“To express creatively the person we really are in the context of God’s worldwide purpose is the most fulfilling experience imaginable.” – George Milley Loving the Church, Reaching the World
Saltshaker is designed to provide EFC-MAYM Sr. High and older students and adults an opportunity to explore and experience life on the Friends mission field – while serving and encouraging missionaries and the church and community. Students who have a desire to serve cross-cultural missions and who are actively maturing as disciples of Christ should apply for Saltshaker! So apply today and shake it…your salt of the earth (Matt 5:13)…your world view…your faith in God…Shake it in the Unshakable Kingdom!
Saltshaker Bhutan/India – June 22-July 8: $4800 (Required Orientation on June 22. Location TBA.)
Dates subject to change. 2017 Saltshaker Liability/Medical Release Form and $250 deposit due on February 15, 2017 or until teams are full. Required Saltshaker Orientation will take place on June 22 at a location TBA – possibly Wichita, KS.
Why do short term missions?
Not only is it a great avenue for exploring the life of cross-cultural missions and church life, being a part of missions puts you in the middle of God’s action within the Kingdom of God. While it is shaking up your world view, it is also shaking some mission-minded perspectives into your life. You’ll be blown away by what you learn from the missionaries and church leaders. Short-term missions in its very nature teaches us to make disciples and serve with intentionality. And you can’t go on a mission trip without giving up your life for a few days, which is exactly what Jesus has commanded us to do in our every day lives at home, school, and work: lose your life, take up your cross, and follow Him – experience the Kingdom!
Why is missions important?
As missions coach Larry Walker says, “In missions, God gets the glory, the nations get the gospel, and the church gets the good life!”
Saltshaker 2017 Directors
Primary Director for Saltshaker Bhutan/India is Adam Monaghan (Associate Superintendent, EFC-MAYM). Adam has participated in nine Saltshakers and has led or participated in many, many other mission trips as well.
Assistant Director for Saltshaker 2017 is Jenna Easley. Originally from Odessa, TX, Jenna is a 24 year old senior at Friends University in Wichita, KS studying Religion and Philosophy as well as Christian Spiritual Formation. She graduates this May and hopes to pursue a life of vocational ministry, whatever that may mean. Jenna has served with IGo Global in Tokyo, Japan, with the North American Mission Board as a Student Missionary in Delta, Colorado, and most recently served in Mexico during Spring Invasion last March. She enjoys thrift shopping, flannels, and tacos.
Team sized is limited to approximately 12. As of February 16, 2017 9 spots are already confirmed and accepted with approximately 3 spots remaining open.
What will the Saltshaker ministry tasks look like?
We are still working with Saltshaker hosts and national leaders in each country in determining the ministry tasks we will be completing, so we won’t be able to accurately announce a ministry schedule until closer to the summer. We promise that you will be engaged in relevant and helpful ministry, be stretched and challenged, and will gain fascinating new insights into missions issues and kingdom living. We will be learning more details about Saltshaker opportunities to serve as they become available. This is an excellent trip for future missionaries to get a glimpse of life in a mission hospital, to consider longer term service in the future! We will have opportunities to visit some churches in each country to encourage, speak, preach and share with them as well.
The trip to and our ministry in Bhutan will be brief as there is a very expensive ($250/person/night) tariff applied to each foreign visitor. The cost of the trip will be higher than most Saltshakers due to this reality. But we also know that the Bhutanese church is growing and vibrant and worthy of our visit and encouragement and sacrifice! The majority of the trip will be spent in West Bengal, India.
More Saltshaker 2017 Info
Bhutan Hosts: We will be hosted by the Rupak and Pramila Tamang, who have been serving as EFC National leaders since 2000 and with EFM since 2006. Check out more information about them here and video here!
India Hosts: We will be hosted predominantly by D.K. and Choity Sardar, one of our two EFM missionary families in India. They have been serving with EFM since 2003. Their ministry includes church planting fellowships in slum areas of Kolkata. Check out a video about their ministry here.
