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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What forms do I need to fill out?
2. What do I need to bring on a mission trip?
3. Do I need a passport or a raise seal birth certificate to get into and out of Mexico?
4. How much spending money do I need?
5. What work site will I be on?
6. Do we drink Mexican water?
7. How do I keep from getting sick?
8. What are my responsibilities?
9. What can I do to prepare for this mission trip?
10. If I have a question before we leave for Mexico how can I get it answered?
11. When is money due for the Mission Trips?
12. What does it mean to be wait listed?
 

Answers:

1. What forms do I need to fill out? Top
The covenant form and the permission forms are the only forms that need to be completed and returned.  If you are over 25 years of age and can drive a 15 passenger van, you must fill out covenant and the Driver's Acknowledgement Form.  Complete all forms and send to:
 

People Building People
P.O. Box 1083
West Chester, OH 45071-1083

2. What do I need to bring on a mission trip? Top
Please see the Things to Bring List located on this website.

3. Do I need a passport or a raise seal birth certificate to get into and out of Mexico? Top
You need a raised seal birth certificate OR a passport. You do not need both. We ask that you give those to us on prior to departing on each trip. If you are out of town, you can mail them to us ahead of time or bring them with you. You cannot go to Mexico without one of these documents. We will hold them for you during the trip and pass them back to you at the end of the trip. Passports are not required until Jun 2009.

4. How much spending money do I need? Top
You are responsible for 4 meals as we drive down to Mexico and 8 meals on the way home. We provide a continental breakfast on Sunday morning on the way down to Mexico. Make sure you have dinner before arriving on Friday evening before we leave for Mexico. You may want to bring some money ($30-$50) for gifts you can purchase from our Tarahumara Indian brothers and sisters in Christ in Juarez, Mexico.

5. What work site will I be on? Top
We give families first chance to pick the worksite they want to be on if they want to work together. Then we let rookies pick next. Then veterans (people who have been with us before) get to pick last. We try to equally match the worksites for strength, girl power, veterans, and adults. We pick these teams in Mexico on Sunday afternoon or evening after we set up camp and have devotions.

6. Do we drink Mexican water? Top
Yes, BUT it is bottled water than comes in 5 gallon containers and it has been filtered so you don’t get sick.

7. How do I keep from getting sick? Top
We do a couple of things. First, the key is drinking LOTS of water so that when you go the bathroom your urine is clear. This will prevent you from getting sick, having LOTS of fluids. Secondly, before you prepare food, before you eat anything, or after you go the bathroom you MUST wash your hands and scrub them with bacteria killing soap and then dip them in water that has a cap full of Clorox. This kills everything and make your hands cleaner than they are right now.

8. What are my responsibilities as a member of People Building People mission trip team? Top
Your first responsibility is to glorify the Lord through your words, worship, and your actions. Secondly to get the most out of your mission trip that you can. That means volunteering to help or if you see something you can do, do it. Each of us will fix meals on a rotating basis, clean up, pick up garbage when we see it, and take care of each other. We will have devotions each day and we want to encourage everyone to be a part of this wonderful time of singing, sharing, laughing, and crying tears of joy. On the work site you will have lots of opportunities to do many new and different things. Talk to your site leader about your skills and ask for new jobs as soon as finish one. Immerse yourself into this whole mission trip; talk with everyone even if it is only for a few moments. This is what Jesus would do and we want you to have the most memorable experience in your life.

9. What can I do to prepare for this mission trip? Top
You can pray everyday for the Lord’s presence in a mighty way, OUR planning, finances, safety, and for everyone to come back with a rich experience to then change OUR world for the Lord. You can do this through Glorifying the Lord in worship and in your actions, sharing OUR faith with our friends and relatives, serving other people in your lives, and spreading the Word about Jesus Christ to people you meet in your life. This is what Christians everywhere are called to do in the Bible. I highly recommend reading the Bible in the New Testament to read and experience what the Lord was doing with His disciples. This will help you see how what WE are about to do relates to the Bible and how applicable it is to us today. The Bible comes alive to us today when we read it. I read the Bible on the internet at work at http://bible.gospelcom.net/. I also highly recommend the “Prayer of Jabez” and “The Secrets of the Vine” books by Bruce Wilkerson. I pray the Prayer of Jabez every morning before my feet hit ground to let the Lord know I want to do His will and I want my family’s life filled with His purposes. Another great book we highly recommend is "Purpose Driven Life".

10. If I have a question before we leave for Mexico how can I get it answered? Top
E-mail help@peoplebuildingpeople.org anytime or call me at (513) 398-0107. We will do OUR best to answer your questions as quickly as possible.

11. When is money due for the Mission Trips? Top
After your register on the internet, you must mail a $100 non-refundable deposit check made out to “People Building People” along with signed permission and covenant forms within 60 days. Your registration will not be guaranteed until these items are received.

12. What does it mean to be wait listed? Top
After a trip has been completely full you may wait listing yourself (Wait List Registration) to reserve a spot if a seat should become available.  As seats are vacated they will be filled by others in the order of their wait list registration.  However, wait listing does not guarantee you a spot should one become available.  Also, wait listing affords People Building People to gage interest for particular trips and dates.  If a significant number of persons elect to be wait listed we may choose to add another trip to accommodate.  We are sorry that we will be unable to find seats for everyone, however, if you would like to learn about other ways to serve this mission please email us at help@peoplebuildingpeople.org.