Preparing to Go
Need a Passport?
If you plan to travel outside of the United States -- including to Canada and Mexico -- you need a U.S. Passport. If you have not applied for a passport in the past, here is how to obtain a U.S. Passport:
Present proof of U.S. citizenship and proof of identity. These documents could be a certified birth certificate and a current, valid driver’s license.
Provide 2 passport photos. These need to be 2in x 2in in size. Please be sure your photos meet all passport photo requirements.
Pay the applicable fee.
Apply in person at a local passport acceptance facility. Click here for a list of passport acceptance facilities.
We recommend that you consider applying early. Please pay attention to dates and timelines outlined on the website. It may take up to 12 weeks to process your passport. You may expedite your passport for an additional cost. The earlier you apply, the better!
*Please note that you are responsible for any and all fees associated with applying for and/or renewing a passport.
If you’re traveling out of the country, you’ll want to consider looking at the required and recommended immunizations needed for the country in which you’ll be traveling.
The CDC has a wealth of knowledge on immunizations for travel. To search for the immunizations needed for your specific country of service:
On the CDC website, under the “Travelers” Tab, enter the country you’ll be traveling to.
Select either “Extended Stay/Study Abroad” or “Mission/Disaster Relief” for type of traveler.
View the recommended vaccines for “All Travelers”, “Most Travelers”, and “Some Travelers”. Discuss these with your parents and/or physician.
We recommend communicating with your team leader and/or field supervisor. They usually know what is best in terms of what you may or may not need.
*Please note that you are responsible for the cost of any/all vaccines that you choose to have prior to your travel.
Support & Fundraising
As you begin the journey of support raising, know that some of the burden has already been lifted! Thanks to the generous donations of BCMs, local churches, and individuals, the advertised cost for all bcmissions projects have been offset for you!
We know that raising funds can seem intimidating at first. We pray that you will see this as an opportunity to step out in faith and see God work in your life. Trust confidently in the truth that God provides for his children. Be obedient to what He is calling you to do and see how He is faithful! We want to provide a few ideas that might be helpful to you when it comes to support raising:
Support Letters are a great way seek to prayer and monetary support from friends and family. Write to those, asking first for their prayer. Second, ask if they might consider partnering with you on this journey financially. Explain what you’ll be doing and why you feel led to spend your summer in this way. Ask your BCM Director, Campus Minister, or Pastor for help if you are unsure of where to begin in drafting a letter.
Use your skills and giftings
Are you crafty or do you have a favorite hobby? Can you do calligraphy, paint, woodwork, knit, bake, babysit? The possibilities are endless of how you can use your skills and talents as a means of fundraising. Consider selling custom pieces to friends and family for Christmas gifts or other holiday presents. Offer your services to others and put the funds you receive toward your trip.
Do you know someone who has a small business? Ask if they might consider donating a portion of their proceeds or profits to your missions experience. Check out local restaurants and see if you might be able to host a missions night in return for a percent of the night’s profits.
Online Platforms and Social Media
You have a wide audience online. Check out fundraising platforms that allow you to create a campaign—share these with your friends and make them aware of how you’ll be spending your summer.
These are all suggestions…the opportunities for raising support are endless! Let us know how we can assist you during this process.