Short Term Mission Trip
Thank you for your interest in a short term mission trip to aid in the mission Call of Molo in Molo, Kenya. Applicants must meet particular requirements in order to attend a trip to Kenya with Call of Molo. Please read the below information in full prior to submitting your application
“Though the vision tarry it will come to pass.”
Summer of 2023
Cost $2,500 est.
$100 non-refundable deposit required after interview approval
MISSION TRIP REQUIREMENTS
During our trip we will be around children. With recent suspensions and closure of children’s homes in Kenya due to child abuse and trafficking, a CORI background check is mandatory. Failure to allow one to be done is subject for a rejected application.
Communication is vital to the success of each of our trips. It is important to attend each scheduled meeting in preperation of the mission trip. Meetings typically are scheduled on a monthly basis, or as planned. Six weeks prior to departure, meetings are held weekly to begin packing of supplies and goods for the trip. Communication is done through email, text, phone calls, and/or in person.
A passport is required in order to travel overseas. If you do not have a passport, you will need to immediately. If you currently have a passport, please check the expiration date. Passport expiration dates are required to be valid 6 months prior to trip return date.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) recommend the following vaccinations for Kenya: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. It’s important to get vaccinated at least 4 to 6 weeks before you travel. This will give the vaccines time to start working, so you’re protected while you’re traveling. It will usually also make sure there’s enough time for you to get vaccines that require more than 1 dose. (https://www.passporthealthusa.com/destination-advice/kenya/) Please get your malaria medicine from your travel clinic or MD, Call Baystate Travel clinic or a travel clininc close to you (google travel clinics around you), call ahead for appointment. By end of April all shots need to have been taken. We are not responsible for any diseases acquired with the decisions you make whether to take the shots or not.
This year’s trip is rather intense, with little time for rest as compared to previous trips. We will be staying on the Upendo wa Molo Children’s Home’s grounds. There will be daily ministry opportunities to the three schools our soup kitchen supplies meals for, among others. Mostly we will cook, serve, will be praying, cleaning, making beds, ministering to kids, assisting with household chores, bring your own potato peeler as one of the chores will be to peel potatoes, etc. Visit here for a rough draft of the ministry itinerary. We will need your area of talents to be used in ministry or games. Please provide an area of ministry God has blessed you in, which can be of benefit to the children (e.g. games, sports, singing, crafts, praying, teaching kid). We may need to pick one song or two from our old collections in the past to present to churches, we don’t have to have a uniform rhythm of dance. We may use all or most of our old collections of songs to minister through music to the kids while at the orphanage, we can dance free style with them as the Spirit leads. Please use the 2016 audio CD to practice your Swahili words. If you require a copy please let us know.
In order to attend a trip with Call of Molo, you are required to attend church regularly for Spiritual growth and nourishment. Remember, every mission’s trip is a battle field and you need to have and wear your full armor of God always in accordance to Ephesians 6:10-18. We also encourage you to pray and fast over the trip as much as possible.
Immediately following your application submission, you are required to submit a down payment of $100 in order to hold your position. By October 15, 2019, a payment of $500 will be required to hold your airfare, as well as team shirts. A payment of $1,000 will be required by March 20, 2020, in order to finalize airfare arrangements. The remaining $900 will be due by May 20, 2020, which will be used for transportation, food, visa, and miscellaneous expenses while in Kenya.
You are encouraged to send to your friends and family fundraising letters with a stamped return envelope (return address to New Life Christian Center), as well as thank you letters after your return to the States. A sample letter with a return sheet is provided here. Do not copy word for word. Please cut the return sheet so you have many copies to use.
You are responsible for keeping track of your finances to compare with the Call of Molo Treasurer Cindy Degray prior to departure.
Each trip requires specialty roles specific to each trip. We will need and are looking to fill the following roles; (a) Photographer/Videographer (b) Transport Manager, America (c) Transport Manager, Kenya (d)Communications Manager, while in Kenya (e) Trip Treasurer, to coordinate with Call of Molo Treasurer Cindy Degray and team members, specifically for donation ‘Thank You Letters’.
You are required to provide valid email addresses of people you need to update on the trips progress during the travel dates. Please let your family members and others receiving email notifications of your travels, to expect an email from the trips Communications Manager (name will be provided at a later date).
