months out, 50% are due 3 months out, and 15% due 1 month out.

10. If I decide to drop out, can I get my money back? Payments made by the trip member or donated on their behalf are non-refundable.

11. Do I need to speak the language of the country? The message of Christ’s love transcends language. You will be surprised by how much you can communicate without words! It can also be a great learning experience to not always understand everything that is going on around you. Translators will be available to help be our voice in ministering directly with people. By building a great relationship with your translator, it opens the door to better communication and a guide to local culture.

12. Will I need to get vaccinations or preventative medication?

A health professional will advise you on this topic during a training meeting based on CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendation and personal experience. The decision is ultimately yours, but you can count on being educated.

13. Do I need to have my passport book before I apply for an international trip? How much does one cost and how long does it take to get it?

No. You will be given information in the first training meeting that can guide you in how to apply for your passport. The cost for a first-time adult passport book is $135 ($110 application fee + $25 acceptance fee). Passport processing take between 4 to 6 weeks. All information can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html.

14. What if something happens before we leave or while we are in the country? All international trip members will be given premium trip insurance through Faith Venture Insurance. Please view what’s included in the premium plan here: https://www.faithventures.com/compare-plans/

15. What if I have or recently had a medical condition that would be affected by travel, living conditions, a rigorous schedule, and possibly a demanding workload of this trip?

After submitting your application answers, you’ll be prompted to complete a health and medical history form. If you have or recently had a medical condition, you’ll be asked to obtain a medical doctor’s approval.

16. Where can I find out travel information? Where can I find information about prayer & world missions?
Country Information Websites Document

17. What is the Trip Commitment Policy?
Trip Commitment Form

1. Visit the link: https://summittogether.mymissionsapp.com/public/missions/listing

2. Click “Learn more” & “Apply today”.  You’ll be prompted to create & activate a MyMissions account

3. Answer application questions & submit trip application

4. Submit your non-refundable deposit (must submit to secure your spot if approved)

5. Read & sign the following requirements on “checklist” tab

  • Background Check
  • Trip Commitment Policy
  • Health & Medical History
  • Skills & Gifts Form
  • Agreement Form
  • Consent Form
  • Medical Release Form

6. You’ll hear back in 7 days or less if you’ve been approved for the trip!

7. Let the fundraising & saving begin!

8. Participate in trip meetings

1. How will I pay for this?
It will depend upon your preference & resources. Some people will already have the financial resources available or stashed away for an experience such as this. If this is you, wonderful! Asking “How will I pay for this?” won’t really be a question for you.

However, others may not have this as a possibility. This means you will need to raise support money. Don’t be scared! With effort on your part, a positive attitude, and trusting God for money that will come in, you can do this! Believe it or not, sometimes those who are unable to participate in a trip want to give! They’re part of our team because of their contribution. We want to resource you with creative ways to raise money. You may use these ideas to raise money individually or collaborate with other members on your team. Feel free to research other ideas as well.

*Please know: Although we desire to assist you, Summit Church will not be responsiblefor providing these fundraising opportunities/events for you. We are looking forward to seeing how God provides for you!

2. Will people be able to give towards my trip online?
Yes! Once approved, you’re automatically given a personal online funding link to your own page where people can give online via debit or credit card. When people give using this tool, it’s automatically deposited into your account. You can edit your funding page to make it personal, expressing why you’re going on this trip and what you’ll be doing or hope to gain. You can explain that by partnering with you, they’ll be playing a part in seeing every life made different.

3. Fundraising ideas:

  • Use the online personal funding page link. Share on social media, Facebook messenger, text message, email, etc. (Can share this link with 100-200 people asking them to give $10, because every small amount counts).
  • Mail out support letters to friends, family, and local businesses – handwritten, type, or email letters. A support letter template is available.
  • Request financial gifts toward your trip rather than holiday or birthday gifts
  • Sell personal belongings, resources, or equipment that you don’t use or need/Garage sale
  • Strategically set aside money- eat out less, spend less money on clothes, etc.
  • Sell discount cards
  • Sell t-shirts, bracelets, etc.
  • Make cookies or desserts & sell them at work or in your small group
  • Paint or make a craft and advertise sales for that
  • Shave or change your hair color if you reach a goal by a certain date
  • Parents night out – watch kids while parents go out
  • Research ideas and don’t be limited to this list!

