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The For All Mankind Movement
1.479.633.8981 – fammchurchrelations@gmail.com

West Bengal, India – August 2015

India Short Term Mission Preparation Packet

Table of Contents

Mission Overview 1

Vision and Purpose 1

Strategic Initiative 1

Quick Look 1

Description 1

Mission Preparation 2

Deadlines 2

Registration Deposit for team members ($100 due) April 15, 2015 2

Registration Deposit for team members ($100 due) April 15, 2015 2

Travel Documents 3


Medical Considerations 4

Flight Information 4

Payment Information 4

Packing Information 5

Training and Expectations 7

On The Field 8

Tentative Schedule 8

Culture and Geography 9

Food 10

Transportation 10

Accommodations 10

Contact Information 10

Mission Overview

Vision and Purpose

The vision of the For All Mankind Movement is to reach immigrant laborers with the gospel who have come to the Persian Gulf region from all over the 10/40 window, then equip them to be obedient followers of Christ so that we can help send them back to their home countries as missionaries to their own people. The For All Mankind Movement purposes to partner with the local churches to enable them to fulfill their missional objectives through initiating, facilitating and nurturing indigenous church planting movements using oral means to reach and equip oral people.

Strategic Initiative

Compassion Kits Distribution Team – West Bengal, India – August 2015

Your mission is to facilitate launching new story groups among impoverished villagers in India through Compassion Kit parties. You will be working with existing Story Groups and House Churches to encourage the believers and reap an evangelistic harvest. You will be equipped to share God’s Word and minister through prayer, fellowship and distributing Compassion Kits.

Quick Look

  • Dates: 7/31/15 (departure from US) to 8/8/15 (return to US)

  • Team Size: The goal for the Heart For Bengal mission is to mobilize a team of 21 people to each of the 19 districts of West Bengal (399 total volunteers). A church partner can mobilize as few as 3 people up to 100+.

  • Cost: Total cost per person between $2,700 and $3,400


Each team will primarily be facilitating Compassion Kit distribution parties in partnership with Story Groups in villages. These parties will involve:

  • Fellowship Time

  • Storytelling (three stories at each party)

  • Evangelistic Invitation

  • Promotion of House Church meeting

  • Compassion Kit distribution to families

  • Intercessory Prayer

Each party will have from 50 to 200 people present. Local church planters will be there to organize the meeting. STM team members will be grouped in teams of three and will go to different locations for four full days of ministry in villages. Translators will be with each team of three volunteers.

Your mission will be to

  • Execute a prescribed strategy using Bible stories to communicate the gospel and extend an invitation for people to become followers of Christ.

  • You will be doing ministries in the villages each day. These will include ministries such as prayer walking, visiting the sick/widows and orphans.

  • As part of a team you will need to train in the orality strategies used by FAMM before you depart on your mission. The FAMM Church Relations team provides training materials.

Mission Preparation


  • Registration Deposit for team members ($100 due) April 15, 2015

  • Application for team members June 3, 2015

  • 1st Payment for team members ($500 due) June 20, 2015

  • Final Payment for team members ($600 due) July 1, 2015

  • Purchase Airfare July 1, 2015

Application & Registration

  • Registration for church groups involves paying the deposit for number of people the church is sending. Applications and final list of participant names are not due until July. Deposits are non-refundable.

  • Participants must complete an online application. Apply by the deadline at http://www.compassionkits.com/international-opportunities.html.


Cost for this mission is broken down into fixed costs and variable costs. The For All Mankind Movement receives payment from individuals or groups who have registered to cover fixed costs (in-country expenses). All costs are given in USD.
The For All Mankind Movement will not be processing donations for individual team members, your local church will have to assist you with this aspect.
Fixed Costs: (Fixed cost are structured around a 21 person team)

Fixed costs include in-country transportation, fuel, lodging, food, translators, Compassion Kits, some cultural excursions and other incidentals.

