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Exposure to the Greatest Needs in the World
You'll no longer just read about the world's problems and feel powerless to help. You'll see poverty, hopelessness, addiction, and destitution firsthand. You'll bring awareness and action by being the tangible hands and feet of Jesus.
Training Camp takes place at the Adventures in Missions headquarters, in Gainesville, Georgia, for a few days before you launch for the field. Training Camp helps prepare you to connect with God, understand community living and learn to do ministry overseas.
Travel and Accommodations
Explore some of the world's most remote locations while serving local ministries. The fundraising goal amount includes food, lodging, local transportation, and round-trip travel from Atlanta, GA to your ministry location.
International Travelers Insurance
Every Racer will have a medical insurance plan through MissionSafe. This covers new accidents and illnesses when traveling outside your home country and protects you from the cost of medical care and providing emergency medical services when you need them.
Training, Tools, and Skills
From Training Camp and on-field trainings to, debriefs, and leadership development weekends, you’ll receive hands-on teaching in cross-cultural ministry, personal development, spiritual growth, and leadership tools—as well as further development of your natural skills, abilities, gifts, and talents.
Clarity and Direction
From your identity in Christ, to direction for the future, you’ll explore your purpose in Him and better define your spiritual gifts. You'll gain clarity on how to use the gifts God has given you to live out the Great Commission as a follower of Jesus.
You’ll travel and live closely with a group of like-minded individuals just like you, diving deep into the Word of God, and discovering together what it means to be the church.
As you live and travel in community like the early church did, you’ll go deeper into spiritual disciplines like worship, prayer, and fasting. As you're immersed into new cultures, you'll take what you've experienced and dive into scripture to see what God says about life.
*Fundraising goal amount does not include personal spending money, travel to training camp, return travel home from Atlanta, GA at the conclusion of your trip, and/or vaccinations.
Passport is a chance for college aged students to take a semester to deepen their relationship with Christ through discipleship, serving others, and living in authentic community.
Passport is a program of Adventures in Missions, an established 501(c) (3) non-profit missions organization that has sent more than 115,000 people on mission trips around the world since 1989. Adventures has 1,163 ministry partners in 79 countries. Host evaluations boast a 97% satisfaction rate. There are 446 approved partners ready to receive upcoming teams.
If only you had a way to grow in your relationship with God in ways other than just studying the Bible and listening to sermons.
You long to do something tangible that will allow you to explore who God created you to be, to walk alongside other Christians authentically living out their faith -, which is so central to who you are.
You’d rather BE the church than go to church. You long to go, like Jesus commanded.
You’re tired of just talking and dreaming about it.
“If we never get out of our comfort zones we can’t grow into the places God has prepared for us.”
Many people think the answer to living an authentic life as a Christian is to be a good person.
You may even volunteer locally, sponsor a child, give to organizations or missionaries, or support those in need.
But you know you are capable of more–there must be more God is calling you to do directly. You feel like missions work could be the answer, but it’s difficult to know if you’re really called, if you could really raise the support needed to go, or if it will really do any good.
You feel stuck on the track to a 9 to 5 job and building the “American Dream.”
As a disciple of Christ, the single most important thing you need is the confidence to hear and follow God’s voice – to the ends of the Earth.
How different would your life be if you felt led by the Holy Spirit?
If you felt freedom to be who God has called you to be...
If you no longer wondered if you’re doing the will of God or if what you’re doing matters in light of eternity...
Here’s the reality: often we as Christians can miss the very essence of our own Gospel. It’s easy to make our faith journey about ourselves rather than God... or to mold God into our own image. Sometimes we base our personal definition of right and wrong, of what grace is, on what leads to salvation and what doesn’t, on what we think it should be, rather than God’s...
Here’s what it boils down to... The starting point of Christian belief is that we are all broken and need a Savior. It’s universal... This is the message of the Gospel, and it’s for everyone on the planet. And as believers, it’s not a matter of if you’re called but in what way you will respond.
