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Covid-19 Updates

Updated March 27, 2020

IMMERSION FIELD UPDATE 3/27/20: As of today, due to canceled flights, the final 3 IMMERSION team members still outside of the U.S. were not able to leave South Africa before the start of a strict 21-day lockdown of all services in the country, including air travel. This means they will need to remain in South Africa during the country's 3-week lockdown, in the care of EM’s Africa staff, where they will be safe and cared for while they await an opportunity to fly home. These are unprecedented times, and we’re doing everything in our power to ensure the safety of team members and help get them home as soon as possible, including working with government authorities at the U.S. Embassy and State Department.

GENERAL UPDATE 3/23/20: All 1-2 week mission trips planned for March and April have been canceled and rerouted to later dates and/or different communities. All 1-9 month IMMERSION team members have been brought back to the U.S. or are making their way back as soon as possible amid flight cancelations and government border shutdowns.

 
 

If you are traveling (or considering traveling) for an upcoming Mission Trip or IMMERSION program with Experience Mission, we know you may have real fears or questions about health and safety. We all may have different reactions as we watch the news or listen to reports from around the globe, balancing and filtering updates. In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worldwide, we feel it is important to respond to these concerns and express our care for all people we work alongside.
 

Safety is always a big priority for us.

This year, over 3,000 short-term mission trip volunteers and 120 IMMERSION team members will trust Experience Mission to lead them into communities around the world. Local partners will trust EM to bring these guests into their homes, churches and communities, as well. Although we can never eliminate all risk, and the information about the Coronavirus is constantly being updated, we are committed to helping those involved in our programs have an experience that is both safe and meaningful.

In order to make informed, evidence-based decisions about domestic and international missions programs, we are carefully listening to information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We will continue to follow updates and make changes to upcoming programs as needed.

The CDC's Travel Updates can be found here: www.cdc.gov/travel
 

Our commitment to EM volunteer team members

We want to provide helpful information and insight into the locations where we work, allowing each participant or group to evaluate the facts about traveling abroad and make the decision that is best for them.

Our commitment to EM host communities

We want to keep our partner communities around the world safe, especially in locations where the elderly, young children, or those without access to good healthcare may be especially at-risk. We never want to be the ones to bring sickness or harm into a community.

Our heart for missions in 2020

With thousands of volunteers primed and ready to serve on mission trips in 2020 (and dozens of communities and ministries excited and ready to receive them), we sincerely hope that by following the commitments above we are able to continue most, if not all, of our scheduled mission trip programs in the summer and beyond. This will only be possible with a couple of commitments from those who are already signed up or are considering an upcoming trip.

We will continue to do everything in our power to keep volunteer teams and local community members safe during all 2020 mission trips. We will be monitoring CDC and World Health Organization updates closely and continuing to update this page as necessary in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of how you might love and serve others across the U.S. or around the world, even in a time of great uncertainty.

- The EM Team

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