Why did we choose Bhutan and West Bengal, India for Saltshaker 2017? EFM directors recommended both of these mission fields as a great place that a youth team could provide encouragement and support these growing fields! The primary purpose of the team’s ministry will be to encourage, support and serve the Indian and Bhutanese Friends Church and community. Adam Monaghan visited both India and Bhutan in January 2017 to get to know the missionaries in person, learn about the mission fields and details for the Saltshaker trip, our ministry plans, projects and possible ministries etc. These two countries and mission fields are an excellent place to learn about missions, to fellowship and minister to Christians in a completely different culture, and to experience first hand some of our current EFM projects and ministries.
SPECIAL NOTE. All costs and dates are subject to change. We are working hard to keep costs down. Current estimated cost is $4800. This cost is more expensive than any Saltshaker we have ever had but includes the added cost for the Bhutan tariff (4 nights, $1000 person), airfare (up to $2600/person), and then $1200/person for all other costs including orientation, all meals and transportation and lodging, and ministry and program expenses during our trip.
The registration payment will be due in full to the Friends Ministry Center by the deadlines listed below. We will request that you make payments on a regular schedule and as funds become available. The registration cost includes airfare and all orientation, administration, travel, visas, meals, lodging, and ministry expenses. Accepted team members will receive support in writing fundraiser letters and experiencing the joy of missionary God-dependence right off the start in raising funds!
Not included in your registration:
- Passport: See http://travel.state.gov/passport/ for information on how to apply for a passport. Then visit your local post office soon to apply before travel season arrives!
- Travel cost to and from orientation & airport.
- Personal items necessary for trip.
- Personal spending money, souvenir money, offerings, etc.
- Immunizations – Any immunizations – Saltshaker requires participants to have proof of a Tetanus/diphtheria shot in the last 10 years. For more information on Bhutan and India, click the following link and search for India and Bhutan: https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/countries/. Use your county health department to greatly cut immunization costs. Ask your doctor and see recommendations at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/ Note that it takes a few months for some immunizations to become effective, so don’t delay in starting. Note: Your Saltshaker director will give you orientation in avoiding sickness and your hosts will exercise care in providing only safe food and drink
Saltshaker Registration Process:
- February 15, 2017: Online registration and 2016 Liability & Medical Release Form Due
- February 15, 2017: $250 Deposit Due to EFC-MAYM
- April 15, 2017: Remaining balance of registration cost due in full.
Mail to registration receipt, Liability Form, and check (if chosen to pay by invoice) to:
Friends Ministry Center
Wichita, Kansas 67213
The team size may be limited. If any applications cannot be accepted due to team size or other reasons, the applicant will be notified ASAP. After your acceptance on the team has been confirmed you will receive further instructions, including guidance in fundraising.
If you are unable to download or print these forms, please contact your youth leader or the Friends Ministry Center to have them faxed or mailed to you.
What if your parents have concerns?
It is perfectly normal for parents to be concerned about their children traveling out of the U.S. Please encourage them to read the details on this web site. They should feel free to contact Saltshaker Directors with any questions they may have about safety, concerns, leadership, or costs. Also, your parents can be provided with references of other people ‘just like them’ who have already sent their children on Saltshaker trips. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 316-267-0391. If possible and appropriate, Adam would be glad to come to your home or church to discuss Saltshaker – just ask!
What about safety?
Saltshaker directors and hosts are very careful to provide a safe and secure environment to house and transport team members. We would not take a Saltshaker team into a known dangerous environment or intentionally expose them to risks at any time. As in any locations where there has been public unrest in recent years, Saltshaker directors rely on missionary-trusted local insight. We monitor reports of political unrest and travel conditions through the US State Department – http://www.state.gov/. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/travel) provides us with information relating to potential diseases in any regions we visit.
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