FOR SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS 2010
D. Standards and practical information
1. No tobacco or alcohol is permitted at any time during the trip, during travel, ministry or recreational time. Participation in the use of alcohol or tobacco may spoil your witness in the eyes of those that you meet.
2. Men are required to wear long pants when ministering to people, but can wear shorts when in the camp. Men are not to take off their shirt while working or walking around the site. Women are required to wear skirts while ministering. Long pants can be worn when working on the building site. Shorts are not to be worn while ministering. Sweat suits may be used in the evenings at the campsite. The dress is related to the customs of the people in the area.
3. The temperature in the fall and winter (May through September) is cold at night and in the morning. It can be warm or hot during the day. In the spring and summer (October through March) it is warm at night and warm to very hot during the day. In summer, December through February, is very hot during the day.
4. Do not take a lot of pictures of the people in the villages and in their living conditions without their permission. It makes you look like a tourist instead of a worker. You may take as many pictures as you like on the job site, campsite, tent meetings and while sight seeing.
5. The situation that the people live in will move you and you may want to give certain things away. Anything given away might be given through the Building Project Director or mission staff leader. Do not give anything without speaking to the Project Director or mission staff leader first. This is also related to customs of the people and the fact that there may be hurt feelings of people left out.
6. Do not make any promises to those in your ministry area without putting them in written form to the Project Director or mission staff leader . The Project Director can then co-ordinate delivery of the item(s).
7. Show the love of Jesus to the people. Some may think that you are proud, rich Americans stooping down to their level. This is not true and this barrier will be broken down by love and by you making a special effort to attend tent meetings, house-to-house visitation, open-air campaigning, etc. Also, please take the time to talk with construction workers (and share the Gospel with them), other workers, local church leaders and neighbors. A helpful guideline is: They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care”. You have already shown a lot about how much you care by coming to visit the people. Don't spoil that good start with insensitive behaviour.
8. Please respect the culture of the people and do not talk down to them like children. While on house to house visitation, speak clearly and unhurried so that the translator can understand you. With a translator you will actually need to speak a phrase and then pause to allow him to speak the translation.
9. Be very careful to maintain a very high moral standard in conduct and speech. When we are separated from the local church by a language barrier, the only lasting message that you leave may be your actions. The relationships among team members are especially important for this reason.
10. Avoid any political or religious arguments.
11. Participation in morning group devotions is mandatory and is an important part of the overall project. Personal devotions should be a part of every day routine, even though your regular routine will not be the same. You may have to make the extra effort to get up earlier, etc. for devotions.
12. Do not make personal or ministry arrangements for tourism, preaching, visiting or other local activity at the ministry site without permission from the Project Director or mission staff leader.
13. Each group will need to have one or two group members available to cook for the entire time that the team is on site. Team members should be prepared to pitch in to help with meal preparation or cleaning after a meal. Cooks will need to also provide meals for guests in the local church leadership and cook “mealie meal” (the local staple of corn meal) for Black African staff (we will advise the team).
14. If there is a person available to do laundry at the time, it will be done on the site daily. Clothes should be initialled with indelible ink for easy identification.
15. Any major concerns should be discussed with your Group Leader, who will then discuss the concern with the Project Director or mission staff leader.
16 The Group Leader will assist with wake-up, keeping everyone on schedule, coordinating work/ministry assignments (with the Project Director and Tent Director), assigning a leader for the building team and working with any other concerns that team members or mission staff may have.
17. There is a set time to go to bed, have meals, etc. Be sensitive to others trying to respect other team members and the Project Director. Lights out is at 10:00 p.m. and it is important that you respect this time in light of the amount of work to be done or others who are tired.
18. Anyone going on house-to-house visitation must go with a leader approved by the Tent ministry Director or Project Director.
19. Please report any sickness, injury, animal bite or insect bite, discoloration or abnormal swelling to the Project Director. Do not delay in reporting an illness or injury as this could cause a greater problem. A basic first aid kit will be available on-site. Team members who have an injury or sickness where he/she must cease work will be taken to see a doctor for evaluation if at all possible.
