Come to Africa

Short-Term Teams

Pack your bags! Throughout the year we send teams of volunteers to serve on the mission field with us. No professional training is necessary; only a heart to serve and desire to share the love of Christ are required.

Each participant will minister through a 5 day outreach and have the opportunity to participate in a photo safari at Shikwaru, our ministry partner’s safari game lodge. You will also have the opportunity to go on a safari at a big 5 game farm at Entabeni Safaris. They also have a world class golf course for those interested, you can find out more by visiting Legends Resort. Our current short term trip dates are listed below on the trip calendar.

To apply for a trip, simply send in your completed trip application form along with a $500 non-refundable deposit by the corresponding deadlines. Applications are available on this site or by calling our offices at (515)343-5920. A valid passport is required for travel outside of the United States. A list of frequently asked questions about going on one of our trips is available on our FAQs about trips page.

If you are unable to complete the form online, please click here to download the PDF version and contact us

Trip Calendar

2012 Trip Dates

2013 Trip Dates

2014 Trip Dates

Long-term Ambassadors

Interested in more than short-term? We have volunteers who feel called to serve on the mission field with us for more than our 13 day short-term experience. Our long-term missionaries, called Ambassadors of God’s Love, commit 9 months of a year to living and working on the mission field.

Each Ambassador is responsible for raising his/her own support to live and minister on the field. If you are interested in serving long-term with us, please contact our offices for more information on the application process and opportunities currently available.

 

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH

The following steps must be completed in order to be a participant in a Blessman Ministries International Outreach. All applications are reviewed and considered on a case by case basis. You are not guaranteed a space on the team until your application is approved.

Step 1
Submit the following items to Blessman Ministries, Inc. (BMI):

  • Completed Application
  • Completed Background Check Authorization Form
  • $500 non-refundable deposit (checks should be made to Blessman Ministries, Inc. for other payment options please click here)
  • Color copy of your passport’s photo page (if you are in the process of applying for your passport please make a note on your application and send your copy as soon as your passport arrives, this can be scanned and emailed to office@blessmanministries.org)
  • A photo of yourself (Please email your photo to office@blessmanministries.org, if you don’t have email access please attach your photo to your application.)


Step 2

Once we have received all of your items from step one we will send you notice of your acceptance or denial via email (or postal mail if you don’t have email) within two weeks. During those two weeks we will process your background check and then the BMI staff will review your application. Most applications are approved, however BMI reserves the right to deny any application.

Denied Applications
A few reasons team members might be denied are: the trip you have signed up for is already full, a red flag came up on your background check, you don’t meet the medical/health requirements for the trip (see medical/health requirements attached to the application), etc. The reason for your denial will be included in your letter of denial, all decisions are final. If your application is denied your deposit will be refunded to you less any fees incurred during the processing of your application. If your application is denied because the trip you applied for is full, you will be given the option to transfer your deposit to an open trip.

Approved Applications
Once your application has been approved your $500 deposit is non-refundable. For other trip tuition policies please see the Trip Tuition Policy. Along with your letter of approval you will receive more information in the mail including an assumption of risk/election of insurance form, a sample fundraising letter, a team covenant form, and payment schedule. Please read through the information carefully and respond as instructed in the letter.

Outreach Application

Applicant Information

*Today's Date: *Trip Applying For:
*Title: *Last Name:
*First Name: *Middle:
*Marital Status: *Is this your passport name? Yes No
*Birth Date: *Sex: M F
*Place of Employment: *Occupation:
*Work Phone: *Home Phone:
*Cell Phone: *Home Address:
*City: *State:
*Zip Code: *Email:
*Home Church: *Church Address:
*Church Phone: *Pastor:
*Denomination/Affliation: *Choose Your Travel Dates:
*May we add you to our monthly email newsletter list? Yes No

Emergency Medical Information

*Allergies: *Current Medications:
*Doctor: *Doctor's Phone:
*Last Tetanus Shot:
*Emergency Contact: *Relationship:
*Phone Numbers:
Day: Evening:
*Alternate Emergency Contact: *Relationship:
*Phone Numbers:
Day: Evening:

Travel Document Information

*Do You Have a Passport? Yes No
*Passport Country: *Where was it issued?:
*Passport Expiration: *Passport Number:
*Citizenship: *City & State of Birth:
*Country of Birth:

