Mission Trip FAQ

Vision Baptist Missions partners with local New Testament churches to send missionaries around the world training leaders and planting multiple churches.

Vision Baptist Missions is committed to sending missionaries:

  • Who will go to every nation around the world and boldly proclaim the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Who are discipled in character, doctrine, evangelism, preaching, ministry, culture, and language.
  • Whose primary focus is to plant multiple local churches in every community around the world.
  • Who will disciple and train national leaders who will, in turn, train others (2 Timothy 2:2).

Want to donate to a non-profit but don’t think your pennies will help? I challenge you to think again. Nonprofit organizations are often overlooked or pushed to a donor’s back burner during challenging times like these. But thanks to the CARES Act signed into law back in late March, donors who don’t itemize can now donate $300 (individual filers) or $600 (joint filers) and take an “above the line” deduction for cash donations to public charities (like VBM). If you itemize on your taxes, this year you can deduct up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for cash donations to public charities (like VBM). Businesses can donate up to 25% for corporate tax years ending in 2020. What does that mean in simple terms? A deduction “above the line” on your tax return means you will pay less in taxes because your adjusted gross income will be lower. 

This would be a benefit to you by providing a reduced tax liability from a super tough COVID-19 year on your 1040 next April and help VBM continue its mission as we look forward to traveling around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Still, think your pennies aren’t worth the effort? Think again and consider donating to a public charity, like VBM, in 2021.

Small print stuff:  Although the CARES Act allows for cash donations to fall within the temporary deductibility rules, securities and other assets do not count. Another important item of note is that your donation must go directly to the public charity and cannot be made to a 509(a)3 supporting organization or be made to your DAF (donor advised fund). Remember, this tax deduction provision is temporary and is only available for qualified donations made before 12/31/2020. 

Disclaimer: VBM provides this information for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a solicitation or to be a substitute for or constitute legal, tax, or investment advice, and should not be considered as such. Please seek professional advice from your tax, legal, or investment advisor if you have any questions or need assistance with your charitable intent.

Taking a mission trip can be one of the most life-changing experiences. We believe that a trip may benefit you in the following ways:

  • Give you a greater heart for world evangelism.
  • Help you find God’s will for my life.
  • Cause you to become more interested in missionary work and to pray for missionaries by needs and actual needs.
  • Help you appreciate all that God has given you to steward that you may currently take for granted.

Even if you are not a pastor or missionary or someone going into full-time ministry, a mission trip can still be of great benefit to you. You will be able to encourage others to get involved in mission work. You will also become a promoter of world evangelism and a recruiter for world evangelism.

We would love for your church or school group to join one of our teams! Please have your trip leader reach out to info@bcwe.org to find out how to reserve multiple spots on one of our upcoming trips.

Covered by your trip payment:

  • Airfare from and to your major preferred airport (or as close as we can get to it!)
  • Lodging
  • Three meals per day
  • In-country transportation (may be an in-country flight, depending upon the destination)
  • Clinic supplies and medications for our patients
  • Costs associated with clinic set up
  • Travel insurance
  • Your Welcome Packet

NOT covered by your trip payment:

  • Passport fees
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations and travel medications
  • In-transit expenses: meals in airports, lodging in the event of a delay (see Travel Insurance), etc.

Once you have been accepted and your deposit is processed, you will be able to log in to your account and set up a fundraising page for your remaining trip balance. You will be able to personalize this page and publish it to social media, send through email, etc. Your donors can use this link to donate directly to your trip. It’s easy and very helpful! Just pay close attention to your fundraising deadline!

We ask that you do not conduct fundraisers for your individual trip outside of this site. Fundraisers on GoFundMe, FaceBook (other than posting the link to the above public profile), etc. are in violation of our fundraising policy and will jeopardize your place on the team. Please direct all questions to our financial department.

We ask that you carefully communicate your fundraising progress and deadline to your donors. Should any funds be received after your balance has been paid and/or the deadline has passed, the funds will be used toward the overall costs of the clinic. We appreciate any funds given that will help us extend our pharmacy capabilities for the patients we will see.

The days of receiving paper tickets are long gone! A couple of weeks before your trip, you will receive an email that contains a spreadsheet for our team’s flight itinerary. Your confirmation number will be on this sheet so that you can check in ahead of time on the airline’s website if you wish. You’ll also be able to see team member’s flight plans to know who might be flying out of your departure airport and see when you’ll meet up with the rest of the team. For more information about your Travel Day, please click here.

Packing can be complicated! To take the guesswork out of packing we created this packing guide. Please note, however, that the packing list contains suggested items, and you won’t want or need every item for every trip. Take your destination into consideration when deciding what to include.

Though our accommodations can vary greatly due to the wide spectrum of locations where we serve, we make safety and comfort a priority when selecting our accommodations. You’ll work hard during the day, and we want you to rest well at night! We typically book a hotel (two team members per room). If you are traveling with a friend, please let us know ahead of time if you’d like to room together. If the remoteness of our location deems it necessary to use dormitory-style housing, we will let you know ahead of time and make sure you know whether to bring linens or other extra items for special situations.