The cost of medical missions is one of the biggest obstacles that keep people from serving, but it doesn’t have to keep you from joining a team!
With travel costs, supplies, immunizations, and all the little extras, the cost of everything adds up quickly! But don’t let the dollar amount of a medical mission’s trip hold you back! Going on a medical mission trip is a great way to help people in under served communities and it can bring a whole new perspective to your life. You may be tempted to charge the costs, and that’s OK if you have the resources to pay it down in a reasonable time. If you don’t have the resources handy, hold off on that credit card swipe and check out this list of fundraising tips for medical mission trips.
We’ve compiled this list of a few of the best fundraising tips for medical mission trips!
1. Host a meal your supporters can attend for a donation
Whether at a church or local event center, schedule a pancake breakfast, taco bar, or spaghetti dinner and collect proceeds to go toward your mission’s trip. Set a suggested donation and many will give more. It’s a win-win as guests will receive dinner and fellowship while you are raising money and sharing your story with those who want to support you!
2. Plan an auction to sell of donated items
Local vendors will often gladly donate items to a worthy cause. Donations give them exposure and give you the opportunity to auction items off without costing you. Your trip will profit 100% from the sale, and many people are quite generous at these events and bid over the cost of the item!
3. Invite friends and family to be a part of your trip
Send a letter outlining you trip and, more importantly, why you feel so moved to take it. Letters don’t put people on the spot but give them time to pray and think about ways they can help. A personal follow up with texts, calls, emails, or a face to face visit can help people see your passion and say “yes” if it’s in their budget. Giving generously is a great way for people to support medical missions work if they’re not physically able to join a team.
4. Sell items made by you (or friends and family)
Let your DIY side come out! Create homemade items such as soaps, baked goods, jewelry, photography prints, etc. and sell them! Have a special fudge recipe that everyone loves? Perhaps you’re a superstar at making freezer dump meals. Even better pull a few friends together to help you take orders and create amazing things to generate cash for your trip costs.
5. Offer a service people will benefit from
Pick a skill and offer your services: lawn care, babysitting, coaching, cleaning, car washing, and more! People are more than willing to pay for a service when they know their money is used for good. Brainstorm service ideas and get others involved to help! Remember, making it a win/win makes it so much easier for people to financially support you!
6. Hold a sports tournament and promise bragging rights to the winner
Raise money from a weekend sports tournament. Whether baseball or golf, gather your community together for a great time! Charge an entry fee and allow businesses to pay for advertisements on game day. Set up a snack basic snacks and start spreading the word about the tournament early on so you can expect a positive turnout!
7. Plan a workshop or training
Do you have a unique skill like cooking, sewing, blogging, art, or something else? Plan a workshop where you invite friends and family to pay and learn skills in your area of expertise. Invite your friends to bring a bottle of wine, chase their dreams, or learn how to to the latest new thing.
8. Get a fundraising website
Free websites are available and dedicated to promoting your cause. Check into Razoo (https://www.razoo.com/ ).Sites like this are easy to share with friends and help you easily keep track of your fundraising goals.
With a little creativity and a whole lot of passion you can raise the fund you need for your trip. As an added bonus your community can support you and learn more about how medical mission trips, like your, impact the world.
Tell us in the comments if you have additional fundraising tips for medical mission trips! Good luck on your fundraising efforts!
Have you considered how you–a current medical missionary–might encourage medical missionaries of the future? The pandemic has not ended our ability to reach people globally and participate in making a difference! We are blessed to be a blessing in many ways over the last year. This mercy and grace is continual.
Current medical missionaries might not yet be going on as many trips, but are still able to communicate with organizations and people in some of those places or help raise funds or donate supplies that support training doctors, staff, and patients in places where there is a lack of basic medical care. They are still able to prepare for a future trip and stay updated on things related to where they are going.
There are other things that current medical missions volunteers can do as well! We would like to share with you three things you can do to encourage medical missionaries of the future.
Be An Advocate
There might be medical residents who have not been a regular part of their faith community since they started to learn and practice, but they dig in and their faith deepens. As this happens, they seek new ways to give back to the world. Or there could be a registered nurse who has just moved to your city and is looking for an extra way to be plugged-in to a new volunteer opportunity. A newly certified medical aide might be unaware of how they can volunteer or participate in medical missions trips. A current medical missions volunteer like you could advocate for global medical care issues.
You can shine a light on the different ways these medical missions volunteers of the future could be a part of the changes they are eager to see. Your advocacy may encourage medical missionaries to seek out organizations where they can volunteer sooner rather than later!
