Short term mission trips are one of the best ways to get out of your comfort zone and into another culture and be able to experience God in a new and fresh way. I have found that many who go on a STM really get a vision for the nations and what God is doing and end up being a great blessing to those that are on the mission field full time.

SHORT TERM MISSIONS

Passport:

You can apply for your passport at most any post office.

You should allow 4-6 weeks to get it after applying. It may take longer so, the sooner the better.

For requirements to apply for your passport, go to:

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/apply.html

https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm

Copy of passport:

You need to make two copies of your passport: one to keep with you, in your suitcase or carry on, the other one to give to a trusted friend or family member who can be called to help if you loose your passport or it gets stolen while here.

Visa:

When you arrive in Guatemala you will get your passport stamped with a visitors visa at customs in the airport.

You will receive a form to fill out on the plane for your visa. One of the questions will be, “Where will you be staying while visiting Guatemala?” You should write, “San Cristobal Verapaz, A.V.”

Insurance:

You need to have an insurance policy for your trip. It is inexpensive and usually your personal policy will not cover travel to other countries. You can go to many different web sites to find travel insurance…here is an example www.shorttermteaminsurance.com

Flight: It is best if you book your own flights.

You will be flying into Guatemala city Guatemala GUA

There are a lot of sights that do cheap tickets.

You can also go directly to the airlines and make reservations with them.

If you have a large enough group you can hold your tickets with a deposit in advance, you can only do this directly with the airlines.

You need to plan your arrival and departure times into Guatemala city around noon…10:00am – 2:00pm. We have a 4-hour drive up to our place and it can take an hour to get through customs.

Daily: $30 per person per day. This starts the day you arrive in the country and ends the day you leave San Cristobal.

Transportation while in the country: $1500 will cover your transportation needs while you are with us in the country.

Project: $3000-$6000

Translator: $200 for the week

Extras: You may want some snacks, sodas, and or gifts during your stay…$100 – $150 is sufficient but if you want to bring more that is Ok. Make sure all money is clean…no tears, marks or missing corners.  It is best if you change your money while in the airport, you may not get as good of an exchange rate but it is safer.

Visa/Master cardIf you plan to use your credit or debit card for paying the hotel or taking money out of an ATM machine (which is a little risky) You must advise your bank that you will be traveling to Guatemala and the dates.

Hotel in Guatemala City: $50 per person, two people to a room. The team will also need to cover the cost of two rooms for your guides while traveling in Antigua. The hotel serves a great breakfast buffet, which is included in the price.

Food in Antigua Guatemala: The cost of food can vary from $5.00 to $10.00 per meal depending on where you want to eat.

Offering to the ministry: We are here to serve you and the people of Guatemala. We are working here and would appreciate your contribution so that we can continue working and serving the people of Guatemala.

When to have your money in: We need to have the money for your trip 30 days in advance, this helps facilitate getting materials onto the jobsite. You can send a check to Cross Commission, PO Box 1, Hillsboro IL. 62049

All monies are non refundable

You should visit this web site for up to date information on vaccinations:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/mission_disaster/guatemala

One thing we suggest is to make sure your tetanus shot is up to date, also.

CLOTHING

  • 1 T-shirt per day
  • 2-3 pairs of Jeans/pants
  • 1 Pair of underwear per day
  • 1 Pair of socks per day
  • 1 Church outfit
  • 2 Work outfits that can be ruined
  • Good walking shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Rain jacket/poncho
  • Light weight jacket, hoodie or sweat shirt (can be cool in the evening)
  • Modest swim suit no two-piece swim suits

 

If you bring shorts (NO SHORT SHORTS…MUST BE TO THE KNEE)

  • No shorts in the villages

 

TOILETRIES

  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Shaving gear
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron…not recommended

 

Personal water bottle

1 towel…lightweight…they dry faster

Sunscreen and aloe for those who forget to bring sunscreen

Bible/notebook/pen

Small backpack

1 Roll of toilet paper

Bug spray

Small flashlight

1 Pair of work gloves

Sunglasses

 

MEDICINES

  • Dramamine…the roads are very curvy
  • Tylenol or Advil
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Contact lenses-bring enough contact solution for the duration of your stay (it is expensive here)
  • Prescription meds must be in their original containers and enough for the duration of your stay

 

Personal snacks i.e. Granola bars, power bars, protein bars, candy bars…

 

Small gifts are fun: candy, balloons, bracelets, hair ties/elastics, pencils etc…

 

TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE

  • You are required to purchase your own travel health insurance. Make a copy of your policy and give it to your team leader.
  • Keep the number of the policy, the name of the company, the address and phone number with you.