To actively be the hands and feet of Jesus... Imagine leaving all that’s “normal” behind for a few months to do just that. To explore who you are and who God has called you to be while caring for the lost and the hurting.
To follow the actual model Jesus set for His disciples...
Wouldn’t that be amazing?
But as anyone who has traveled on or known someone who has traveled on short-term missions can tell you...
It’s not that simple...
Short term missions and service trips by well-meaning but misguided Westerners can often do more harm than good in local cultures.
So many people who intend to help others, share the Gospel and see the world come back home disappointed, jaded and worse off spiritually than before they left.
The reason this happens boils down to three biggest but most common mistakes people who travel on missions make...
! What Not To Do !
3 Biggest Mistakes Missional World Travelers Make MISTAKE 1
Choosing an inexperienced agency. Some estimates says many as 4 million people a year go on mission-focused trips, but 75% of them do not meet the standard benchmarks for excellence outlined by the U.S. Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission. Those agencies are sending people ill-prepared for the field, and it calls into question how they are investing their resources. MISTAKE 2
Waiting to feel “called” to go. Every Jesus follower is called to “go and make disciples”; Passport is just one of many vehicles to do that. So the question is not if you are called to go, the question is how? And that question is only answered through prayer. Proverbs 16:9 says a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. This means you have to step out and take steps toward what you believe God has for you. MISTAKE 3
Not being sure how to truly help and serve. Many people travel with a genuine heart to help others. Their desire isn't born out of arrogance. But their attempts to minister can come across as misguided or fraught with misunderstandings in some cultures unless they come alongside actual local ministries who need and want help.
But What If You Could...
Travel with a missions organization that’s sent over 1150,000 people into the mission field over the past 27 years with extensive safety and security protocols in place.
Use your gifts and talents to make a tangible difference in the world.
See and explore some of the most beautiful places on earth with a community of like-minded believers.
Experience a deeper relationship with God while you live as a modern-day disciple, traveling throughout the world, sharing the hope and love of Jesus.
And When You Do This, You Have:
Impact: You’ll stop wishing you could make a difference and witness the impact of your life dedicated to God. More than any other experience, you will be the change you want to see in the world.
Invaluable life experience: 1-3 months of experiences and memories will leave you telling stories for decades. Direction: Time to think, pray, and discern who God made you to be, and discover His calling on your life. Powerful faith: You’ll go deeper in your relationship with God and develop a powerful faith as you explore and live out your identity as a child of God. Community like the early church: You’ll travel with up to 20 like-minded young adults with similar desires and passion as you, living as the Early Church did in Acts, developing relationships that will last a lifetime.
Passport has gone to countries all over the world, including Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda, Israel, India, Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Thailand, Philippines, Tanzania, Guatemala, Mexico and more. Check out the upcoming trips to see where we're headed next!
Ministry looks different on every trip we offer. You can check out the trip descriptions to get an idea of what ministry might look like in each country. We believe ministry is a way of life, not just a daily assignment to complete. Some of your ministry is determined by asking the Lord what He is calling your team to specifically. You may see a need we don't even know exists—and we want you to have the freedom to meet that need! Remember, the most impactful ministry you're a part of might be the relationship you build with your translator or the vendors at the market where you buy groceries. If you come with an open mind about what God has for you, you won't be disappointed!
It can be overwhelming to think of packing your entire life into a backpack for several months. We promise it can be done! Once you apply for a trip, you'll find a general packing list on your profile. We'll also send you additional trip specific items on your team blog.
You'll spend the first 3 days of your trip in Georgia to participate in Training Camp before you head to the field. During this time you'll meet your team, get to know your leaders, and learn about our values and how to live them out for the Kingdom.
The Pursuit of God Our hope is for you to become completely dependent on God. The journey away from the familiar is essential to this goal. Even if you have good world views and theology, you must learn to develop your own pursuit of God. To achieve this we believe you must journey away from the comfort of family, the security of friends, and the predictability of your everyday lives.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12:1-2
Engaging the Holy Spirit We encourage you to learn the discipline of listening prayer. Through this, you develop a two-way conversation with God and can more easily be led by the Holy Spirit. Our desire is for you to walk in the authority God has given you as sons and daughters.
