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Upcoming Missions Conferences Nov/Dec 2022
At least two we know of!
ICOM Nov 3-6 Columbus Ohio
Urbana Dec 28-31 Indianopolis, Indiana
Recovering the Dignity and Mission of Vocation
Recovering the Dignity and Mission of Vocation
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Nov 27, 2021 To the Ends of the Earth
What does the ends of the earth look like in our day and how is it affecting modern missions movements? I was so moved by the movie that MAF put out that was shown in theatres around the world by this title.
If you haven't watched it you really must. We have listed thier website in our Resources section under Media and Communications. The movie documented one place on earth that is as an end in terms of its remoteness - Papua New Guinea. It was moving to see the new believers desire to reach thier neighbors in other remote villages after tasting the goodness of God. We were amazed to see the lengths these small villages in mountainous jungles go to hear the good news. As the world assimilates more and more we are seeing the ends of the earth are changing. Some of those from the ends of the earth are mixing into our neighborhoods. They are now travelling to us! It is also so encouraging to see a new shift in missions being birthed from Southern Hemisphere to the North in addition to our continued Northern Hemisphere to the South. We will also begin to see the Far East going Eastward? There are so many ready to go! Let us be ones to consider how we can encourage and support them. We may feel trapped by Covid in these times but on the other hand Covid may very well be creating a new audience for us! As Jesus tells us. "Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for the harvest!" John 4:35
Oct 15, 2021 Travel Updates in our Covid 19 times
While flying domestically in most countries of the world is getting back to normal, International travel still has a lot of extra hurdles.
The only real difference in domestic travel these days is that masks are required in most cases. Flying internationally however also requires Covid testing of various validity lengths. In most cases the destination country is requiring that Covid tests be done within 72 hours of final boarding time to thier country. Some of the best and most update information can be obtained from the airline websites themselves. After ticketing with us or another service you can go directly to an airlines website to see the most updated rules for your destination. Airlines will have the most updated requirements as they are acting as the gatekeeper for that country in allowing you to board. Also keep in mind that if transitting, the country of transit may also have some requirements or restrictions with regard to Covid. Some countries, may require that these tests be done with thier authorized labs in your country. Usually there is an ISO certification involved in these cases. When planning your trip it is best to keep in mind the labs turn around time and that you will be able to recieve your test electronically by the time you are ready to board your first flight. Additionally will it also be within 72 hours of your final boarding time on your international journey? As an example let's say Tim is flying to Hong Kong. He decides he best fly on a Friday in a week without holidays. His first flight will be Friday evening and his final flight to Hong Kong will be in the early morning hours of Saturday. Tim works backward and finds that as the lab will probably only open at 8AM he will choose Wednesday morning @9AM to get tested. Thursday goes by, Friday goes by and now he stands at the ticketing gate for his first flight around 60 hours later! Woola! His electronic covid test result has been delivered electronically. He is allowed to board and after a transit he boards his final flight to Hong Kong now 66 hours later. Great within 72 hours so still valid.
Quarantines and Hotels
Tim also had to show before boarding that he has a 21 day reservation with an approved quarantine hotel in Hong Kong. Note that Hong Kong is one of the most difficult and most countries are allowing quarantines at friends homes or other faciiities but it is good to find out before you go. Again check what the airlines are going to request of you when checking in. It is good to plan for this extra cost in the event that when you are in that country there are quarantine requirements you need to submit too. At minimum you may be looking at one week of hotel and food service. Before leaving for your destination find out also what measures are in place by the local government if you should begin to have symptoms and/or need to have a Covid test.
Covid Insurance and Riders
In these times it is even more important to have a travel insurance policy. Many travel insurances are offering special Covid coverages with riders to cover extra unexpected expenses such as quarantine or accompanying care giver when in a foreign country. it is good to consider specific Covid issues when deciding where to get your insurance.
