2009 Germany Preteen Missions Trip

Dates: June 9 – July 28 — Work/Evangelism

The adventure of a lifetime awaits you in the land of Germany.

After Commissioning you will travel to the Orlando International Airport for a flight across the Atlantic Ocean to Frankfurt, Germany. As you bus to Siloah Youth Camp in Neufrankenroda, you will be able to see castles and beautiful German mountains along the way.

Your project will be to aid the camp in their summer ministries as they host family and youth camps from all over Europe. Many of the people who come to the camp are not saved and you will be able to shine the light of Christ as you work. You will be sleeping in tents with hot showers available.

There will be opportunities to share the Gospel using music, puppets and drama. Sightseeing may include Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther secretly translated the Bible into German. The castle is located on top of a mountain were you can take pictures of the German countryside.

After seeing the castle, head off to sample some of Germany’s world-famous pretzels, which can be up to three feet long! German cuckoo clocks, wood carvings and knives are just a few of the souvenirs you may want to take home to remember your summer.

Estimated Project Expense: $3990 U.S. plus $30 Registration Fee

Register Online Now!       (Note: Teams are filled on a first come, first served basis.)

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  1. Could a person go on the mission trip, then add an extra week on the end for a vacation in Germany? Could a person start beginning of July instead of June? And are tax deductable donations to pay for a person’s trip processed through your organization? Is age 25 through 30 O.K. to participate in the ministry? Thank you for all your answers! JOANNE, IF THE PERSON IS 25-30, THEN THEY WOULD NEED TO GO AS A LEADER AND WE DEFINITELY NEED LEADERS. NO, THE DATES LISTED ARE THE DATES YOU WOULD NEED TO ATTEND. EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO THROUGH THE TRAINING BEFORE GOING OVERSEAS. IT IS ESSENTIAL. AND DEBRIEF IS JUST AS ESSENTIAL. NO, YOU COULD NOT STAY OVER. AS A LEADER, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR TEAM MEMBERS FROM THE MINUTE THEY ARRIVE AT BOOT CAMP UNTIL THEY ARE ON THEIR FLIGHTS HOME AFTER DEBRIEF. YES, THE DONATIONS FOR THE PROJECT EXPENSE ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

  2. I read you will give a carry-on bag for use during flying. What will be in this bag? Can they put some of their toiletries or clothes in it if their duffel is over 35 lbs?

    • Connie, They will put as much of their personal belongings in the carry-on. The rest can go in their duffel. They are still limited to the 35 lb. weight limit. The rest of the weight will be used to transport food and equipment.

  3. Can the teens wear scrub pants on the field? Scrubs seem pretty durable and lightweight.

  4. When the teens are ready to come home, will they pack their belongings in the box or plastic container or will they use the duffle provided by TMI?

  5. Your information says to pack and bring all my daughter’s stuff in a large cardboard box or plastic container. Are airlines okay with this, if we are flying down to Florida for boot camp or should we ship it ahead of time to you?

  6. i’ve only been on one & it was germany i think about 2 or 3 years ago.
    i don’t remember where i exactly went with my team, but germany was probably the best expierence ever.
    if it’s not too late to sign up, i 100% recommend it.
    the people at the campsite i went to were super nice & friendly (spoke english mostly)
    you got to bond with team members really well and usually the weather was super nice.
    i loved it, and i’m pretty sure everybody else would love it!

  7. Is a 5-gallon bucket recommended or is 3-gallon sufficient? Will the team members use his/her bucket for laundry in the field? The Fact Sheet only mentions a scrub brush. Thanks for your help.

    • Gena, Either would be fine. Yes, unless there is a laundry facility which would cost. A bucket is also good for transporting shampoo,etc. and getting souvenirs back to the States.

  8. Brooke Vande Vegte

    Is there anyway we can contact the members on our team? I would love to be able to talk and connect with them before hand.

    • Brooke, You should be receiving the Individual Team Fact Sheet soon with the names of the team members. You can look them up on FB if you want, but we don’t give out phone numbers, etc.

  9. Does the projected costs include their time in Boot camp?

    • Renee, Yes. It does not include their round-trip transportation to/from Florida, passport and visa costs, spending money, departure taxes, etc.

  10. I notice you recommend a waist pack for personal items. Is this to wear during traveling and could she just wear a small backpack instead of a waist pack?

  11. Are there any spots left for a boy on this team?

  12. I was wondering….if we can’t make it this year…will you have this trip next year? I live in Alaska, and any travel that I do has to be pre-pre-pre arranged, due to the flying, funding, and other things….Just wondering!!! THNAKS!

  13. Laura Throneberry

    I’m hoping that you still have space to join the Germany team. I have taken a year of German and have a heart for it’s people. My Mom and I just happened across your website as we were discussing the best use of my summer before going into the 11th grade.

  14. hello,

    My sons in 13 and 14 and would like to participate in this project. We actually live in Germany about 2 hours from Frankfurt. Is it possible they could meet up with the group to work?

