Common questions regarding traveling with the team
What would an average day look like on The Traveling Team?
You will wake up at 7:00am in the morning and head to a one-to-one with a student who could only meet you at this time. After an hour with them you have a two-hour break to get some coffee and time with the Lord. At 10:00am your next appointment arrives and you council them on how to be a World Christian taking them through all the resources you have in your backpack. After lunch you have your last one-to-one as the team meets by the van to head to the next campus at 3:00pm. You drive two hours to arrive at the new campus with the greetings of the campus minister. After dinner you set up for the large group meeting and the team spends time praying for the meeting. During the 45-minute presentation you share your testimony regarding how God has moved in your life in increasing your world vision and showing you personal responsibility for world evangelization. When the meeting is over you interact with students by the book table and if they are interested you sign them up for a one-to-one the next day. At about 10:00pm you find yourself staying in a dorm with key student who is quizzing you about how you do what you do on a daily basis. As the lights go out you get ready to start a new day that is similar to the one before.
Is there staff training and what does this consist of?
We ask that if you are considering staff that you join us for our 7-week project in Los Angeles, CA. that doubles as our staff training. This will help you learn the ins and outs of missions, mobilization, and methodology. This will give you the opportunity to get to know us as well as us let us get to know you. After the 7 weeks this will put both of us in a position to see if this is a good fit for you. For more information on the project see summer project.
How long do you travel during the year?
The traveling schedule consists of 12 weeks in the fall and 12 weeks in the spring. December and 1/2 of April you will have time off. In the summer you will go on a short-term mission trip with a specific agency that we partner with or serve at our summer project.
What is the application process?
Once we see that you are a potential traveler we will extend you an application. The application process consists of gathering references and answering questions regarding your vision and experience.
How much do I have to raise to join staff?
We have a budget that ranges from $2,200 to $2,700 a month depending on your situation (ex. Debt, car, rent, cell phone). We will work with you regarding the specifics once we gather the proper information on your needs.
Will you train me in support raising?
Yes, we are very proud of our support raising training. We have studied many ministries and compiled extensive sessions on helping you to be an effective support raiser. Once accepted we will bring you to our home office to begin the training.
What about if I have debt?
This depends on how much. Most students when they break down their debt into a monthly payment have between $100-$300 a month to pay off. We allow you to raise additional support to offset your debt payment.
What do we travel in?
We have a top of the line 7-passenger mini-van.
How many travelers will be in the van?
We have found that the best number of travelers on one team is 3-4.
Where do you guys live while you're traveling?
The only prerequisite of coming to a campus is that the hosting ministry is responsible for housing us. 90% of the time we find ourselves in dorms or guest bedrooms. 10% of the time we will be in a hotel.
Do you eat out the majority of the time?
Yes, sometimes when we show up to our guest home they have prepared a meal, however, the majority of the time we find ourselves eating out. This does not get too expensive because most of the time the campus ministry will pay for it.
Is there a permanent place where you can go back to and call home?
Yes, we ask all travelers to have somewhere they can spend the months off at. Whether that is a rent house with friends in their city, their parents' house, or a family who will let you take residence for a few months a year, it is important to be able to have your place.
Is there a place where you can get mail?
No, not unless you can plan ahead and have someone send a package of your back mail to a campus minister who we are about a week away from visiting.
How do you do laundry on the road?
About once a week you will have a place where you are staying offer their washer and dryer. Between this and using the dorm laundry room you will always have fresh clothes.
Where do you go to church?
Every Sunday we find ourselves in church. Most college ministers will invite you to their local church if you are staying the weekend. We try to limit our speaking engagements on the weekend so we have time to receive.
When is our free time and what do you do?
Most the time we are off on weekends. We will do a number of activities that the town offers (ex. Site seeing, shopping, coffee shops, seeing friends or just resting)
Will I need to have a laptop and cell phone?
We highly recommend these investments. It will make life on the road so much more pleasant. It will be necessary for following up with students you meet with on the road.