Covid Flight Conditions
Thankfully most airlines are taking a very lenient course of action when it comes to cancellation or change. in fact don't be surprised by the airlines themselves cancelling many of their international flights. In such a case of course you will not have to pay any extra fees for the rebooking. Even without it, airlines are often offering the first change with no charge anyway. Charges may occur if you change a date from a low seasonality to a high seasonality however. In this case you may need to pay a fare difference. One consideration during Covid times is to consider the humanitarian fare. Often the humanitarian fare is a bit more costly but it has special provisions such as changing more often with little or no fees and of course greater luggage allowances.
Group Travel in a Pandemic
There will be a lot more dynamics for your group travel. Be aware of the possibility of someone contracting Covid and because they are part of your group you may all need to be quarantined or at the very least make a plan B. Airlines are not as enthusiastic to give group airfares but they are still possible. You may find that unlike in the past a full payment for the group fare may be required much faster than the old days you were use to. I.e. paying a 10% deposit and then paying the final a couple weeks before departure. This also means you may need to be prepared with names and details of your group earlier.
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Travel Medical Insurance vs. Travel Insurance
Please check out our Insurance page for more information on our gold standard in International Travel Medical Insurance. Travel Medical Insurance differentiates itself from Travel Insurance in that beyond the normal coverages of accident, loss and delay there is allowance for inpatient and outpatient care (self determined). There are also provisions for home visits whereby you can visit network physicians. This insurance is geared to those going overseas long term in nature. Maximum coverage is 364 days and is renewable. Please go to our insurance tab to find our gold standard for members and you will see why we are so convinced.
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For US Residents Looking for long term health insurance for the USA we would highly recommend your checking out Health Share programs. Discover how health insurance plans and health sharing ministries are similar and how they differ. Compare health share ministry programs. If you are looking for an affordable healthcare solution, health care sharing might be a good alternative. Check out Unite Health Share Ministries:
NOTE: The Following short term options are also for US residents only
For a short term effort Travel Insurance products are sufficient. Here are three products we recommend in this category for your comparison.
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3) Here is an insurer who is also considering our current issues with forced quarantines due to delays and other Covid specific travel issues.
Members, please do consider our Travel Medical Insurance product on the Insurance tab. A very simple quote request with instant response for any destination and duration worldwide! Also remember, any confirmed policy commissioned to us means you will get a 5% cash kickback from us to your bank account, paypal or other preferred means of payment. * less bank charges if any
March 4, 2021 Get the true exchange rate and low fees in sending your funds
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Dec 21, 2020 End Bible Poverty
Is it possible that every person could one day hear God's word in their Mother Tongue?
Those working at End Bible Poverty think so!
On this site you will find opportunities for your ministry to take part in acheiving this goal. While there is a continuous work of translating the Bible into various written languages, there is also an understanding that for many there may never be an opportunity to become literate. Hearing the Gospel in their language and having a complete audio bible is then a very compelling concern. Join with this initiative to help find believers in all language groups that are bilingual and can translate and speak the Bible in their mother tongue. Be ones who distribute micro SD cards for those in these languages, an SD Card that can be inserted into their own mobile phone. Join in taking printed Bibles of various languages directly to the people who can read but have never had access to them. Go to this site to understand what is being done currently and where the glaring needs are for the distribution of God's word. Having worked amongst those whose mother tongue differs greatly from the majority around them and where there has never been a written script in their language, hearing God's word and the teachings of Jesus are so valuable and precious!
Dec 21, 2020 What is a Virtual Private Network?
Why a VPN for your communications is a must have. What is a Virtual Private Network?
All our communications are subject to hijack. It seems the old days of faxing was the most secure way to go! Then, our information was divided into lots of different packets and hard to regroup until deciphered on the other end! If it was hijacked it would only be a peice and not the whole. Well, I don't think we want to go back to faxing do we? The convenience of the internet with the amazing speed of 5G quickly surrounding us is the way to go. However, it could mean getting our whole packet of communication taken out of the stream, copied and put back in. Or even more commonly, all of our clicks and views being recorded and analyzed. Governments around the world can and often do this, not to mention the nefarious tech giants as a means to generate more advertising revenues.