  15. Hi, I turn thirteen on August 6th. Would I be able to participate in teen missions or would I have to do preteen missions?

  16. I noticed the forum has been down several days. Is it going to be up soon? I have several questions about the packing list. May I get a recommendation for an email to ask my questions?


  17. Is there room on this trip for one more girl?

  18. Thank you Beth. That makes me feel better.

  19. My granddauther is on the Germany trip. What happens if she gets sick or hurt while there. How would we get her home?

    • Margaret, If she is sick more than 24 hours and it is obviously not a minor problem, the leaders will take her to a clinic/doctor. If she is hospitalized for any reason, her parents will be called. With it being Germany, their medical care is very good.

  20. my daughter is on the germany team (june 9-july 28). she needs to be in florida by 10am on june 9, correct? can i visit her the next day? what is date and time for the commissioning/candlelight service?

    • Connie, Commissioning is Sunday, June 24. It starts around 7:30. Yes, you can visit her the next day. However, we advise that you wait a few days to give her a chance to settle in. The more you visit, the harder the homesickness is. She can arrive between 10 AM on June 8 and 10 AM on June 9.

  21. When and how long is the boot camp/commissioning/training session before the trip? How much space is left on this team? Is there a deadline?

    • Katherine, Boot Camp is just over two weeks long. There is still room on Germany. The sooner you sign up, the better—more time to raise support, more team choices.

  22. Dorcas Nanyama wanyonyi

    i would lke to go for teens mission but i need to what can cost

  23. Hey I am signed up to go on this trip. I am so excited!! Can’t wait to meet you all.

  24. Does it matter if your Canadian?

  25. About how large with the group be number wise?
    Is there an e-mail address I can contact to get more info?

    Thanks, ~Kyle, youmans~

    • Kyle, We will put up to 25 on every team (except for special teams like OA). You can get all the information on our web site. If you want further information, please email you specific questions to [email protected].

  26. Thanks!
    One more question. About how many people will be going?

  27. Hey, i am vary interested in this trip, but i cant find a mission statement! where will i find that?

  28. Hi Beth. I just signed up but forgot to put my second choice… is there anyway we can change that?

  29. How many people are going to be on this team?

  30. How long does each team have in Germany? 1 Week, 2 weeks, or 2 months?

  31. What is the latest possible date for registration?

    • Jen, Teams are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The sooner you sign up, the more choices you have and the more time you have to raise support. We will accept registrations up until Boot Camp, but by then your choices are VERY limited.

  32. this is so exciting(: i registered and im ready to go(: ! to go on the Germany camp team(: i cant wait to meet you all(:

  33. If I’m going to go when should I sign up? Is there a deadline??

  34. whats the email

  35. Hey im 20 and would like to go on one of these trips with a girl from the church i work. what are the requirements for me to be able to go with her???

    • Jen, You would need to sign up together, indicate on the registration form that you want to be together and put down the same choices.

  36. hey guys !:) im hannah! these past two years ive been on two teams so far with teen missions! malawi africa footwashing and honduras horseback ! this year im goin on this team(: germany camp team I am soooo soooo so excited ! i know a few people who are goin on it too(:

  37. What if we signed up and forgot to put what team what we wanted

  38. I have a 13-yr old son (he’ll be 14 in Jan.), and he has a 12-yr. old cousin (boy) who will be 13 in Nov. who lives in Germany. How would it work for the German cousin to join the group without having to come to Florida?

  39. And has this company ever lost a missionary or ever had a missionary get seveirly hurt? Also does this company make sure that all its missionarys are well watched and protected from any danger? My mom wants to know everything about this company if she is going to let me go on this trip.

    • Bryce, Yes, you will have your packet by that time. We should starting sending them out by late September. Have your mom email our office with her questions. Also, we might be able to put her in touch with a parent in your area.

  40. Were is the boot camp located?

  41. Will they give us a list of things we will need to take with us?

  42. Thanks Mrs. Kostner!

  43. I am going to try and go on this trip. I went to malawi last year and this trip sounds like fun.

  44. This trip looks really neat, but I’m a little curious as to what the project is? When it says “aid” the camp does that mean construction work/other?

    • Priscilla, It could be a number of things—construction, landscaping, painting, etc.—whatever the camp needs done.

  45. Is the “Estimated project expense” all inclusive? For example, not only the expense for food, and travel to and from Germany, but does that price include to Florida, etc? I understand about the spending money though, that’s all us…

    • Brianna, It does not include your round-trip transportation to/from Florida, Passport and visa costs and departure taxes.

  46. Whitney Donathan

    what is the age group for this trip?

  47. bronser Frouser

    so we dont pay???? or do we pay???? and what do we eat??

    • Bronser, The money you raise covers your food and transportation to and from Germany. You are responsible for other costs (transportation to and from Florida, spending money, etc.).

  48. How do we know what team number to put when filling out the application?

  49. Desamours Christopher

    Is this money must come from the teens ?

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