Mission Trip Covenant

I recognize and accept the following conditions which will further the usefulness and safety of our short-term mission trip:

  • I understand that during this trip I may not have the same conveniences that I am used to at home. I realize how important it is to be flexible and willing to adjust to the expectations of my host. 
  • I am here as a servant-disciple of Jesus Christ and will adopt that attitude when dealing with my fellow team members and the people I meet during this trip. 
  • I realize this is a mission trip and not a vacation. I want to learn more about missions, how I can serve God better, and be a blessing to other Christians and the missionaries on the field. 
  • I accept and submit to the leadership role and authority of the team leader and promise to abide by his or her decisions as they concern this mission trip. 
  • If a loved one or dear friend is traveling with me, we agree to interact with all members of the team, not just one another. 
  • I will avoid any actions that might be perceived as amorous attentions toward any team members or local people I meet on the trip.
  • I will not consume any alcoholic beverage while on this trip.
  • I will be a blessing to any missionaries or pastors that we visit.
  • I will help out and not complain about the food, lodging accommodations, etc. I will be a gracious guest. 
  • I will be respectful of each place we stay.
  • I will conscientiously set aside the time to have my personal devotions and take care of the daily responsibilities both spiritually and physically. 
  • I will attend all services, activities, outings, etc., and carry my share of the load in the work we are trying to accomplish. 
  • I will maintain and exhibit a good attitude that will honor and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. 
  • I will not take lightly this important responsibility of setting an example. (Remember we are the Christians from another part of the world and will be watched very closely.)                
  • I will submit to the instructions concerning attire, eating, drinking, and other such traditions, which will help me to assimilate into the local community. 
  • I promise not to be overly demanding, to do my best not to offend or cause embarrassment for our hosts, and to help them attain their long-term goals. 
  • As a Christian, I realize that it is my responsibility to die to myself and seek to serve and prefer others. (This means not putting myself first and leaving the others out. This also means being a blessing to all on my team.) 
  • I realize that others on my team, during the journey, and while onsite will look at me for an example of how a Christian should behave, and will not treat that responsibility lightly. 
  • I understand that travel, especially to remote locations, can be difficult, and I promise to adopt a flexible attitude and be supportive as plans may need to be changed. I understand that I must travel with the rest of the team. 
  • Before I give a gift to someone, I will consult with the team leader and missionary and allow him to make the final decision on this matter.