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Team Manual - Community Development - Nov 2011

  1. 1. Guatemala Mission Trip Team Member Manual Nov 11-19, 2011 West Franklin Baptist Church 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 have spenta significant amount of money and time to come and theyfeel honored you would choose to do that for them. Let usencourage 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 to themand will bring hope to many. Our team leadership is ready to assist you in any way we can. The Shalom Foundation
  3. 3. The Shalom Foundation’s History in GuatemalaThe Shalom Foundation has been active in Guatemala Cityfor more than decade serving acutely poor children andsharing the Gospel. Through our supporters andvolunteers, Shalom has touched thousands of lives, havecompleted more than 70 homes, conducted 170 surgeries,and have helped build a Christian school serving over 700students.The Shalom Foundation currently sponsors more than 130 students providing for their tuitionand other associated education expenses. Through the years 475 missions team members havetraveled to Guatemala City with TheShalom Foundation in God’s service toothers.In June, 1991, several foundingmembers of The Shalom FoundationBoard took their first trip to GuatemalaCity. In 1995, a 22-member teamprovided construction assistance andconducted the organization’s firstMedical/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 PastorAlvaro Perdomo. In May, 1997 a 48-member Missions Team provided construction work onShalom Church and provided much-needed medical treatment -- the largest Shalom team totravel to Guatemala at the time. The Construction Team traveling in May, 1998 beganconstruction on Shalom School. In January, 2000 Shalom Missions Team members attended theShalom School Dedication with the traditional beginning of the new Guatemalan school year The Shalom Foundation
  4. 4. (January 15). Construction Team members traveling in April, 2001 participated in ShalomFoundation’s first Home Construction project building 6 homes. In 2003, Shalom Foundationoutfitted a commercial kitchen for the “Food for Thought” Nutrition Program. In May, 2004, 48Shalom Team members provided medical and dental services, eye exams, computerprogramming 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 8:36Guatemala is a beautiful country decorated with mountain peaks, rivers, valleys, volcanoes, beaches andjungles. The country and its people have survived decades of turmoil to experience now a time of hopeand healing. With the help of people like you, the future for the children of Guatemala can be bright andfull of possibility.Guatemala is located in Central America, bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, Belize, El Salvador andHonduras. The country covers an area slightly smaller than Tennessee. It is located in the Central TimeZone. Several airlines including Delta Airlines, American Airlines and Continental Airlines fly from theUnited 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 atnight. June through October is the rainy season, while November through May sees the drier, mostpleasant conditions.Guatemala operates under a democratic constitutional government. President Alvaro Colom began hispresidency January 15, 2008 and will be president for 4 years. T he vice president, Rafael Espada, is a wellknown heart surgeon who practiced medicine in the United States for many years. The Shalom Foundation
  6. 6. Guatemala FactsPopulation: 13,002,206 (2008)Comparative Size: Slightly smaller than TennesseeClimate: Tropical; hot and humid in lowlands; cooler in highlandsGDP: $67.45 billionGDP per capita: $5,400Ethnic 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 beliefsLanguages: Spanish 60% and Amerindian languages 40%Major exports: Coffee, sugar, bananas, clothing, petroleumLife expectancy at birth: 69.69 yearsIndependence: September 15, 1821 (from Spain)Currency: quetzal; quetzales per US dollar average 8.15 in 2009Prayer The Shalom Foundation
  7. 7. PRAYER is the foundation of our ministry. Invite others to support and join you in prayer for your tripand 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 $1,800 (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 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: “Become a Fundraiser” in the left column) 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: 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) • PRAY3 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. • PRAY1 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. • PRAY1 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. • PRAYDay of Departure: • Prepare for the unexpected! (Flights do not always run on time.) The Shalom Foundation
  12. 12. • Be flexible! • Allow yourself plenty of time so you arrive “on time” at the airport. This is very important for your entire group. • PRAYReturn: • 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
  13. 13. 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” is theprocess of identifying these people around you. Those who support you need tosee 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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 ____________________________________ The Shalom Foundation
