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Team manual - Brentwood Baptist July 2011

  1. 1. Guatemala Mission TripTeam Member Manual July 8-16, 2011   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Thank you for choosing to go to Guatemala. We are glad you will be joining us in thework there. It is our prayer that God will challenge you spiritually and help you grow in yourfaith as a result of this trip. God is actively at work in Guatemala, yet much work remains to bedone. Your interest in helping is an answer to prayer. Short-term teams have been partnering with ussince 1995 for the purpose of outreach to the people ofGuatemala through evangelism, construction, medical,dental, and educational activities. Regardless of your areaof outreach, most people find the greatest rewards are inthe relationships that are made. The most significant workthat you will do will be loving people and spending timewith them being a witness for Jesus Christ, rather thanbuilding a wall or helping someone meet a physical need. The people of Guatemala know that you havespent a significant amount of money and time to come andthey feel honored you would choose to do that for them.Let us encourage you to focus not only on the tasks of this  trip, but also on the relationships that will develop along the way. We have put together this manual to help you prepare for the trip. This manual isprepared to provide you with practical information that will help make your trip successful andenjoyable. Please read it, commit to attending the scheduled team meetings, and follow theguidance of the team leadership. Even if you have previously participated in a Guatemalamission trip, it is important to attend all meetings to help build team spirit. We ask that you be patient and flexible as you prepare, travel, live, and work with theteam. Evaluations from those who have gone before indicate that any inconveniences you mayexperience will be overshadowed by the gratitude of the people you will serve. You will findthe Guatemalans friendly and easy to get to know. The work you do will be a great help tothem and will bring hope to many. Our team leadership is ready to assist you in any way wecan.     The  Shalom  Foundation  
  3. 3. The Shalom Foundation’s History in Guatemala   The  Shalom  Foundation  has  been  active  in  Guatemala  City   for  more  than  decade  serving  acutely  poor  children  and   sharing  the  Gospel.    Through  our  supporters  and   volunteers,  Shalom  has  touched  thousands  of  lives,  have   completed  more  than  70  homes,  conducted  170  surgeries,   and  have  helped  build  a  Christian  school  serving  over  700     students.       The  Shalom  Foundation  currently  sponsors  more  than  130  students  providing  for  their  tuition   and  other  associated  education  expenses.    Through  the  years  475  missions  team  members  have   traveled  to  Guatemala  City  with  The  Shalom  Foundation  in  God’s  service  to  others.   In  June,  1991,  several  founding   members  of  The  Shalom  Foundation   Board  took  their  first  trip  to  Guatemala   City.    In  1995,  a  22-­‐member  team   provided  construction  assistance  and   conducted  the  organization’s  first   Medical/Dental  “clinic”.    Annual   Missions  Trips  were  planned  and  led   each  year  since  that  time.    In  June,  1996     a  26-­‐member  Construction  Team  began   work  on  Shalom  Church  with  Pastor  Alvaro  Perdomo.    In  May,  1997  a  48-­‐member  Missions   Team  provided  construction  work  on  Shalom  Church  and  provided  much-­‐needed  medical   treatment  -­‐-­‐  the  largest  Shalom  team  to  travel  to  Guatemala  at  the  time.    The  Construction   Team  traveling  in  May,  1998  began  construction  on  Shalom  School.    In  January,  2000  Shalom   Missions  Team  members  attended  the  Shalom  School  Dedication  with  the  traditional  beginning   of  the  new  Guatemalan  school  year  (January  15).      Construction  Team  members  traveling  in     The  Shalom  Foundation  
  4. 4. April,  2001  participated  in  Shalom  Foundation’s  first  Home  Construction  project  building  6  homes.    In  2003,  Shalom  Foundation  outfitted  a  commercial  kitchen  for  the  “Food  for  Thought”  Nutrition  Program.    In  May,  2004,  48  Shalom  Team  members  provided  medical  and  dental  services,  eye  exams,  computer  programming  as  well  as  home  and  school  construction.      Construction  Teams  have  continued  to  travel  to  Guatemala  building  on  average  6-­‐7  houses  each  year,  renovating  Shalom  School  and  Shalom  Church.    The  Medical  Missions  Initiative  has   seen  7  medical  trips  to  Guatemala   City  with  the  cooperation  of   Monroe  Carell  Jr.  Children’s   Hospital  at  Vanderbilt  and  Belmont   University.    With  the  purchase  of   the  Shalom  Surgical  Center  in  2008   even  more  trips  are  in  our  future!       The  Shalom  Foundation  
  5. 5. GUATEMALA – An Overview Who  shall  separate  us  from  the   love  of  Christ?    Shall  tribulation,  or   distress,  or  persecution,  or  famine,   or  nakedness,  or  danger,  or  sword?       Romans  8:36  Guatemala  is  a  beautiful  country  decorated  with  mountain  peaks,  rivers,  valleys,  volcanoes,  beaches  and  jungles.  The  country  and  its  people  have  survived  decades  of  turmoil  to  experience  now  a  time  of  hope  and  healing.  With  the  help  of  people  like  you,  the  future  for  the  children  of  Guatemala  can  be  bright  and  full  of  possibility.    Guatemala  is  located  in  Central  America,  bordered  by  Mexico,  the  Pacific  Ocean,  Belize,  El  Salvador  and  Honduras.    The  country  covers  an  area  slightly  smaller  than  Tennessee.    It  is  located  in  the  Central  Time  Zone.    Several  airlines  including  Delta  Airlines,  American  Airlines  and  Continental  Airlines  fly  from  the  United  States  into  a  newly  modernized  airport  in  Guatemala  City.      As  for  the  weather,  Guatemala  maintains  a  tropical  climate  and  is  called  the  “Land  of  Eternal  Spring.”  Average  year-­‐round  temperatures  run  75  degrees  Fahrenheit  during  the  day  and  50  to  60  degrees  at  night.    June  through  October  is  the  rainy  season,  while  November  through  May  sees  the  drier,  most  pleasant  conditions.  Guatemala  operates  under  a  democratic  constitutional  government.    President  Alvaro  Colom  began  his  presidency  January  15,  2008  and  will  be  president  for  4  years.  T  he  vice  president,  Rafael  Espada,  is  a  well  known  heart  surgeon  who  practiced  medicine  in  the  United  States  for  many  years.     The  Shalom  Foundation  
