We frequently receive requests from sponsors who want to visit their families. We have also received requests from our sponsored families for people to come and visit them. As a result, we naturally want to provide opportunities for our sponsors and sponsored families to meet and do ministry together. Currently, our scheduled trips select only a few families that we visit each year. It could be your family one year and someone else's sponsored family the next, but even if your family isn't the one we're visiting this year, you should still come. That way, you can see how we work while still being a blessing to our family when we visit
We do not see every sponsor's family every year. Some of these trips are personal, in which the sponsor plans their own trip to the country and we assist in organizing their visit with their family. If you want to go on a personal trip, see the FAQ Can I Make a personal trip. Those who want to visit their families and their country must plan ahead of time! And it is for this reason that we have organized Sponsor Trips.
The trip costs include all operational costs for the trips as well as visits to the team for ongoing trip efforts. These costs are never supplemented by sponsorship funds, but only by trip costs and pricing. We also charge an administration fee to offset the cost of our full-time staff, so that Natural Discipleship can consistently provide world-class, cross-cultural experiences for group travelers without relying on sponsorship funds.
Natural Discipleship has teamed up with Mission Travel Faith Tours, who organizes and handles all of our bookings. You will be assigned to a Natural Discipleship coordinator from their office once you register. Every member of our Mission Travel Tours team is a disciple of Natural Discipleship and is multiplying disciples in their personal ministry.
A Sponsor Trip is typically attended by a group of Natural Discipled sponsors, though all interested guests are welcome. These trip participants will travel on a pre-planned trip led by an experienced trip leader to learn more about the Natural Discipleships program in the countries where we serve. We select a different family to visit on each trip, sometimes we can visit more than one family depending on location of the families.
Included in the trip price is US Trip Leaders, round-trip international airfare (unless you arrange your own airfare) between the US International Airport and the trip destination, lodging, meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), travel within the destination country, tips, sponsored family expenses for fun day (venue admission, accommodations, travel, and meals), accompanying staff and translators during the trip, entrance fees, and administrative costs are included in the price of the trip. If you want to book your own airlines, the price of a Land-Only tour does not include international airfare, airport taxes, or ground transportation.
Not included in the trip price: domestic airfare (including checked bag fees), trip interruption or cancelation insurance, lost baggage fees, travel documents (passport/visa fees), immunizations, and incidentals such as souvenirs, snacks, additional beverages, laundry, phone calls, and other personal items. You may want to bring extra spending money.
Natural Discipleship Sponsored trips mainly focus on developing countries located in the 10/40 window. Those countries consist of Africa, Middle East and certain regions in Asia.
You can travel as a solo, family, couple, friends from anywhere in the world. Sponsors typically range from 10-80 depending on health and mobility, younger travelers under 10 are not recommended to travel.
We will put together a multi-day itinerary that has a little bit of everything in it. Every location is different so we custom tailor our trips to our sponsored families living area. Trips will include fun things to do such as local tours, shopping as well as mission work. Most itineraries are 7 to 10 days.
Yes of course! You are welcomed to bring a gift that is meaningful, we recommend filling a back pack.
You will be required to submit general health information during registration so that we can prepare for your trip. If you indicate a health problem on our medical checklist, you will be required to submit a Physician Release Form. Prior to registration, it may be preferable if you contact us to discuss your impairment and limits if you have a disability. Many of our disabled travelers are able to travel, but it is crucial that we fully understand your restrictions so that we can provide appropriate advice and make appropriate arrangements.
We will eat local cuisine during your trip. Because buffets are common, you will often be able to select a more familiar meal. We will accommodate any special diet requests you have (e.g., vegetarian and vegan) as much as possible, but we ask that you please discuss your requests with us when registering for a Sponsor Trip and also with your trip leader when you meet in your destination country.
We typically stay at 3-star hotels but in some cases because there are limited hotels in villages we might visit a lesser hotel which would be are only option. We always make sure our locations are safe and our hotels are in good standing with good reviews. Accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you may pay a single supplement fee, which is listed on the trip information page.
