1. Will I have to eat strange food?
Tasting the foods of another culture can be fun and exciting. It can also endear you to the people you go to serve. So you will be encouraged to eat as you see others eating. We do not want to offend our hosts by snubbing their food or disrespecting their table customs. At the same time, we don’t want to offend our tummies. Our field partners understand the American pallet and will help guide you on the appropriate way to decline something you just don’t think you can stomach. If you have dietary restrictions, be sure to note that in your team member application.
2. Do I need to know a different language?
The short answer is no. Learning basic greetings and phrases in your host’s native tongue communicates your interest and care. But you are not expected to speak their language. Interpreters will be assigned as necessary to overcome language barriers.
3. Where will we stay?
Accommodations vary for each trip. We’ve sent teams who’ve slept in hammocks, on dirt-floors in people’s homes, hostels, hotels and guesthouses. Our field partners strive to find accommodations that are clean and appealing, but don’t expect to stay at the Ritz. You will likely be without some of the amenities you’re accustomed to.
4. What should I wear?
Modesty is a must. Long pants and skirts will be the typical attire. Women may be encouraged to wear scarfs and long shirts. Team Leaders will also guide you on what is appropriate to pack for the climate you are entering.
5. Can I afford to go?
Few Short-term Team Members fund the entirety of the trip themselves. You are encouraged to raise support because the process of support raising will better prepare you for your ministry in multiple ways. Upon acceptance to a team, you will be coached and equipped to successfully raise support to cover the cost of your trip.
More Ways to Go
If God is calling you to the nations, there are multiple pathways for you to go mid or long-term. Contact our Missions Director firstname.lastname@example.org to explore how to be sent from Mercy Hill.