Sending Experience FAQ

 

General Questions

How many Sending Experience Trips does LifePoint send a year?

5 Student Sending Experiences

  • Clarkston, Georgia 

  • Bangkok, Thailand 

  • Brussels, Belgium 

  • South Dakota, USA 

  • Sao Paulo, Brazil 

15-­20 Adult Sending Experiences

  • Bangkok, Thailand 

  • Brussels, Belgium 

  • Sao Paulo, Brazil 

  • Central Asia 

  • Bangalore, India 

  • Puebla, Mexico 

  • South Dakota, USA 

How do I get more information about Sending Experiences?

The first step in getting more information about a particular Sending Experience is to fill out the Interest Form. Click here to fill out the interest form. Once you fill out the form, a LifePoint Sending Team Leader will contact you with more information about the Sending Experience and interest meeting dates.

How far in advance can I sign up for a Sending Experience?

Interest meetings are the best place to sign up for a particular Sending Experience. They are usually held 6­-8 months before the Sending Experience month. However, you can turn in your deposit for a Sending Experience as early as one year out, as this helps ensure you have a spot on that Sending Experience. 

What is the latest I can sign up for a Sending Experience?

People are encouraged to sign up for a Sending trip at the interest meeting which is typically 6-­8 months prior to the trip. However, people can still sign up for a trip anywhere from 6-4 months out. If they are signing up for a global Sending Experience, they must already have a passport as we purchase airline tickets 3­-4 months out. 

What do the trainings for the Sending Experiences consist of?

Sending Experience teams meet once a month starting at 6 months out. Team leaders determine the dates and times of the trainings. The trainings are mandatory meetings that cover a wide range of topics that are extremely beneficial for you to learn before serving in a new culture. 

How long are the Sending Experiences?

Most Sending Experiences leave on a Friday and return the following Saturday totaling to 9 days, including travel days. However, some trips are 10 or 11 days. 

Do I need a passport or visa to serve on a Sending Experience?

  • All volunteers going on a Sending Experience outside of the United States must have a passport that is valid for six months after the return date to the U.S. 

  • In some countries, a visa is also required to enter the country. A visa is permission from the government to enter and exit the country you are visiting, and will be stamped in your passport. Your team leader will provide you with more information if a visa is required, the LifePoint Sending office will handle the visa application process for you. If you have a non­ U.S. passport, please let the Sending Office know as they will have to research to see if you require a visa for entry. 

Do you have a minimum or maximum age to serve on a Sending Experience?

  • LifePoint Sending volunteers include students, working professionals, families, and groups from around the world! 

  • If a minor wants to participate in a Sending Experience, they must have a parent or an adult going on the Sending Experience with them claiming responsibility for the minor, unless the minor is going on a Student Ministry specific Sending Experience. 

Do I need any specific skills to serve on a Sending Experience?

We believe that all people have something amazing to contribute! Our Sending Experiences are designed to accommodate all levels of skills and experience. 

What if I have more questions about LifePoint Sending Experiences or processes?

  • Our LifePoint Sending Staff is on hand to answer any questions that you might have and to guide you in living sent through LifePoint Sending Ministry Partners and Campuses. 

  • You can call the church office at 615­-459-­3311 and ask to speak to Erica, the LifePoint Sending Assistant, or email her at erica@lifept.org.

Sending Experience Fees and Fundraising

What does the cost of the Sending Experience include?

The cost of each Sending Experience covers airfare, travel insurance, visas, training materials, and all your needs once you arrive in­country, including lodging, food, and project costs. Some Sending Experiences have set excursions planned; these fees are also included in the total cost. 

How do I hold my spot for a Sending Experience?

A $100 deposit will hold your spot. It can be turned in as early as one year out from the trip date. However, most people turn in a deposit at the interest meeting for that Sending Experience. 

How do I turn in money for my Sending Experience?

  • There are three ways to turn in money for your Sending Experience trip. 

  • LifePoint Sending has provided payment envelopes to help with turning in money correctly. You can get these from the LifePoint Office or from your Sending Experience team leader.

  • Bill Pay

    • Log into your bank account and navigate to its online bill pay feature. Then you set up LifePoint Church as a person (not a company) and authorize your bank to send donations on your behalf. LifePoint Church address is 506 Legacy Drive Smyrna, TN 37167. The phone is 615-459-3311. After the church is setup you can choose a one-time or recurring gift under the AutoPay link. In the memo line box, please add a description of what the gift is for.

  • Sunday Mornings

    • Each campus has a time of response where the tithe and offering basket is passed. Cash and checks can be placed in the baskets or in the Giving Boxes located by the Auditorium. Make sure all mission payments are clearly labeled with the individual's name and location of trip.

  • Church Office or Mail

    • If you wish to mail in your giving, please send to: LifePoint Church
      Attn: Sending
      506 Legacy Dr
      Smyrna, TN 37167

    • Drop off at church anytime Monday–Thursday from 8am–4:30pm

How do I fundraise for a Sending Experience?

Many who serve on a Sending trip successfully fund raise all or part of their fees. We know that many people don’t have the time or ability to go on a Sending Experience but have the desire to be involved in some way. With that being said, we encourage you to fund raise, as it allows others who cannot go to be a part of spreading the name of the Lord! Sending team leaders also have fundraising tips to share. 

Is the Sending Experience fee tax­deductible?

Any fees turned in for your trip that do not come from a fundraiser are considered 100% tax deductible. If you plan to fund raise for your Sending Experience, please make a note on your envelope if the money you are turning in is from a fundraiser as that is not considered tax deductible. 

What if I end up not being able to go on the Sending Experience after I’ve turned in money?

Due to IRS regulations, money given for a Sending Experience trip is credited as tax deductible and cannot be refunded to individuals. However, in most cases the money can be used for future trips depending on what has already been purchased for the original trip. Contact the LifePoint Sending office if you have more questions about tax deductible contributions. 

Health and Safety

Does the Sending Experience fee include health insurance while abroad?

It sure does! All volunteers are provided with comprehensive coverage for a short term trip from Gallagher Charitable that includes coverage for medical, evacuation, property, crisis management, accidental death and dismemberment, disability, liability, and more. It is designed for people who have medical insurance in the U.S. but provides $10,000 in primary medical coverage while overseas. 

Is safety an issue?

The LifePoint Staff has taken every precaution possible to reduce unnecessary risks involved with our Sending Experiences. We continually monitor the personal, social, political, and environmental factors that might heighten the security issues of our teams and consider the security of our teams very important. 

What happens if I get sick abroad?

A lot of our safety procedures have been put in place to help protect against illness in-­country—like traveler-­safe food and bottled drinking water. But, in the case of an illness, we are ready to ensure that the volunteer receives appropriate and professional care. Whether it means a warm bowl of soup and a comforting hand, or an appointment with a local doctor or hospital, our experienced missionaries are trained and ready to handle any situation. It starts with our comprehensive travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance, which provides the peace of mind that your needs will be covered in the event of a medical issue (up to $10,000). Our in­-country missionaries and ministry partners will be there every step of the way.