Because missionaries have given their lives to share the Gospel with other nations, and for many, have spent years laying a Christian foundation for the nationals, specific non-Christ like behavior may undo everything the missionaries have done. Breaking any of the guidelines will result in immediate disciplinary action. Those guidelines marked with an asterisk (*) may result in immediate dismissal from the trip. All individuals participating in the Missions Program must adhere strictly to Fuel International’s policies and are subject to dismissal for disobedience, without refund or reimbursement. Parents/ guardians/or adult applicants will be responsible for additional costs associated with the early return of their son or daughter/or self due to disciplinary action (ie. domestic and/or international airfare, long distance phone calls, hotel stays).
Fuel International holds the right to dismiss any member from the mission field if it is in the leader’s discretion that the person is inhibiting team growth, missions endeavors, their own personal safety, or the safety of the team.
- *Any form of romantic involvement between non-married couples, (i.e. kissing, holding hands, lap sitting, back rubs).
- “Pairing Off.” Definition: concentration of your time with one particular person, whether male or female.
- Males in females’ rooms and females in males’ rooms unless married. (“In” means any body part across the threshold of said doorway.)
- Going outside of the lodging complex alone.
- Leaving the lodging complex without notifying your Team Leader or Group Leader in advance.
- Being outside of the hotel complex without being in a legal group. (Legal group=3 total people: at least one male, at least one 18 year old, at least one leader.)
- Stealing, lying, cheating, and dishonest conduct.
- Entering any of the bar/club areas (not even for a Coke.)
- Profanity or fighting.
- Turning on the television if one is located in your lodging.
- *Any attitude or behavior that is negative for the team, mission, or your personal walk with God.
- No cell phones, pagers, two-way messaging, walkie-talkies, cans and string or any other communication device unless given special permission by Fuel Leadership.
Possession or Use Prohibited
- Illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products
- Firearms, explosives of any kind, knives or fireworks
- Secular music
- Pornographic materials
- Be in the housing facilities by curfew.
- Be courteous to all those in the same lodging
- facilities (i.e. no running or screaming
- in the halls, quiet in your rooms when others
- are trying to sleep).
- Be polite to the lodging management and
- workers (“please” and “thank-yous” are
- Wear shoes, shorts/pants, and shirt outside
- of your room (even to and from pool/beach
- Be 5 minutes early for every meeting.
- Make no more than one phone call during training, and one every two weeks while in country. This includes cell phone use. (Long distance is very expensive, and focus should be on the mission field, not on home.)
- Leadership will advise you as to the location of a telephone when you get in country.
- Make phone calls with a calling card or call collect.
- It is more effective for guys to minister to guys, and ladies to ladies.
- During one-on-one ministry time, you must stay in your ministry group at all times. No wandering.
- During one-on-one ministry, one person in your group speaks while the others support in prayer. Rotate for each ministry site.
- When the leaders give the cue that it is time to wrap things up, be sure to follow.
- Value your quiet times to prepare yourselves for ministry that day. Don’t approach the day dry.
- Show up for, and eat ALL meals.
- Your medical checklist informs your leadership of all food allergies and problems you may have. These are the only food items you will be excused from eating on the mission field.
- If you foresee eating different foods as being a problem for you, pray for God’s strength and start practicing eating foods that may be served in your country.
In the event that one of the rules is broken, one of the following disciplinary procedures may be enforced. It is not always the case that these go in order. Fuel Leadership uses their discretion as to the severity of the discipline. Again, rules are enforced for reasons of safety, cultural sensitivity, and basic Christian conduct.
A “Campus” signifies that you will lose an evening or other designated amount of free time. You will be required to stay in your room for a designated period of time. You will be prohibited from talking to any person, other than your leadership, (i.e. phone, notes, any other creative means of communication). It is recommended that this time is spent on devotions.
Loss of Excursion Day
Every week an excursion day is given which involves many fun activities exploring the foreign country. Thus, the loss of the excursion day signifies that you will lose an entire day of fun. You will be required to stay in your room for the day. The same rules of communication apply as for a campus.
“Homeward Bound” means that you will be sent home on the next possible flight and you will not be able to continue the rest of your mission trip. There will be no refunds or reimbursements. Parents/ guardians/or adult applicants will be responsible for additional costs associated with the early return of their son or daughter/or self due to illness or disciplinary action, (i.e. domestic and/or international airfare, long distance phone calls, hotel stays).
Each country has specific cultural ways of dressing. We will be sending you a more specific guideline for the things you should pack in your ministry kit. (The ministry kit is sent out after we receive half payment, all forms, and your passport.) The following are specifics that will be prohibited during training and in any country. Do not even pack these items. If worn, you will be asked to change.
- Tank tops
- Mini skirts or immodest skirts or dresses
- Crop tops, half shirts, or off the shoulder shirts
- Two-piece bathing suits or immodest one-piece bathing suit
- Tight pants, pants with holes
- Pierced rings, (i.e. nose, lip, belly button, tongue, cheek, knee, toe, thigh or any others you can think of. Ear rings accepted if worn modestly, no more than 2 earrings in one ear)
- Immodest shorts, bicycle shorts
- Any clothing that advertises radical Christian rock bands, secular rock bands, alcohol, or tobacco products.
- Expensive or gaudy jewelry
- Tank Tops
- Half shirts or fishnet shirts
- Speedo bathing suit
- Tight pants, pants with holes.
- Pierced rings (i.e. nose, ear eye brow, fingernail, lip, belly button, tongue, cheek, knee, toe, thigh, or any other you can think of.)
- Any clothing advertising radical Christian rock bands, secular rock bands, alcohol, or tobacco products.
- Bicycle shorts or pants
- Expensive or gaudy jewelry