  6. 6. Guatemala Facts  Population:   13,002,206  (2008)  Comparative  Size:   Slightly  smaller  than   Tennessee  Climate:     Tropical;  hot  and  humid  in   lowlands;  cooler  in  highlands  GDP:   $67.45  billion    GDP  per  capita:   $5,400  Ethnic  Groups:   Mestizo  (mixed  Amerindian  &  Spanish/  called  “Ladino”),  European  59.4%,   K’iche  9.1%,  Kaqchikel  8.4%,  Mam  7.9%,  Q’eqchi  6.3%,  other  Mayan  8.6%  Religions:   Roman  Catholic,  Protestant,  Indigenous  Mayan  beliefs  Languages:   Spanish  60%  and  Amerindian  languages  40%  Major  exports:   Coffee,  sugar,  bananas,  clothing,  petroleum  Life  expectancy  at  birth:   69.69  years  Independence:   September  15,  1821  (from  Spain)  Currency:       quetzal;  quetzales  per  US  dollar  average  8.15  in  2009               The  Shalom  Foundation  
  7. 7. PrayerPRAYER  is  the  foundation  of  our  ministry.    Invite  others  to  support  and  join  you  in  prayer  for  your  trip  and  your  team.  Pray  that…    We  will  be  equipped  with  every  good  thing  to  do  His     work.    (Heb.  13:20-­‐21)    All  spiritual,  physical  and  financial  needs  will  be  met.     (Phil.  4:19)    We  will  be  pleasing  to  Him  in  everything.       (I  Thess.  2:4)    We  will  be  united  in  spirit,  looking  out  for  one  another  with  love.     (Phil.  2:2-­‐4)    Our  words  will  be  full  of  grace  and  encouragement.     (Eph.  4:29)    There  will  be  protection  for  us  and  our  families.     (Psalm  91:  9-­‐10)    We  will  be  flexible  and  content  in  all  circumstances.     (Phil.  4:12)    We  will  be  filled  with  compassion,  kindness,  humility  and  patience.    (Col.  3:12)    We  will  be  completely  useful  to  the  Master.     (II  Tim.  2:21)    We  will  be  light  to  the  nations,  so  His  salvation  may  reach  to  the  ends  of  the  earth.     (Is.  49:6)  My  focused  vision  prayer/verse  is:                         The  Shalom  Foundation  
  8. 8. My  Prayer  Partner,  who  will  prayerfully  journey  with  me  in  preparation  before  and  during  the  trip,  is:      My  Prayer  Team:    Name:          Email:      Name:          Email:      Name:          Email:      Name:          Email:      Name:          Email:      Name:          Email:      Name:          Email:      Prayer Requests                                           The  Shalom  Foundation  
  9. 9. Cost of the Mission Trip Approximately $1,500 (depending on airfare) per person + contributions for the construction. You will only need money for personal purchase while there (gifts, souvenirs, etc.) and for meals and incidentals during travel to and from Guatemala. The cost of your trip includes: o Airline ticket o Guatemala airport exit tax o Ground transportation, including vans and fuel o Lodging, including room and access to related facilities o Meals o Insurance o Team building events o Team manual The team is also responsible for raising the funds which will pay for the costs of building a class room for the Las Conchas School. These funds will be raised by the team collectively. Raising funds for this purpose is not raising funds for you. Please feel confident in your efforts, knowing that the funds will be put to God’s service and will used to help others in desperate need of assistance. Please make all checks payable to The Shalom Foundation.Online Donation pages:http://theshalomfoundation.donorpages.com/CommunityBuildingBBC/2011Team2/Click “Join This Team” to create your own page   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  10. 10. Guatemalan Mission Team MeetingsThe pre-arranged, scheduled Team Meetings are a required part of yourpreparation process. These meeting provide an opportunity for you to meet theother individuals participating in this Mission Trip to Guatemala. Team memberswill come from other church congregations in the community as well as frominter-personal contact and encouragement from past missions trip participants,Shalom Foundation Board Members and Staff, Shalom Partners, many different“walks of life”.Important information will be reviewed and shared with the group during eachmeeting. There will also be time for open discussion and time to answerquestions each week. You should commit to attend every meeting.Links: www.TheShalomFoundation.org www.Facebook.com/ShalomFoundation   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  11. 11. Recommended Planning Schedule3 to 6 Months Prior: • Meet  with  your  team,  begin  planning  and  praying  together  (please  make  this  a  priority).   • Plan  your  financial  needs  for  this  trip.    Be  timely  in  turning  in  request  for  money.   • Ensure  passport  is  ordered  and  updated.   • Make  an  appointment  for  your  immunizations  with  The  Global  Clinic  or  your  private  doctor   • Put  all  meeting  dates  on  your  personal  calendar(s)   • PRAY  3 Months Prior: • Start  reviewing  your  packing  list.    Locate  your  passport,  or  confirm  process  timeline.   • Begin  preparing  for  activities  in  which  you  will  be  involved  such  as  your  fundraising  efforts.   • Think  through  materials,  supplies  and  gifts  you  will  want  to  bring.   • Prepare  and  send  out  support  letters  in  order  to  obtain  funds  in  a  timely  fashion.   • PRAY  1 Month Prior: • Complete  immunizations  and  fundraising  efforts.   • Assemble  items  on  packing  list.   • Obtain  all  materials  and  gifts  to  be  packed.    Remember  weight  limitations  are  strictly  enforced.   • Confirm  finances  for  the  trip.   • PRAY  1 Week Prior: • Pack  luggage  -­‐-­‐remember  flight  restrictions  are  strictly  enforced  by  airport  staff.   • Attend  the  team  packing  party  a  couple  of  days  before  departure  to  pack  group  supplies.   • Review  this  manual  and  ensure  you  have  thought  through  all  necessary  preparations.   • Make  sure  you  are  eating  well,  getting  rest  and  exercising  for  optimum  health.   • Have  family  and  friends  praying  for  you  and  the  team.   • PRAY  Day of Departure: • Prepare  for  the  unexpected!  (Flights  do  not  always  run  on  time.)   • Be  flexible!   • Allow  yourself  plenty  of  time  so  you  arrive  “on  time”  at  the  airport.    This  is  very  important  for  your  entire   group.   • PRAY    Return: • Know  what  additional  follow-­‐up  vaccinations  you  may  need  (Hepatitis  A/B)  usually  within  6-­‐12  months  of   return.   • Share  your  journal,  photos  and  stories  with  family,  friends  and  supporters.   • Prepare  for  post-­‐ministry  letdown  and  reverse  culture  shock.       The  Shalom  Foundation  