BEING FLEXIBLE

A TEACHABLE HEART

A SERVANTS HEART

When Helping Hurts

  • By: Brian Filkkert & Steve Corbett
OUR PROJECTS

One of the big problems here in a lot of homes in villages is the cooking situation. A lot of people cook over an open fire, which happens to be in their one room house. So that means that the family is breathing in the smoke constantly. I have been in many homes where the walls and ceiling are covered in soot. The open fire is also a hazard for toddlers as they often fall into the fire being burned severely.

Our goal is to be able to install efficient wood burning stoves in all the homes in a village, which is about 60-70 stoves. These stoves vent the smoke out of the house and it is difficult to get burned on them. They also use a lot less wood to cook on, cutting down on wood gathering everyday.

An average family is not able to afford the full purchase price of one of these stoves on their own. One stove is $200…if your team can raise money for 20 stoves we will be helping out a large portion of a village and we can install them while you are here. This also gives us the opportunity to get into their homes and share the gospel with them.

If an individual or family would like to purchase a stove for a family we can also install them for you.

Helping to prevent disease.The drinking water here is very dirty and dangerous to drink. However, very few people take the time to boil the water thus there are many sicknesses caused from drinking the water. Also, it is to expensive for most to purchase purified water in the rural communities. We distribute water filters that make it possible for people to drink 100% pure water, helping to avoid many sicknesses.

Buy property to build a youth center

  • Build a building that would  be suitable for the Zona and Bible training

Learning Center / Computer lab

  • Computers for the computer lab

 

Sound Studio:

  • Wireless microphone
  • Microphone cables
  • Microphones
  • Microphone stands
  • Guitar strings
  • Instruments

 Table games

Promoting health for all
We believe that good health is very important to the development of a community, even more so when we are working with very low income villages that don’t receive any help even from the different government programs. This is why we are encouraging medical teams to bring volunteers that specialize in different areas such as dentistry, pediatrics, ginecology, internal and general medicine etcetera, to come and help those in need in the most rural areas.
+ Efficient wood cooking stoves

One of the big problems here in a lot of homes in villages is the cooking situation. A lot of people cook over an open fire, which happens to be in their one room house. So that means that the family is breathing in the smoke constantly. I have been in many homes where the walls and ceiling are covered in soot. The open fire is also a hazard for toddlers as they often fall into the fire being burned severely.

Our goal is to be able to install efficient wood burning stoves in all the homes in a village, which is about 60-70 stoves. These stoves vent the smoke out of the house and it is difficult to get burned on them. They also use a lot less wood to cook on, cutting down on wood gathering everyday.

An average family is not able to afford the full purchase price of one of these stoves on their own. One stove is $200…if your team can raise money for 20 stoves we will be helping out a large portion of a village and we can install them while you are here. This also gives us the opportunity to get into their homes and share the gospel with them.

If an individual or family would like to purchase a stove for a family we can also install them for you.

+ Water filters

Helping to prevent disease.The drinking water here is very dirty and dangerous to drink. However, very few people take the time to boil the water thus there are many sicknesses caused from drinking the water. Also, it is to expensive for most to purchase purified water in the rural communities. We distribute water filters that make it possible for people to drink 100% pure water, helping to avoid many sicknesses.

+ Youth Center

Buy property to build a youth center

  • Build a building that would  be suitable for the Zona and Bible training

Learning Center / Computer lab

  • Computers for the computer lab

 

Sound Studio:

  • Wireless microphone
  • Microphone cables
  • Microphones
  • Microphone stands
  • Guitar strings
  • Instruments

 Table games

+ Health
Promoting health for all
We believe that good health is very important to the development of a community, even more so when we are working with very low income villages that don’t receive any help even from the different government programs. This is why we are encouraging medical teams to bring volunteers that specialize in different areas such as dentistry, pediatrics, ginecology, internal and general medicine etcetera, to come and help those in need in the most rural areas.

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