Mission South Africa


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TRIP INFO                              
What is Mission South Africa?
Mission South Africa is a chance to serve God and the children and communities of South Africa in partnership with Blessman Ministries, Inc.
Where do we go and what do we do?
This trip is a partnership between Hope and Blessman Ministries in Urbandale. Team members will serve orphans and vulnerable children through optical ministry, feeding center ministry and service projects/construction all in one trip. All necessary training will be provided; no professional training is required. Teams will have the opportunity to visit the Shikwaru Game Lodge for a photo safari and may have the option to walk with lions, ride elephants and go on a big five game photo safari.
Optical Ministry:
This ministry utilizes Blessman Ministries’ optical care ministry through the public schools of South Africa. Team members will have the opportunity through this ministry to minister to children one-on-one.
Feeding Center Ministry:
Team members will minister to children from ages 3-16 through feeding centers and preschools. Team members will play with the children, help with meal preparation, prepare or participate in a Bible lesson, provide assistance with homework and minister to the children.
Service Projects/Construction:
Every team will have a couple of service days on their trip. Projects will vary but may include things such as building a playground at one of the churches or things such as cleaning or painting at feeding centers.
Important dates
2017 Trip Dates:
March 30 - April 11

Who can go?
Anyone with a heart for Jesus and 12 years of age or older.
Where do we stay?
Accommodations vary from trip to trip depending on the outreach location and community resources. You may stay in a hotel or on the floor in a church. Accommodations are coordinated by Blessman staff members in the mission field. They are always safe.
What travel documents do I need?
A current U.S. passport is required. Once obtained, your passport is good for 10 years. Cost is $100.00. Routine processing takes approximately 6-8 weeks. Click here for more information on acquiring a passport.   

What immunizations do I need?
No immunizations are required for travel to South Africa. However, it is recommended each team member consult their physician about what immunizations he/she recommends for your travels. Click here to go to the vaccination page of the Center for Disease Control.

What is the cost?
Estimated cost is $3,100-$3,600, depending on airfare. The general trip fee includes airfare, meals in country, accommodations, transportation and ministry supplies for your outreach. You need additional money for snacks, meals in the airports, souvenirs and an optional
tourist excursions.

How do I sign up?
You can register online when a trip is available. You can also print a registration form by clicking here and turning the form in at Hope's front office. Registration forms can also be found at the Mission Center. A $500.00 non-refundable deposit per person is due upon registration. Background checks will be conducted by Hope on all mission trip applicants ages 18 and older. This is to ensure the safety and protection of all mission team members and the people we serve. If you’ve had a background check run by Hope in the last three years, a new one will not be needed.
How can I get more information? 
Contact Missions at 515-222-1520.  


Last Published: August 12, 2016 2:21 PM
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