Total Fixed Costs:

  • Per Person: $1,200.00

  • Group of 21: $25,200.00

Variable Costs: (Per Person)

  • Airfare: $1,500.00 to 2,200.00 (based on date of purchase and departure airport)

Total Expected Trip Costs: $2,700 to $3,400 per person (depending on airfare)

Travel Documents

A U.S. passport that is valid for at least 6 more months after dates of travel is required for entrance into India. New passports and renewal costs can vary but are typically about $135 total. For new passports we recommend an Adult Passport Book. For instructions go to:
A visa is also required for entrance to India for individuals with a U.S. passport. See information below about obtaining a visa for India.
Getting Your India Visa
Service Provider: Cox & Kings Global Services (http://www.ckgs.com)
Type of visa we suggest:

  • 10 year tourist visa

  • Fees range from $85 to $190 depending on type of visa

  • Timeframe: Turn around time can be as short as one week, however do not count on that. It is best to apply for India Visa prior to booking air travel or at least one month before travel date.


  1. Obtain and follow Visa requirements from Cox & Kings website:

  2. Contact FAMM Church Relations Team via email (fammchurchrelations@gmail.com) for specific information about where you will be staying during your trip if you have not already received that information.

  3. IMPORTANT: Be sure to select the correct location to send your application.  Click here to determine the office location to use, click on each location and find your state (e.g. resident of Mississippi will send application to Atlanta, Georgia).

What should be mailed?

  1. Your completed visa application

  2. One passport photo (fix to visa application)

  3. Money order for processing fee 

  4. Your completed order form (print here)

  5. Your completed additional particulars form (print here)

  6. Proof of address - (Copy of drivers license, utility bill, etc. must be current and not expired)

  7. Your passport (NOT a copy - we recommend keeping a copy for your records)

  8. A prepaid FedEx envelope with the return address printed (not hand written) for the return of your passport (visa will be pasted inside passport)

Travel Insurance Considerations

FAMM does not require travel insurance but we recommend you get it through your travel agent/service, on your own or through your church. Please follow the protocol of your sending church.

Medical Considerations

FAMM does not require preventive medical treatment before coming on a trip. India does not require vaccinations for entry into the country. We do suggest you follow the protocol of your sending church and visit your preferred physician 4-6 weeks before traveling to obtain any vaccines or medications suggested for your travel.

Flight Information

  • Dates and times below align with our mission activities:

    • Arrive in Kolkata, India morning of Sunday, August 2nd (This will require departing from U.S.A. July 31st)

    • Depart Kolkata, India evening of Friday, August 7th (Should arrive back in U.S.A. August 8th)

  • All participants on each team need to arrive into CCU on the same flight. Team leaders must coordinate with FAMM Church Relations team member before purchase.

Payment Information

  • Deposit: Please pay $100.00 when registering as a non-refundable deposit as an individual or for each person you are registering in your group.

    • Your deposit can be made online at: http://www.compassionkits.com/short-term-trips.html

    • You can pay by check (checks are preferred method of payment for church partners). Please give the names for each person you are paying for and send the check for the total amount to:
      Attn: H4B
      24654 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy

Peoria, AZ 85383

    • Please make the check out to “FAMM” (Specify “August H4B” in memo line)

  • Payment of Fixed Costs:

    • First Payment of $500 must be made for each team member by June 3rd.

    • Final Payment of balance of $600 must be made for each team member by July 1st, 2015.

    • Payment can be made by individuals or groups online or by mail.

      • Online: http://www.compassionkits.com/short-term-trips.html

      • Check by mail: (same as above)

Packing Information

In India you will be lodging in a village setting and will have limited or no access to some convenience items you would typically have readily available in the U.S. Following are recommendations for items to pack.
India Packing List for Men:

Please pack everything into an easily portable small/medium size suitcase or backpack (North face Base Camp Duffle is a good bag to use if you have access to one). You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. NO large bags!


All clothing must be modest.

  • Shirts – Shirts should NOT be sleeveless. Polo or button-down shirts are best for day and evening activities.

  • Pants – NO denim jeans or shorts in the village! Please only wear slacks or full length cargo pants at all times.

  • Sleepwear – Modest sleepwear with long pants or shorts and shirt. Remember, you will be staying in the pastor’s house with other people. We must always keep modesty as our guide in how we dress.

  • Light jacket or sweater – It can be a bit chilly in the evenings.

  • Shoes – Any shoes you can easily take on and off as you go into houses.

  • Toiletries:

  • IF you have access to electricity, it will be 220V so all electrical equipment must meet those specifications.

  • Wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer

  • Toilet paper and a small towel

  • Other – Sunscreen, Bug Spray, Anti-itch cream, flashlight with batteries.

  • Bedding – Light sleeping bag or blanket and small pillow.

  • Snacks – Bring plenty of healthy, non-perishable snacks.

  • Candy to give to children in the villages (optional)

  • Do Not Bring – leather clothing (except shoes), card games, dice, dominos, tobacco products, alcohol

India Packing List for Women:

Please pack everything into an easily portable small/medium size suitcase or backpack (North face Base Camp Duffle is a good bag to use if you have access to one). You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. NO large bags!


All clothing must be extremely modest. Indian clothes are the best option, but below are other options. Please note that in India, women wear their shirts below their knees with very baggy pants. These clothes must be worn for traveling into the Punjab as well. Online Website for reference: http://www.dollyfashions.com/kurti/cotton-kurti.html

  • Shirts – Please make sure all shirts are loose-fitting and not revealing or have a low neckline. Wear a cami under if needed. Shirts must NOT be sleeveless and must fall to your knees or below. Indian shirts (Kurtas or Salwar Kameez) are the best option.

  • Pants – NO jeans, blue denim, shorts, short skirts, ripped pants, or capris!  All pants should be full length and loose fitting.  Ankle length maxi skirts are also fine.

  • Sleepwear – modest sleepwear with long pants and shirt (no sleeveless). Remember, you will be staying in the pastor’s house with other people. We must always keep modesty as our guide in how we dress.

  • Light jacket or sweater – It can be a bit chilly in the evenings.

  • Shoes – any shoes you can easily take on and off as you go into houses.

  • Scarf – you will need to bring a scarf to cover your head while you are in the services or when praying for the people.

  • Toiletries:

  • IF you have access to electricity, it will be 220w so all hair dryers, phone chargers, etc., must meet those specifications (electricity is not guaranteed).

  • Feminine Hygiene – bring extra supplies because it will be unavailable in India. You should also bring small ziplock bags to dispose of used products since there will most likely not be trash cans available in the bathroom areas.

  • Wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer

  • Toilet paper and a small towel

  • Medicine – pain reliever, anti-diarrhea, heart burn, motion sickness, sinus/allergy, band-aids

  • Other – Sunscreen, Bug Spray, Anti-itch cream, flashlight with batteries

  • Bedding – light sleeping bag or blanket and small pillow

  • Snacks – bring plenty of healthy, non-perishable snacks

  • Candy to give to children in the villages (optional)

  • Do Not Bring – leather clothing (except shoes), card games, dice, dominos, tobacco products, alcohol

Gifts for Host Families and Translators

Your team will divide into sub-teams of three and minister in different villages. Each sub-team of three will stay with a host family and will have a translator for the week. As a token of appreciation to your host family and translator, we suggest that you bring one gift for your host family and one gift for you translator. These gifts do not need to be expensive, just a simple way of saying thank you. Suggestions for the host family - a small Christian plaque or decoration, a candle, house decoration, etc. Suggestions for the translator - a nice journal, pens, bible cover, book mark, a cross. Gifts should be given at the end of your trip.

Training and Expectations

Sharing the Gospel in India is done through story format. At each CK party three stories will be shared: A personal testimony, a “hook” story, and a Gospel story. Your team will practice these three stories before arriving and be ready to hit the ground running by telling them each day. Because the cultures you will encounter are oral cultures and that is how they learn and share, it is crucially important to be as accurate as possible to the biblical record when sharing. All sharing will be done through a translator, but your delivery still matters. (Be careful to not get too caught up in the production of memorizing and telling, just tell your story as natural as possible. The good news is that God will use His Word as He desires to!)
We suggest getting together and audibly practicing each of the three stories with your team in the months leading up to your trip. Your team will break up into smaller groups of 2-3 people and host one or more Compassion Kit distributions each night. For this reason, everyone should be prepared to tell each story. Let God stretch you and see what He can do through you!
The stories chosen have proven to be very effective in starting story groups and seeing an evangelistic harvest. In general, the cultures you will encounter are very spiritual in nature. We start out with a story of how Jesus changed your life. A 3-4 minute narrative of what you were like before, how you met Jesus, and how you are different because you know and follow Jesus. Next is the “hook” story, which is the story of a man filled with many evil spirits who is completely healed by the power of Jesus. This story sparks interest and curiosity in Jesus. Lastly, the gospel story with dialogue: Zacchaeus is changed after an encounter with Jesus, followed by the gospel message, and then the opportunity to respond is given.
FAMM provides training resources which are available online. Go to http://www.compassionkits.com/team-training-resources.html to get started. The password is “goforit.”On The Field