  17. 17. 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 betweenyour culture and the culture of the host country can domuch to lessen the stress of travel. Several ways toenhance your travel experience before leaving are tolearn several words and phrases in the language of thehost country, meet and talk to an individual from thatcountry, or visit a worship/church service where theyspeak the language of the host country. Try tounderstand why you do things the way you do in yourculture and why others do things differently in anotherculture. Be careful how you compare one culture toanother. A desire to learn and understand not onlyhelps you become informed and adjusted, but alsocommunicates 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 willbe. It is possible to gain a great deal of understanding about Guatemala, and beginadjusting yourself personally for entering that culture.As you research and study, look for ways to creativelyimpact your host culture with the message of JesusChrist. Speak with nationals from the host culture, theInternet, libraries, travel brochures, and periodicals foryour research. Creatively prepare a report for yourteam.Religious Background: Study the religious beliefs of thepeople. How do these beliefs differ from Christianity? Howdevout are the people? What are creative ways to communicatethe message of Jesus Christ to these people?______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Political Background: What is the primary political system of the culture? How long have theyoperated under this system? What would be the major differences in thinking politically from yourhome culture?_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Social Background: How is the social structure set up? Family? Male roles? Female roles? How dothe 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 thisclimate affect the people? (For example: A hot culture often shuts down during the afternoon and hasevents late into the night.) What can your team expect to experience as a result of the geography andwhat 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 isthe 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 thethought 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, orpossibly, you both were changed. As stated earlier, “It is our prayer that God will challenge youspiritually and help you grow in your faith in Jesus Christ as a result of this trip”. Also, you will find thegreatest rewards are in the relationships that are made on the trip. Most importantly, this includes adeepening 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 youkeep a journal, you will find yourself referring to it for many years. Journaling is an important way foryou to process what you are experiencing and learning on the trip, as well as revealing areas where youmay 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 toyou. Once you’re on the trip, you will want to journal daily. Some of the information you might want toinclude might be: (1) your relationship with God, (2) your relationship with others, (3) your impressionsof 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 thatyou did not understand all you had experienced on your trip. Allow God to use this journal as a tool togrow spiritually. This journal will help strengthen your witness to others about your relationship to JesusChrist and what He means to you – how your faith in Him is growing and changing your life. (Journalpages 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 InformationRequired Shots and length recommended time between shotsHepatitis A and Hepatitis B are good for 20 years once you have completed the series correctly.Tetanus is good for 10 yearsTyphoid is good for 2 yearsGlobal Outreach ClinicBrentwood Baptist Church7777 Concord RoadBrentwood, TNSchedule:Clinic hours are between 6-8 pm with check in from 6-7 pmInformation at 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.) The Shalom Foundation
  25. 25. Twinrix (Combo A & B) - $118.00 (3 shot series to be completed within 6 months.)Tetanus (TDaP) - $55.00Typhoid - $66.00 For an important presentation on travel medicine, please visit: Information, cont.Shots, Etc.7648 Hwy 70 South at I 40 (exit 196) suite 15Nashville, TN 37221(615) 469-7413Office HoursMonday - Friday 9am to 5pmSaturdays 10am to 2pmPricing:Hep A - $80 per dose x 2 dosesHep B - $75.00 per dose x 3 dosesTwinrix (Combo A & B) - $125 per dose x 3 dosesTetanus (TDaP) - $65.00Typhoid - $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 Clinic1301 Medical Center DriveTVC Suite 2501Nashville TN 37232Phone: (615) 936-1174Office Hours:Monday and Thursday 8 am to 5:30 pm The Shalom Foundation
  26. 26. Wednesday and Friday 8am to 2:30 pmAppointments OnlyHep A $82 per dose x 2 dosesHep B $77 per dose x 3 dosesCombo $122 per dose x 3 dosesTetanus $53Typhoid $77Note: They do not accept insuranceTravel and Packing TipsTravel 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. The Shalom Foundation