  12. 12. Mission Trip Participation GuidelinesTeam Members that participate in The Shalom Foundation mission journeys arereminded that they are ambassadors of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:20). As you go on yourmission journey, you represent Jesus Christ, The Shalom Foundation and the UnitedStates. This is a tremendous responsibility. For this reason, we ask that each teammember seeks to be above reproach in his/her actions and attitudes. Each teammember must agree to the following: • Submit to the team leader’s authority in all aspects. Respect the decisions made by the team leader for the benefit of the whole team and the ministry effort. • Please do not, under any circumstances, counsel families or individuals you meet. You could endanger family members or destroy work that’s already being done by the pastors and church/school staff. Refer any situations that may need attention to the team leader only. • The daily schedule for the trip will NOT be revised, adjusted or changed for any reason once the team leaves the US. • We require everyone to abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages or any use of tobacco or illegal drugs while on the trip. No exceptions. • Please do not give out or promise money to anyone in the local community or to those to whom we are ministering. Also, do not solicit monies from team members for such a cause without approval of the team leadership. • Do not give out the personal information of a fellow team member to anyone in the host country. • Do not take with you a particular personal agenda when participating in a Foundation mission trip. You will be participating as part of a team trip. Each team will have a unique experience that is especially inclusive of each of the team’s members. The focus will be placed on what God wants to accomplish in this week. • Due to the volatile worldwide political climate, please refrain from discussing political issues or wearing clothing with political messages (including US flags). • Never venture away from the group alone under any circumstances. Always go with a group and always let your team leader know your whereabouts. • Do not offer to fix someone’s home or provide funds for something outside the scope of the trip. Team members with good intentions have done this in the past, and then forgotten to provide the funds. This creates problems between the families and church staff. • Do not, under any circumstances, give your address and phone number to nationals. Having your address is taken as an invitation to come stay at your house at any time, without notice, and perhaps for an indefinite period of time. You may be asked to help with visas, etc. • Be careful in all areas of dress. Due to cultural respect, no shorts or tank tops will be worn on the mission sites. Skirts must be below the knee. No shirts with inappropriate logos (US flags, military, etc.). Shirts must be worn at all times. • Be careful as to the language you use. What may be acceptable in our community may not be acceptable in the community you are visiting. Please avoid the use of profanity. • No public display of affection between unmarried couples. • Do not pursue dating anyone in the local community or in the host country.   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  13. 13. • Do not pursue dating a fellow team member during the trip. • The Board approved minimum age policy states the minimum age for participation in a Shalom Foundation mission trip is 15 years of age. No exceptions.If a team member’s behavior is destructive to the team, the ministry or the hostcommunity or distracts the team or the leadership from their responsibilities, the teamleader reserves the right to ask and require the team member to return home. Anyadditional cost incurred as a result of this action, including but not limited to, airfarepenalties, changes in airfare prices, taxi rides, etc., will be solely at the team member’sexpense.I have read these statements, understand the guidelines set out above, and agree tobehave accordingly.___________________________________________________________________________________Signature______________________________________________________ ________________________Printed Name Date   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  14. 14. Team SupportThere is something you should not leave home without – A SUPPORT TEAM. Asupport team is made up of those people who are committed to joining you inministry through prayer, finances and encouragement. Support “discovery” isthe process of identifying these people around you. Those who support youneed to see themselves as a part of the team.In a team concept, everyone has a responsibility. In short-term missions, thosewho serve through giving and praying are just as important as those who serveby going and working. You should identify those people you need on your teamand send them a support letter. In this letter, they should be made aware of thefollowing information:  Where are you going and with which organization?  What will you do?  Why are you going?  What are your prayer needs?  What do you hope to learn?  How does this fit in with your life plans?  How much support do you need?  What is your support for (airfare, materials, etc.)?  Are gifts tax deductible?  Where is support sent?  Who should be the payee on the check?All gifts and correspondence should be acknowledged promptly. To show yourappreciation, a small gift from Guatemala would be appropriate – pictures,stamps, coins or currency. A follow-up letter upon your return should be includedwith your gift.Early into the meetings, the costs of the trip and fee due dates will be providedto all team members. Each team member is asked to turn in monies as soon aspossible because reservations for lodging, airline tickets, and team materialsmust be purchased in advance to secure the most reasonable rates availableand to accommodate our travel schedule.We will discuss team support in more detail in the fundraising section of thismanual.   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  15. 15. Suggestions for Funding Your TripBiblical Principles: A. Paul urged the church at Corinth to give financially. (II Cor. 8,9) B. Paul thanked the Philippians for their support of his ministry, knowing that they would benefit by giving (Phil. 4:17) and that God would supply their needs according to His riches. (Phil. 4:19) C. Jesus taught His followers to seek God and His kingdom first and material needs would be provided. (Matt 6:33) D. God’s plan is to provide support for His work through Christians who give of their finances. (Matt. 10:20, III John 5-8)What to Do: A. Pray…ask God to provide. (I John 5:14-15) B. Be willing to use your personal finances, for yourself and others. Be sure you have an eternal perspective. (Matt. 6:19-21) C. Realize many Christians would cheerfully contribute to your need because: a. It is personal; they know where the money is going. b. They are eager to give to something that will accomplish results. D. Make a list of every possible avenue of support, and take steps to make them aware of your need. You are not raising funds for yourself but to serve others, to bring the gospel to those who will hear. a. Family b. Friends c. Teachers/Administrators d. Businessmen e. Church Acquaintances f. Community Leaders g. Employers E. Contact them by phone, letter, appointment (or a combination of these).What to Include in your Letter: A. A personal greeting. B. How you are growing in your Christian life. C. Why you are writing – to ask them to prayerfully consider investing in your summer and the lives of these people living in desperate conditions. D. What you expect to get out of the trip. E. The cost involved in the project ($1,400). F. A request to consider an amount (i.e., a range of $25, $50, or $100). G. Who they should make the check payable to: (with your name & “Guatemala” on the memo line). H. Words of appreciation for considering your opportunity. I. A handwritten signature and/or note on your letter. J. See sample letter for further suggestions.   