Frequently Asked Questions

Ministry Partnership

With what type of ministries do you partner?


  • Global and local ministries
  • Local churches
  • Missionaries
  • Evangelists




What benefits are there for us when we partner with GUM?


  • Access to GUM’s resources will help you broaden your ministry’s impact while saving you time.
  • Access to GUM’s expertise will help you plan and execute mission projects while avoiding pitfalls.
  • Access to a growing network of global and domestic partners as well as allies.




How does the network function?


Over the past 10 years we have worked with Christian ministries around the world to provide them with the resources they need to be successful. We match up the right resources to the right outreach ministries to most effectively impact Christians around the World. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.




Where does GUM operate globally?


Today GUM operates in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, India, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Dominican Republic, and the US. We are also involved with ongoing partner expansions in many other around the World.




What is GUM's vision?


Global United Missions envisions a worldwide entity within the body of Christ that creates an environment conducive for ministries and ministry gifts to work in harmony for more effective evangelism.




What experience do you have with your ministry partners?


GUM has over 10 years of experience in collaboration with domestic and international organizations, including the Luis Palau Association, Next Generation Alliance, JA Perez Association, NEO Ministries and many others.





Allies

How does the network work?


Over the past 10 years we have developed an extensive network of partner ministries around the world that need essential resources. We match up the right resources to the right outreach ministries to impact Christians around the World most effectively.




What is GUM's vision?


Global United Missions envisions a worldwide entity within the body of Christ that creates an environment conducive for ministries and ministry gifts to work in harmony for more effective evangelism.




What benefits are there for us when we partner with GUM?


  • Access to GUM’s resources
  • Access to GUM’s expertise’s for mission development and support
  • Access to Global Partners




What experience do you have with other allies?


GUM has over 10 years of experience in working with domestic and international organizations, including the Luis Palau Association, Next Generation Alliance, JA Perez Association, NEO Ministries and many others.




What are the requirements to be a GUM ally?


GUM allies are dedicated to their respective missions while engaging with other organizations for mutual growth and benefit. They share many attributes including experience, integrity, innovation, dedication, commitment to excellence and team-orientation.

While several of GUM’s missions are global in nature and many allies have international experience, GUM also engages in domestic projects so international expertise is not a requirement.

GUM invites potential allies to bring their kindness and compassion to the table. The organization is empathetic to the needs of people around the world and are always patient and respectful of their cultures. If you are interested in joining us, we invite you to contact us and help us continue the mission.





Missions

What is GUM's overall vision?


Global United Missions envisions a worldwide entity within the body of Christ that creates an environment conducive for ministries and ministry gifts to work in harmony for more effective evangelism.




What types of trips and programs does GUM offer?


GUM develops missions in countries around the world to broaden the understanding of Christianity by helping meet the needs of the communities they serve. Missions are designed to address a variety of specific needs of the communities they help including:

  • Evangelizing missions
  • Discipleship training missions
  • Festival outreaches
  • Many other types of missions




What is the long-term plan to support those we’ll serve during a short-term mission?


GUM utilizes short-term mission trips to help accomplish long-term goals. We work closely with host pastors and missionaries to understand their communities’ needs and work to fulfil our common vision. In order to move mission initiatives forward every short-term trip begins where the previous short-term trip finished while the entire process is managed by local coordinators in the field.




How does GUM improve the communities receiving mission trip teams?


GUM takes a holistic approach to community improvement through their mission projects. We are always mindful of the long-term effects of mission projects in their respective communities.

All foreign mission partnerships are based on the host’s God-given overall vision for their community. Prior to engaging a community GUM performs a needs assessment to build a comprehensive mission plan.

GUM missions set out to increase the host’s capabilities to help more people in their communities. We support our partners with schooling, health initiatives, discipleship programs, construction programs, youth camps, vacation bible schools, worship and overall encouragement.

Click here to see the ongoing stories of our mission communities.




What locations are available?


GUM currently operates missions in Thailand, Cambodia, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Dominican Republic, and is actively working toward missions in Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Rwanda, Zambia and Laos. GUM also continuously evaluates new mission locations




What requirements do I need to meet to go on a trip?


Depending on the country of travel volunteers may need passports, visas, inoculations or other requirements. GUM Coordinators lead volunteers through this process to ensure their security and safe passage.

Some trips have specific physical requirements due to the demands of the trip, which limit who can participate in certain aspects of a trip.

Please click here to read GUM’s health questionnaire.




What training will I receive to prepare for the trip?


Prior to mission trips volunteers receive orientation packages that detail specifics of their trip. GUM then conducts periodic online video training through its MI Pro system to prepare volunteers. Training includes travel preparation, weather expectations, culture orientation, and specific mission project instructions. Training also incorporates live online meetings with local mission hosts in their communities and mission coordinators that manage volunteer churches locally.




Where will I stay?


GUM coordinates lodging in the mission field which could include resorts, hotels, hostels, missionary compounds or other GUM living quarters.




What will I be doing while I’m there?


Volunteers help their mission communities with a variety of goals depending on that community’s specific needs and interests. A wide variety of volunteer experiences can be applied to the mission field as we support our partners with schooling, health initiatives, discipleship programs, construction programs, youth camps, sports camps, vacation bible schools, worship and overall encouragement




Can I go on a mission trip alone?