  27. 27. • 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.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 ShockThe person that returns from a mission trip is not the same person who left earlier. When you comehome, you will feel like you have returned to a different country. You will be experiencing reverseculture shock. Some suggestions for helping to cope with what you are experiencing are: 1) expressyour feelings to a person who has been through the re-entry process as well as your team mates. 2) talkwith 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 toattend any discussion activities or “reunions” of the team members you traveled with. Thiscommunication 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 offthe coast of Palm Beach – only days after serving and weeping over the poorest of the poor inMexico. How could you allow yourself to indulge in such a frivolous activity, knowing that avillage could be fed for a week on just the cost of fuel for this two-hour jaunt? That naggingquestion 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 ourchurch team had worked with people who lived in shanties built over the town’s abandonedlandfill. Children with rawhide feet ran without concern over shards of glass and metal thatworked their way to the packed-dirt surface. I drank purified, bottled water while toddlersmouthed the solitary, rusty spigot.Now I was having great difficulty reconciling myself to my affluent surroundings. As our cruiserleft the inlet for the open sea, I thought of those delightful, dusty children who would never layeyes 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 todisturbing conditions and underprivileged people. Then what? What are you supposed to dowhen 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 theirhome country. After adjusting to a foreign (often impoverished) culture that likely is morerelationship-driven and less frantic than their own, participants are thrust back into a culture ofexcess that wastes much and seems grateful for little, a commercial world enslaved to clocksand cell phones.Some returnees become severe social critics who attack all that seems wrong with theirhomeland. Others struggle to find meaning in their daily work. Ron is an architect who recentlyreturned from a project in Romania. “After experiences that seemed weighty with eternalsignificance,” he said, “it was hard to come back and get excited about calculating themeasurements of an elevator shaft.” Many returnees simply feel confused as they try toreconcile opposing worlds.I had my first missions experience as a 14-year-old when I went to Haiti with my church youthgroup during Christmas break. We were a typical noisy throng of teens when we boarded thebus at the Port-au-Prince airport. Minutes later we grew silent as we drove through the citystreets. The sights and smells of abject poverty opened our eyes wide and clamped our mouthsshut. 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 holidaymemories only accentuated my guilt. I could almost imagine myself back home ripping into mypile of Christmas packages while homeless and disabled Haitian street children peered inthrough the living room window. I remember feeling as if I needed to apologize for my decentclothes and good health, for having my own room in an actual house. I almost wanted to blurtout, “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 Godas an admirable form of humility, it only robbed me of joy and kept me in bondage. Feelingguilty for enjoying an elegant anniversary dinner with my wife, a round of golf with a friend, or aspectacular morning on the water did nothing to honor God – or improve the plight of thechildren in Mexico. Instead of guilt, my friend helped me discover healthier, more productiveresponses 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 worldwe live in should provoke a profound recognition of our undeserved blessings. Moses warnedthe Israelites.You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealthfor me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to producewealth. (Deut. 8:17-18)Gratitude acknowledges that we did not earn our geography or parentage. After all, did you or Istrategically orchestrate our births to dodge delivery into impoverished regions where famine,disease, and perpetual danger are the inheritance? We simply received the advantages wewere 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 unfruitfulguilt, thank God for what you enjoy and perhaps take for granted: a stable government,constitutional liberties, medical care, your comfortable home, clean water, leisure, andentertainment.Giving ResourcesSecond, I realized that genuine gratitude leads to generosity. As recipients of undeservedblessings, 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 anearby store. As I opened the passenger door of my old Toyota Corolla, Miller patted the fadedroof 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 givingwas far from my mind.The Reynosa experience attuned me to hear God’s heartbeat for the world. Now my wife and Idiscuss our monthly contribution to missions at the beginning of each year and decide how tomake adjustments and sacrifices to free up that amount.Does that mean we shun lattes, boycott entertainment, and ride mopeds to work? No. Thepoint is not to become pleasure-shunning misers, but to be willing to make changes that releasevaluable resources for others in need. We are becoming deliberate spenders who desire to seeour money flow toward what we value.At times, missions giving may be short-circuited by the reasoning: “What difference will mysmall contribution make in the face of such a huge need?” True, your donation is unlikely tofeed an overpopulated refugee camp. But it will make a difference to someone.The Apostle Paul praised the Macedonian churches for their exceptional generosity toward adistant church.We