2013 Trip Schedule and Details
- Team up with fellow believers to make a difference
- Share the Gospel through relationship evangelism
- Minister to children through Vacation Bible School
- Experience old world beauty and history
- Learn firsthand about the challenges in rural Romania
- See God change your life forever
Talk about it
Start discussing with the people in your life the opportunity that is ahead of you. Talk to them about what you’ll be doing in Romania. The more people are aware, the more their hearts will be drawn to helping you out.
Write a letter
Keep it one page in length, and make sure it’s from your heart. In a way it’s a business proposal, but the words you write are really a challenge for people to rally around you in any capacity they can so that Christ’s Name will be made known in Romania.
Speak with your pastor
Set up a time to meet with your pastor or missions director. Explain clearly what you’ll be doing and why, and what your financial needs are. Ask them to consider sending you out as their missionary with the church’s financial and prayer support.
Host a missions party
Invite people to your home or church hall to hear more about your plans. Serve refreshments, share your heart, and give people an opportunity to be a part of what God is going to do through you in Romania.
Work and save
Put away some money from each paycheck. Maybe look at getting an additional part-time job or doing some babysitting or gardening work. If you have the means to work, then work and save up towards your trip.
If you like to entertain, entertain. If you love to cook, have a bake-off. If you enjoy recruiting others to help, plan a car wash in your church parking lot. Use your personality and giftings to creatively give people as many opportunities as possible to hear what you are doing and to play a part in it.
The most unlikely people in your life are often the ones whom God prompts to give. Be expectant that He will provide in ways you cannot begin to imagine.
What to expect when traveling with Red Page
You have decided to take part in a life-changing experience, and we want to equip you, a Red Page Mission Trip participant, with the tools necessary to succeed in this mission trip as much as possible. The times before, during, and after your trip will bring new challenges, growth opportunities, and eye opening moments. One thing is for sure, you will return with a new perspective on poverty and God’s love.
Each Red Page Mission Trip has a slightly different timeline. Click on the information section for each individual trip to find out additional details for a specific trip.
Most Red Page Mission Trips occur in the summer months between May and August. However, there are additional opportunities for service throughout the calendar year. All Red Page Mission Trips are collaborative efforts with the Romanian foundation Casa Bucurie (House of Joy). Relationship building is a priority for all trips, as well as a concerted effort to end poverty in Romania and to fulfill the vision of Red Page Ministries and Casa Bucurie.
As you would expect, the rural Romanian villages where you will serve on your trip have pressing needs. Red Page is in the process of developing holistic programs to meet these needs. All Red Page mission trips are designed to support these programs. As our volunteer base grows we are hopeful to meet each of these needs. There is much work to be done, and all trip participants work side by side with our Romanian staff and volunteers in an effort to help.
If you are interested in an experience that will show you the heart of the Romanian people and give you a new perspective, please contact us. We have opportunities to help in many ways including humanitarian aid delivery, medical missions, child and youth educational programs, and construction. For details related to the costs associated with the trip, preparations to be made and another opinion of what to expect, please click on the information section for each scheduled trip. To schedule your own group trip please contact Red Page at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will be in charge of the team?
From the time you connect with your team at the airport until you return, you will be under the supervision of employees or volunteers of Red Page Ministries.
Will I be safe?
Some amount of risk always exists when you choose to travel overseas. We take every precaution to ensure the safest trip possible. We consult state travel advisories and in-country ground staff, train the trip participants to be cautious, and pray for God’s wisdom and guidance.
What will I do?
Relationship building is one of the most important opportunities we have with those we are visiting. Though we are doing a number of projects, relationships are our top priority. We may only be with them a short amount of time, but bonds will form quickly. They are so open to Christ’s love in you! Please take this opportunity to pray for each individual.
Do I need to get shots for this trip?
Consult your personal doctor and the Center for Disease Control website (www.cdc.gov).
All countries require you to have an updated tetanus shot, and most countries require additional shots.
What if I get sick on this trip?
Most of the minor discomforts and illnesses that occur during international travel can be taken care of with over-the-counter medicines. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for over-the-counter and prescription medicines to help you adjust to jet-lag and other potential health issues. Pack prescription medication that you might need along with diarrhea and upset stomach medication, cough and cold medicine, cough drops, aspirin and pain reliever. WE RECOMMEND YOU CARRY THESE ITEMS IN YOUR CARRYON. If there were a serious illness or accident, staff would be available to immediately transport you to a safe hospital for quality health care.
How much money should I take?
Your trip cost includes airfare, meals (some snacks), bottled water, in-country transportation, and lodging. Included in the cost of your trip is $20 that will be converted to Romania Lei prior to your arrival and given to you upon entry to Romania. If you feel additional money is necessary for souvenirs and occasional snacks along the way bring new, large-face bills with no marks or tears. Small bills (10s & 20s) are recommended for shopping at markets, bills smaller than $10 are not recommended. Credit cards are accepted in some major stores, but traveler checks are not. The amount of money you bring depends on what type of shopper you are.
