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WORLD REACH


Common Questions

Where do I go to find information about each trip?
https://summitpa.gomethod.app/#/

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

Who can go on a world reach trip?
Be a regular attendee of Summit, preferably already involved or serving. Must have completed Growth Track

How old must I be to participate on a World Reach trip?
For domestic trips and close international trips, an individual must be 14 years of age to participate and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is also approved for the trip. Without the accompaniment of a parent of legal guardian, an individual must be at least 16 years of age to go on any trip.

Do I have to be cleared by a physician to participate?
Yes. We ask you to have a physical examination and be approved by physician after your second meeting with the team so your physician can complete the Physical Examination/Physician’s Approval Form while also educating you on Vaccinations/Preventative Medications if applicable.

How many meetings will there be?
Our World Reach team meetings are crucial in the discipleship experience process.  There will be 12 mandatory pre-trip meetings beginning 4 months prior to the departure date. There are 2 post trip meetings after the trip to debrief the experience. 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.

Exact meeting dates will be communicated following the trip applicant’s acceptance. The majority of meetings will be on Sunday afternoons. Meeting attendance is expected. Missing more than 4 pre-trip meetings will result in the removal of the team member.

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

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://summitpa.gomethod.app/#/

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.

Do I need to have all of my money raised before I apply?
No. Each trip has communicated payment deadlines. The 5% non-refundable deposit is due immediately upon applying, 50% of total trip funds are due 3 months out, 85% of total trip funds are due 2 months out, and 100% of total trip funds are due 1.5 months out.

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.

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.

Will I need to get vaccinations or preventative medication?
You will be asked to receive guidance on this from your primary care physician. When you make your appointment for your physical examination, you can get the necessary information, vaccinations, or medications at this time. You may do research beforehand on the CDC website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). You may also visit Passport Health – Travel Clinic in the surrounding areas for this guidance.

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.

What if something happens before we leave or while we are in the country?
Short-Term Trip Emergency Medical and Travel Insurance is purchased for all domestic and international trips through TripArmor Travel Protection Plan. Trip Cancellation coverage is also purchased.

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?
You must obtain a physician’s approval in order to participate on a World Reach Trip.

Where can I find out travel information? Where can I find information about prayer & world missions?
Country & Culture Research

Code of Conduct, Technology Guidelines, and Trip Commitment Form

Consent & Authorization Form for Minors

Consent & Authorization Form

  • Visit the link: https://summitpa.gomethod.app/#/
  • Click “Apply today”.  If you haven’t already, you’ll be prompted to create & activate a GoMethod account
  • Answer application questions & submit trip application
  • Pay non-refundable deposit
  • Participate in follow-up interview
  • Obtain required clearances by first meeting date
  • Review the meeting date schedule
  • Obtain a physician’s approval prior to travel

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 responsible for providing these fundraising opportunities/events for you. We are looking forward to seeing how God provides for you!

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

When is the money due?

Each trip has communicated payment deadlines. The 10% non-refundable deposit is due immediately upon applying, 35% of total trip funds are due 3 months out, 85% of total trip funds are due 2 months out, and 100% of total trip funds are due 1 month out.

Code of Conduct, Technology Guidelines, and Trip Commitment Form
Consent & Authorization form for Minors
Consent & Authorization form

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.

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.

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.

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.

Will I need to get vaccinations or preventative medication?
You will be asked to receive guidance on this from your primary care physician. When you make your appointment for your physical examination, you can get the necessary information, vaccinations, or medications at this time. You may do research beforehand on the CDC website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). You may also visit Passport Health – Travel Clinic in the surrounding areas for this guidance.

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

Will I have trip insurance?
Short-Term Trip Emergency Medical and Travel Insurance is purchased for all domestic and international trips through TripArmor Travel Protection Plan. Trip Cancellation coverage is also purchased.

What training material will the team work through together?
Our teams will use CultureLink’s Short-Term Missions Curriculum. CultureLink says the following on their website:

“Our curriculum, Help! We’re Going On A Short-Term Trip!, has been well-received and glowingly reviewed by churches and organizations across a wide variety of backgrounds and denominations. Missionaries and church leaders have consistently commented on how better prepared, servant-oriented, and impactful CULTURELink-trained teams are.

Regardless of the specific ministry task or location, every team needs to be trained in basic issues such as cultural sensitivity and the development of a support team. CULTURELink’s curriculum provides a systematic, interactive training approach to preparing a short-term mission team for ministry. The CULTURELink curriculum is not limited to international missions. The processes and training topics included are equally relevant to work in the U.S. No matter the team’s destination, we believe a well-discipled team is the most effective cross-cultural team.”

Will I be able to contact my family while I’m away internationally?
Summit Church provides an international plan for team leaders on each international trip. Team members are invited to contact their family using their leaders’ phone plan. On most trips, wifi is available to connect with family and friends back home.

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.

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.

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.

Where can I find out travel information? Where can I find information about Prayer & World Evangelization?
Country & Culture Research