Natural Discipleship Sponsor Trips can quickly fill up. Sponsors frequently want to register for a trip after it has reached capacity. If this is the case, your name will be added to a waiting list. If a space becomes available later, we will call you in the order in which people registered. Depending on how many people are interested in traveling, we may add another sponsored trip to which you may wish to participate.
We can organize private trips based on the number of people traveling and the availability of our trip guides and families. These trips are slightly more expensive, but we can make arrangements if you have 6 or more people traveling. We organize a multi-day mission trip for your family to join the work of your sponsor family. You can participate or simply observe. Every trip is tailored to your preferences, and we can also arrange extension tours to other locations. Contact our representative at Mission Travel Faith Tours to help assist you or answer any questions at 407-377-7912 8am – 5pm EST M-F.
Mission Travel Faith Tours organizes and handles all of our booking needs. When you register, you will be assigned a Natural Discipleship coordinator from their office. A deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking. We accept payment via credit card, wire transfer, or money order for your deposit. The balance is due 90 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 90 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of confirmation. To complete your reservation, you must sign a Traveler Information Form and an Acknowledgement of Risk, Release and Indemnity, prior to your date of travel with us. These will be sent to you in your booking confirmation email. These forms include additional terms and conditions of travel, including limitations of our obligations to you.
Once payment is received and travel is confirmed we will send you detailed information on what to bring, how to prepare for your trip, travel directions, detailed itinerary, pre- and post-tour hotel information
All cancellations of confirmed reservations are subject to $500 per person administrative fee. Additionally, travelers are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by the purveyors of services including hotels, rail, or airlines used in the itinerary. Cancellations 90 days or more prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $500 per person administrative fee. 60-89 days will be subject to loss of deposit (30% trip price). 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of tour price. 29 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “You should become familiar with what steps to take and who to contact in case of a medical emergency while you are traveling.” We are unable to give medical advice, so it is important to consult with your physician, local health department or the CDC website for information on required and recommended immunizations for the country where you will be traveling. We suggest you check the location and Country that you will be traveling on the CDC website and follow their recommendations.
Yes, we highly encourage it. We recommend in all Deposit and Final Confirmation Packages travel insurance that offers you options to cover baggage, accident/ life, and/or trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance reimburses you for non-refundable air and land costs if you have to cancel a trip due to personal or family illness or accident. The insurance that we recommend also provides coverage for all pre-existing conditions if you complete your insurance form and postmark it within seven calendar days of our receipt of your deposit. We highly recommend that you obtain this insurance.
We suggest Travel Guard International; there are two ways to purchase your insurance from Travel Guard. The fastest and easiest way is to purchase your insurance on-line by clicking the Travel Guard link after you have completed your reservation with Mission Travel Tours. The link will take you directly to the Travel Guard website, where in minutes you can be insured in full for your trip with us. Travel Guard will send you an insurance certificate. If you prefer for us to help you with this let us know and we can provide a Travel Guard application. Please keep in mind that Travel Guard makes additional benefits available to you if you take out the insurance within 15* days of making your reservation with us.
The visa and passport requirements of countries to which we travel vary according to the nationality of each traveler and may change at any time for reasons beyond our control. Although we endeavor to provide you with accurate information about these requirements it remains the responsibility of each traveler to verify that he or she has the appropriate travel documents for his or her nationality. Natural Discipleship is not liable for any expenses or costs arising from any traveler being prohibited from entering a country scheduled to be visited on a trip.
While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information in our tour itineraries, brochures, on our website or communicated by our travel specialist, errors or omissions are possible and Natural Discipleship or MttFaith is not responsible for such error. If a mistake is made in billing, we reserve the right to correct the invoice and you will be responsible for proper payment in order to satisfy the stated or quoted price.
On our Sponsored trips we take many photos during the operation of any journey or part thereof and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a reservation with us, travelers agree to allow their images to be used in such photographs. Travelers who prefer that their images not be used are asked to identify themselves to their travel expert during the reservation process.
No, they are not tax-deductible contributions according to IRS guidelines. Traveler payments are directly paying for your trip costs, which is not considered a charitable activity.