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  16. 16. Follow Up: A. Call people back in a timely fashion. Be positive, don’t put this off. B. For those who invest in your summer, send them a handwritten thank you note in a timely manner. We also highly recommend sending a follow-up letter after the trip giving an account of what you did in Guatemala.   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  17. 17. Sample Support Letter(Date)Dear _______________________________,In __________ I will have the privilege of participating with a team of adults andstudents from my church and other local churches on a short-term mission trip toGuatemala. Guatemala has tremendous needs due to its poor economic andsocial conditions. We are partnering with The Shalom Church of Guatemala tohelp the local church members by __________________________________________.I am very excited about this opportunity. Our team will be working with theGuatemalans, but we will also be working on building relationships. But as muchas we are going to give our lives away to serve the Guatemalans, I know this tripwill deeply impact me personally and I look forward to the growth I willexperience as well.Realizing that a trip of this type does not happen without the involvement ofmany people, I am asking you to consider how you might support us as wepursue what we feel God is leading us to do. There are two areas of need:prayer and financial. Prayer for unity and safety with our team, for us to besensitive and obedient to God’s leading and that God would change lives —ours and the people in Guatemala. You can help financially by contributing tohelp offset the costs of the trip and supplies. Will you please consider joining oursupport team?If you wish to help, please detach and return the form below to me in theenclosed envelope by ______________. If you would like to write a check, pleasemake your check payable to _____________________________________. Thank youso much for considering this.Warmest regards,_________________________________________(Your signature here)o Yes, I will commit to pray for you leading up to and during your trip to Guatemala.o Yes, I will make a financial contribution to your trip, as indicated below.________$500 ________$250 ________$100 ________$50 ________Other giftName _________________________________ Address ____________________________________E-mail _________________________________ Phone ______________________________________   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  18. 18. Mission Trip Support Tracking FormYour Name: ______________________________________________________ And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches In Christ Jesus… Philippians 4:19 Check # Amount Date Name Phone # Address 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 91011121314151617181920   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  19. 19. Culture ShockRecognizing  and  coping  with  the  differences  between  your  culture  and  the  culture  of  the  host  country  can  do  much  to  lessen  the  stress  of  travel.    Several  ways  to  enhance  your  travel  experience  before  leaving  are  to  learn  several  words  and  phrases  in  the  language  of  the  host  country,  meet  and  talk  to  an  individual  from  that  country,  or  visit  a  worship/church  service  where  they  speak  the  language  of  the  host  country.    Try  to  understand  why  you  do  things  the  way  you  do  in  your  culture  and  why  others  do  things  differently  in  another  culture.    Be  careful  how  you  compare  one  culture  to  another.    A  desire  to  learn  and  understand  not  only  helps  you  become  informed  and  adjusted,  but  also  communicates  servant-­‐hood  to  your  host  culture.      Tips for Communicating through a TranslatorSpeak  to  the  audience,  not  the  translator.   • Speak  slowly  and  clearly.   • Speak  loud  enough  for  the  translator  to  hear  and  understand  you.   • Use  short  simple  sentences.    Allow  time  for  the  translator  to  speak.   • Be  conscious  of  the  time  factor.    Remember,  everything  has  to  be  repeated.   Avoid  slang.    Slang  confuses  the  audience  because  it  does  not  translate  well.     The  Shalom  Foundation  
  20. 20. Cultural ResearchThe  more  you  understand  about  the  culture  of  Guatemala,  the  more  effective  you  will  be.    It  is  possible  to  gain  a  great  deal  of  understanding  about  Guatemala,  and  begin  adjusting  yourself  personally  for  entering  that  culture.    As  you  research  and  study,  look  for  ways  to  creatively  impact  your  host  culture  with  the  message  of  Jesus  Christ.    Speak  with  nationals  from  the  host  culture,  the  Internet,  libraries,  travel  brochures,  and  periodicals  for  your  research.    Creatively  prepare  a  report  for  your  team.  Religious  Background:    Study  the  religious  beliefs  of  the  people.    How  do  these  beliefs  differ  from  Christianity?    How  devout  are  the  people?    What  are  creative  ways  to  communicate  the  message  of  Jesus  Christ  to  these  people?  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  Political  Background:    What  is  the  primary  political  system  of  the  culture?    How  long  have  they  operated  under  this  system?    What  would  be  the  major  differences  in  thinking  politically  from  your  home  culture?  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  Social  Background:    How  is  the  social  structure  set  up?    Family?    Male  roles?    Female  roles?    How  do  the  sexes  interact?    Dating?    How  should  your  team  adjust  to  honor  their  social  structure?    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  21. 21. Geographic  Background:    What  is  the  basic  geography  and  climate  of  Guatemala?    How  does  this  climate  affect  the  people?    (For  example:  A  hot  culture  often  shuts  down  during  the  afternoon  and  has  events  late  into  the  night.)    