The trip will consume 12 days. We will depart Billings Logan International Airport on May 22, 2014 and will return June 2, 2014. Three of these are travel days.
Where is the Missions Team going?
The destination is Mojo, Ethiopia. Mojo is approximately 40 miles southeast of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Harvest has a sister church in Mojo known as Mojo Meserete Kristos Church (MMKC) whom we will be serving with side-by-side. You will get to know many great brothers and sisters in Christ who may turn into lifetime friends.
What will we be doing in Mojo, Ethiopia?
We will be taking 2 teams: a Medical Team and a Construction Team. The Medical Team will consist primarily of medical professionals that will provide basic medical services to women and children in an area that does not have a life giving church. Our sister church, MMKC, hopes to leverage the love and credibility we create to plant a campus so that others can hear about Jesus Christ.
The Construction Team will work the people of MMKC in serving the “poorest of the poor” by improving their living conditions of widows. Many “homes” have leaky roofs and dirt floors which when combined with their rainy season create very uncomfortable and unsanitary living conditions. We…you…will help fix these conditions. Special skills are not necessary….just a heart to serve and a body to get dirty. ;)
Both teams will have opportunities to spend time with the children that are sponsored by many Harvest families through Compassion International. In fact, this would be a great opportunity of families to actually go and meet their very own sponsored child.
What is the cost of the trip?
The trip fees are approximately $3,300. This amount consists of the following:
Airfare - $1,900
In-country Expenses - $1,200
Supplies and Administrative Expenses - $200
These amounts do not include costs for:
Passport and visa (required)
Immunizations (can be as much as $900 depending on what you already have)
Is there assistance available to help pay for the trips fees?
Yes. During the first training session, you will learn how to raise up a support team that can pray for you throughout this process and contribute to your trip fund through tax deductible gifts to Ethiopia Hope.
How do I sign up for the Missions Team?
To join the May/June 2014 missions team, you should complete and submit the application found at www.harvestweb.net/ethiopiahope by the end of day Sunday, January 26, 2014. You will be notified of your acceptance during the first week of February. We will be accepting 26 to 30 team members.
Who is selected for trips?
Each trip requires a different set of criteria in their applicants. It is important that we place people on trips that would be the best fit to meet the trip needs. This could include looking for people with specific skill sets or experience or it may be a “newcomers” trip where we want those who are new to the world missions experience. Please keep in mind that we receive more applications than we have availability. Sometimes we simply don’t have enough room to take all applicants.
Will there be more trips in the future?
We hope to make two trips to Ethiopia per year. Preliminary plans are in place for our next trip to be in November 2013.
What is the age requirement to participate on this trip?
For this trip we asked the participants to be at least 16 years old. Participants are usually adults.
Is the water safe to drink?
Absolutely not! We provide purified water for all drinking and cooking needs.
What will we eat?
Most meals are eaten at guest homes, hotels and restaurants. The food is primarily American style such as pancakes, spaghetti, lasagna and pizza. Occasionally, we will eat more traditional Ethiopia foods such as injera (sourdough flatbread), tibs, wat and oroma dishes. Most foods are organic and you will have plenty of access to fruit and vegables.
Do I need shots?
Yes. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a list of shots they advise for travelers visiting Ethiopia. We will talk about this during our first team meeting, but you are welcome to visit the health center before then to begin the immunization process.
Do I need to speak the Ethiopian language?
Nope. The primary Ethiopian language is Amharic. Though speaking Amharic would help you communicate, not speaking the language is a fun cultural experience. Smile and they will smile, love and they will love in return. You'll be amazed at how God will open your heart and theirs through the lack of communication! That said, you will learn many basic terms during your trip preparation sessions.
Will there be training classes to prepare me for the trip? Yes. Team preparations are VERY important. There will be 4-6 mandatory preparation classes scheduled on Sunday evenings through February, March, April and May. These classes are designed to prepare you for this unique and meaningful experience. Many who have gone before you consider this preparation time to be one of the highlights of the whole experience. For those who are unable to physically attend these meetings, conferencing tools will be available.
Who do I contact if I have more questions? If you have more questions, you can feel free to email those questions to email@example.com, or call Dave Ulrichs, Director of Ethiopia Hope, at (406) 259-5648.