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me." John 10:27
Being the Gospel You will have the opportunity to serve alongside our partner ministry hosts around the world. Whether playing with street children, sitting with widows, teaching English, preaching at church, painting buildings, or serving meals, you will be part of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth.
"Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give." Matthew 10:8
Community and Healthy Communication Safe communities where conflict is managed in a healthy way and feedback is a norm is not common in our society. Living in a close community provides an immediate opportunity to learn humility and selflessness. You will be encouraged to give and receive honest feedback with peers and leaders. Feedback is a tool used to help you reach their fullest potential through sharing both positive and constructive observations.
"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." Ephesians 4:15
Our desire is to take you on a journey in which you become more like Jesus and start to engage the world like He did. Jesus is not an easy man to follow. He called His disciples to die to themselves, because He knew if their agenda was motivating them, the mission would be compromised and they would never experience the fullness He had for them. After leading thousands on such a journey, we have identified some key factors to help set you up for success. Your leaders will hold you accountable to these expectations and support you as you strive to walk them out.
Positive attitude. You believe and hope for the best in every situation, even when it gets tough. We ask you to leave any victim status or negativity behind, to live without complaining or arguing. (Philippians 2:14-15).
Desire to grow. You are committed to become more like Jesus. This may mean dealing with past wounds and striving toward maturity. We want to see you walking into the fullness and fruitfulness God has for you. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Feedback. You will speak truth in love by contributing to the correction and encouragement of one another. This builds you up as one body in order to do the work of Christ. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
Community. You will serve and submit to each other in your teams. You will form relationships that are emotionally safe and vulnerable, forgiving one another when necessary. By loving each other you will be an example to the locals, countries, and the world around you. (John 13:35)
Kingdom. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. (Matthew 10:7-8). As a Passporter, you are committing to going and spreading the kingdom of God with your words and actions.
Many participants have successfully deferred student loan repayment while participating in mission trips with Adventures in Missions. For specific information relating to your student loan, please contact your loan provider. If your loan provider requests a letter regarding your participation in Passport, please let your Mobilization Representative know, and they can help facilitate that request.
The cost of the trip includes airfare from Atlanta, GA to/from the project site, housing, meals, and the cost of any ministry opportunities while in country. In addition to the trip cost, you will be required to raise funds to cover the cost of a required medical insurance plan through MissionSafe. The estimated cost of this plan is $3.82 per day.
Additional costs may include your passport, luggage fees (if needed), transportation from your home to/from Atlanta, GA, etc.
You'll find more information about support raising on your profile once you apply.
A desire for you to succeed Our desire is for this trip to be the best possible experience for you. Our core values exist because we want to see you reach your fullest potential. The leaders we place on the field are committed to investing in you. As staff, we read all of your blogs, pray for your teams regularly, rejoice in your victories and mourn in your losses. While we may only spend a short time with you, we truly want to see greatness in you.
Communication We are committed to keeping you and your family informed in case of an emergency. Should you become seriously sick or involved an accident, your emergency contacts will be notified as soon as possible. In the case of an emergency in country (such as a natural disaster), the team leader will update staff at our headquarters in Gainesville, GA, and we will communicate information to you and your family promptly.
Should your family need to get in touch with you overseas in case of an emergency at home, they can reach us at 770-983-1060.
Emergency Travel Arrangements On rare occasions, you may need to return home early. Reasons include but are not limited to: illnesses on the field that needs to be treated at home, an emergency at home requiring your return, or your inability or unwillingness to engage with the team or ministry on the field. (Please note, MissionSafe must be involved in all medical related travel needs.) Whether an early return is voluntary or not, we will work with you to arrange travel plans and rebook flights as necessary.
Are you interested in leading this generation of college students by encouraging, empowering, and equipping them for life both on and off the mission field?
Integrity, spiritual maturity, and passion for student ministry.
Previous leadership/missions experience.
Available to attend PP Leader Training a few days before your trip launches to the field.