What  can  your  team  expect  to  experience  as  a  result  of  the  geography  and  what  adjustments  will  they  need  to  make?  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  Historical  Background:    Research  and  historical  overview.    Has  the  country  been  war  torn?    Is  it  stable?    Is  there  a  strong  world  influence?    How  does  the  history  affect  the  way  the  nationals  view  themselves?    What,  if  any,  recent  changes  have  occurred?  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  Economic  Background:    What  drives  the  cultural  economy?    Industry?    Agriculture?    Tourism?    What  is  the  standard  of  living?    Average  income?    What  can  your  team  expect  of  the  culture’s  living  conditions?  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  Cultural  Background:    Investigate  the  country’s  cultural  celebrations.    Holidays?    Arts,  drama,  music?    Is  their  culture  tied  to  the  religious  beliefs?    How  do  they  celebrate?  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  Statistics  and  Other  Facts:    Population?    Crowded  living  conditions?    Racial  mix?    Etc.?    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________         The  Shalom  Foundation  
  22. 22. Spiritual DevelopmentYour  initial  motivation  to  go  on  a  mission  trip  may  be  self-­‐centered.    Before  leaving,  you  may  have  the  thought  that  you  are  going  to  change  someone  else’s  life  –  that  they  will  be  the  recipients  of  your  efforts.    However,  upon  your  return,  you  may  realize  that  you  were  changed  by  the  ones  you  went  to  help,  or  possibly,  you  both  were  changed.    As  stated  earlier,  “It  is  our  prayer  that  God  will  challenge  you  spiritually  and  help  you  grow  in  your  faith  in  Jesus  Christ  as  a  result  of  this  trip”.    Also,  you  will  find  the  greatest  rewards  are  in  the  relationships  that  are  made  on  the  trip.    Most  importantly,  this  includes  a  deepening  relationship  with  Jesus  Christ.        JournalingIt  is  recommended  you  take  a  pen  and  journal  to  record  the  events  of  your  trip  on  a  daily  basis.    If  you  keep  a  journal,  you  will  find  yourself  referring  to  it  for  many  years.    Journaling  is  an  important  way  for  you  to  process  what  you  are  experiencing  and  learning  on  the  trip,  as  well  as  revealing  areas  where  you  may  need  to  experience  spiritual  growth  and  maturity.  You  may  want  to  begin  your  journal  before  you  leave  in  order  to  record  what  God  may  be  revealing  to  you.    Once  you’re  on  the  trip,  you  will  want  to  journal  daily.    Some  of  the  information  you  might  want  to  include  might  be:  (1)  your  relationship  with  God,  (2)  your  relationship  with  others,  (3)  your  impressions  of  the  host  culture,  (4)  special  people,  places,  events,  food,  (5)  what  you  are  learning  about  yourself,  (6)  and  what  you  are  learning  about  “kingdom  building”.    Later  on,  your  journal  may  help  you  realize  that  you  did  not  understand  all  you  had  experienced  on  your  trip.    Allow  God  to  use  this  journal  as  a  tool  to  grow  spiritually.    This  journal  will  help  strengthen  your  witness  to  others  about  your  relationship  to  Jesus  Christ  and  what  He  means  to  you  –  how  your  faith  in  Him  is  growing  and  changing  your  life.  (Journal  pages  are  provided  for  you  in  the  Appendix  of  this  manual.)                 The  Shalom  Foundation  
  23. 23. Health & Safety Tips • Before  you  leave,  give  copies  of  your  passport  and  any  credit  cards  you  plan  to  use  to  a   family  member  or  trusted  friend.   • Several  days  prior  to  departure,  begin  drinking  plenty  of  water.    Guatemala  City’s   elevation  of  just  less  than  5,000  feet  is  significantly  higher  than  Nashville’s  elevation  of   746  feet.   • Once  in  Guatemala,  drink  only  purified  water;  use  only  ice  that  has  been  made  from   purified  water.   • Your  team’s  leader  will  have  a  first  aid  kit;  see  him/her  for  first  aid  needs.   • Do  not  eat  ANY  foods  from  street  vendors.   • Eat  only  fruits  that  can  be  peeled.   • Take  hand  sanitizer  and  use  it  often.   • NEVER  go  anywhere  alone;  remain  with  the  group  AT  ALL  TIMES.   • Clean  out  your  wallet.    Take  only  necessary  identification,  credit  cards  or  cash.    It  is   advisable  to  purchase  a  special  pouch  or  belt  for  the  purpose  of  discretely  carrying  your   valuable  items.     •  If  you  don’t  need  it,  don’t  take  it.   • We  strongly  suggest  you  leave  all  non-­‐necessary  valuables  at  home,  including  ALL   jewelry  EXCEPT  an  inexpensive  watch.       • You  will  be  expected  to  be  “on  time”  to  all  meetings  and  all  group  functions.   • When  possible,  always  ask  permission  before  you  take  a  picture  of  someone:                             “¿Un  photo,  por  favor?”   • While  traveling  in  vehicles  in-­‐country,  always  wear  your  seatbelt.             The  Shalom  Foundation  
  24. 24. Immunization Information  Required  Shots  and  length  recommended  time  between  shots    Hepatitis  A  and  Hepatitis  B  are  good  for  20  years  once  you  have  completed  the  series  correctly.  Tetanus  is  good  for  10  years  Typhoid  is  good  for  2  years      Global  Outreach  Clinic  Brentwood  Baptist  Church  7777  Concord  Road  Brentwood,  TN    Schedule:    Clinic  hours  are  between  6-­‐8  pm  with  check  in  from  6-­‐7  pm    Information  at      http://www.globaloutreachclinic.org/1.0.12/     Notes:   • You  must  make  a  reservation  to  attend  this  clinic     • They  prefer  cash  –  if  you  pay  with  credit  card  a  5%  surcharge  will  be  added   • Enter  at  door  “B”.  There  will  be  signs  directing  you  to  our  location  within  the   building.    Pricing:  Hep  A  -­‐  $79.00  (2  shot  series  to  be  completed  within  1  year.)  Hep  B  -­‐  $55.00  (3  shot  series  to  be  completed  within  6  months.)  Twinrix  (Combo  A  &  B)  -­‐  $118.00  (3  shot  series  to  be  completed  within  6  months.)  Tetanus  (TDaP)  -­‐  $55.00  Typhoid  -­‐  $66.00                     The  Shalom  Foundation  
