Can I pick only one?
You may be able to go on more than one trip throughout the year as long as you are able and committed to raise your support.
I’m not sure which trip to go on. What should I do?
If you are able to go on a trip but there are multiple trips that you are considering, apply. During the interview process, we will determine which trip would be best for you (if you are eligible to go).
Can we change the dates of the trip?
Though we have planned these trips as best as we can, we understand that changes may happens. Each of these dates have been discussed and set with each host church. Flights, lodging, and events are now being worked around those dates. The likelihood of the dates changing is very small. We will not change the dates of trips due to a team member’s individual availability.
What happens if a trip does not have enough team members?
We trust the Lord to complete the work He is doing in our churches. Therefore, we will not force a trip to happen if the Lord does not provide people to go. If there are not enough participants on a trip, that trip may either be canceled or postponed to a later date.
What is required for each trip?
Each trip has different requirements based on the type of ministry of the trip. Age requirements, skills needed, pricing and availability are all available on the site.
I’ve never been on a Short-Term Mission trip. Will I get training?
Each team member is required to go through a 4-session Short-Term Mission study with their team that will help train and equip them for the mission at head. Not attending these training sessions will forfeit your opportunity to go. Though experience is great, a willing heart to serve, work with a team and be a tool God can use will aid you greatly.
Costs and Fundraising
What’s included on the cost of the trip?
The cost for each person to go includes the cost of food, lodging, travel (flight and in-country transportation), as well as materials needed for ministry (equipment and food for outreach, materials for training).
Do I have to pay for this trip?
Team members are not required to fund the trip themselves though they are required to provide an initial down payment by the first meeting (usually 10% – see below). Harvest will provide a fund raising tool where teams will raise the funds together. Each team member will be able to email a link to their family and friends to contribute to their trip. All donations are tax deductible and each donor will receive a receipt stating such.
$200 for International Trips
$50 for US Trips
Will I get my down payment back if I decide to cancel going on my trip?
All contributions made (including the down payment by the team member going) are non-refundable.If a team member steps out of the trip, the money raised will go toward the team expenses.
How does a team fund-raise?
Traditionally, mission teams have hand crafted a letter and mailed them to family and friends with hopes to hear back from them. Now, teams will have a web link they can email to help raise their support.Phone calls, letters, and one-on-one follow-up conversations are still ways to help raise support. Above all, teams need to pray. We firmly believe that this is the work of the Lord and He will provide. At the same time, we must be diligent and faithful in communicating our plans.
Why have the costs of the trips changed since it was first announced?
There are set costs and then there are variable costs when budgeting the cost of trips. The number of team leaders, food, and costs of transportation has changed since we first announced trips. We are diligently working to drive down costs of the trips so our church family can go.
What happens if I am not able to raise all of my support?
There will be a timeline put in place from the beginning, and each team member is required to meet the goals set before the team.
What happens if I’ve raised funds but end up not going on the trip?
We understand that things can come up unexpectedly causing a member to cancel their trip. Any funds that were contributed to that member’s name will be moved to the general contribution for the team as a whole.