Plans for Mission Trips
Where to go…What to do….
interested, contact Dr. Pratt at 901- 465-8613 or 466-1822.
Bro. Charles led a team of volunteers to do evangelistic crusades to the Republic of
the Philippines from Jan. 20 - Feb. 2, 2016. The team conducted over 100 outdoor
crusades during the 2 weeks. Most volunteers preached several times each day and night in crusades. Some
volunteers spoke in schools. There were worship services at night that attracted large numbers of people. Some
10,056 people made professions of faith with over 300 other decisions for Jesus across 4 different associations
of churches. The volunteers served with about 40 different churches.
During the daytime, each volunteer shared their faith and preached in high schools, colleges, prisons, home Bible
Studies and all kinds of settings, while many came to a faith in Jesus Christ each day. Some even participated
by speaking at funeral services, which is very common in the Philippines.
The next trip to the Philippines will be late January 25-February
7, 2017. A tenative cost of the trip is approximately $2,900 to $3,000 at
this time, which includes airfare, lodging, in country travel, food, IMB insurance and Gospel tracts. This is a very
open country to the Gospel today with many coming to Christ and making professions of faith. One exciting feature
that most volunteers will love about the Philippines is that volunteers get to speak in English without using
has another mission trip planned to Guatemala in September 8-15, 2016. This
ministry involves evangelism crusades with preaching in the churches and crusades. Our missionaries in the country have
asked Bro. Charles to bring at least 50 preachers & laymen to serve on Evangelism teams during the trip.
This will afford every preacher many opportunities to preach the Gospel in many different places. Many of these
will be in street and open air situations were many people will gather to hear the Gospel.
There may be a few opportunites to teach some of the pastors during the daytime. They are very
excited to receive training from the American pastors on ministry subjects. This trip will cost approximately
$1,650 in 2016. Tennessee Baptists have a ongoing partnership with Guatemala
Another mission trip this Summer is with the Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, planned
for July 9-15. If you are interested, we can take teens, youth
leaders, parents, whole family or single adults. The plans are to conduct 3 or more VBS, a Block Party, Puppets and
several Revivals. We need preachers to lead the Revivals and music leaders. The approximate cost is $200
per person for the 7 day journey. Lodging will be in a campground with dorm like rooms that do have air conditioners.
Call for more specifics. The Cherokee people are very humble and open to the Gospel.
Volunteers should call or email Dr. Pratt very soon, if interested in this trip
or other trips to Honduras or to the Republic of the Philippines. Dr. Pratt travels to Honduras taking small numbers
of people, since each volunteer will need a translator. There are always plenty of opportunities to do evangelism
with the poor people in Honduras or the Philippines. They are open to hearing the Gospel.
Contact Dr. Pratt, if you are interested in being
a part of this experience. 901-465-8613 or 901-466-1822.
Acts 1:8, the resurrected Jesus declared us to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of
the world. Every church and every Christian has been commanded to take the Good News of Jesus Christ to every person in the
Whether your group is going on a local project
in the park or across the state or ocean, a mission project can be overwhelming ... especially if it is your first project.
How do you pick a project? What do you do to enlist and train a team? How do you fund the trip?
The following information is designed to guide you through the process of planning
and taking a mission trip. Also, we can point you to some training conferences designed just for you, the team
leader, and for your team.
• Pray for God's Leadership.
The first and most important step is
to ask the Heavenly Father to show you where He wants you to go.
• Look for Mission Projects.
For local projects, consult your church or local Baptist association.
For state, national, or international projects.
Pick a project that fits your group.
is the mission requesting volunteers to do?" "What abilities does the project require?"
Building and Training Your Team
Travel and Packing Tip
• Travel lightly—what you pack, you carry!
Limit the amount of valuables you take overseas. Ask the question, "Can I live without this?" Sentimental or favorite
items should be left at home.
• Clean out your wallet of non-essentials. Only take necessary identification
or credit cards with you. Keep a record of credit card numbers with the telephone number of the credit card company separate
from the actual credit cards. Also, keep traveler's check receipts separate from the actual checks. Most nations will not
take a check and poorer nations don't often take traveller checks. The companies will need to be notified immediately
if the cards or checks are stolen.
• Men should carry their wallet in a front pocket to hinder pickpockets.
• Many bags look alike, so each piece of your luggage should have a highly visible tag or sticker on it that
separates it from similar bags at a glance.
• Do not leave bags unattended. Hold all bags tightly in a crowd.
There are people who make a living, seeking to steal other people's personal belongings.
• If you have
a layover in an airport and want to sleep, put your bags under your head or place your arm or leg through the handles. This
makes it more difficult for it to be stolen.
• Remember your manners while you are traveling. Be considerate
of and courteous to those around you. Americans have a bad international reputation of being loud and obnoxious. When
traveling with a group, this is an easy reputation to perpetuate because excitement levels are usually high. Try not
to live up to this reputation.
• Make a copy of your passport and put it in your luggage and leave a copy
at home. If your luggage is lost, it will make identifying your luggage easier. If your passport is lost, you
will have a copy of it until it is replaced.
• Give important travel information to family members. Please
do not destroy your witness in an airport setting. Be very cooperative with airport officials and try to keep smiling
even when things do not go according to your plans. Keep a pleasant disposition and things will turn out better.
Bring any and all medications you must have. Use the original bottles. If there is a sizable amount of medications needed,
it might be advisable to have a doctor's letter with you, explaining that you have legitimate medical needs.
Plan well and have a blessed time in the Lord Jesus.
North American Mission Board 800-888-8657
International Mission Board 800-999-3113
Cross Partners Ministry 901-465-8613