  25. 25. Immunization Information, cont.  Shots,  Etc.  7648  Hwy  70  South  at  I  40  (exit  196)  suite  15  Nashville,  TN  37221  (615)  469-­‐7413    Office  Hours  Monday  -­‐  Friday  9am  to  5pm  Saturdays  10am  to  2pm    Pricing:  Hep  A  -­‐  $80  per  dose  x  2  doses  Hep  B  -­‐  $75.00  per  dose  x  3  doses  Twinrix  (Combo  A  &  B)  -­‐  $125  per  dose  x  3  doses  Tetanus  (TDaP)  -­‐  $65.00  Typhoid  -­‐  $80.00  injectable  or  $85.00  orale       Note:    All  of  their  services  can  be  obtained  on  a  walk-­‐in  basis  but  you  may  want  to  call     just  to  make  sure  they  have  all  the     vaccines.    You  may  pay  by  cash,  check  credit  or     debit  card.    They  do  not  accept  insurance  but  will  give  you  a  receipt  that  you     can  file     on  your  own.      Vanderbilt  Travel  Clinic    1301  Medical  Center  Drive    TVC  Suite  2501    Nashville  TN  37232    Phone:  (615)  936-­‐1174    Office  Hours:  Monday  and  Thursday  8  am  to  5:30  pm  Wednesday  and  Friday  8am  to  2:30  pm      Appointments  Only    Hep  A  $82  per  dose  x  2  doses  Hep  B  $77  per  dose  x  3  doses  Combo  $122  per  dose  x  3  doses  Tetanus  $53    Typhoid  $77    Note:    They  do  not  accept  insurance         The  Shalom  Foundation  
  26. 26. Travel and Packing Tips    Travel  light—you  carry  what  you  pack.    Take  only  what  you  need.   • Leave  valuables  at  home.    Clean  out  your  wallet.    Take  only  necessary  legal  photo  identification,   credit  cards  or  cash.    If  you  plan  to  bring  your  cell  phone  with  you,  check  with  your  cellular   phone  carrier  well  in  advance  regarding  international  phone  service  and  equipment   requirements.    Your  cell  phone  will  not  complete  calls  in  Guatemala  without  the  proper  service   options  which  are  often  free  or  inexpensive  while  other  systems  may  be  more  costly.     • Pack  a  carry-­‐on  bag  for  necessities  and  a  change  of  clothes,  prescription  medications.    Consider   sharing  a  carry-­‐on  bag  with  a  teammate.    Be  aware  of  current  Transportation  Security  policies.   • Each  piece  of  luggage  should  have  a  highly  visible  tag  for  easy  identification.    Do  not  leave  team   luggage  unattended.   • Remember  your  manners  when  traveling—be  courteous  and  considerate  of  those  around  you.     Remain  as  a  group.    Team  leadership  does  not  need  to  organize  any  search  parties.   • Know  where  you  are  supposed  to  be,  what  time  and  be  there.   • Consider  taking  clothes  and  shoes  you  can  give  away.    The  nationals  can  use  the  clothing  and   you  can  gain  space  to  bring  back  souvenirs.   • Put  a  copy  of  your  passport  in  each  piece  of  your  luggage  and  leave  a  copy  at  home  with  a  family   member  or  friend.   • We  will  provide  airline  baggage  restrictions  when  tickets  are  booked.    One  of  your  checked  bags   will  be  for  team  supplies  and  donated  items  for  the  mission.             The  Shalom  Foundation  
  27. 27. Packing List GENERAL CLOTHING ID/Passport/Copies  of  passport       Pants/Jeans   Bible             Long  or  short-­‐sleeved  shirts   Notebook/Journal         T-­‐shirts   Pen/Pencil           Skirts  (below  the  knee)   Cash/Credit  card           Work  shoes   Snacks             Other  comfortable  shoes   Wash  Cloths/Bath  rug         Scrubs   Soap             Belt   Insect  Repellant           Jacket  or  fleece   Sunscreen           Sleepwear   Sunglasses           Socks   Camera/Film/Batteries   Alarm  Clock           PERSONAL Extra  Mirror           Pain  Reliever   Flashlight           Pepto-­‐Bismol   Water  bottle           Contacts/Glasses   Small  extension  cord         Toilet  paper  roll   Hand  sanitizer           Small  pack  Kleenex   Baby  wipes           Personal  hygiene  items   Deck  of  playing  cards         Personal  medications   Devotional  book         Vitamins   Cell  phone  and  charger         Lotion     The  Shalom  Foundation  
  28. 28. Saying GoodbyeValue  the  moment.    Tell  your  new  friends  good-­‐bye.    You  may  or  may  not  ever  see  them  again.   • Leave  a  picture  or  small  gift  as  a  token  of  friendship.    This  would  be  better  if  done  in  a  private   setting.   • Hugs  and  words  of  appreciation  of  expressions  you  will  not  regret.    You  have  probably  made   some  close  friends  and  it  will  be  appropriate  to  give  a  good-­‐bye  hug.   • Don’t  make  promises  you  can’t  keep.     Don’t  get  so  emotional  that  your   words  become  “intentions”,  and  you   fail  to  fulfill  your  promises.      Reverse Culture Shock  The  person  that  returns  from  a  mission  trip  is  not  the  same  person  who  left  earlier.    When  you  come  home,  you  will  feel  like  you  have  returned  to  a  different  country.    You  will  be  experiencing  reverse  culture  shock.    Some  suggestions  for  helping  to  cope  with  what  you  are  experiencing  are:    1)  express  your  feelings  to  a  person  who  has  been  through  the  re-­‐entry  process  as  well  as  your  team  mates.    2)  talk  with  team  leadership  or  a  pastor  that  can  help  sort  out  your  emotions,  and  3)  read  through  your  journal.    There  may  be  information  that  you  recorded  that  will  help  you  readjust  to  your  home  culture.    Plan  to  attend  any  discussion  activities  or  “reunions”  of  the  team  members  you  traveled  with.    This  communication  process  may  help  you  share  your  experiences  with  others  with  joy,  peace  and  hope.    Your  work  will  have  blessed  many  lives  and  many  families.   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  29. 29. Missions Trips without “Guilt Trips”Imagine  that  you’re  on  a  celebrity’s  luxury  boat,  cruising  through  the  warm  turquoise  waters  off  the  coast  of  Palm  Beach  –  only  days  after  serving  and  weeping  over  the  poorest  of  the  poor  in  Mexico.    How  could  you  allow  yourself  to  indulge  in  such  a  frivolous  activity,  knowing  that  a  village  could  be  fed  for  a  week  on  just  the  cost  of  fuel  for  this  two-­‐hour  jaunt?    That  nagging  question  hung  over  me  like  a  cloud  that  even  the  swiftest  boat  couldn’t  outrun.  I  had  recently  returned  home  to  Palm  Beach  County,  Florida,  from  Reynosa,  Mexico,  where  our  church  team  had  worked  with  people  who  lived  in  shanties  built  over  the  town’s  abandoned  landfill.    Children  with  rawhide  feet  ran  without  concern  over  shards  of  glass  and  metal  that  worked  their  way  to  the  packed-­‐dirt  surface.    I  drank  purified,  bottled  water  while  toddlers  mouthed  the  solitary,  rusty  spigot.  Now  I  was  having  great  difficulty  reconciling  myself  to  my  affluent  surroundings.    As  our  cruiser  left  the  inlet  for  the  open  sea,  I  thought  of  those  delightful,  dusty  children  who  would  never  lay  eyes  on  an  ocean.    My  conscience  roared  louder  than  the  dual  inboard  motors.  Like  me,  you  may  have  participated  in  a  short-­‐term  mission  project  that  exposed  you  to  disturbing  conditions  and  underprivileged  people.    Then  what?    