Grace Point Church Global Adventure Forms

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Personal Missions Covenant and Liability Release

When traveling outside of our culture it is important to be continually aware of the fact that we are the guests, the foreigner, while on mission.  How we act, react and what we do are at least as much a part of our witness as what we say.  Our relationships with all others involved, our roommate, other members of our team, other participants in the overall effort, members of the host church, other local Christians and missionaries will have a direct effect on the outcome of the entire project.

Local followers of Christ and the long-term missionaries will continue ministry efforts after we leave; we cannot jeopardize the future effectiveness of their work by our actions and attitudes.  It is very important to be flexible and willing to adjust to the expectations of our host.

I recognize and accept the following conditions which will further the usefulness and safety of our short-term mission.  If accepted as a member of a team, I agree to:

LEGALITIES

1. Release and discharge the organizations and individuals which helped make these arrangements, including Grace Point Church, their agents, employees, officers, and volunteers, from all claims, demands, actions, judgments, or executions that I have ever had, or now have, or may have, or which my heirs, executors, administrators or assigns may have or claim to have against these organizations, their agents, employees, officers and volunteers, and their successors or assigns, for all personal injuries, known or unknown, and injuries to property, real or personal, caused by or arising out of this journey.  I intend to be legally bound by this statement.

2. Acknowledge that by engaging in this journey, I am subjecting myself to certain risks voluntarily, including and in addition to those risks that I normally face in my personal and business life; including but not limited to such things as health hazards due to poor food and water, diseases, pests, and poor sanitation; potential danger from lack of control over local population; potential injury while working; and inadequate medical facilities.

3. Notify the team leader and the Associate Pastor of Global Advancement of any physical conditions, which may affect my participation in this trip, such as pregnancy, medical condition, illness or injuries.  I will get written authorization from my personal physician to participate in this trip.

ATTITUDE

4. Go as a servant-disciple of Jesus Christ and will adopt that attitude when dealing with my fellow team members and people I meet during the trip.

5. Accept and submit to the leadership role and authority of the team leader and promise to abide by his or her decisions concerning this trip, and obey all instructions given by the team leader during the duration of the trip.

6. Act as a servant-disciple of the local pastor or mission organization.  I will respect the advice I am given concerning attire, eating and drinking and other such traditions, which will help me to assimilate into the local community.

7. Adopt an attitude that I am on this team to try to understand the host culture, not to convince them of my own viewpoint or style.  I will go, knowing that there are many different ways to accomplish the same objective, and that my way is not necessarily the best.

8. Understand that travel, especially to remote locations, can be difficult, and I pledge to adopt a flexible attitude and be supportive as plans change.  I understand that I must travel with the rest of the team, unless other prior arrangements are made.

9. Regard the differing styles of worshiping with respect. I promise that I will be a witness of my faith without a superior, colonial attitude.

RESPONSIBILITIES

10. Be prompt to all meetings and to complete all assignments related to this trip.

11. Expeditiously follow up on all requirements for passports, visas, financial obligations, vaccinations, etc. pertaining to this trip.

12. Abstain from making derogatory comments or arguments regarding people, politics, sports, religion, race, or traditions. Refrain from boisterous talk and respect the pride and feelings of the indigenous people.

13. Be responsible for the cost of my trip.

14. Maintain my commitment to give generously towards the ministry budget at Grace Point Church.

15. I will speak to the Team Leader if I cannot refrain from using tobacco or alcoholic beverages while on the trip.

16. Abstain from all illegal drugs or prohibited activity while on this trip.

17. Refrain from giving gifts, such as money, clothes, jewelry, phones, video equipment, etc. to anyone in country. If I feel compelled to give a gift to someone I have met, I will consult with the team leader before I promise or give the gift, and I promise to let him or her make the final decision on this matter.  I will not make promises to nationals to assist them in coming to the United States.  (This covenant does not apply to the small, token fellowship gifts we will take for our host families.)

18. Understand that every member of this group is expected to share freely from their particular blessings and talents, whether that is skill such as music, art, carpentry, or basic hard work.  I agree to participate in these ways as fully as possible.

NOTE: You will be required to bring a copy of your passport to the church office after submitting the application form. If you are not at least 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must come to the Grace Point office to sign a permission form.

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