Preparing for Mission Trips

With the Candi Dunlap situation on most people's minds, some who are planning a mission trip overseas might be thinking twice about continuing with their plans, but as Director of the Lauderdale County Baptist Association Greg Massey tells us, with proper precautions, traveling to a foreign country isn't much different from traveling to a large city in the US.

"There are places in Los Angeles that you wouldn't want to walk into at night, or New York City, or even Meridian, Mississippi."

There are several precautions you can take before you leave. Doing things like making a copy of your passport and carrying prescription medication in its appropriately labeled bottle can save you a lot of hassle, but perhaps the most important thing you can do is go to www.usembassy.gov while you're planning your trip.

"Click on whichever country you're going to, and it's going to give you a site that will give you news about the country. It will tell you a lot about any shots you need to have to get into that country. It will tell you about any documentation you need."

Massey emphasizes not accepting gifts from anyone, and if you do run into legal trouble on your trip, there is one call you need to have made before you even contact your family back home.

"The first thing you want to do is contact the embassy or the consulate office. That needs to be done immediately, because really you aren't going to be able to give them a lot of help. The help is going to have to come from the embassy or the consulate office."

Again, you can go to www.usembassy.gov to check the laws and regulations for the country you are planning on visiting.


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