January 1-7, 2020
Thank you for considering God’s call to join us. The following is important information meant to answer the most common questions regarding the Honduras Vision mission trips.
Why do we go?
The Great Commission of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus commands us “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.”
Together we will... Conduct an eyeglass mission in Honduras. We will care for people in their physical need. We will share Jesus and the message of his salvation with every person who visits the clinic. Each team of 10 will assist about 1,000 people over the 4 day of the clinic. There is no experience necessary.
Where we’re going... Pending
How will I be impacted? Many who go on the mission trips have life changing experiences, they no longer view the world the same way. Some become more involved in local missions. Some desire to return on another mission trip. Some become more active in their local church and communities.
Reflections from prior teams Witnessing people put on a new pair of glasses and the expression on their face when they realize they can see is amazing.
It’s an awesome experience to provide the gift of sight. To allow people to see again or read their Bible blesses you as much as it does them. To hear someone say, now I can see my wife or grandchild, brings tears to your eyes. Or to witness a teenager purposely walk up to Pastor and give him a hug because they can see, wow God is awesome!!
I’d tell anyone and everyone to go on a vision trip. The greatest thing is just being able to go and serve. For those days of the clinic you have a singular purpose—help people the best you can. It is so refreshing to be in a group that shares this purpose and gives their best. It is simple and yet so powerful. It is loving people by word and action.
I was again struck by the simple truth that God the Father sent His Son for ALL people. In Honduras I was surrounded by people that had a different language, a different look, different customs, a different culture, different money system, different foods, and different rules—but oh how powerful to know these people truly are my brothers and sisters through God our Father. He loves them with the same fervent love that he loves me with.
I loved being able to serve people physically as well as serving them by sharing the love of an ever-faith Savior.
The cost for each participant is $1,750 (includes airfare, in-country costs such as ground transportation, most meals, lodging, etc.). The sooner we book the airline tickets the cheaper the airfare will be. Trinity will contribute additional funds to help offset the costs of the eyeglass equipment and re-supply.
Application and Registration Fee Deadlines December, 2019 – Minimum $250 non-refundable deposit is due. Enclose TWO COLOR COPIES of your Passport and your completed Application, Information, and Code of Conduct Forms.
December 1, 2019 – Balance is due. Make all checks payable to Trinity Lutheran Church - No refunds are possible after airline tickets are purchased by our travel coordinator
Passport and Visa Required Every participant must have a Passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the entry date into Honduras. The process of obtaining or renewing a Passport can take as long as 4-6 weeks.
Training Date - November 9th 9:00 AM - 12:00
Immunizations? There are no required immunizations for Honduras. CONTACT YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN OR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AGENT FOR RECOMMENDATIONS! Worth strong consideration are the following: Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B. MALARIA is very common in Honduras. Contact your physician for a prescription of a preferred oral anti-malaria drug for HONDURAS. Persons with hypertension should consult their physician for precautions against malaria. Be sure to bring mosquito repellent that has at least 90% deet (check the label).
In our experience, the Peoria City/County Health Department is the most financially reasonable place to receive immunizations. Appointments are necessary. When making appointment, be sure to ask about mode of payment. Location and contact information follows:
Peoria City/County Health Another Resource: Advocate Medical Group 2116 N. Sheridan Rd 3024 E. Empire Peoria, IL 61604 Bloomington, IL 16704 Phone: (309) 679-6000 (309) 454-4411 (KC Schearer)
(Insurance may cover here)
What about airline tickets? The Hearts Ablaze mission coordinator will arrange travel and ticketing from Bloomington to Honduras and back for the entire mission team.
Training and Orientation Everyone is expected to attend the training and orientation sessions held at Trinity. It is scheduled for Saturday November 9th from 9:00AM until 1:00PM. This is for all participants, including those who have been a part of previous missions
Schedule/Itinerary Not Available at this time
NOTE: Participants are NOT to leave the airport during any “layover” regardless of length.
Food – Water, Etc. As part of the accommodations in Honduras, breakfast and the evening meals are provided. Some of the meals may be very similar to American style; others will vary in preparation and type. Every effort is made to ensure that the food is nutritious and safe. Lunch is the responsibility of each individual. The Honduran culture is to break for lunch, so that workers and volunteers can eat their lunch. If the clinic is extremely busy, the clinic may proceed during lunch, with team members normally taking individual short breaks to snack for lunch. You may bring small snack from the U.S. but remember that your luggage space is limited. We will stop at a local grocery store in Honduras, so you will be able purchase items once we arrive. The “don’t drink the water” advice for foreign travel applies to Honduras also. Safe, bottled water is readily available at reasonable prices and you are expected to purchase your own supply of drinking water. DO NOT drink any water or brush your teeth with water from a faucet, shower, or water tap. Antiseptic hand lotion is available in Honduras. It is advisable to use it frequently when working in Honduras.
Clothing – Luggage Clothing needed for the mission must be chosen carefully. The Honduras climate is tropical, with temperature ranging from 60 to 80 degrees. A light jacket or sweater may be desired in the mornings or evenings. Medical scrub tops are worn by most team members at the clinics. Long pants are recommended. Capris and shorts are permitted, as long as they reach your knees. Longer skirts or dresses are permitted. A light rain “poncho” plus an extra pair of shoes are suggested. If rubber boots are advised for your clinic, they can be purchased while shopping for personal food, sanitation, and water supplies in Honduras.
You must pack lightly. On the aircraft each team member will be allowed only one regulation size carry-on bag plus one other SMALL personal bag (large purse, briefcase, etc.) YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CHECK A SUITCASE OR LARGE BAG. The checked-bag allowance for each ticket will be utilized by the teams to check footlockers and other supplies. There will, however, be a large designated checked-bag for you to place a single gallon-sized zip-locked bag containing “sharps” and other personal items that are not allowed to be carried onto the plane.
Money You are advised to bring at least $200 of your own, in new $10, $20 or $100-dollar bills. These bills should be crisp, unworn, without creases or marks and dated 2006 or newer. Many banks do not have a supply of “perfect” $100 bills on hand. It is best to convert the U.S. dollars to Honduran lempira at the airport. Team leaders can advise you of the better exchange booths to be used. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in many places in Honduras and the large cities. Advise your Bank/Credit Card Company that you will be traveling abroad. There are ATM outlets in Honduras.
Safety – Security – Accommodations The local pastors and congregations are our hosts. They live in the areas that we will be visiting and will make every effort to ensure that the group is safe at all times. There are guidelines that everyone is expected to follow. The accommodations will be different from American hotel standards but are safe and clean. Meals will be taken either in our lodgings or at restaurants known by our hosts.
Miscellaneous You are advised to bring a camera, but discretion is crucial when taking photos of strangers. A daily journal is recommended. English is widely spoken, but knowing a few native words or phrases is appreciated by the people.
How can I raise support money? If you wish to solicit support to pay for the trip or the mission, a packet is available that includes:
1. A sample form letter on our letterhead explaining the trip and requesting donations 2. Photos of a previous mission
If you need help with fundraising or have any other questions, please talk with any member of the Hearts Ablaze Team or contact Pastor Terry Strom (309) 533-6687 PastorTerry@trinluth.org