All leaders will fill out an application, submit references, and go through a phone interview. Once accepted, in addition to the training camp, you will be required to attend Leadership Training a few days prior to the launch of the trip you are leading.
Thank you for supporting your son or daughter as they go to the nations! Your child is about to embark on an adventure with the Lord which will change hearts and transform lives. We at Adventures are honored to be part of this journey.
While this is an experience of growth and development for your son or daughter, you are also about to embark on a journey of your own. As you release your child to go overseas, we understand your desire for them to have a positive experience in addition to being safe and secure.
The following serves as a resource for you, introduces your family to the Passport Program and provides the information you need to move forward in confidence in your partnership with Adventures.
Your child is growing into adulthood. Passport gives them freedom to make decisions for themselves and empowers them to take responsibility for their actions. Our expectation is they will be responsible to meet all deadlines, be your primary source of communication and information, and be ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
As you read through the following information, we pray the Lord shows you specific ways you can support your child as well as encourage them to grow into the man or woman God has created them to be.
This is a great milestone and we are cheering with you, believing God will do incredible things in and through your children!
You may be full of mixed emotions about the fact your son or daughter is embarking on a crazy adventure around the world. We at Adventures In Missions take the responsibility and care of our participants very seriously.
While safety and security is a top priority for our programs, the reality is the world can be an unsafe place. We set protocols to minimize risk while expanding each Passporter’s exploration of God’s Kingdom around the world.
Our staff monitors safety concerns and issues around the world, including organized protests, political uprisings, medical alerts and natural disasters. We maintain active communication with our international contacts and will change locations if we believe the risk level in an area is no longer appropriate for our participants.
All of our on field leaders carry international phones and are in communication with our field support staff, including regularly scheduled weekly calls.
We actively encourage Passporters to make wise decisions and be “street smart” while living overseas, yet we also believe in the adventure. Passporters sometimes choose to participate in activities such as bungee jumping, rafting down rapids, and eating street food in the third world.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER: (770) 983-1060
This number is the main phone line for Adventures in Missions. During business hours, simply ask for the Passport Emergency Line. After hours, choose the “Passport Emergency Line” option through the automated phone system, and your call will be routed
to the on call staff member.
In the event of a true emergency, such as a death in the immediate family, please call this number! We have staff on call to reach your child. We ask calls to this line reflect an emergency state. Feel free to use the office number during business
hours to get in touch with Passport staff for any other concerns or questions.
Understand communication will be limited
There will be times on the field when communication with your son or daughter will not be readily available. Internet can be scarce and slow. There may be times when we ask Passporters to fully abandon distractions including Facebook, Skype, and other
means of communicating back home. This is done to help them fully engage in what they are experiencing on the field.
We desire for them to move past the stage of leaving home and into a deeper dependency upon the Lord. Passporters will update family, friends, mentors, and churches back home about their life overseas and ministry when possible. Please read their
team blog posts and comment on them! This is more encouraging for your child than you'll know. Passporters are encouraged to not carry personal cell phones on the field to help limit distractions and enable them to fully engage in what God is doing.
Our leaders are young
We employ World Race (an Adventures’ program for young adults to 11 countries in 11 months) and Passport alumni as leaders for the teams of 5-20 participants. Their role is to care for the team, make sure our core values are practiced, and communicate
between our staff in the States and the participants on the field. These leaders will travel with the team and live with them in community on the field for the duration of the trip.
We believe in raising up and training young leaders, and we know field leadership is an appropriate vehicle for doing this. We have a thorough process for selecting and training trip leaders, but for many of them, this will be a new level of responsibility.
There is ongoing leadership development happening during our weekly check-ins and communication with the team. We know all leaders, regardless of age or experience, may make mistakes. But we also believe in strong home office support structures and
in lessons that can be learned. We will always listen to concerns and we encourage open communication.
