Important Notice Regarding COVID-19
Travel for all domestic and international 2020 Compassion GO Teams has been suspended until further notice. If you are a GO Team member, loved one or supporter and have questions regarding your trip click on ‘learn more’ below.
We encourage you to shift your focus to caring for your families and neighbors. Compassion is proactively putting systems in place to care for our communities by serving the most vulnerable among us. To find out more about how to get involved in our local response click on ‘our response’ below.
Where are you GOing in 2020??
All applications must be submitted 90 days before departure for international trips and 60 days before domestic trips. Once your initial application is accepted you will be asked to submit a non-refundable deposit as well as complete a travel profile in Managed Missions within one week of acceptance. Submission of your deposit and profile will confirm your spot on the team. If a team is full you can still apply and be put on a waiting list should a spot become available!
If you would like to make a financial donation to a GO Team Member, select their team from the list below and then click on the ‘support this trip’ button in the trip details. Thank you for being a sender!
Frequently Asked Questions
The primary purpose in going on a short-term team is to learn and, secondarily, to serve. Serving is the best means of showing the love of Christ in any culture, but learning is the goal…resulting in a reshaped life. Our GO Teams practice:
- learning to see the world more as God sees it
- learning to pray and bond with brothers and sisters of other cultures
- learning to see the diverse ways God can use you for His glory
- learning that our cultural worldview is not the only one out there
- learning to discern if God is calling you into cross-cultural service.
Our goal is not just to get people “involved” or to have “programs” but rather to make lifelong, mature disciples of Jesus with a heart for the world. In summary, this means learning to trust God in all things.
During the preparation process, the answer is simple: procrastination. Delay in asking questions, delay in making a decision to go, delay in sending out support letters, delay in beginning daily prayer for the Lord to bless your faithfulness, delay, delay, delay. The Enemy is never threatened by someone who will neutralize themselves by putting off important decisions. On the field, team members miss out on blessing (or cause other people to miss blessings) by being inflexible or proud. You are responsible for positioning yourself to receive the blessings that come from giving your best to the Lord in this process and being both flexible and humble in the field.
One of the stated goals of GO teams is to discern whether or not an individual is called to cross-cultural missions work. The methodology Compassion Christian uses for preparing teams for a short trip imitates the one most full-time missionaries use. There are distinct phases of the process: hearing God’s call, building a support team, preparing one’s heart and mind for the task, and then going. We believe building a prayer/financial support team is a critical element to this process. Even if you are in a situation of being able to pay for your entire trip, building your prayer & support team is critical. Not all of us are able to go on a short term trip, but we are ALL called to participate in God’s global mission. For some of us, this means participating as a sender by praying or giving financially to someone else’s trip. Asking for support can feel uncomfortable, but we should not allow our pride to keep us from giving others the opportunity to be obedient to God’s invitation to send. Often team members find that the support raising process is the most tangible way they see God ‘show up’ in the preparation process and confirm His calling for them to the field.
Our goal is to have as many Compassion Christians as possible experience the blessing of serving on a GO Team. There are several factors in determining whether a person should receive assistance with the funding of their trip. These factors include the financial status of the team overall, the willingness of the individual to do what is asked of them (provide a copy of the support letter), and submit to the process of preparation – namely attend the team formations and work to be as prepared as possible for the upcoming experience. Only active Compassion Christian members will be considered for assistance.
Anyone receiving financial assistance for a trip is required to be fully funded the following year. In anticipation of this, there may be a longer time of preparation required based on circumstances. However, we are willing to evaluate each situation individually.
Because donations made to GO Teams are tax deductible they are non-refundable. However, if you choose to withdraw from a team, your funding with the exception of your deposit and any funds already issued to our partners or other vendors (like airlines or hotels etc.) will be placed in a restricted account and be available for your use on a future trip within the next 12 months. It is imperative that you communicate your change in plans to the Outreach Team as soon as possible so that as much of your funding as possible is recovered. It is also your responsibility to communicate your change in plans to your entire support team – donors give in good faith that their gifts will be used for the trip you described in your support letter and deserve to be notified if they will not be used as intended.
If Global Engagement chooses to postpone or cancel a GO Team for any reason all the funds you raised for that trip will be held in your name for a future trip within the next 12 months or until the original team’s travel is rescheduled.