Yes. Through GUM, individuals who would like to experience the mission field can join mission teams from other churches and become a part of a mission trip.




How many volunteers from my church can join a mission trip?


GUM has coordinated as few as one individual to join a mission trip and has worked with as many as 60 volunteers on a single mission trip.




Are kids allowed to participate on GUM mission trips?


Yes. Children as young as 13 can join certain mission trips with an accompanying parent or legal guardian.




Are the trips safe?


Global United Missions is dedicated to the safety of all of its employees and volunteers. While all reasonable precautions are made to ensure team safety, foreign travel does carry inherent risks. GUM addresses those risks at several levels.

Firstly, GUM works with in-country ministry hosts, local governments, the US Embassy and the US State Department for safety guidance in specific locations to greatly reduce risk.

Prior to mission trips GUM also conducts monthly online training sessions to properly educate volunteers on local logistics, customs and precautions to help ensure safety.

While in the field GUM monitors local safety issues and conducts regular safety briefings to keep volunteers informed of new developments in that environment.




How do I book a mission trip?


Please begin the mission process by submitting a mission application to GUM.




Can you help my church plan a mission trip?


  • Yes. GUM has developed a unique system for mission development and execution called MI Pro (Mission Interface Program) which enables local churches to connect to missions resources. It is designed to greatly increase mission success. (link to MI Pro video)
  • Access to GUM’s network will help you:
    • Broaden your ministry’s impact
    • Save you time
    • Help you plan and execute mission projects
    • Avoiding pitfalls
  • Helps your church answer critical questions when planning a mission:
    • Where?
    • What?
    • Why?
    • When?
    • How?
  • Helps prepare church members for outreach missions.




How will mission projects benefit a partner church that sends volunteers?


  • International outreach has the effect of creating an international presence for churches which increases the size of the church
  • Helps your church fulfill the Great Commission
  • Confirms the congregation’s faith that they are following God’s will
  • Helps church leadership communicate the importance and practicality of outreach
  • Create branding opportunities
  • Relationships with global ministries (ready-made mission destinations)
  • Build global alliances




Can GUM help us with budgeting for our mission trip?


Yes. GUM draws from its years of experience developing fiscally responsible missions to help local churches make the deepest impact for a given budget.




Can GUM help us fundraise for our mission trip?


GUM’s Mission Interface Program (MI Pro) has a fundraising feature for volunteers and coordinators to help fund your mission. You can create a profile that describes your mission and your personal story of how you were called to join the mission trip. You can then promote your trip throughout your social media circle to request donations to fund your trip.




How do we coordinate a group mission from our church?


GUM has developed an onboarding process to ensure local churches’ mission success.

  • Your church can begin the mission process by submitting a mission application to GUM.
  • GUM will contact you for a mission assessment to understand your expectations and discuss scope and commitment.
  • GUM will help you identify a mission coordinator from your church to help you recruit and prepare mission volunteers. Smaller groups may not require an internal mission coordinator and can be paired with a GUM mission coordinator from outside of your church.

Jock: New Position/Certification: GUM Certified Mission Coordinator




How can you support us in marketing a mission trip to our church?


  • GUM uses their Mission Interface Program (MI Pro) to help churches deliver assets needed to present mission trips to your church. Assets GUM provides include web assets, social media content, flyers, posters, photos, FAQs, etc.
GUM also provides coordinator development so you can grow an individual within your church to manage the mission process and interface with GUM.




How many volunteers from our church are needed to form a mission trip?


Typically, mission trips dedicated to one church require 8 or more volunteers




How many volunteers from our church are needed to join a mission trip?


Your church can send as few as one person on a GUM mission trip who will go alongside volunteers from other churches.




Can you provide us with references from other churches?


Yes. Please click here to see what our volunteers and host pastors have to say about working with GUM

Jock: Link to quotes from host pastors and/or previous volunteers





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Starting A New Mission

Can my church develop and execute a unique mission or will we participate in an existing GUM mission program?


Yes. In addition to existing mission projects GUM can help local churches plan unique long-term mission projects. We rely on our years of experience to carefully vet potential mission projects to ensure the safety of volunteers and the long-term success of the mission.




What is the vetting process for establishing a new mission?


It takes approximately 2 years to develop a new mission as we work through the entire vetting process.

  • Preliminary due diligence report
  • Exploratory trip
  • Feasibility report
  • Establish relationship with an on-site host
  • On-site needs assessment
  • Strategic planning
  • GUM Mission Board approval




Can GUM consult on my church’s existing mission program?


Yes. GUM regularly contracts with local churches to perform mission wellness checks. Please click here to contact our mission wellness coordinator.





Community Outreach

How can GUM help my church impact my local community?


GUM’s MI City (Mission Interface to the City) Program helps churches expand their footprint in their local communities by providing assistance with establishing local relationships. We employ proven strategies to ensure that local churches make serious local impact.

  • GUM helps churches by teaching effective outreach
  • GUM gives guidance to help local churches engage in and support community outreach events such as a Community Day of Service and community health screenings
  • GUM gives guidance to help local churches engage in and support community outreach projects such as Adopt-a-Community and Adopt-a-Cop
  • GUM helps local churches form relationships with local ministries, municipalities, governmental bodies, businesses, etc.