Taking a Short-Term Mission Trip

If you've perused much of our website or been following this ministry for some years now, you've probably noticed that since moving to Russia in 2005 our ministry focus has shifted somewhat from short-term team projects.  However, if you are particularly interested in an orphan ministry short-term trip, please email our Orphanage Ministry Director in the East-West office about your interest, Vicki Mullins. Her email address is: vmullins@eastwest.org

Steps for Going on a Short-Term Mission Trip

Before Departure:

1.  Pray. God says to ?Go? (Matthew 28:). Pray about when and where.
2.  Contact us for application/dates of upcoming trips/itinerary
3.  Have a current passport (if you need information on where/how contact us)
4.  Make sure your Tetanus shot is up to date (every 10 years) and that you know your blood type. It is also recommended but not required that you get Hepatitis A & B (6 months apart ? good for 10 years)
5.  Start support raising NOW. We encourage you to get a team to help you for prayer and financial support. Most trips cost around $3,000, which covers: airfare, insurance, ground transportation, hotel, food, one-on-one interpreter, visa and literature for the project. Give people the privilege of partnering with you. Contact us for ideas.
6.  There are pre-trip team-building/training sessions plus an Orientation Manual to help prepare you for this adventure.
7.  Help with collecting humanitarian aid and resources to bring to the orphanages.

During Trip:

1. Itineraries vary depending on the trip but usually they are 10 to 11 days. Camps can be as long as 28 days.
2. Touring in Moscow as we get our body clocks adjusted to Russian time
3. Normally travel by train to location where we will work
4. Work along side Russian Christians to bring a vacation Bible school format to the children using Bible lessons, songs, crafts, games, clowns, and object lessons. Normally work with orphans ages 7 to 17 years old. Also have opportunities to meet with teachers/staff as well as encourage the Russian team.
5. Group worship and devotions with the American team. Sharing one another's burdens and seeking the Lord together is a very bonding experience.
6. Train rides, bus rides, meals shared, loving on the kids, sharing Jesus and lots of time to fellowship.

After the trip:

1. Your life is changed!
2. Gather the team together for a picture party / sharing time to continue to process the experience together.

Every trip is different. Every child you touch is unique. Come go with us in the name and love of Jesus!

Contact: Ann & Robert Fuqua
Russian Orphan Ministry Field Coordinators
East-West Ministries International

Or, Vicki Mullins, East-West Orphanage Ministry Director.  Her current email address is:  vmullins@eastwest.org

Voronezh Project - May '04 Photos