No experience needed. For a construction missions trip, basic tool knowledge is recommended but not necessary. Prior to the mission trip, there are team meetings to get ready for the trip.
Preferably, yes. If you attend another church, a letter of recommendations will be required. Must be of like faith/belief.
For a construction trip, it is 16 years old with a parent or guardian attending. For a ministry trip, 14 years old with a parent or guardian attending.
Each team member has the opportunity to raise his or her own financial support in order to go on a mission trip. While this task may seem daunting, it is a unique opportunity to see God provide in ways that will strengthen the faith of those going on the trip. Each person will be thoroughly equipped and prepared with the knowledge of how to raise support. This is typically done through emails that ask people to contribute toward the trip, or through corporate matching gifts.
Each team budget can contain 30 or more major expense categories. Some of these include airfare, vehicle rental and gasoline, housing costs, food, visas, training materials, ministry materials, travel & health insurance, construction materials, and much more. Every effort is made to minimize costs without jeopardizing the quality, effectiveness or safety of the ministry. It is usually $1000- $1300 plus the cost of the plane ticket.
We have found that most of the time if prayer letters are sent out on schedule and at least 50 copies are mailed, all the funds come in. The church does not provide finances to help cover the amount you have to raise for the trip.
If for some reason a team member is unable to go on the trip, the donations will be used to support the missions trip or other missions projects. Note that donations are made to the missions project and not to an individual short-term missions team member. Based on IRS regulations, in order for donations to be tax deductible, they must be irrevocable and non-refundable.