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I met Janet in 2000, who lives in Tanzania. We became great friends.She is my logo child for my work in Africa. I decided to make her my logo child  for my site.
 
You can see the logo that was made below...

 

A Christian Outreach of the Heart:


While living in both Africa and Asia, I learned many of the spiritual needs of the people, learned culture and how much Jesus cares about this world. I know what it is like to witness to people struggling to grow, and prospering.

Many of these countries are learning how to be self-sufficient such as: Recieving micro-loans to start a business, training to learn how to be a seamstress, start palm oil production, wood crafts, and many other businesses . And to do this, it takes a team effort.

God wants to connect people together, so that missions can be accomplished, so the many ministries, missionaries and NGOs (non-profit organizations) can find support and receive assistance. Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

The resource page link at the top of this page helps in connecting to many organizations for the needed help. I am not the owner of these many sites. Only provide them on this site for those interested in seeking the grants or other resources they need. 


Some General Information:

Ministries and NGOs (Registered ministries, and Non Governmental Organizations - owned by their own people),  are the backbone of each country.

Communities need both of them to help support the villagers, the general public with specific needs and the poor. The NGOs registered in their own county have aims and goals achieving to meet their community needs.

Both play important roles in the welfare of the people. It's vital to help in humanitarian, and environmental issues, as well as, spiritual outreaches.

By having ministries and ngos, it brings a positive impact to help the people grow spiritually, as well as physically in God. It improves life for the poor and needy, helping the disabled, helps in educating children, help displaced people, and help orphans, refugees, widows,  support missions etc.
Isaiah 1:17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

 

Resource Page

 

Ministry and NGO resources you can find the mission training sites, grant information, solar cooking, water purification, empowerment for women resources, and many other resources to meet your needs.

Note: the sites listed on this resource page are not of this site. They are various organizations that provide assistance.


 







What do I need for a mission trip?

*All travel outside your country now requires a passport.

*Visa to country you are going if required:

If the country you are visiting requires a visa before you travel, insure you have all the paperwork submitted in a timely manner. Many countries that you would visit on a short term trip will allow you to apply for your visa when you arrive at the airport.

Even if you are flying with electronic tickets you should print out the information for your flight to carry with you to the airport.

If you are traveling in a group you might consider pairing up with someone to carry a backup copy of each others documents as well as an extra copy of your own.

*Clothes:

Check with the host who will be hosting you in a country. Find out the climate and time of year of how the weather will be. Take clothes for that season to stay comfortable and dress appropriately.

Don’t take more clothes than you need. Unless you will be in a new location every day of your trip, you can hand wash clothes as necessary and set them out to dry during the day. If the mission trip includes manual labor, you should consider leaving your work clothes behind as a gift to the people you work with.

It is important to take clothes that are culturally appropriate too. Even though your personal dress standards may be different than what the missionary asked you to wear, you need to be sensitive to the culture you are visiting. By dressing differently than the missionary asks you to dress, you could be negatively impacting his ministry in the culture.

*Immunizations required for the country you are going to:    

Many countries require some immunizations to protect you from diseases. Without getting them can keep you from entering. So make sure to check on their embassy website for requirements.


 
Visitors to My Ministry since 2001

Reaching Villages For Jesus:

 Many of the villages are not reached, they are plagued with hunger, HIV/AIDS, other diseases, and lack of medical help . Please pray for them as they push forward to increase teaching, growing in their communities. How can I help? Support the local NGOs who are citizens of their country. They know their own people better than we do. They know how to solve some of the problems in their land.  

Warning: Please do not hand money out or send it to people. You do not know who they are in person. They could be a scam to tell a sad sob story.

The best way to help other people, is to go and visit them. And if they are an organization, or Ministry that you are interested in knowing about. Study them to see if they are really working as they say. Then after you see first-hand what they are doing in their country and what their needs are. You can help in practical ways. Do not hand out cash to anyone.  This will prevent you from being robbed.

The best way to help:

If the community or village you go to needs a water pump, you can pay for the bore hole to be dug and water pump to be put in. Better to pay for the services to be done to help in practical forms rather than using money. If you hand out money you have a chance of being robbed.

To help in building orphanages or other buildings for ministry and NGOs pay for the building materials for this project and again, do not hand out money to people. Only pay the services to be done for them. The reason I advise you this way is I have been in Africa and Asia and know that if you hand out money to one, they all expect you to give to the rest. And word gets around and it makes it difficult for people to stay focused on Jesus. Many will be focused only on money rather than the need for the gospel if you flash money around. If you stay practical in giving then you will save yourself from being robbered or taken advantage, or ripped off.

There are many ways you can help villages and start programs to improve life for them. Isaiah 58:10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:


WHEN TOURING OR WORKING MISSIONS- BE ADVISED ON HOW YOU SHOULD DRESS AND RESPECT THE PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES:

 
There are many cultures and faiths in many countries and many dress modestly and find offense in loose casual wear. Remember that when you go to a country you must be able to blend in with their dress wear.
 
