HOW CAN I PREPARE TO SERVE CROSS CULTURALLY?
Great question! Here are some ways you can begin preparing to serve on a CKM team.
- Grab coffee with someone you know (or ask your church to connect you with someone) that has served on a team before and ask questions about their travel experience (what they wished they packed!), their ministry opportunities, and what the Lord showed them through serving. Take notes!
- Do some research about the country, or state, where you will be serving. What is the primary language? What are some major cultural differences you see? Do they drive on the left or right side of the road?
- If you live in or around a city, find a local restaurant that serves international cuisine! You may be able to find food from where you will be going, if not, just experience an international meal and flavors that are new to you! it will be great practice!
- We recommend taking some time to read on your own as well. You could commit to studying and reading the Book of James (a personal recommendation) or reading, Serving with Eyes Wide Open by David A. Livermore. You can find this book on Amazon.
WHAT SHOTS DO I NEED FOR THE TRIP?
Crossroads recommends that you have Hepatitis A and B vaccinations and an up-to-date Tetanus. We also encourage participants to set up an appointment with their family doctor. The most up to date list for recommend vaccinations for international travel can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?
It is important to remember that once you are on the mission field that you will be serving and representing Crossroads Missions. Therefore, while you are packing you should be conscious of the clothes that you will be wearing. You also have to remember that the culture that you are going to might not be the same as what you are use to, so to respect the different culture that you might be traveling to we ask that:
- Females pack shorts that are at least fingertip length.
- Clothing should not be too tight, or revealing.
- No spaghetti strap or strapless tops.
- Make sure to pack at least one pair of sandals (when entering houses it is polite to take off shoes, and you may be going into many different houses in a short period of time) and a pair of close-toed shoes.
- No offensive slogans or profanity should be on clothes.
- Bathing suits should be a one piece. No two piece bathing suits please.
- Males should wear their shirts at all times.
- Also remember that any tattoos or piercings may need to be covered at all times.
WHAT WILL THE BATHROOMS BE LIKE?
You will have access to a shower and a toilet but they may not always be in the traditional American style. For example, in India it is more common to have a “squatty potty.” If this applies to you, we will go over this in detail during orientation.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Each team member will get a specific Packing List for their trip, but in general here are a few things to remember: Bible, notebook, clothing, sandals, close-toed shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, towel, pillow, Passport, water bottle, raincoat, work clothes, church clothes, & necessary toiletries.
HOW DO WE GET TO OUR MISSION SITE?
You are in charge of getting yourself to the departure city for team orientation the day prior to your trip departure listed on the website.Transportation to orientation is not included in the trip cost listed on the website.
We will provide housing if needed that night and transportation to the designated airport for your flight. Our teams fly out of Charlotte, NC or Atlanta, GA. Your itinerary will be emailed to you during training, but feel free to contact us sooner if you need to make travel arrangements!
Once we land at our destination we will have our host family there waiting to take us to where we will be sleeping for the duration of our trip.
WHAT IS ORIENTATION?
Orientation takes place prior to you leaving for your trip. The location for your trip Orientation will either be at the CKM office here in Anderson, SC or in your departure city. You will be notified of your mandatory Orientation location once you are accepted for your trip. There you will learn the details of your trip, as well as be able to bond with your team prior to departure.