What  are  you  supposed  to  do  when  you  return  from  the  land  of  scarcity  to  the  land  of  plenty?    How  are  you  supposed  to  feel?  Got Guilt?Many  missions  veterans  report  experiencing  reverse  culture  shock  when  they  return  to  their  home  country.    After  adjusting  to  a  foreign  (often  impoverished)  culture  that  likely  is  more  relationship-­‐driven  and  less  frantic  than  their  own,  participants  are  thrust  back  into  a  culture  of  excess  that  wastes  much  and  seems  grateful  for  little,  a  commercial  world  enslaved  to  clocks  and  cell  phones.  Some  returnees  become  severe  social  critics  who  attack  all  that  seems  wrong  with  their  homeland.    Others  struggle  to  find  meaning  in  their  daily  work.    Ron  is  an  architect  who  recently  returned  from  a  project  in  Romania.    “After  experiences  that  seemed  weighty  with  eternal  significance,”  he  said,  “it  was  hard  to  come  back  and  get  excited  about  calculating  the  measurements  of  an  elevator  shaft.”    Many  returnees  simply  feel  confused  as  they  try  to  reconcile  opposing  worlds.  I  had  my  first  missions  experience  as  a  14-­‐year-­‐old  when  I  went  to  Haiti  with  my  church  youth  group  during  Christmas  break.    We  were  a  typical  noisy  throng  of  teens  when  we  boarded  the  bus  at  the  Port-­‐au-­‐Prince  airport.    Minutes  later  we  grew  silent  as  we  drove  through  the  city  streets.    The  sights  and  smells  of  abject  poverty  opened  our  eyes  wide  and  clamped  our  mouths  shut.     The  Shalom  Foundation  
  30. 30. During  that  trip,  I  experienced  a  hybrid  of  compassion  and  guilt.    Days  earlier  I  had  been  a  gift-­‐greedy  teen  enveloped  in  the  abundance  of  an  American  Christmas;  the  lingering  holiday  memories  only  accentuated  my  guilt.    I  could  almost  imagine  myself  back  home  ripping  into  my  pile  of  Christmas  packages  while  homeless  and  disabled  Haitian  street  children  peered  in  through  the  living  room  window.    I  remember  feeling  as  if  I  needed  to  apologize  for  my  decent  clothes  and  good  health,  for  having  my  own  room  in  an  actual  house.    I  almost  wanted  to  blurt  out,  “I’m  sorry  for  being  born  in  the  United  States.    I  couldn’t  help  it!”  Fifteen  years  later  I  again  found  myself  ambushed  by  guilt  and  feeling  apologetic.    However,  with  a  friend’s  help,  I  learned  that  such  guilt  is  counterproductive.    Rather  than  impressing  God  as  an  admirable  form  of  humility,  it  only  robbed  me  of  joy  and  kept  me  in  bondage.    Feeling  guilty  for  enjoying  an  elegant  anniversary  dinner  with  my  wife,  a  round  of  golf  with  a  friend,  or  a  spectacular  morning  on  the  water  did  nothing  to  honor  God  –  or  improve  the  plight  of  the  children  in  Mexico.    Instead  of  guilt,  my  friend  helped  me  discover  healthier,  more  productive  responses  that  can  bring  peace,  honor  God,  and  genuinely  help  others.  Giving ThanksThe  first  response  is  deep  gratitude.    The  disparity  between  the  world  we  visited  and  the  world  we  live  in  should  provoke  a  profound  recognition  of  our  undeserved  blessings.    Moses  warned  the  Israelites.  You  may  say  to  yourself,  “My  power  and  the  strength  of  my  hands  have  produced  this  wealth  for  me.”    But  remember  the  Lord  your  God,  for  it  is  he  who  gives  you  the  ability  to  produce  wealth.  (Deut.  8:17-­‐18)  Gratitude  acknowledges  that  we  did  not  earn  our  geography  or  parentage.    After  all,  did  you  or  I  strategically  orchestrate  our  births  to  dodge  delivery  into  impoverished  regions  where  famine,  disease,  and  perpetual  danger  are  the  inheritance?    We  simply  received  the  advantages  we  were  born  to.    Everything  that  we  enjoy  is  a  lavish  gift  from  God,  as  undeserved  as  our  salvation.    Gratitude  recognizes  and  throws  its  arms  around  this  grace.    Instead  of  giving  in  to  unfruitful  guilt,  thank  God  for  what  you  enjoy  and  perhaps  take  for  granted:    a  stable  government,  constitutional  liberties,  medical  care,  your  comfortable  home,  clean  water,  leisure,  and  entertainment.  Giving ResourcesSecond,  I  realized  that  genuine  gratitude  leads  to  generosity.    As  recipients  of  undeserved  blessings,  we  are  to  be  good  stewards.    And  stewards  are  generous  –  not  guilt-­‐ridden.     The  Shalom  Foundation  
  31. 31. Many  years  ago,  Calvin  Miller  spoke  at  a  conference  I  was  attending  and  asked  me  for  a  ride  to  a  nearby  store.    As  I  opened  the  passenger  door  of  my  old  Toyota  Corolla,  Miller  patted  the  faded  roof  and  chuckled,  “You  must  give  a  lot  of  money  to  missions.”  Truth  be  told,  apart  from  a  meager  year-­‐end  check  to  my  denomination’s  fund,  missions  giving  was  far  from  my  mind.  The  Reynosa  experience  attuned  me  to  hear  God’s  heartbeat  for  the  world.    Now  my  wife  and  I  discuss  our  monthly  contribution  to  missions  at  the  beginning  of  each  year  and  decide  how  to  make  adjustments  and  sacrifices  to  free  up  that  amount.  Does  that  mean  we  shun  lattes,  boycott  entertainment,  and  ride  mopeds  to  work?    No.    The  point  is  not  to  become  pleasure-­‐shunning  misers,  but  to  be  willing  to  make  changes  that  release  valuable  resources  for  others  in  need.    We  are  becoming  deliberate  spenders  who  desire  to  see  our  money  flow  toward  what  we  value.  At  times,  missions  giving  may  be  short-­‐circuited  by  the  reasoning:  “What  difference  will  my  small  contribution  make  in  the  face  of  such  a  huge  need?”    True,  your  donation  is  unlikely  to  feed  an  overpopulated  refugee  camp.    But  it  will  make  a  difference  to  someone.  The  Apostle  Paul  praised  the  Macedonian  churches  for  their  exceptional  generosity  toward  a  distant  church.  We  want  you  to  know  about  the  grace  that  God  has  given  the  Macedonian  churches.    Out  of  the  most  severe  trial,  their  overflowing  joy  and  their  extreme  poverty  welled  up  in  rich  generosity…Entirely  on  their  own,  they  urgently  pleaded  with  us  for  the  privilege  of  sharing  in  this  service  to  the  saints.  (II  Cor.  8:1-­‐4,  emphasis  mine)  Like  the  Macedonians,  let  your  generosity  flow  from  a  grateful  heart,  one  that  freely  tastes  and  delights  in  God’s  blessings  and  invites  others  to  do  the  same.  Giving YourselfIn  addition  to  being  generous  with  our  resources,  we  can  be  generous  with  ourselves.    Rather  than  being  immobilized  by  false  guilt,  we  can  mobilize  ourselves  for  additional  missions  projects  as  opportunity  and  resources  allow.    The  reason  for  going  is  not  to  assuage  guilt  (I’ll  feel  okay  about  buying  this  big  screen  TV  if  I  go  on  that  mission  trip  this  summer)  but  to  express  God’s  love  through  the  generous  offering  of  ourselves.    On  our  Mexico  trip,  a  village  woman  asked  one  of  the  team  leaders  which  government  agency  was  paying  us  to  build  her  a  home.    Bob  told  her  that  our  team  members  had  each  taken  a  week  of  vacation  and  paid  $700  for  the  chance  to  smash  our  thumbs  with  hammers.    As  the  woman  silently  watched  the  sweaty  crew  of  strangers  pounding  her  new  roof  into  place,  I  wasn’t  sure  if  she  doubted  B  ob’s  explanation  or  was  trying     The  Shalom  Foundation  
