Mission Trip Packing List

You’re getting ready to go on a mission trip. How exciting! You have completed just about everything necessary to get ready to go, except for packing. Perhaps it’s because you have no idea what to pack because it’s your first trip. Maybe it’s because there are 163,000,000+ Google search results (I’m not exaggerating) related to packing for travel and it’s overwhelming. Either way, we’ve got you covered. The list below will help you pack what you need to go on your mission trip.

Before packing, check your airline’s luggage size and weight requirements. Each airline has its own restrictions as to quantity, size and weight. Some carry-on policies restrict bag weights to 11 lbs. or less and in other countries, airlines use a weight system that might add the weight of your carry-on to your checked baggage. If your flights utilize more than one airline, check the requirements of all of them.


Here is what you might want to pack in your checked luggage:


Be sure to bring clothing appropriate for the culture of the country(ies) where you are travelling.

  • Pants/Capris/Long Skirts
  • Modest Shirts/Blouses
  • Sturdy, Comfortable Shoes
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Clothing and Shoes for Church

Toiletries (in a zip-lock baggie or a zipped plastic-lined bag in case of spills or leaks)

  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel or Bar Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine Products


  • Jacket
  • Poncho or Raincoat
  • Hat or Bandana
  • Sunglasses

First Aid Kit

Small Packable Backpack

Hand Sanitizer

Shower Shoes/Flip Flops




Insect Repellant






Language Dictionary

Water Bottle

Pocket Flashlight

Copy of Passport

Copy of Photo ID

Copy of International Travel Insurance Policy


What to bring in your carry on:

Extra change of clothes

Roll of toilet paper

Travel Documents (Purchase your travel tickets in the exact same name that appears on your passport or official ID. Ensure that all travel documents match that name precisely.)

  • Photo ID
  • Itinerary
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Receipts or registration (CBP Form 4457) for new electronics, such as a camera or laptop, that you are taking abroad. (Only suggested if the goods are less than six months old.)
  • Medications in their original packages. Prescription medications have to be under the traveler’s name.
  • Airline Ticket confirmation
  • Birth Certificate for accompanying children under 16


Travel size liquid toiletries (3.4 oz or smaller and must fit in quart size clear zip top bag according to TSA rules)

Travel/Neck Pillow

Universal Travel Adapter

Recommended Books for Missionaries

We encourage each missionary and trainee to read as many missions books as possible, especially those on this list and other books by these same authors. You may also find good missionary biographies or autobiographies in your church library.

  1. Burke, T. Anointed for Burial. Plainfield, NJ: Logos International, 1977.
  2. McGavran, Donald. The Bridges of God. London: World Dominion Press, 1981.
  3. Olson, Bruce. Bruchko. Orlando, FL: Creation House, 1989.
  4. Loss, Myron. Culture Shock. Middleburg, PA: Encouragement Ministries, 1985.
  5. Richardson, Don. Eternity in Their Hearts. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1985. Shibley, David. A Force on the Earth. Orlando, FL: Creation House, 1989.
  6. Tucker, Ruth. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1983.
  7. Greenway, Roger S. Guidelines For Urban Church Planting. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1976.
  8. Hodges, Melvin. The Indigenous Church & The Missionary. South Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 1978.
  9. Brock, Charles. Indigenous Church Planting: A Practical Turn. Neosho, MO: Church Growth Int’l, 1994.
  10. Cunningham, Loren. Is That Really You, God? YWAM Publishing, 1996.
  11. Piper, John. Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1993.
  12. Richardson, Don. Lords of the Earth. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1979.
  13. Richardson, Don. Peace Child. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1975.
  14. Livingston, Greg. Planting Churches in Muslim Cities. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1993.
  15. Carre, Captain E. G. Praying Hyde, Apostle of Prayer: The Life Story of John Hyde. S. Plainfield, NJ: Bridge, 1982.
  16. Wimber, John. Power Evangelism. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1986.
  17. Rust, Brian and Barry McLeish. The Support Raising Handbook: A Guide for Christian Workers. Downers, Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1984
  18. Dawson, John. Taking Our City For God. Orlando, FL: Creation House, 1992.
  19. Elliot, Elisabeth. Through Gates of Splendor. Wheaton, IL: Living Books, 1981.
  20. Bevere, John. Under Cover: The Promise of Protection Under His Authority. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2001.
  21. Warren, Rick. The Purpose-Driven Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.


William Carey Library has a list of many other books on missions and related topics. Visit https://missionbooks.org/, call 1-800-777-6371 to order, 818-798-0819 for information, or write:

William Carey Library
P.O. Box 40129
Pasadena, CA 91114

Big Planet, Small World

The Cambridge Dictionary defines culture as, “the way of life of a particular people, especially as shown in their ordinary behavior and habits, their attitudes toward each other, and their moral and religious beliefs.”

There are a lot of people on this planet. In fact, there are over seven billion of us! We are spread across a place so big, that if a person could drive a car around the equator, they would travel over 24,900 miles.

These numbers seem huge, but if you think about it, we have been sharing this same planet for a very long time. So, while the vast amount of space and people has produced diverse cultures, we still share many things in common. Technology continues to lessen the cultural gap by increasing communication around the world.

No matter where people live, they smile when they are happy or cry when they are sad. As the saying goes, “Laughter is a universal language.” They also have worries and frustrations, and may even share a few of the same worries and frustrations we have!

So what’s the lesson? Don’t be afraid to connect with people from different cultures. Take time to get to know them and share about your culture as well. You may learn that you have more in common than you think. As Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

World Indigenous Missions Reaches GuideStar Platinum

WIM Reaches GuideStar Platinum

Great news!

World Indigenous Missions has earned the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress WIM is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios. We chose to display quantitative metrics to represent how hard WIM is working toward achieving our mission. We’re proud to use GuideStar Platinum to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our Nonprofit Profile: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; quantitative information about goals, strategies, and progress toward our mission. To learn more about GuideStar Platinum, click here, or go to guidestar.org/platinum. To learn more about GuideStar, watch their short video.

We’re thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives at a global scale!

2018 National Day of Prayer is May 3

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What is the National Day of Prayer?

Enacted in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman, the National Day of Prayer calls for Americans of all backgrounds to join together and pray for our nation and its leaders. The National Day of Prayer website states that the theme this year is Pray for America – UNITY, based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Many communities throughout the United States hold various events and meetings in observance of National Day of Prayer. These events include prayer breakfasts, community gatherings, and National Day of Prayer church services. To find an event near you or to find ways to volunteer, be sure to visit the National Day of Prayer website here.