The crowdfunding platform serves as a great resource for young people who desire to do extraordinary things. With the help of others looking to donate to a good cause, online fundraising enables youth to embark on important humanitarian causes, such as mission trips that provide aid to communities in need around the world.
Parents can help kids set up youth mission trip fundraisers, which will help ease the financial burden.
Mission Possible on YouCaring
Ludi Spreads Hope
With high hopes to help communities in need, Ludi raised more than $6,500 with a YouCaring campaign titled Ludi in Bolivia for her mission trip with HOPE Worldwide. For the trip, she traveled to Bolivia to serve children and families below the poverty line who suffer from family violence. In offering food and education to the children she works with at an orphanage, Ludi has pledged to do all she can for these children she has grown to love. The crowdfunding model gave Ludi the opportunity to raise funds to serve others in need while learning about another culture.
By rallying together, the Lake Norman Charter School surpassed their goal of $21,000, receiving more than $25,000 in donations to go toward their trip to rural Guatemala, where they will serve more than 70 families. Their YouCaring campaign, LNC Guatemala Stove Project, outlines the group’s plans, such as installing stoves and water filters that have health, environmental and economic benefits. Lake Norman Charter School has said that all leftover funds will go toward the 2106 mission trip, which hopes to provide the stoves and water filters to more than 100 families.
You, too, can start a successful online fundraiser to make the dream of helping others through a mission trip a reality. As you consider the various options and begin planning, following are several tips to ensure your mission trip is a well-planned, rewarding endeavor that contributes to the greater good.
The Vast Variety of Mission Trips
There is an array of choices when it comes to mission trips. The first distinction is between a short-term and a long-term program. You can decide whether or not your trip will last a few weeks or for more than a year, depending on your goals. Regardless of the length of your mission trip, the experience will ultimately be rewarding. Most mission trips have a specific purpose, such as outreach, medical, construction, teaching, child-care, conservation or disaster relief. If you’re planning to go on a mission trip, remember that you can go as an individual, as a couple or as a group.
When to Plan Your Mission Trip
Mission trips should be organized at least nine to twelve months before the scheduled departure to allow time for processing registration, applying for visas, fundraising, booking transportation, training and other endeavors. If you’re going with a group, it will be helpful to hold pre-trip meetings to ensure that everyone has the same goals in mind.
Creating a Successful Game Plan
Pre-planning your trip will be vital to its success. If you and your team are going abroad on your mission trip, there are several formalities you must adhere to during the planning process. For example, depending on the amount of time you’re spending overseas, a visa might be required or passports may need to be renewed. Furthermore, some areas may require you to receive immunizations before traveling. All of these processes take time, which is why you should start planning as soon as possible. For a more thorough explanation of how to plan your mission trip, check out these resources.
- Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence by David A. Livermore explores the ways of adapting to new cultural contexts to equip you with skills to combat any culture shock you may experience.
- If you want to avoid the tourist mentality, check out Short-Term Missions Workbook: From Missions Tourists to Global Citizens by Tim Deaborn. This book focuses on how to gain cross-cultural understanding from your experience.
- To browse missions trips currently being offered, check out Short Term Missions, which allows you to search via region, mission type and length.
- The North American Mission Board has several online handbooks that feature information on creating a tentative schedule and leader manuals, as well as tips on insurance, transportation and other vital topics.
- If you are going on a mission trip as a construction team, check out This Old House, which gives you simple how-to instructions for basic repairs.
- Contact the Centers of Disease Control in order to check what vaccinations are required or suggested for the area you are traveling to.
- Short-Term Evangelical Missions offers training and consulting on various topics that can help prepare you for your mission trip.
Ready to make a difference? Take the first step toward planning a rewarding mission trip that changes lives. Start a free YouCaring campaign today.