want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of themost 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 tothe saints. (II Cor. 8:1-4, emphasis mine)Like the Macedonians, let your generosity flow from a grateful heart, one that freely tastes anddelights 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. Ratherthan being immobilized by false guilt, we can mobilize ourselves for additional missions projectsas opportunity and resources allow. The reason for going is not to assuage guilt (I’ll feel okayabout buying this big screen TV if I go on that mission trip this summer) but to express God’slove through the generous offering of ourselves. On our Mexico trip, a village woman asked oneof the team leaders which government agency was paying us to build her a home. Bob told herthat our team members had each taken a week of vacation and paid $700 for the chance tosmash our thumbs with hammers. As the woman silently watched the sweaty crew of strangerspounding 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’slove.”When the woman turned back to Bob, her eyes were moist. “Gracias,” she whispered. Later atthe 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. Thesingle adults in our church regularly serve breakfast at a soup kitchen, volunteer during theSpecial 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: “Idon’t know why we spend so much to go overseas when we’ve got people who need Jesus righthere 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 thechurch 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 gowhere they don’t. Be willing to work in the inner city for a day and have your heart stirred, andbe willing to work for a week in a distant village and have your heart broken. If your heartstretches 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 luggagehandy.(Discipleship Journal – Issue #135 May/June 2003)Reprinted by permission from Ramon Presson. The Shalom Foundation
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  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 copyto 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 sanitizerPacking Day/Night: Put prescription drugs in my carry on luggage – containers must be clearly labeled with your name orthe drugs are at risk for confiscation. Over the counter meds should also be packed in carry not checkluggage. 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 weightlimit 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
  37. 37. Useful Spanish Words and PhrasesPleasantriesplease Por favorthank you Graciasthank you very much Muchas graciasyou’re welcome De nadano problem No hay de queI’m sorry Lo sientoHello and Goodbye / Hola y AdiósGood morning Buenos diasGood afternoon Buenas tardesGood evening Buenas nochesHello HolaGoodbye AdiósSee you tomorrow Hasta mañanaHave a nice day Que pase buen diaHealth / SaludHow are you feeling? ¿Cómo se siente?I don’t feel well. No me siento bien.I feel well. Me siento bien.I feel better. Me siento mejor.I feel worse. Me siento peor.It hurts. Me duele.Pain El dolorWeak DébilThe surgery is finished. La cirugía se terminaYour child will be well. Su niño será bien.Surgery was successful. La cirugía tuvo éxitoThe Body / El CuerpoBrain la cerebroNeck el cuelloShoulder la espaldaArm el brazoHand la manoWaist la cinturaChest el pechoThigh el musloKnee la rodilla The Shalom Foundation
  38. 38. Introduction / IntroducionWhat’s your name? ¿Cómo se llama?My name is . . . Me llamo . . .Pleased to meet you. Mucho gusto.I’d like you to meet . . . Querria presentarie a . .This is . . . La presento a . . .Where are you from? ¿De dónde es usted?I’m from . . . Soy de . . .How are you doing? ¿Cómo está usted?I’m (very) well. Estoy (mui) bien.I’m (very) bad Estoy (mui) mal.I’m so-so. Estoy asi-asi.Miss SeñoritaMr./Sir SeñorMrs./Ma’am Señoradoctor el mediconurse el enfermeroheight la alturaweight el pesopulse el pulsoblood pressure la tension arterialmedicine (drug) la medicinabandage el verdajea pill una pildorawound la heridascar la cicatrizheart el corazónstomach el estómagobelly la barrigahip la caderaskin la pielbone el huesoblood la sangreskull el craneolung el pulmon The Shalom Foundation
  39. 39. Shalom Foundation – US Contacts Allison Bender Kevin McQuaig Work: 615-595-5811 Cell: 615-336-6774 Cell: 615-397-4547 Skype: kevinmcquaig Skype: AllisonBender412 Tommy Sanders Steve Moore Home: 615-371-0671 Work: 615-340-5393 Cell: 615-812-5483 Cell: 615-948-7025 skype: tsanders3109 Shalom Foundation – Guatemala Contacts When calling from the US, dial 011-502 then the number. When dialing from inside Guatemala, simply dial the 8-digit number. Call the surgery center at the U.S. number 615-656-3499 during working hoursMaria Jose Gallardo Claudia HurtarteCell: (502) 5318-6372 Cell: (502) ClauHurtarte@TheShalomFoundation.orgSkype: majo.gall Skype: clauhurtarteElisa Maria Arenales Moore Pediatric CenterCell: (502) 5304-2874 6 Calle 0-55 zona 1, Ciudad Tel. (502) 2220-2020 or 615-656-3499Skype: elisa_arenales19Shalom Foundation Office US Embassy in GuatemalaTel: (502) 2220-2277 During office hours: (502) 2326-44056ª. Calle 0-41, Zona 1, Ciudad Guatemala Emergency: (502) 2331-2354 http://guatemala.usembassy.govCasa de Los Nazarenos Shalom Church and School5ª Calle, Zona 1, Ciudad Guatemala Office: 2419-0412(502) Guatemala Cell phone Phone Number Tommy Sanders 5172-7615 Colon Pope 5764-0918 The Shalom Foundation