Dupree Missions

 

Foundations for Service

 

The most common reason that short-term missions teams experience difficulty is interpersonal conflict within the team. In order to function as a team, it is important to have a common understanding of acceptable attitudes and behavior prior to going to the mission field. The following are the expectations and policies of Far Reaching Ministries.

 

Purpose

 

Our purpose is to allow God to work through us as a team to glorify Himself, and demonstrate His love to others. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself Do not merely look out for your personal interests, but also for the interests of others” Philippians 2:3-4.

 

In light of these verses, team members should seek to be:

 

Previous Dupree Trips

 

2008 Trip

2007 Trip

Accountable

 

In all of your actions on this trip, you are accountable to God first of all. You must also agree to be accountable to the team leaders, supervisors, and other members of the team.

 

Responsible

 

Carrying out tasks in a responsible and timely manner. Handling all ministry equipment and assignments as tools and gifts, which the Lord has entrusted them with.

 

Punctual

 

Exhibiting respect to team members and others by arriving and carrying out tasks on time, understanding that time is given to us by God to accomplish His purposes, and that being punctual is an outward display of using God-given time wisely.

 

Team unity

 

Team members should realize that each team member is vital and has something unique to contribute; each member should be encouraged and give opportunity to develop and/or utilize their gifts. "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us (Romans 12:4-6)."

 

Flexibility

 

Pastor Chuck Smith said “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.” 1 Corinthians 9:9 states, “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.” Team members should be flexible in their attitudes, actions, and circumstances as they allow Christ’s purposes to be carried out through them “To the weak lam weak; I have become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22).

 

Culture

 

Team members should realize that they are entering another culture as a guest. They should, to the best of their ability, refrain from passing immediate judgment on customs, foods, and sights that are foreign to them, especially in the sight or hearing of locals. Try to picture Jesus as a missionary, would He be pointing and laughing at people or complaining about their food?

 

Travel

 

Before planning any trips outside of the pm-scheduled group itinerary, discuss it with an FRM representative. For safety purposes, team members are generally not permitted to travel anywhere alone, and must agree to stay together as a group wherever they may go, unless given permission to be apart from the group.

No one under the age of 18 will be included in or on International Missions trips without their parent.

 

Conflict Resolution

 

When conflicts and differences arise between team members, those members are encouraged, to spend time in the Word and prayer examining themselves for selfish motives and unrealistic expectations of the other person. Team members should then take the responsibility to approach or confront the other person if appropriate, doing this in love, hoping to restore unity. Team members should then forgive one another and pray together. The issue should NOT be discussed with other members of the team, involving them in the conflict. “In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:26-27).” If a conflict cannot be settled between the two parties, they will then seek council from the group leader.

 

Alcohol and Tobacco

 

I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some (I Corinthians 9:22).” In order to present the best image of Christ possible, and in light of the alcohol related problems that are so common in Africa; team members are asked to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages during the trip. It is also requested that team members abstain from using tobacco products during the trip. If someone needs to smoke, he or she should be extremely sensitive to other teammates by not smoking in living quarters, team vehicles (including public transportation when traveling with the team), or with the group.

 

Emergency or Contingency plan

 

If an emergency or crisis develops, the team will adhere to the following principles:

 

Whatever action is taken, the TEAM STAYS TOGETHER. There is no room for individual action, and the well being of the team as a whole should be everyone’s priority. If a team member is away from the group at the time of the event, he or she will immediately return to the group and contact the group leader.

Once the team leader is contacted, he will assess the situation and make further contingency plans. If necessary, he will contact the Far Reaching Ministries office, which will be a communication link to your families.

A decision to leave the area will be made in conjunction with the team leader, the Far Reaching Ministries office, and long-term missionaries in the country. The team leader will not seek to make a decision without consultation with local missionaries who know the situation best and know the best way to leave the area.

Relationships

 

With God

 

Team members should seek ever-increasing dependence upon, and a deepening relationship with, God through Christ by making it a daily priority to spend personal time in prayer and the Word.

 

With Others

 

The needs of other team members should be placed ahead of one’s own. Team members should seek out understanding in all of their relationships, respecting each other by submitting to one another out of reverence to Christ. This includes listening to each other’s opinions, ideas, and needs; and respecting each other’s time, property and sleep.

 

With Locals

 

Team members should respect any cultural differences they may encounter, demonstrating their love for God, locals, other missionaries, and interpreters by respecting their opinions and differences. Team members are expected to support these people by coming alongside them with a servant’s heart and a teachable spirit.

 

With the Opposite Sex

 

Team members are expected to maintain relationships with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, not pursuing dating relationships with other team members or locals during the trip. Team members are also expected to respect cultural differences in the way they interact with locals of the opposite sex. In some Islamic cultures, for example, a man will NEVER touch or look at a woman who is not a family member.

 

With Team Leaders

 

"Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1). Team members are asked to respect their leadership by understanding their responsibility, accepting their decisions, and praying before approaching them with disagreements, Your team leaders bear a great deal of responsibility and must take numerous factors into consideration in making every decision.