I (Micah Metz, social media and events coordinator) recently sat down with Jared Gleason (director of Mobilization) to ask him some questions about the upcoming Discover Your Calling trips to Mexico and Uganda in July. I tried to ask questions that I thought would give you added confidence as you consider your part on these teams and calm any hidden fears you may have about being stranded on safari surrounded by lions (FYI: these are not hunting trips, so you really don’t need to worry about this).
How does funding work for these trips? Do I need to raise money?
Each team member will be given a budget amount that will include all costs for your trip. Usually, team members send letters to family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances, inviting them to participate in cross-cultural missions with them. You can also speak to groups (church, small group, etc.) or do fundraisers with local companies and restaurants.
Who are the missionaries I’ll be working with and what are their ministries?
The Mexico team will work alongside Bill and Lydia Allshouse. Bill and Lydia have served in Mexico for many years and are excited to host teams, especially groups looking to explore how God can use them in missions. The Allshouses are involved in biblical education, pastoral and leadership development, and community transformation ministries.
John and Beth Muehlheisen will host the Uganda team. John and Beth are involved in many ministries, including leadership development, Community Health Empowerment, and business management.
Both the Mexico and Uganda teams will be exposed to several different types of ministries. The goal is to have you experience many ways you can serve in missions.
How big are the teams?
We are looking to have 10 people on each team.
Are the areas I’m going to be in safe?
Safety is a priority for the missionaries who will be hosting these teams. They know their specific areas very well and are in communication with local authorities and the U.S. consulates in their region. Although we do not anticipate any problems, our missionaries will do all that they can to keep team members safe.
What kind of projects will I get to be involved in? What does a normal day look like?
For these teams, our desire is to have you experience several different types of ministries—children/youth, community transformation, education, etc.—to give you an idea of the diversity of missions. The teams will visit these ministries during the day and then spend time in the evenings talking about the different ministries and exploring how team members can use their gifts and skills in missions. Team members will also have a cultural experience.
What other things should I know before I go?
Our team at WGM headquarters is excellent at taking care of teams and working out all of the logistics. We do our best to make your experience as smooth as possible, allowing God to work in and through you in ways you may not expect. Be prepared to be challenged to expand your worldview and to see how you can be a part of what God is doing around the world!
Who is leading the teams?
Both team leaders are members of our Mobilization Team at WGM. Victoria Herring, our executive assistant, is leading the team to Mexico. Kristina Gleason, our volunteer coordinator, will be leading the team to Uganda. They are excited to come alongside their team members to help them see their roles in missions.