If you are a minor, or if you have relatives or friends who are minors that ask about the trip, we prefer to travel with people who are at least 18 years old for legal reasons.* To get minors into most countries, a letter of permission must be signed and notarized by both parents or guardians. Evenso, MPM requires that an adult--a relative or parent if possible--accompany them.
Mission Trips for Church Youth Groups are offered by MPM on a case by case basis. Call to talk to us.
You need a valid passport. You can get information on how to get a passport at a Post Office or on the internet at the U.S. Department of State web site(http://www.travel.state.gov/)
You need to be in good enough health to walk, travel all day, and not need the availability of emergency medical services.
You need to be a follower of Jesus Christ and have a testimony about being "born again" or being "saved." You also need to be willing to share with another person about your conversion experience in a brief (one minute to three minute) testimony. We help you prepare this. It's not hard. To see an outline for writing a conversion testimony and a sample of how to fill it out, download the following Adobe Acrobat Reader files:
CLICK HERE for an Outline for Writing a Conversion Testimony
CLICK HERE for a Sample of a Conversion Testimony
You need to pay for the entire trip yourself. Our packages include almost everything except for lunch and dinner and siteseeing. Trips are usually for 8 to 14 days and cost approximately $2,000 or more, depending on airline tickets. If it is more than $2,000 we communicate with you for your approval. You can raise money by writing solicitation letters to family and church members that express your desire to go on a mission trip. It would be nice if your church could get behind your mission and pray for you. Sometimes a church will take a special offering for one of their members that they sponsor on a mission trip. Talk to your pastors, elders or deacons about it.
You need to be a flexible person and a person who gets along well with other people in a team environment. This is a time of ministry and work and not a vacation, although most people enjoy it more than a vacation. If you are a health care professional, you will have to adjust to the simple and often sub-standard work conditions for what you are doing. It's more like a field hospital or what a disaster site might be, except you don't have the backup support or the availability of medicines that you do in the United States. It is truly a challenge.
If we have trips that are open to the public, we will post them on this web site. This is a random event. Should we have a public trip, when you decide you want to reserve a place on one of our trips, download, fill out and mail an application (found below) along with a non-refundable deposit for $100 (so be sure you are going before you send us the deposit). We will then start communicating with you and sending you other information that will help you prepare. The mission groups are limited to between 15 and 30 for logistical reasons, so reserve your place as soon as you are sure you are going.
Applicants must be approved by MPM before they are allowed to accompany the group on a mission trip. MPM reserves the right to ask anyone to leave the group and return home should they endanger the group or jeopardize the mission of the trip. A recommendation from your pastor is required.