Find out what to wear before you go on your mission trip.  Make sure to learn the 'dos' and 'donts' of each country to make sure you follow the host's advise. This insures your safety. CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH :)
 
When working with churches or missions, it's best not to wear pants. A long skirt and blouse is good. 
I suggest you do not wear revealing clothing such as: Low revealing tops, tank tops, and short skirts, no flip flops or shower shoes on the street. The people do not like that. That is shower shoes. there :) Just dress nice and cover yourself.
 
Wearing decent modest clothing is best. It's very important, otherwise, they won't take you seriously. If a woman goes to Africa and wears pants, and tries to hold services, many will not attend. So dress appropriately. :)
 
 1 Timothy 2:9 "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array"
 
Acts 28:31Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
 




*Money:

If you need to take money with you on the trip you should ask your bank for clean unmarked bills. Some banks in other countries may not accept money with any markings on them for exchange. It is better to reject bills from your bank with any markings on them than to get to another country and find that the money won’t be accepted.

Traveler’s checks are becoming less common and some banks will give you a significantly lower exchange rate for them.

You can also use your credit card, just be sure you safeguard it with you in your pocket and not in a purse. Purses can be stolen.*Camera:

If you have a camera (photo or video) then you certainly want to take it on your trip. This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Take the best camera you can, but beware that anything can be stolen or broken on an extended trip.

Take batteries and extra memory cards. If your batteries are rechargeable or are a special kind, then you need to take your battery charger.

Be careful though about where you take your camera and ask people what is the safest places to be with them and how to prevent yourself from having it stolen from you. Do not take a picture with your hand out a window of a travel van or car, people can grab that and your cell phone from you. Keep that in mind. Also. always ask people if you can take pictures. Some places it's illegal to take pictures. Like government buildings etc. So be sure to always get permission.

*Journal:

A journal is a fun way to keep the memories of your trip on a daily basis. Just grab your notebook and write :) You will be glad you kept note of your trip to share with others.

*Supplies for missionaries:

Find out what the missionary needs you to bring on your trip. Often missionaries are not able to get certain cooking supplies or special treats. Chocolate and peanut butter are often appreciated as special gifts. If you know the missionary has a certain hobby you might pick up some current magazines or books on the subject to take with you. Missionary wives frequently enjoy decorating and homemaking magazines.

As for creams, shampoos and conditioners, such as those items, which put more weight in your suitcase--I suggest you buy those products after you get to the country you are visiting. They have good ones in the country you are going. If you do not bring those items, it will cut down the weight in your luggage.


*Electronics

If you are taking a battery charger for your camera, phone or computer, make sure the power supply will work in the country you are visiting. Sometimes the missionary will have a power transformer (to convert 220V electricity to 110V), but you should take your own if possible. Power adapters are not the same as transformers. Transformers actually change the electricity from one current to another. Adapters merely adapt your plug to fit in the wall outlet.

Most power supplies for small electronics work fine with 220V or 110V electricity. Look on the supply itself and it will tell you.


*A Pocket dictionary:

 It's fun to try to learn as much vocabulary as you can in the language of the country you are visiting. The people are complimented when you try to learn their language and they know you want to learn their culture. :) Take a small dictionary with you to help you when you interact with the friends in that country. In an emergency it could save your life.

They do have some places that you can take a short language class to help you learn faster :)

*Careful what you say:

Use wisdom in what you say and never say comparison remarks to the people you are visiting. Do not compare their lives to yours. Many times this belittles them and can cause them to be offended. Always use manners and respect to all people. Don't try to change them. Learn from them instead. Accept them as they are and let your light shine for the Lord.

If you can be of help in them learning things and they want to, feel free :) You can help in many practical ways. Also avoid talking about other people's faith. It can get you into a lot of trouble.

*Carry-On-Luggage:

You should pack any medicines you take, important documents and valuables (like jewery etc) in your carry-on luggage. If your checked bags get lost for a few days (or permanently) you will want to have any important items with you at all times. You should also carry a change of underwear in your carry on and consider taking a full change of clothes. If you have a long flight you (and those around you) will appreciate having a toothbrush and toothpaste with you on the plane.

It's best to check in one large piece of luggage so you don't have to pay for another one.Keep the weight not over 50 pounds to avoid extra cost for your check in suitcase.

*Adventure and Flexibility:

Plans change often on the mission field. Things don’t go as smoothly as everyone hopes. You can’t depend on roads to be drivable and stores to be open when you need them. Take a deep breath and relax. Maybe God had you experience something unplanned so that you would have a chance to meet someone with a smile and hand them a tract. If you are complaining and selfish it will be very hard to see the unplanned opportunities that God has for you.



 

      


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