Many NC Baptists have worked in Sri Lanka providing aid, construction, and ministry. NCBM is partnering with Sri Lankan Christians to help build relationships with the people and to reach them for Jesus. Projects will include construction and non-construction opportunities.
PURPOSE: Teams will perform construction (homes and churches) and non-construction (VBS, Leadership Development, Youth Camps, Health Clinics, etc. ) In addition, teams will have an opportunity to visit with and get to know Sri Lankan Christians as well as worship in Sri Lankan churches. Team members are encouraged to share their faith with people that they meet.
SECURITY: NCBM strongly recommends that Sri Lanka volunteers take the online security training course offered by Fort Sherman Academy. There is a cost and it will take several hours to complete. However, the training is worthwhile and will prepare you for future mission trips in countries with security issues. For more info. copy this link and paste in a web browser: http://www.baptistsonmission.org/Training/Mission-Trip-Safety-Security-Training
TRIP COST: Determined by price of ticket and logistical expenses (in-country transportation, lodging, and meals.) NCBM will cover accident insurance. You will need to take some extra money for personal expenses.
TEAMS: Teams should be comprised of at least 2 people and no more than 15. Preference is for teams that can provide construction and non-construction skills. Construction teams should have at least two members who are strong in construction. Applicants must be at least 16 years old to participate.
PARTICIPATION: Those wishing to participate should do the following:
1. Complete volunteer registration on www.ncmissions.org and mail a deposit of $500 per person, at least 90 days prior to your anticipated departure date. The final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to the date of your departure. Participants are responsible for cost of ticket even if they need to cancel. However, if refunds are offered by the airline we will return any difference to participant.
2. Have a valid passport. If you do not have a valid passport you will need to get one immediately. It usually takes 3-4 weeks to process a new passport. **You must have a valid passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months from the return date for your trip.
HEALTH: Team members must be in good physical health. Anyone with a chronic medical condition should not volunteer for these projects. Many areas of work will be quite hot and dusty. Volunteers will need to make sure the following shots are up to date: Typhoid, Hepatitis A, and Tetanus. Inform your medical doctor that you will be traveling to Sri Lanka. (They may suggest other shots. This is up to you.)
TRAVEL: All travel will be arranged by NC Baptist Men’s office. Travel may be possible from other cities, but may involve an additional cost.
LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS: . Those participating in this effort must be flexible and willing to work as a member of the team. Travel, living, and working conditions may be difficult at times. The work may be strenuous and the climate will be hot. Once applications and deposits have been received, team members will be sent an orientation manual, which will answer many questions about the trip.
OTHER: Smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking alcoholic beverages is highly offensive to Sri Lankan Christians. Team members must refrain from these activities while in Sri Lanka