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    INTERNATIONALS T U D E N T M I S S I O N T R I P S

    GROUP LEADER PACKET

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS WELCOME social media what is access who we work with

    ACCESS LEADERSHIP whos who trip coordinator info GENERAL TRIP INFORMATION timeline purpose and project country specific info what to expect

    PREPARE TO TRAVEL travel agency passport and visa requirements customs information packing list

    PREPARE CULTURALLY dos and donts access international participant covenant

    PREPARE SPIRITUALLY prayer training witnessing training

    OTHER RESOURCES resource checklist travel checklist fundraising ideas sample support letter sample prayer walk experience preparation prayer guide after the trip suggestions access participant release form

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    WELCOME

    We are so glad you chose to go on an Access International trip this summer. We hope the information in this packet will be helpful in the planning of your trip. Some of this information is general and applies to all of our Access trips, but other parts of the information are location specific.

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    To keep up with us all year, follow us on social media.

    accessthenations @accessintl

    WHAT IS ACCESS

    Whether next door or across the globe, the church is called to go. Access International was designed to help you and your students fulfill Jesus commission by providing affordable, all-inclusive international mission trips through LifeWay Students.

    18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 HCSB

    Trips are designed to accommodate students and leaders who have never traveled abroad or seasoned travelers. In-country ministry will be done through a local church or alongside a long-term missionary. Our hope is for students to return with a broadened worldview and a heart for sharing the gospel in their context.

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    WHO WE WORK WITH

    As of summer 2016, Access International is working and partnering in multiple ways with 9 different countries. Each of these sending organizations has been well researched by us. We trust, believe in, and support the mission they represent and pursue in their respective countries.

    The International Mission Board (IMB)

    The IMB partners with churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God. Their mission is evangelizing, discipling and planting reproducing churches among all peoples in fulfillment of the Great Commission. The IMB believes in the power of mobilizing students and young adults and sees this generation as a crucial part of their ministry around the world.

    Mobilizing Students

    Mobilizing Students exists to launch student missionaries. Their staff has been sending students on international mission trips since 1998. Their entire ministry is a strategic effort to give churches, student ministries, schools, and campus ministries a safe, full-service, and inexpensive platform to engage students in missions all over the world. They desire to help you facilitate what they call a spiritual collision where the Kingdom Dream clashes with the American Dream students have grown up with, causing them to rethink their entire lifes focus. We pray they will hear Jesus calling them to give their lives away!

    UK-USA Ministries

    Mike Taylor, head of UK-USA Ministries has a passion for helping students see the call of God on their life for the gospel. Mike believes God has called UK-USA Ministries to the NE of England to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a hurting and hopeless generation that have grown up in a Post Christian world. UK-USA Ministries believes that through the process of relational evangelism, we can reach the children, students and young people of the UK. They want to be the conduit that connects students and churches in the USA to the young people of the United Kingdom.

    Camp Bahamas

    Camp Bahamas was born out of Richard and Andrea Albury, who felt Gods call into full-time ministry and watched together as God grew passions in both of them a heart for the youth of the Bahamas. Camp Bahamas facilitates short-term mission trips throughout the year on the island of Eleuthera. Teams who join alongside Camp Bahamas will participate in assisting with building projects associated with developing the Camp Bahamas property, Vacation Bible Schools, community outreach, evangelism and continued discipleship for their Bahamian campers in the communities where they live.

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    ACCESS LEADERSHIP The Access International team is here to help you and your students prepare culturally, financially, and spiritually for your Access trip. We are here to answer your questions and do whatever we can to assist you in leading your students on this international experience. We are praying it will broaden their worldview and heart for sharing the gospel in an international context.

    WHOS WHO

    Access Coordinator- Amanda Craft

    Group Leader- Church group leader bringing the group

    Trip Coordinator- Access representative leading trip

    Field Representative- Missionary on the field, full-time

    Contact the Access Office if you have:

    Registration questions or changes Payment questions Problems getting in touch with your Trip Coordinator Questions about this group leader information

    Phone: Amanda Craft 615.251.2348 Events and Registration 1.800.254.2022 Email: [email protected] Mail: 1 LifeWay Plaza Nashville, TN 37234 Website: accessthenations.com

    TRIP COORDINATOR INFO

    Contact your Trip Coordinator if you have questions about:

    Lodging, meals, and other on-site arrangements The trip schedule and activities What to pack Country and culture-specific information

    *Beginning late January your trip coordinator will be making contact with you.

  • AFTER REGISTRATION

    Hold an information meeting with parents/leaders/students to inform them of the trip location, dates, cost, and purpose

    Contact travel agency to reserve spots Apply for passports Begin fundraising

    6 MONTHS OUT: ORIENTATION/PREPARATION MEETING

    Remind participants about deadline for balance of payments Distribute forms to be collected at 3 month meeting > Release form > Copy of Insurance card > Copy of Passport Talk about pre-trip study and/or local ministry project requirements for participation > Walk through Participant Covenant > Country specific info > Ministry prep > Spiritual prep: Prayer Guide Tentative itinerary in country Discuss departure dates, return dates, and extra meals > Meals to/from the country are not covered > Souvenirs & vending are not covered > Passports & all shots are not covered Remind participants of suggested vaccinations

    3 MONTHS OUT: FINAL PREPARATION MEETING

    Spiritual Prep >Recruit Prayer Partners >Walk through Creation to Christ, How to Share Your Story, and FIRM Ask parents/church members to write encouraging notes to students to give to you prior to departure Expectations >Walk through What to Expect Collect Medical Release forms and a copy of passport and insurance card Final Names due: April 1 Final Balance Due: May 1

    1 MONTH OUT: FINAL PREPARATIONS

    Prepare Church Group Debriefs Day of departure details Spiritual Prep > prayer guide

    TIMELINE FOR PLANNING YOUR TRIP

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    GENERAL TRIP INFORMATION

    All of the information below is specific to the country to which you will be traveling. Below is a brief ministry description for your location, details about the culture and what kinds of things to expect when traveling and staying in country. We hope that this information helps you gain a better understanding of the culture in which you will be serving and what to expect as you prepare your students to pack their suitcases, get to the airport, step foot in a foreign place and serve with Access International.

    PURPOSE AND PROJECT

    CHINA

    *For more information about the ministry in China please call the Amanda Craft in the Access International office at 615.251.2348

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    COUNTRY SPECIFIC INFO

    HISTORYFor centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring Chinas sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAOs successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

    PEOPLE GROUP:The Chinese government officially recognizes 56 ethnic groups; 91.6% Han Chinese; 1.3% Zhuang, 7.1% other (includes Hui Manchu, Uighur, Miao, Yi, Tujia, Tibetan, Mongol,

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