Practically speaking, beside emails being read frequently, there are places in the world where the information you need is blocked completely. Sometimes we refer to these as firewalls. For those in China it is called the Great Fire Wall.
Will using a VPN cause local authorities alarm? It is possible, but technology cloaking your signing on to the VPN is getting better by the day. Alarms would be rare.
A good VPN will have hundreds of dedicated servers around the world to which you can log on. Once logged on your computers location will change to be that Servers location. The connection will be "tunnelled" meaning it goes through fire walls and no one will be able to cut in. They will also not be able to see or record any of the webpages or communications you have been clicking. Most importantly none of your communications will bounce between various servers in your country while enroute.
A good VPN provider will also regularly update and change their server addresses so that as nefarious entities try to hack in, the address will be changed.
The service we highly recommend and know personally that meets all these criteria is Private Internet Access.
Oct 12, 2020 Take Off! Our flight engine and real person concierge now open for business!
Taking off on Oct 30, 2020! Airfare Privileges for our Membership! Have you registered with our flight concierge partner yet? Do it today for great airfares!
Members, do contact us if you did not recieve the registration link which simply involves your creating a new password. Your name and email address are already loaded!
Go2Serve.com members can take advantage of a dedicated travel agent concierge to help unravel travel needs. These can include solutions with humanitarian fares and extra baggage allowances by which our membership would qualify. Beginning Oct 30, 2020 all Go2Serve Members will be recieving a login from our dedicated flight partner. We are excited about this added benefit negotiated for our membership!
You will be recieving an email from our flight partner and an invitation to login. We are very confident you are going to find this service exceptional and dedicated to your needs.
How to use our site in finding opportunities to serve…
Go2serve.com highlights Opportunities to Serve. These opportunities will be selected from the various regions and organizations of our membership.
A full range of opportunities are listed with links to the organizations site and breif under each Geographical Tab above i.e. Europe, Middle East, etc Check here for opportunities regularly! Logged in members can view details.
Members also can post their own updated opportunities.
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You may want to consider the security of your communications where you are serving as many governments may not appreciate you the way those you serve do! Consider a VPN, here is two we recommend:
The NordVPN service allows you to connect to 5600+ servers in 60+ countries. It secures your Internet data with military-grade encryption, ensures your web activity remains private and helps bypass geographic content restrictions online
PureVPN, a cutting-edge tech marvel, empowers internet users with complete anonymity, Internet freedom and data security against hackers, spies and snoopers. PureVPN leads the virtual private network industry with its feature-rich services and the unwavering trust of 1 million+ users. Today, we have over 750 advanced VPN servers spread across 140+ countries.
Is your organizations opportunity listed under our geographical tabs? If not, you need to advise us. We are working at getting all members organizational sites under the geographical tab where they are serving.
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May 1, 2020 Sending large files beyond email capacity
Large files that you want to send and they are too large for email...
It happens all the time in this day and age! Try Wetransfer.com! This is a free service which allows you to upload up to 8GB at one time. What you upload will be available for one weeks time to those emails you register to download it. I love thier service, the ads are minimal and do not get in the way at all! Yay! We Transfer! You can find their link in our Resources area under Media as well.
April 20,2020 Download and share all those great videos on Youtube
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Are you finding all those great resources on Youtube stuck on Youtube instead of getting to those who don't have such options - now you can bless others with them, without the ads too! Perhaps you are in a restricted access nation and you have the ability to enjoy all the great resources on the web due to your vpn. It doesn't mean those around you can. You know how much they can benefit by those resources. Now you can download and convert to formats useful for those around you! Upload files to your countries sharing sites or save it on a usb for them! Annual costs for this software service is around USD59.
Opportunities to Serve
- Upcoming Missions Conferences Nov/Dec 2022
- Travel Medical Insurance vs. Travel Insurance
- How to use our site in finding opportunities to serve…
- Always Travel Deal Searching for YOU!
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