Tentative Schedule

Sunday: Arrive in India

  • Pick up from airport

  • Quick cultural excursion

  • Rest up at hotel for the night

Monday: Orientation and travel to villages

  • Orientation and Prep for ministry in the villages

  • Sub-teams travel to village destination

  • First Compassion Kit party in villages

Tuesday-Thursday: CK Distribution in villages

  • Team devotions

  • Daytime Ministry opportunities

  • Night CK Distribution Party

Friday: Debrief and Departure

  • Breakfast

  • Debrief

  • Lunch

  • Team travels to airport in time for flight departure

Culture and Geography

Population: 1.2 Billion souls.

Capital: New Delhi

Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Guajarati, many more.

Religions: 74% Hindu, 14% Muslim, 5% Jain/other, 2% Sikh, 2% Catholic, 3% Protestant
Currency: Rupee: Exchange rate approximately 61.9 Rupee to $1 USD (1/29/15)

Phone Country Code: +91

Time Zone: GMT +5.5
India, officially the Republic of India, is located in South Asia. Not only the most populous democracy in the world, India is probably the most diverse nation on earth, with 4,635 distinct people groups and more than 1,652 languages. India borders all the other nations of South Asia and two major bodies of water, as seen in the map below.


India is also diverse economically. Over 600 million people live in deep poverty and overpopulation, severe pollution, high illiteracy and widespread corruption are consistent challenges. The ‘caste’ system is a way of making sense of it all – the racial separation (and consequent discrimination) is a fundamental to Hinduism. Religion in general forms an integral part of Indian life and the norms associated with it. Of the approximately 1.2 billion people in India, over 80% are Hindu.

The other religions in India are represented as follows:

  • Muslims: ± 14%

  • Christians: ± 2.3%

  • Sikhs: ± 2%

  • Buddhists: ± 0.8%

  • Jains: ± 0.4%

Indian culture and tradition discourages unnecessary touching or any form of physical contact, especially between a man and a woman, in public. Kissing in public is a not advisable here. It is advisable to shake hands with people (if they offer), or stick to the traditional Namaste - the popular Indian style greeting (pressing your hands together with all fingers pointing towards the sky in front of your chest and politely say Namaste, while looking at the person you are saying it to). This is appropriate to do between men and women.

Indians often eat with their hands, washing before and after and only using the right hand (picking up a plate or a cup is ok with either hand).

Above all, always be considerate of our hosts and the people. Remember that our host ministry stays behind while we get to go back home.


In India we consider this an immersion into culture trip. We will be eating the food of the country and the hosts we stay with. It will definitely be a reflection of the local culture. Our FAMM – India team provides hosts homes with a menu of appropriate meals, money to provide and safety procedures for cooking for foreigners. Indians give food as their act of love. In dealing with the food, we follow Jesus’ command in Luke 10, “Eat whatever they give you to eat.” Be prepared to eat a lot and it will be spicy. One of our mottos for missions is, “When God calls your heart, He also calls your stomach!” So, come and be prepared to experience the hospitality and unique foods of India.


In country travel will be arranged by FAMM. You may be traveling via air, train or car to the village(s) where you will be ministering.


When staying in the villages you will be staying in a host home in the village/area you will be ministering. We do our best to provide the best housing available, but keep in mind you will be staying in host homes. You will be truly incarnational in the sense that you will experience the culture in every way, including your lodging. It will be less comfortable than what most westerners are accustomed to.

Some teams will need to bring bedding (sleeping bag is best) and in other cases sheets and blankets will be provided. Be prepared and be flexible. What we can guarantee is that you will have a bed off the floor, some kind of toilet and some kind of shower.

Contact Information

Please contact us with any questions.

  • U.S.A. Office, Church Relations Team

    • Email: fammchurchrelations@gmail.com

    • Phone: 1-479-633-8981

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