  32. 32. to  comprehend  it.  “We  are  all  Christians,”  he  continued,  “and  we’ve  come  to  show  you  God’s  love.”  When  the  woman  turned  back  to  Bob,  her  eyes  were  moist.    “Gracias,”  she  whispered.    Later  at  the  home  dedication  service,  she  invited  Christ  to  take  up  residence  in  her  heart.  Going  doesn’t  always  mean  traveling  to  another  country;  there  are  local  opportunities  too.    The  single  adults  in  our  church  regularly  serve  breakfast  at  a  soup  kitchen,  volunteer  during  the  Special  Olympics,  and  visit  nursing  homes.    The  possibilities  are  as  limitless  as  the  needs.  While  local  needs  and  people  should  not  be  ignored,  do  not  fall  for  the  oft-­‐repeated  grumble:  “I  don’t  know  why  we  spend  so  much  to  go  overseas  when  we’ve  got  people  who  need  Jesus  right  here  in  our  own  backyard.”      Jesus  said  to  His  disciples,  “You  will  be  my  witnesses  in  Jerusalem,  and  in  all  Judea  and  Samaria,  and  to  the  ends  of  the  earth”  (Acts1:8).    Christ’s  commission  to  the  church  draws  a  set  of  enlarging  circles:    Jerusalem,  Judea,  Samaria,  and  the  ends  of  the  earth.  Go  across  the  street,  and  go  across  an  ocean.    Go  where  they  speak  your  language,  and  then  go  where  they  don’t.    Be  willing  to  work  in  the  inner  city  for  a  day  and  have  your  heart  stirred,  and  be  willing  to  work  for  a  week  in  a  distant  village  and  have  your  heart  broken.    If  your  heart  stretches  in  grief,  don’t  worry.    A  heart  enlarged  by  grief  also  has  a  greater  capacity  for  joy.  So  when  you  return  from  your  mission  experience,  cancel  your  reservations  for  a  guilt  trip.    Instead,  live  in  a  spirit  of  gratitude,  liberally  sow  seeds  of  generosity,  and  keep  your  luggage  handy.  (Discipleship  Journal  –  Issue  #135    May/June  2003)  Reprinted  by  permission  from  Ramon  Presson.   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  33. 33.   JOURNAL                                                                                   The  Shalom  Foundation  
  34. 34. Checklist for Mission TripPre-­‐trip  planning:    Immunizations  are  up-­‐to-­‐date     Hepatitis  A  &  B     Typhoid     Tetanus      Read  team  manual    Made  passport  copies  -­‐  left  copy  with  a  family  member  or  friend,  one  copy  for  each  suitcase  ,one  copy  to  carry      Left  a  copy  of  emergency  phone  list  and  itinerary  with  family  member  or  friend    Made  adjustments  to  cell  phone  service  –  if  you  want  international  calling        Filled  prescriptions          Purchased  Imodium  and  other  needed  over  the  counter  meds.      Recruited  someone  for  airport  drop  off  pick-­‐up        Purchased  hand  sanitizer    Packing  Day/Night:      Put  prescription  drugs  in  my  carry  on  luggage  –  containers  must  be  clearly  labeled  with  your  name  or  the  drugs  are  at  risk  for  confiscation.    Over  the  counter  meds  should  also  be  packed  in  carry  not  check  luggage.      Packed  a  light  jacket  and  poncho  or  other  rain  gear.      Cleaned  out  purse  and  wallet  –  taking  only  essentials      Weighed  luggage  to  make  sure  it  is  less  than  50  lbs  –  You  will  be  responsible  for  any  over  the  weight  limit  fees  on  your  personal  luggage.      Taken  unapproved  items  out  of  my  carry  on  luggage  including:  over  sized  liquids,  nail  clipper,  files,  etc…      Packed  a  good  pair  of  sturdy  work  boots.         The  Shalom  Foundation  
  35. 35.  Tips for Travel  Arrive  at  the  airport  two  hours  before  scheduled  light  departure.        International  Flight  gates  sometimes  change  from  the  published  itinerary  gate.    Be  sure  and   check  the  monitor  as  you  depart  your  arriving  flight  to  make  sure  you  are  headed  to  the  correct   gate/terminal.          Keep  your  team  manual  with  you  on  the  airplane  so  that  you  will  have  the  Nazarene  Center   address  and  other  information  that  you  will  need  to  complete  your  customs  information.    Select   tourist  as  your  reason  for  travel  on  this  form.      There  are  carts  in  the  Guatemala  airport  to  help  transport  your  bags.    If  a  porter  approaches  and   asks  to  help  just  say  no  thanks.      Never  walk  around  alone.      Only  drink  bottled  water.    Use  bottled  water  to  brush  your  teeth.      When  you  arrive  back  at  the  US  Airport  on  the  return  flight  you  will  have  to  retrieve  your   luggage  and  take  it  through  customs.    Once  you  have  cleared  customs  you  can  recheck  your   bags.      When  in  doubt  on  the  food  in  Guatemala  “don’t”.      Avoid  lettuce  and  mayonnaise  based  sauces.      If  you  start  to  feel  woozy  immediately  start  taking  your  cipro  if  you  have  it.    Better  safe  than   sorry.      Bring  a  bottle  of  hand  sanitizer  and  use  it  frequently.          Bring  old  cloths  that  you  can  leave  behind  to  donate.        The  Shalom  Foundation  loves  to  get  pictures  from  team  members  so  please  take  lots  and  share   with  us  so  we  can  let  our  supporters  know  the  great  work  you  are  doing.      Please  be  punctual  in  the  mornings  it  is  important  for  the  team  to  get  started  on  time.       The  Shalom  Foundation  
  36. 36.  Be  flexible!    Changes  in  the  schedule  may  need  to  be  made.          Always  wear  your  seat  belt  when  traveling  in  Guatemala.          *  Female  only*  If  you  could  possibly  need  feminine  hygiene  products  be  sure  and  take  them.     They  are  hard  to  get  in  Guatemala  and  if  you  find  them  they  will  not  be  of  the  same  quality  as   here.       The  Shalom  Foundation  

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