4. Will gifts made by others be tax-deductible?

Gifts given toward your trip by friends and family are considered tax-deductive gifts to Summit Church and therefore non-refundable, in accordance with tax law.

5. Will payments made by me be tax-deductible? Payments made by you are not tax-deductible and are also considered non-refundable.

6. If I decide to drop out, can I get my money back? Payments made by the trip member or donated on their behalf are non-refundable.

7. When is the money due?
Each trip has communicated payment deadlines. Generally, 35% of total trip funds are due 3 months out, 50% are due 2 months out, and 15% due 1 month out.

8. What is the Trip Policy?
Trip Commitment Form

1.) Where will we stay? This answer varies on each trip depending on the preferences of the ministry partner host and what’s safe and closest to the ministry area we’ll be visiting. The final answer will be revealed over time during training meetings.

2. Do I need to bring gifts along?
Bringing gifts is not mandatory and the decision to do so is dependent upon the request of the ministry partner host and the preferences of the team leader. Often, it is simpler & more effective to send money to allow the host to use it at their discretion to buy gifts depending upon the needs of the area.

Bringing the gifts with us in luggage can get heavy and expensive. By sending money to the host rather than mailing the gifts, we’re able to bypass shipping fees.

3. Will I be safe?
Each World Reach trip is planned with a ministry partner Summit Church supports and has relationship with or is a reputable organization that regularly hosts teams. There is risk on any travel experience, but you can rest assured in knowing that our hosts know the area & the culture well. They wouldn’t take us to a place where they wouldn’t go themselves.

4. How do I apply for my passport book before I apply for an international trip? How much does it cost and how long does it take to get it?
You will be given information in the first training meeting that can guide you in how to apply for your passport. The cost for a first-time adult passport book is $135 ($110 application fee + $25 acceptance fee). Passport processing take between 4 to 6 weeks. All information can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html.

5. Will I need to get vaccinations or preventative medication?
A health professional will advise you on this topic during a training meeting based on CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendation and personal experience. The decision is ultimately yours, but you can count on being educated.

6. How do I pack for this? A recommended packing list will be provided for each team. Details will be discussed in team training meetings.

7. Will I have trip insurance?
All international trip members will be given premium trip insurance through Faith Venture Insurance. Please view what’s included in the premium plan here: https://www.faithventures.com/compare-plans/

8. What training material will the team work through together?
This could vary depending on the trip and if the ministry host has specific material they’d like us to cover. Most teams will go through Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert’s “Helping Without Hurting” participant’s guide. Books & video series will be provided. Our teams resemble the likeness of a small group doing life together. We grow in wisdom and knowledge as we prepare for our World Reach experience.

9. Will I be able to contact my family while I’m away internationally?
Summit Church provides a world reach phone that team members may use if they decide not to purchase an international phone plan. Talk time and text messages are asked not to be excessive and will be divided fairly between team members.

10. Do I need to speak the language of the country?
The message of Christ’s love transcends language. You will be surprised by how much you can communicate without words! It can also be a great learning experience to not always understand everything that is going on around you. Translators will be available to help be our voice in ministering directly with people. By building a great relationship with your translator, it opens the door to better communication and a guide to local culture.

11. What do I need to know about the culture?
Your team leader will educate you on what’s culturally sensitive, while the host can explain cultural differences prior to the trip and during the trip. You’ll learn that culture seeps into our view of Scripture, authority is view differently, and the way people take care of each other varies. You’ll learn there’s a difference between what is right vs. what is wrong. Just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s wrong. The American way is not the only way. Personal research prior to the trip is encouraged.

12. Do I need to bring medical supplies? Will a nurse be on this trip?
A medical bag with general World Reach trip medical supplies will be provided and discussed in training meetings. If additional supplies or personal medications are needed, it is the trip member’s responsibility to bring them. We try to recruit a nurse for each world reach trip, but it will not be guaranteed.

13. Where can I find out travel information? Where can I find information about Prayer & World Evangelization?
Country Information Websites Document