Share Your Testimonies
Your testimonies can be the spark that lights up what is already in the heart of future medical missionaries who are not even grown up yet. Your compassion and dedication shines bright when you share the good things you have seen or heard. Not only that, but the glory of the gospel of Jesus is highlighted. Your words encourage those who have dreamed of becoming a doctor, nurse, medical aide, counselor, or being part of some kind of medical missions team, and stir up the faith of everyone who hears you. You could blog, ask for permission to share about things that have changed since your last trip in church, or find other creative ways to share your testimonies as part of your regular day. You could do something similar to what we do on our Facebook page, and post live videos sharing good news and prayers.
As medical care professionals and volunteers, there are things you stay updated about on a regular basis that other people might not. You could provide education about some of those things in a way that brings hope and clarity to people who might one day become a medical care professional or volunteer. What you share about malaria in a region where there is a lack of access to basic health care could stay on the heart of a person who is thinking about going back to medical school now that their children are grown up. Or someone who is considering which medical field to go into might be moved to hear about how some in hard-to-reach places are accessing glasses or dental work. You never know who might benefit from a bit of news that you share.
Mercy and grace are experienced every time there is a miracle in someone’s life. It is certainly a miracle any time someone receives much-needed basic medical care when they previously could not. It is also a miracle when someone decides to become a medical professional because they heard the story of someone like you. Or because they experienced the compassion of someone like you on the job.
Would You Like to Learn More?
Are you interested in learning more about our current upcoming 2021 trip to Benin? The date has changed to November 6-15, 2021, so there is plenty of time to sign up if you have considered it. If you would like to learn more about Mission Partners for Christ, we’d love to answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Are you considering raising funds for your medical missions trip?
If you have not gone on a medical missions trip before–and even if you have!–you may be wondering about different ways to begin raising funds for going on medical missions trips. Thankfully, there are so many possibilities for you to creatively raise the funds alone, with your friends and family, with your church, or through other people you have never met who–just like you–care about the health and life of people around the world. There may even be ways of raising funds that you had not considered before.
Here are six easy ways of raising funds for your medical missions trip!
1) Host a community concert or event!
Are you a singer or on a worship team? Are there friends or members of your church and their churches who would volunteer to gather and perform for the community? This event involves coordinating with lots of people, but could be worthwhile in multiple ways–the gospel is shared in your home community. You and anyone from your area who also has registered to go on the same trip will raise funds to go together.
Musicians get to use their gifts to the glory of God and truly shine. To potentially increase the fundraising at this type of event, a take-home spaghetti dinner or other type of dinner could be served. This way, members of the community who are hungry or just want to get involved but cannot stay for the concert can take home their dinners, and others who plan to stay for the concert can eat in an area set up for that purpose. It also gives those great home cooks in your church family circle a chance to fix up something delicious for the local people who may be unfamiliar with the church!
2) Invite your friends and family to be part of a multi-family yard sale
You and your family or friends and church family may have lots of clothes and other items in great condition that you no longer plan to use. This could be a great way to open up to the community you live in and gather together with people who would like to offer their gently-used items for sale to help you with raising funds for going on medical missions trips. A large outdoor building, garage, or church community building could be set up with clothing racks, tables, shelves, and more. Everyone benefits by releasing things they no longer need so that others who might need or want it can have it, and funds are raised.
3) Host a community meal and invite friends and family to prepare food!
With the right permits or permissions, along with following certain health protocol, you and your family, friends, or church family could serve monthly or quarter-monthly community meals. Spaghetti, chili, and chicken noodle soups are three popular meals that are easy to cook in large batches and provide inexpensive sides like green beans and dinner rolls. Desserts, water bottles, and other drinks could be offered as well. Styrofoam containers to hold meals for taking home are available at dollar stores, if you are considering ways to keep costs lower and fundraising higher. Community meals also help plant seeds of hope as you fellowship with one another and with people who may never have heard about medical missions trips or Christ before.
4) Make that special thing that you’re famous for!
Do you have a talent for making certain types of foods that others would love to receive or give as a gift? Perhaps you are acquainted with someone who has this talent and would like to share it to help you raising funds for going on medical missions trips. Apple butter is one popular item that can be put in jars with pretty labels and jute rope. Other popular desserts that keep well, bake well, and give well are pies, brownies, dinner rolls, and cookies. If you plan to do this, be sure to follow proper protocol for where you live.
Also, you may be able to partner with other people who decide to get together and offer these foods along with other things like handcrafted jewelry or decor at a winter bazaar (just in time for Christmas). Lots of people look for ways to support local ministries around Thanksgiving and Christmas, and almost everyone likes some kind of home-made dessert created with love for a good cause!
5) Write a book, course, or workshop!
Are you a writer or professional with a skill you could offer to teach other people? Or perhaps you write beautiful poetry, illustrate encouraging words, or love to tell stories? You could create a book or course to be sold online or work with others to inexpensively offer a hard copy book or course in person. This can take as little time as one day to thirty days with good planning and execution. What is something you could help others learn that would also help you with raising funds for going on medical missions trips?
