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Covid-19 + Mission Trips

Updated June 15, 2022

As we make plans for upcoming mission trips, we are looking 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 worth the effort more than ever before!

As of right now, EM's Short Term Mission Trips will focus on work-project-based ministry, with some exceptions. This means that trips may not include some of the same relational ministry opportunities* as they have in past years, such as Kids Club, serving at nursing homes, or engaging 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.

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

EM’s Covid Safety Guidelines (Updated 6/15/22)


1. EM highly recommends all volunteers get vaccinated for Covid-19 before their trip
2. Negative Covid-19 tests will be required for ALL mission trip participants.
3. Masks will be required in some situations:
3. Social distancing will be enforced between volunteers and at-risk members of the local community.
4. During the trip, rapid Covid-19 tests will be required for all Team Members with potential Covid symptoms.
5. EM Summer Staff will follow CDC-recommended guidelines for sanitizing and keeping spaces safe for all volunteers and community members.

* Some mission trips will continue to feature relational ministry opportunities. Your EM Support contact can give you specifics for the community you're interested in serving. 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.

NOTE: Mission trips to Chicago, IL, Rio 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.

We understand it may be frustrating to think about continuing to wear masks in a highly relational and exciting environment where these things used to not be 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.

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.

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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