Travel times can vary, but please plan for at least 20 hours of flight time, plus 5 hours of drive time from Nairobi City to Molo, Kenya. With long hours of travel, feet tend to swell. You are encouraged to wear compression stockings to help reduce any swelling in the feet. Be advised, your feet might still swell, as the compression stockings only prevent excessive swelling.
Also, please plan for a one rest day prior to leaving for Kenya, as well as two to three days of rest after you arrive back in the States. It is not recommended to return to work immediately following the trip without the two to three days of rest due to jet leg and the seven hour time difference.
Shop for Extra Large (XXL) suitcases at Salvation Army or your local thrift store, as well as any carry-on luggage including backpacks. Quantity of check-in and carry-on luggage will be provided at a later date. All toiletries must be kept in a clear plastic bag.
During our travel dates, Kenya will be in their ‘Cold Season’. Molo is a cool and wet climate. During the day it is warm with an average temperature of 60 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit, while at night is cold with an average temperature of 40 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Be aware some nights can drop lower than 40 degrees.
Do NOT wear anything light or dark blue during your time in Kenya, as it attracts mosquitos.
On Sunday it is highly recommended to wear a dress, a long skirt, or pantsuit. During the week, you can wear comfortable jeans, a long skirt, comfortable dresses, and closed shoes.
On Sunday, it is recommended to wear dress pants. During the week you can wear comfortable jeans and closed shoes. Please avoid wearing shorts during ministry (we will provide a funny story behind this during orientation), but you can wear them if you want.
Bring warm clothing for night time, plus for when it rains, as it can get cold. Please bring an umbrella. Please pack the following; flip flops (to be worn during shower time), towel, face cloth, body wash, shampoo, body lotion, sun screen, repellant, toothbrush, tooth paste, as well as any personal bathroom needs that are well known to you.
While in Kenya, we are excited to announce we will be attending a safari, Woohoo! Details on the Safari itinerary and more to follow at a later date.
GUIDELINES FOR SHORT TERM MISSIONS TRIP
Cellphone use during the trip is only encouraged for taking pictures and videos to share with your friends and loved ones after you return home or for posting on social media during the missions trip. We kindly and strongly request you do not use your phone to communicate via call or text, except with the contact person – we will have one contact person for home and abroad. (Remember you are a missionary in the mission’s fields and any news received from home might affect your missions work – however, should one receive news of any nature, and you need to cut your missions trip short you are responsible to find your own means of travel back at your expense). Get emails of one family member from each team member and Gail to send to them updates. Appointed contact person from the team will contact the abroad contact daily on the mission’s team daily activities.
When traveling, staying together at all times as a team. Doing everything together. Ephesians 4:26, 27 & 29 says, “(26) In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, (27) and do not give the devil a foothold. (29) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Be submissive to leadership. Raise your hands with questions. If asked to do something, do it with a servant’s heart, not with complaining, whining, and a frown. Remember, we are there to serve and to be used of God in every area. It’s not about us, it’s about them.
Special meetings are required unless it’s an emergency/vacation. If unable to attend, please notify the team leader ahead of time.
Be ready for change of plans. Let the Holy Spirit lead. Proverbs 16: 1 reminds us we may make our plans but God has the final word.
We will be getting up early at 6 am for morning devotions. Each morning an appointed or designated person will conduct the morning devotion. Remember, we are there to serve, we will be in spiritual warfare and need to be equipped by wearing the Armor of God daily. Ephesians 6:10-18 says, “Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground. So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason, keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.
Members are encouraged to complete assigned duties with Godliness, humility, love, and respect. Keep your room clean and neat, and be mindful of your roommate and others.
Each team member is required to keep a list of prescribed medication or OTC’s they are currently taking. No sharing of medication with other people, always consult with the team leader. Please ensure you take your Malaria medications after you eat. Taking the Malaria medication before you eat will make you sick and weak, inhibiting your missionary duties. Sickness is not common during the missions trip, but should you get sick, you will be given the choice to either stay home at the orphanage and rest or be taken to Molo Hospital for further treatment at your expense (cost not more than $50).
All team members are reminded that they are representatives of Call of Molo, New Life Christian Center, their local church and the mission they serve. In order to avoid offending others with different personal convictions, the purchase and /or use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, abuse of drugs and inappropriate dress and language is strictly prohibited.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.