6) Host a 5K Run/Walk!
5K runs and walks are popular in many places. With the right permits and coordination with other people who agree to volunteer their time and skills in hosting a 5K run or walk, you could begin raising funds for going on medical missions trips just by taking a walk in the park at a slightly brisker pace than usual or by going for a run with people in your community. It raises awareness of the importance of medical missions trips and also helps share the gospel while encouraging healthy activities.
What are some ideas you have ways of raising funds for your medical missions trip?
Let us give you a hand with our free fundraising letter template! We have created a free fundraising letter template to assist you with reaching out to people and ask them to support you on your medical missions trip journey. You can visit this page on our blog to sign up for it and it will be instantly emailed to you. We love to support you in your goals and we appreciate you considering the ways you can begin raising funds for going on medical missions trips.
You did it. You’ve answered the call from God and said YES to your first missions trip!
Preparing for your first missions trip is such an exciting time, and you might have a lot of questions, but the number one question we get from people entering the mission field for the first time is: How do I raise enough money to fund my trip? Here are our top 5 tips and tricks on how to raise funds for your next missions trip:
1. Share your story
Your story is powerful, so when you approach a person or business about donations, be sure to lead with your story. Why are you going on this particular trip? How did you connect with the organization you chose? Why do you have a passion to serve in this type of way?
2. Explain the problem
What problem is your chosen organization attempting to solve? Is it hunger and malnourishment in underserved nations, or the lack of healthcare in certain areas of the world? Be clear about what problem your organization is trying to solve and what they are doing about it.
3. Be specific
When asking for funds to help you on your missions trip, it helps to be specific. People want to know exactly what their money is going towards, so whether it’s to help with airfare or provide extra medical supplies, don’t be afraid to list off a few things their donation will help purchase.
4. Offer an alternative
Not everyone is able or willing to donate to your trip, and that’s ok! Don’t be discouraged if some people can’t donate, but definitely offer them an alternate way they can help! Asking for prayer and encouragement is a great way someone can be a part of this journey if they can’t give financially.
5. Be thankful
No matter what, always end with gratitude! Make sure to let whoever you’re approaching know how thankful you are for whatever they are able to give, whether that’s money, prayers, or encouraging words. Having an attitude of gratitude always makes people feel good!
If this isn’t your first time raising funds for a missions trip, is there anything you would add to this list? If so, please let us know in the comments. If this is your first time raising funds and you are still struggling to find the words to ask for help, feel free to download our free fundraising letter template to help you on your way!
Did you know Mission Partners For Christ has scholarship opportunities for students who are interested in going on a trip but are in need of some financial assistance?
Brittanie is a medical student who traveled with us on one of our trips. Here is her testimony about her experience:
“This wasnt my first mission trip, so I knew that I would leave Cote dIvoire forever changed by the experience. However, I could not have expected the multidimensional change I experienced during those few short days. Despite the long days, long rides, and daily hiccups and attacks against our purpose, my strength was renewed.
As I served in villages where people professed that they felt forgotten,” I had the privilege of experiencing true gratitude and thankfulness. There were so many moments where I was reminded of what gratitude and thankfulness look like, but one particular moment stands out the most.
On the last day of clinic in the villages, a female elder from one of the villages neighboring Atakassikoro sat across from me in seemingly good health. She had no complaints, a few achy bones here and there, but she just wanted to see the doctor. After we completed her exam, she looked me in my eyes, smiled, and in her native tongue she said, Thank you for the work you are doing; thank you for coming to see about us.’ Every other person who sat in that chair before her had expressed their gratitude, but there was something touching in the compassion and genuineness in which she shared her gratitude. I may never be able to verbally express the impact those few moments had on me as a young physician in training, but I will never forget it. I dont know what my future holds but I know that I will be a better physician because of my time in Cote dIvoire.
If you are a student who wants to be apart of helping others feel seen, heard, and loved on one of our trips, apply for our scholarship!
Mission Partners for Christ Scholarship
Our desire is for medical and dental students to come to understand how medical missions can be a part of Gods will for their lives.
METHOD OF APPLICATION Scholarship applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The application must be submitted at least three months prior to the trip departure, and the applicant must be accepted as a Mission Partners for Christ trip participant before applying for the scholarship. Email your scholarship application to email@example.com
AWARDS Awards will be announced by email as they are awarded. The amount of the award will be up to $1000 and is to be used for project and transportation-related expenses.
APPLICATION The applicant must submit a letter of no more than 300 words that describes their current course of education and their motivation for serving in medical missions. This letter should address what they hope to learn from their participation in the short-term medical missions experience.
After the trip is complete, the awardee is required to submit a summary report of their experience that focuses on the change that took place in their life as a result of the trip.
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