We’ve been doing this a long time
Since our beginning in 1989, we have taken over 111,000 people to the mission field, some for as short as a week and others for as long as a year. We are constantly learning from our participants and ministry contacts overseas. We deeply care about
the spiritual journey of our participants and we want to create as much space for the Lord to teach and mature them as possible. The journey might look different than you or your son or daughter expects, but our goal is to create a safe, challenging,
and life-changing experience.
This might be challenging for parents
With the limited communication ability in some areas of the world, it is likely you will get short and condensed updates stocked full of emotions. You may tend to hear more of the challenges than the victories, more of the discomfort than the growth,
and more of the insecurity than the development of identity.
Passporters get sick, experience conflict, and live in an environment which reveals and examines their past hurts. It is a process they will not find many other places and sometimes it gets messy. Journeying with Jesus takes time, a bit of discomfort,
and wholehearted trust.
We believe in the journey and the challenges Passporters experience living overseas. We see them come alive and begin to understand, with a wider worldview, what it really means to trust in God. Though it is tough at times, as you will likely hear
from your child, it is growth. Transitions and changes are challenging, but they can also be sweet. You never know, it just might be exactly the taste of adventure and challenge you needed in your life too!
Resource for Parents
We have a Parent Ministry department available to you. While questions about trips should be addressed with your Passporter, general questions about us as an organization, our process, our history, or concerns you may have as a parent can be emailed
Betty Means, from our Parent Ministry Department, is also available to talk with you. You can reach her at 770-744-4542. Parent Ministry will be helping facilitate a parent Facebook page and you will be sent an invitation to that group
when it is set up.
Our desire is for this trip to be the best possible experience for your child. Our core values exist because we want to see Passporters reach their fullest potential. The leaders we place on the field are committed to investing in each of the participants.
As staff, we read all the Passporter’s blogs, pray for the teams regularly, rejoice in their victories and mourn in their losses. While we may only spend a short time with them, we truly want to see greatness in them.
We are committed to keeping you informed in case of an emergency. Should your child become seriously sick or involved an accident, you will be notified as soon as possible. In the case of an emergency in country (such as a natural disaster), the
team leader will update us as soon as possible and we will communicate information to you.
Should you need to get in touch with your child in case of an emergency at home, you can reach us at 770-983-1060.
Emergency Travel Arrangements
On rare occasions, a participant may need to return home early. Reasons include but are not limited to: sickness on the field that needs to be treated at home, an emergency at home that requires the participant’s return, or a participant’s inability
or unwillingness to engage with the team or ministry on the field. (Please note, MissionSafe must be involved in all medical related travel needs.) Whether an early return is voluntary or not, we will work with you to arrange travel plans and rebook
flights as necessary.
Our hope is for Passporters to become completely dependent on God. The journey away from the familiar is essential to this goal. Even if they have good worldviews and theology, they must learn to develop their own pursuit of God. To achieve this
they must journey away from the comfort of family, the security of friends, and the predictability of their everyday lives.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Engaging the Holy Spirit
We encourage Passporters to learn the discipline of listening prayer. Through this, Passporters develop a two-way conversation with God and can more easily be led by the Holy Spirit. Our desire is for Passporters to walk in the authority God has
given them as sons and daughters.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27
Being the Gospel
Passporters get the opportunity to serve alongside our partner ministry hosts around the world. Whether playing with street children, sitting with widows, teaching English, preaching at church, painting buildings, or serving meals, Passporters get
to be part of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth.
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Matthew 10:8
Community and Healthy Communication
Safe communities where conflict is managed in a healthy way and feedback is a norm is not common in our society. Living in a close community provides Passporters an immediate opportunity to learn humility and selflessness. Passport encourages honest
feedback from peers and leaders. Feedback is a tool used to help them reach their fullest potential through sharing both positive and constructive observations.
This is not an easy process to learn or to experience. Your son or daughter may want to process team dynamics, including feedback and conflict, with you. Resist the temptation to rescue them, but rather encourage them to stay engaged in the conversation
and humbly learn all they can from those around them. We’ve seen this process change Passporters not only for their trip, but a lifetime.
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:15
Jesus is in the business of bringing His kingdom to His people and you can be a part.
Will you join us for this adventure?