Experience & Qualifications

*How did you hear about Blessman Ministries, Inc.?
*Have you ever traveled outside the US? Yes No
*Why do you want to go on this trip?
*List any cross-cultural mission experiences
you have had. Include country, organization and dates:
*List other formal ministry experience you have had. Include organization, responsibility, and dates:
*List any leadership positions you have held. Include organization, responsibility, and dates:
*Do you enjoy working with children? Yes No
*What skills and/or experience do you have that might be useful on this mission trip?
*Do you have any training/background/certification in any medical profession (i.e. doctor, nurse, R.Ph., EMT, PT, ENT, Chiropractor, etc)?
*Will you be raising funds for some or all of your expenses for this trip? Yes, all of it Yes, part of it
Not sure No, none of it
*Describe for us your spiritual condition and/or tell us your faith story:
*Is there any other information that we should know about (felony convictions, legal matters, etc.)?
*Is your name listed on any sex offender registry in any state in the U.S.? Yes No

Physical Requirements

It is our desire that as many people as possible go on our teams, however, our work can be physically demanding. The experience of a foreign mission trip can be taxing on even the most hardy individuals . To determine whether or not this trip is right for you, please see the list below. If you are still unsure, you may wish to schedule an appointment with our office to discuss your individual situation.

Ideally you should be able to walk one half mile over uneven ground surfaces. You also need to be able to manage your own luggage and occasionally help with physical set up of the clinics or building of the homes.

If you have any medical conditions, please visit your physician to get his or her blessing to travel with us. Make sure that your physician understands that you will be confined in the airplane for up to 18 hours.

Ask your doctor if they recommend anything to prevent blood clots on the flight such as aspirin or exercises in your seat. If you are bringing prescription medications, please make sure you follow all airline guidelines and restrictions for bringing those medications.

If there is any question about your health, we may require a medical release from your physician.

If you have any psychological conditions, please discuss this with your physician before committing to one of our teams. Please make us aware of any condition, even if it is well controlled.

Health Information


(Answer Yes or No for each of the following questions.)
*Are you currently being treated for any sickness or injury? Yes No
*Are you allergic to any medications? Yes No
*Do you have any other allergies? Yes No
*Have you ever had an eating disorder? Yes No
*Are you required to be on a special diet? Yes No
*Do you ever sleep walk or have sleeping problems? Yes No
*Do you get nervous or upset easily? Yes No
*Have you ever had psychiatric care? Yes No
*Have you ever been treated for depression? Yes No
*Do you have any physical disabilities that would keep you from participating in normal or rigorous activities? Yes No
*Do you have or have you ever had a seizure disorder? Yes No
*Do you have or have you ever had asthma or other breathing problems? Yes No
*Do you have or have you ever had a heart murmur? Yes No
*Do you have or have you ever had a kidney disease? Yes No
*Do you have or have you ever had diabetes? Yes No

If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, or if you have been diagnosed or treated for any mental or psychological illness or disorder, please give an explanation below.

Self Evaluation

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, please evaluate yourself in the following areas:

*Relating to New People: *Finishing what you start:
*Problem solving: *Submission to leaders:
*Organization/planning: *Public/group speaking:
*Confronting: *Listening:
*Leadership: *Encouraging:
*Receiving correction: *Trying new things:
*One-on-one ministry: *Taking charge/giving directives:

 

*Describe three strengths (not necessarily from the list above):
*Describe three weaknesses (not necessarily from the above list):
*Have you been involved in any of the following within the past year?
Tobacco Yes No
Alcohol Yes No
Illegal drugs Yes No
Gang-related activities Yes No
A cult or the occult Yes No
*If yes, to any, please explain:
*Please enter the code below in the box before sending: Click for new image

Final Agreements

The information I have provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge and I authorize Blessman Ministries, Inc. to verify the authenticity of my statements with the appropriate authorities. I understand that this mission trip could be highly physically and spiritually demanding. In the event that I am accepted to be a participant in this mission trip, I commit to fulfilling the requirements and submit myself under the authority of the trip leaders. I understand that Blessman Ministries, Inc. has taken efforts to ensure each team members' safety on the mission field but also understand that unforeseen events could endanger team members beyond the control of Blessman Ministries, Inc. I will not hold Blessman Ministries, Inc. liable for any accidents, injuries, or illnesses that occur on or due to a mission trip. I understand that at any time I feel uncomfortable with an activity the team is participating that I have the opportunity to decline my involvement. I agree to obtain travel insurance either through Blessman Ministries, Inc.'s provider or on my own. I authorize the trip leaders to seek emergency medical assistance for me as deemed necessary in the event of an emergency. Blessman Ministries, Inc. may perform criminal background checks on applicants.

I Agree to this statement and the Trip Policies & Agreements