Answering the call to mission work is easy; the devil is in the details. What kind of work do you want to do? Where would you like to go? Who’s paying for it?
One can find a number of agencies that specialise in missionary travel. SIAMA, (Society for the Interest of Active Missionaries Abroad) and Missiontravel.org provide travel arrangements for the missionaries. missionfinder.org offer a thorough list of the various types of missionary work and locations to choose from. Now all you have to do is get your shots, pack your bags, and get some missionary travel insurance.
Most missions require missionary travel insurance. The insurance should cover lost or delayed baggage, your technology, (back up the data anyway,) trip delay and cancellation, car insurance, health insurance, and medical evacuation and repatriation. Read your policy carefully, and make sure it covers the unique needs of missionaries. Lost/Stolen Baggage cover is really important for missionaries, as luggage often contains supplies for the mission. It’s always good to have a back up plan in case the flight gets cancelled, or delayed. As many missions take place in countries with less than reliable transportation infrastructure, Trip Delay/Cancellation insurance guarantees you’ll get there (and back), without paying for a second ticket. Depending on where you’re headed, Kidnap and Ransom and Acts of Terrorism policies may be appropriate. Medical Evacuation and Repatriation policies may seem excessive, but medical evacuations start at €35,000.
Getting insurance with a company that can guarantee you that your needs will be met, as well as your claims reimbursed, is very important. Tangiers Group (tangiersgroup.com) offers a Missionary Travel Insurance policy that is backed by a network of medical locals on the ground. Their network will help you learn about the area you’re in, inform you of possible dangers, and ensure that you get the best medical help. The start of every successful mission trip is preparation.