20. A general schedule for a construction team day is as follows (subject to change):
Wake-up, personal devotions, breakfast preparation
Start at the job-site and school-, house visitation
Snack / break
Children's ministry in tent,
Snack/break, dinner preparation
Stop work / clean up/Shower
1. Checklist for personal packing
Men / Women
Tennis Shoes Tennis shoes
Work boots or work shoes Work boots or work shoes
5 pair work socks 5 pair work socks
3 pair dress socks 2 dress skirts and 2 blouses
1-2 pair dress slacks 3 pair work pants
1 dress shirts 1 set travel clothes
1 set travel clothes 3-4 work shirts
3 work shirts work gloves
Work gloves (more than 1 pair) Sweatshirt and pants
Swim wear (could use cut-offs) Sleepwear (warm)
3-5 pair underwear Swim wear (one piece)
Personal toilet articles 2 – 3 bras
Sweatshirt and pants 3-5 pair underwear
Suit jacket (required for preachers) Personal toilet articles
Tie (required for preachers)
2. Other personal items
small camera and film
video camera (optional)
binoculars (for game viewing)
35mm camera with at least 200mm zoom
lens (for serious animal photographers) A mesh laundry bag
snack food, American or Mexican spices
Individual coffee bags (we provide instant)
microwave popcorn (we have a microwave)
software for digital cameras (to share photos)
Windbreaker and or other medium
Poncho or rain cover
Flashlight and batteries
Notebook and pen
Lip balm, lotion
Extra pair of glasses or lens (if needed)
Prescription medication (if any)
Cough syrup, cough drops, pain/fever tablets
Other items to consider bringing :
Tools for construction
Members of a building team will need to bring the following:
roll of string or monofilament line
woodblocks for hanging string
rolling joint scrapers (at least 4 per group)
masonry hammers (at least 2 per group)
wire brushes/ or block wire brush (at least 4 per group)
measuring tape (metric and inches or metric),
and other masonry mechanical or carpentry tools.
rolls of duct tape
We encourage you to leave tools in SA or you can take the tools back with you to the USA . If tools are left in SA they will be used on projects and maintenance.
Medicine to bring :
Medical supplies and drugs/medications, ointments, etc. for the medical ministry.
Medical first aid kit: band aids, bandages, tape, gauze pads, ibuprofen/Tylenol, Imodium, antibiotic ointment, chemical ice/heat, eye drops/eye wash, bee sting/snake bite kits, decongestant, cough drops, lip balm, cough syrup.
MEDICINE most needed FOR MOZAMBIQUE (no outdated or expired medicine is acceptable or allowed into the country. You can be arrested if found with outdated medicine.)
multi purpose shampoos and soaps for scabies, nits, tinea and sores (selsun shampoo, tetmasol soap)
teramycin eye ointment, sodim sulamyd eye drops or ointment for conjunctivitis (eye infections)
levsin, hyscomine, bentyl or their generic equivalents for stomach problems
medicine for worms (stomach)
medicine for "ring-worm" any cream to treat fungal infections such as lamisil or tolnoftate.
ibrofen, tylenol, aspirin, aleve for pain
triple antibiotic cream, liquid cephalosporins and penicillins such as keflex, augmentin, ceclor, amoxicillin, erythromicin, zithromax for skin infections and pneumonio.
cough and decongestants
pediatric medication (not only antibiotics but also syrups or chewable tablets for pain and fever and also cold and flu medication)
bladder infections (biltricide)
Teaching/discipleship materials :
Sunday school material,
Christian Books and magazines.
(funds can be sent two months ahead of time to purchase Bibles and tracts in the native language).
Children and youth materials: as above for children, visuals, teaching aids, puppets, clown gear, index cards, pencils, balloons, construction paper, pencil sharpener, song books, etc.
List of things needed for people in rural areas of SA and Mozambique :
(funds can be sent two months ahead of time to purchase the items in South Africa for your team)
The following list of essentials generally needed for the people you are going to minister to, and work with. You can pack a special parcel for the pastor and his family and members of the congregation. Donations can also be given to GMF to buy things needed you want to give away.
25liter plastic cans, 2 or 5 litre plastic containers
Sunlight soap (bar) for washing
Candles and matches
Sugar and tea
Bicycle patches and solution
Spade, hammer and any kind of tools
75mm nails and bind wire
Medicine: see list
May God richly bless you as you prepare and
may He use you for His glory
during this mission outreach
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