Will my money and other valuables be safe?
We make every effort to have very secure lodging, but you should never leave money, plane tickets or passports in your rooms. We may have access to a safe to place for plane tickets and passports. If you have other valuables, lock them in your suitcases before you leave the room each day. Split up your money between you and your spouse/friend and try to leave small amounts in your wallet so that you do not have to get into your money belts in a public place. Please leave extremely valuable jewelry at home and do not take any valuables that might attract attention. Remember not to pack cash or valuables in checked luggage as well.
Can I drink the water?
It is not recommended you drink the water. Bottled water for drinking (and brushing your teeth if necessary) will be provided.
What will we eat?
All of your meals will be in a hotel, The Precept Center, orphanage, in the village, or at a restaurant. You should pack a few snack foods to eat between meals: peanut butter crackers, granola bars, nuts, raisins, crackers, etc. Most of the trip participants will tell you they get plenty of food at the meals! Bottled water is included in each meal; soft drinks are available in most restaurants for an additional charge.
What do I pack?
Refer to baggage allowance guidelines for your airline. Each person will be allowed one checked bag weighing approximately 50 pounds. Most airlines now charge a fee for each bag. Trip participants should be prepared to pay this fee personally. In addition we may ask you to pack a bag containing supplies, aid, and donations. We will have a packing party prior to departure to combine supplies in your second bag.
Where will I stay?
Dependent upon your trip you will be staying in host homes in groups of two, at the Precept Training Center, or in hotels.
What will the weather be like?
Consult weather websites (www.wunderground.com) for weather forecasts and histories. Dressing in layers is recommended. In the summer it can be rather warm. Most orphanages and homes do not have air conditioners.
How will I be able to communicate when I do not speak the language?
It is amazing what can be communicated without language. Smiles and hugs go a long way! We have an incredible team of interpreters available to you during the trip.
What is the time difference (based on CST)?
Romania is eight (8) hours ahead of the U.S. central time zone.
How will I communicate with home?
Communication will be limited. Please prepare those that will be staying home that you will not be able to communicate often. Trip leaders will be posting blogs on a daily basis. We will also have several computers available for limited and short emailing. You may also check with your local cell provider for international rates. CAUTION International cell usage can be costly. Please set-up international plans with your provider prior to trip and know their cost.
Many additional details of the trip (what to take, how to pack, culture, language, normal climate conditions, voltage requirements, and other helpful material) will be covered in the trip orientation manual, which you will receive at orientation or in the mail at least one month prior to your trip departure date.
Included in Your Mission Price
Transportation: Includes air transportation to Romania. Air cost is estimated and price will be confirmed upon booking. All travel within the country is included.
Accommodations: Hotel accommodations with private bath, based on twin bedded rooms. Single rooms are available at an additional cost.
Meals: Three meals and bottled water provided daily.
Service Charges and Taxes: All entrance and basic visa fees, baggage handling, portage, taxes, tips and service charges are included.
Trip Leader: A Red Page sponsored trip leader for each 25 trip participants.
Spending Money: $20 that will be converted to Romanian Lei and given upon arrival.
Miscellaneous: All scheduled cultural events, trip interpreters, limited secondary insurance, and administrative costs.
Not Included in Your Mission Price
Cost of passport, optional excursions such as a trip extension, excess baggage charges, soft drinks, laundry, long distance phone calls, and all other items not listed of a personal nature. Airfare or Land Cost to/from point of origination in USA is not included in trip cost. Red Page can arrange all airfare travel; cost confirmed date of booking.
Other Important Information
Age: Potential trip members must be at least 16 years of age unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Anyone under the age of 12 years old must get prior approval from Red Page.
Itinerary and Health: Please evaluate your personal health according to our trip itineraries. Days are full with visiting and playing with the children and walking during sightseeing. Most days are planned from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Insurance: Mission trip insurance is included in your trip cost and coverage provides for accidents, medical assistance and evacuation, and limited baggage insurance. Details of coverage will be included in the orientation manual.
Reservations, Deposits, and Payment: All reservations must be made through the Red Page Mission Trip Application process, with a deposit payment to be paid upon application. Reservations will not be accepted by telephone. Final and full payment must be received prior to trip departure. Remember that space is limited, so it is important that your final payment is made on time and your reservation is early.
Cancellation Penalties: If your written cancellation notice is received more than 90 days prior to departure, you will only pay the non-refundable deposit plus any airline cancellation fees. All cancellations must be received in writing, either by mail, email or fax. All airline tickets are non-transferable. The Missions staff will work with you and the airline to assist you in getting any available refund.
Passports and Visas: All mission trip participants must have a valid passport. If you do not have a passport, you must obtain one 30 days prior to the trip departure date.
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