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Covid-19 + Mission Trips

Updated September 2021

As we make plans for all upcoming mission trips, we are looking at everything through the primary lens of keeping both local communities and volunteers safe, while providing meaningful and life-changing opportunities for cross-cultural service and mutual impact for all involved. We believe it’s not only possible but that it will be worth the effort more than ever before!

As of right now, EM's Short Term Mission Trips will focus on work-project-based ministry. Smaller groups of volunteers will be placed at given homes and worksites, and all contact with local people and homeowners will abide by appropriate social distancing and safety guidelines to protect both volunteers and community members from exposure to Covid-19. This means that trips may not include some of the same relational ministry opportunities* as they have in past years, such as serving at nursing homes or directly with people who are considered higher risk.

We ask for your flexibility and understanding with these changes. We believe doing our part to keep each mission trip community safe from Covid-19 will be a great way to honor and respect the dignity of those we serve while showing up to care for people who are often overlooked. As of this moment, EM will be observing the following CDC-recommended safety guidelines on all upcoming mission trips:**

EM’s current Covid-19 Safety Guidelines


1. Negative Covid-19 tests will be required for ALL mission trip participants.
2. Masks will be required during most mission trip activities.
3. Social distancing will be enforced between volunteers and anyone who is not part of your mission team.
4. Contactless temperature checks will be performed before the start of each workday.
5. EM Summer Staff will follow CDC-recommended guidelines for sanitizing and keeping spaces safe for all volunteers and community members.

NOTE: Mission trips to Chicago, ILRio Grande Valley, TX, and many international communities are coordinated and led by local community partners and will follow similar guidelines, if not exactly the same.

EM Mission Trip teams will be required to submit a signed document stating all team members have read and understood EM’s specific safety guidelines for mission trips during the Covid-19 pandemic and agree to abide by them throughout the duration of their trip.

We understand it may be frustrating to think about social distancing or wearing masks in a highly relational and exciting environment where these things are not typically the norm. In this season, we are doing these things out of love for the people we come to serve. “There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (John 15:13) We believe it sends a powerful message of love to sacrifice a little of our personal freedom for the safety and health of others.

We are excited and ready for the challenge of continuing to make mission trips a reality, and we are blessed by each and every team that joins us. God continues to do great things in and through each mission trip. We humbly thank you for putting your trust in our team at EM.

* EM will determine whether or not “Kids Club” children’s ministry programs will be a part of each mission trip a few months before trips are set to take place.

** EM Covid-19 Safety Guidelines are based on up-to-date recommendations by the CDC. If any CDC-recommended guidelines listed above come in conflict with state, local or community guidelines (or personal preferences of community partners), EM teams will be asked to follow the more safety-conscious guidelines between the two.

Interested in bringing your group on an upcoming mission trip? Fill Out an Interest Form today! We would love to help you decide when and where to serve together this year.

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