Missions Application

General Information - Due October 9
Citizenship and Passport Information
Medical Information
Medications
Miscellaneous Information
General Mission Profile
Commitments
Expectations

1. Are you willing, after having received the necessary training to at all times on the trip behave in a manner that will give no offense to people of other religious convictions?
2. Would you be willing to speak or give your testimony in a church service while on missions?
3. Are you willing to commit to being involved in the report-back chapel after the mission trip, including a written report for a sponsor or a donor? 
4. Are you willing to send out support letters to friends and family to raise the major part of the trip expenses?
5. Are you willing to accept the authority of the team leadership and obey their instructions while on the mission trip? (Serious moral infractions will result in automatic return to the U.S. at your expense).
6. In the unlikely event that this trip is cancelled due to safety or other concerns, students do not have the right to receive a refund. The same applies if a student can no longer go on the scheduled trip or decides not to go. Attempts will be made to incorporate them on another mission team, otherwise all collected funds will be placed in the General Mission fund for future trips. Do you accept this policy?
7. Students who go on Sterling College mission trips are expected to continue their studies at Sterling except if they are seniors. If a student chooses to transfer or leave they may be subject to paying a fine of several hundred dollars to refund some of the general expenses incurred by the Missions Dept for each trip over and above the individual student's expenses. The amount will be determined on a case by case basis and taking the student's individual circumstances into account. Are you willing to accept this policy?
8. In order to build team unity and prepare for the trip there will be training sessions, team meetings, prayer meetings, debriefing meetings and fundraisers that all team members are required to attend. Attendance at the whole Ropes training every year in May is also mandatory. Are you willing to accept this responsibility as a team member?
9. The one credit course TM107A Cross-Cultural Ministry taught in the spring semester is a requirement to go on any SC mission trip. It does not need to be repeated if you go on further trips. Are you planning to enroll for the course this spring?
10. Are you in good Chapel standing?

Financial Policies

 

1.     No student may go on an SC mission trip while there is any money owned on his/her student account (except as covered by an approved payment plan).

2.     For a student to go on missions, the total cost of the trip needs to be raised. On occasion, a student may benefit from either external corporate donations or from the carry-over funds of another team member raising more than is required for his/her individual trip. However, if the total amount to the credit of a student is still less than the total required amount, the student will not be able to go, even if the tickets have already been purchased. Under these circumstances, the funds and/or ticket may be kept to enable the student to go on SC missions to the same country the following year – pending airline restrictions – and any additional fees will be absorbed by the student. Since the amount raised by the student the previous year was not sufficient to cover the entire cost of the trip, the student will need to raise the rest of the funds during the second year. Should the student still not be able to go on the mission trip the following year, no refunds are possible.

3.     If a student is unable to go on the planned trip for reasons such as not reaching the financial goal, trip cancellation, conflict with trip dates, personal reasons, etc., if the amount raised is under 50% of the goal those funds will be forfeited to the missions department to be put toward the advancement of the funds for other team members. If a student has raised more than 50% of their goal, the money may be held in a fund to be used to the student’s credit during the following year.

4.     Any money brought in between 100-150% of the student’s individual trip goal will be deposited into the general team fund in order to support the fundraising efforts of their teammates. However, any students whose fundraising amount has surpassed 150% of the trip goal will be allowed to request that the money above the 150% level be set aside for them for an SC mission trip the following year.

Personal Responses:
Recommendations

Except if you have been on a previous SC mission trip, please send three recommendation forms to the following people and strongly encourage them to complete them by September 30, 2012, preferably earlier. We need these recommendations before we make the final selections. 

Recommendations are not required for those who have been on a previous Sterling College Mission trip.
 
Send or give recommendation forms to:
1. Your pastor or church leader, or an elder, deacon or Sunday school teacher (home church).
2. A professor or staff member at SC (including RDs).
3. One student at Sterling who knows you well (not a freshman).