Helpful Hints

  • Documents - Carry your passport with you at all times.  Be sure to bring a copy of your passport with you. DO NOT pack it in the luggage that you are checking.  Make a copy of the page with your picture on it, and the VISA  page.  Pack it in a safe place. Carry the name, address and telephone number of our national leaders in case of an emergency. 
  • Medicine - Take ample prescription medications (in its original bottle) along with you, along with other over-the-counter medicine.
  • Weather - It will be fairly hot in India at this time. Be prepared for this and be sure to drink lots of fluids. 
  • Money  - You will not need much extra money besides what you will want to purchase for souvenirs. All your travel, lodging, and food is covered with your trip cost.
  • Water - Bottled drinking water must be used at all times. DO NOT drink the shower water or brush your teeth in tap water.  Bottled water will be provided for you.
  • Electricity - The current in India is 220 volts, so you must have a proper converter in order to use your American electrical appliances. 
  • Language - The national language of India is Hindi, but in Andhra Pradesh they mainly speak Telegu. They will speak Hindi in Northern India and usually a tribal dialect in the villages. In the villages you will rarely find people who speak English, possibly some school children. In the cities you will meet people who speak English. 
  • Flexibility - Expect the unexpected.  It is important to always keep a positive attitude. Things move slowly in India (except vehicles), and it can be frustrating, but remember that you represent Christ, and being the example to others is key.
  • Problems - If any problem occurs during the trip, please do not hesitate to come speak to Jonathan. 
  • Share Your Testimony:  We will want you to share your testimony and give a Gospel witness as often as possible. 
  • Give Genuine Love:  You will want to give genuine love and concern to the people.  
  • Be Open:  It is important that you be open to their expressions of love. Men often hold hands and children love hugs, etc.
  • Be a Servant:  We are there to serve the Indian people, not vice versa.
  • Be Flexible:  Be ready to made changes at a moment’s notice.  This is key to a successful team.
  • Be Patient:  There will be many times for just waiting.  Have you ever heard the statement hurry and wait?  That is what life is like in India.  Also, be patient with other team members.  Fatigue can often lead to irritability. 
  • Be Holy:  Spend time in the Word of God and in prayer each day…..YOU WILL NEED IT.
  • No Promises: Please do not make any promises, even ones that you have all intentions of keeping.
  • Be Careful:  Do not eat from road-side venders, no water, no ice, only bottled water.  Do not go anywhere alone.  Always go with another team member.
  • Be Friendly:  These people are usually very friendly.  They will have many questions about our lives in America.  Take a picture of your family to show to them.  
  • Be Discrete:  We will see beggars.  You will never have enough to give.  If you give something, be discreet.  If you are not discreet, you will draw a crowd.  It will be better to give them food/snack rather than giving them money.
  • Team Unity:  We will be working long hours together,  therefore, we must strive for patience and unity.  Do not pick on or tease another team member.  Being united is very important.
  • Be Involved:  Don’t just stand around - look for ways to minister to the people.

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