Frequently asked Questions
1. Does the price include my cost to get out to IT? No, You will be responsible for making and paying for your own travel arrangements to get to Pasadena. You can raise extra support to cover your airfare or gas money. We will help you carpool as best we can by connecting you with the other students in your area.
2. What does the average day look like? Your day will consist of hearing from a missionary speaker from 9:00-12:00, then in the afternoon you will read and study key missions articles and books. You will be completing a four-week missions course for certificate and will have daily reading and assignments that you will be graded on. There is plenty of time to finish each day and have fun at night with the group. Often, evenings include some project activity. This may be group worship, small group Bible study, a guest speaker or fun social.
3. When do we visit the temples? The second half of the summer you will be trained in the beliefs of the major world religions from the Christian perspective by a missionary or expert in each field. You then will visit around 10 temples and interact with followers of each of these faiths in a learning, non-confrontational environment.
4. Will I be doing evangelism while I am out there? Yes, we will teach you new outreach tools and pair you up with a partner. A few days will be devoted to Evangelism on a college campus, some beaches and in China Town. The temples are decidedly not the place for sharing the gospel but are for your education and understanding of their perspective so that later you can reach out to internationals on your campus and share with adherents to other religions you may meet in the future.
5. What do Sundays look like? We will visit a different church every Sunday for your exposure. This also makes it possible for you to connect anyone you share the gospel with to an appropriate church.
6. Where will we live? You will stay in the dorms of the U.S. Center for World Mission and William Cary International University in LA. It is a small college campuses complete with a cafeteria, weight room and library. The campuses are very safe and secure environment.
7. What is this class I will be taking? The class is a four week course called Perspectives On the World Christian Movement. The curriculum is designed to walk you through the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic perspectives of missions. Our training will also consist of some apologetics, missions issues, and how to mobilize your church or campus. You may consider taking this class for credit if your college will recognize it as an elective.
8. What does the small group look like? During the summer you will live with one or two roommates and be in a small Discipleship group of 4-5 other people. You will have a group leader that will be there to encourage you, and to disciple you throughout the summer, through accountability, scripture memory and Bible study together as a group.
9. How many students will be at IT? There will be approximately 30-40 other students from around the US that attend as well as 5-7 Traveling Team Staff. You will build lifelong friendships and be encouraged by those who share the same heart for God and for missions as you. You will be under the authority of staff and leaders that are committed to serving you and helping you grow spiritually and socially.
10. How do I afford the cost of the project? We encourage you to raise support for the project. The cost can be raised by sending a letter explaining the IT project to potential supporters (all friends and family), then letting them know where to send a check if they choose to support you. We will provide you with training materials for support raising and examples of letters once you have been accepted. Students have always been very successful in raising the needed finances for the project.
11. What will I have access to in the dorms? There is a laundry room and Ethernet connection in both locations. Packing details are included upon guarantee to project.
12. Where do we eat? Most of your meals will be provided on the campus in a dinning hall. Yeah!
13. Will I have any free time? There is limited free time. We would love for you to have visitors but please check with the project director first. You will have scheduled free time with the group to see sights in the city.