Mission South Africa

Mission South Africa


What is Mission South Africa?
Mission South Africa is a chance to serve God and the children and communities of South Africa in partnership with Blessman International.

What do we do?
Team members will serve orphans and vulnerable children through a variety of ways that may include optical ministry, feeding center ministry and construction/service projects. All necessary training will be provided; no professional training is required. Teams will have the opportunity to visit the Shikwaru Game Lodge for a photo safari and may have the option to walk with lions, ride elephants and go on a big five game photo safari.
Optical Ministry
This ministry utilizes Blessman International’s optical care ministry through the public schools of South Africa. Team members will have the opportunity through this ministry to minister to children one-on-one.
Feeding Center Ministry
Team members will minister to children ages 3-16 through feeding centers and preschools. Team members will play with the children, help with meal preparation, prepare or participate in a Bible lesson, provide assistance with homework and minister to the children.
Service Projects/Construction
Every team will have a couple of service days on their trip. Projects will vary but may include building a playground at one of the churches or cleaning or painting at feeding centers.

How do we get there?
The team will depart from Des Moines and fly together into Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon arrival, the team will be greeted by Blessman staff and transported to the Blessman campus (about a three-hour drive).

2019 Trip Dates & Registration Links
Hope partners with a website called Managed Missions for all mission trip applications. When you click the registration links below, you will be re-directed to Managed Missions and asked to sign in or create a login.

Who can go?
Anyone age 18 and up with a heart for Jesus.

Where do we stay?
Team participants will stay on Blessman’s campus in a nice and secure dormitory lodge. Rooms are either bunk beds or queen beds (reserved for married couples).

What travel documents do I need?
A current U.S. passport is required and must be valid for at least six months past trip dates. Click here for more information on acquiring a passport.

What immunizations do I need?
No immunizations are required for travel to South Africa. However, please consult your physician on recommended vaccinations. Click here to visit the vaccination page of the Center for Disease Control.

What is the cost*?
Cost is $3,600 and includes airfare, meals in country, accommodations, transportation and ministry supplies for your outreach.

Passport, vaccination and optional tourist excursions are additional costs.

Please note that at least 50 percent of the trip total must be paid 60 days before departure. At 30 days prior to departure, trip total must be paid in full.

* Cost subject to change based on airfare fluctuation

How do I sign up?
You may apply for registration online by clicking the dates of the trip above. If you have issues with registration, please call Hope’s WDM office at 515-222-1520.

A $500 non-refundable deposit per person is due upon registration.

Once registered, background checks will be conducted by Hope on all mission trip applicants age 18 and older. This is to ensure the safety and protection of all mission team members and the people we serve.

How do I get more information?
Contact Tamara, missions coordinator, at 515-422-9138 or tamara.satren@hopewdm.org

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Contact Missions at 515-222-1520.