Health and Safety

Short-Term Missions Health and Safety Information

In Navigators World Missions we take action to care for one of the greatest assets God has provided to us, our missionaries visiting and living across the world. As stewards and shepherds of people, we encourage all our short-term trips to operate in the arena of faith. This means we want short-term missionaries to be wise as they courageously step in to unique and sometime uncomfortable places. And as they step across borders, we prepare them to act in wisdom and avoid actions motivated by fear.

To reflect these desires, each team is provided International Security and Crisis Response training. Our training consist of situational awareness, the provision of resources available to U.S. citizens (STEP, etc.), and sensible exercises to properly respond to unforeseen events. Additionally, team are provided *travel insurance which includes the following coverage:

  • $100,000 Medical Benefit (no deductible)
  • $1,000,000 Emergency Medical Transportation/Repatriation
  • $25,000 Non-Medical Emergency Evacuation
  • Trip Delay, Missed Connection & Baggage Coverage included
  • $1,000 Trip Interruption (or 150% of trip cost, whichever is greater)

We also monitor each international location before our trips arrive and while our trips are in-country. If it is necessary, due to security concerns or unhealthy situations, The Navigators may cancel or return a team early. However, should a critical or difficult crisis occur, each individual is provided access to our International Crisis Hotline. Our hotline is managed by experienced staff on a 24/7 basis, ready and willing to respond to any issue. Should an event occur beyond the scope if our first responders, The Navigators have a Crisis Management Team prepared to support any team. 

Further questions about international security and health may be directed to worldmissions@navigators.org.

 *The coverage listed above is provided to individuals traveling less than 60 days. Trips above 60 days are provided similar coverage, but are not reflected

 

Short-Term Trips During the COVID-19 Pandemic:

It is no surprise that COVID-19 has affected short-term missions across the globe. In early 2020, many churches and organizations canceled overseas trips due to the pandemic. Since then, many countries have seen waves of the virus and created their own procedures and responses. As the virus has come under control in some parts of the world, countries are reopening their borders and as countries reopen, our short-term missions in The Navigators are acting in faith, trusting God to send us to select countries.

In preparation for the 2022 short-term season, we are monitoring the security of each location, including COVID activity. Here are some determining factors related to COVID: 

  • Prayer and Petition – Navigators World Missions leadership and our overseas partners will seek God’s guidance for peace before sending our teams. 
  • Entry Requirements – Navigators World Missions will monitor entry requirements to identify what visas are necessary, if COVID tests are required, and if a quarantine is necessary.
  • Current Infrastructure – Navigators World Mission will work with our in-country contacts to evaluate each location’s ability to medically respond to COVID. In addition, all members of our trips are required to have travel insurance provided by the Navigators. 
  • Organizational Approval – Each location will require the approval of Navigator international leadership, U.S. leadership, and leadership from our headquarters.

Navigators World Missions will provide additional training and guidance in preparation and response for traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our training will include written procedures for in-country contacts, team leaders, and team members. Additionally, The Navigators will actively monitor each location prior to departure, completing a regular review of each location.

Should Navigators World Missions cancel a trip after fundraising begins, funds will be held for two years and can be used by the participant to take part in future short-term trips, summer training programs, EDGE, iEDGE, or other programs of The Navigators. After two years, funds will be used by The Navigators to support the efforts of our short-term program. In all instances, funds raised by the participant will remain with The Navigators in alignment with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and the Internal Revenue Service.

As we enter this unique season of sending short-term trips overseas, we covet your prayers and support. As the Short-Term Missions of Navigators World Missions, we seek to advance the Kingdom of Christ through partnerships in communities and ministries around the globe. We crave to continue this ministry even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.