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giving ourselves in God's mission

If you're praying about signing up for a short-term mission team, you probably have a lot of questions. The following information is a good starting point to guide you as you begin preparing to serve in another context. Your team leader will contact you about team meetings, training opportunities, and team-specific details. But... this info should help get you started!

Apply For a Mission Team

After you have communicated your interest to join a mission team to the leader of that trip, you should complete the Short-Term Mission Trip Application and submit it to the Director of Mission Ministries.

Get Your Passport

It's never too early to get your passport. It generally takes six weeks to get your passport book, so go ahead and apply now in order to avoid additional fees. Complete passport information – including the application and information about fees – can be found at the U.S. State Department's website. If you are traveling ANYWHERE outside of the United States, you will need a passport book.

Form Your Support Team

The purpose of your support team is two-fold. First, this team is your prayer base for your mission service. Second, these individuals may assist you in the task of raising the funds needed to go. This team is much more than a group of people who may "write a check" for you. Don't miss the biggest benefit of having a Global Support Team–prayer support.

Raise Financial Support

One of the best ways to enlist your Support Team is by sending support letters. Remember, you are not only requesting financial support. You also need them to pray for you so a prayer network will be in place on your behalf. Download the suggested guidelines PDF.

Mission Ministry Financial Policies

Packing & Travel Details

Your team leader will provide you with packing lists and important travel details. If you are new to international travel or plane travel you may want to review the information on the Transportation Security Administration website or the travel tips provided by the U.S. State Department.

Additional Information

Contact Caitlin O'Hare (below) for more information about any trips or mission opportunities.

Mission Ministry
Coordinator of Mission Ministry
Caitlin O'Hare
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Phone:402-391-8788 ext. 1016
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Caitlin grew up at West Hills and has served in many capacities, including in our music ministry, the nursery and as a youth intern. She is most passionate about her current role in mission, as she fosters West Hills' relationship with Westgate Elementary School, and our other local and worldwide partnerships. She encourages everyone at West Hills to see their entire lives as an offering to God and begin to see how God has perfectly placed them to be used in mission right where they are, in their jobs, their families and with their friends.
Employed at West Hills since...
My family includes my husband, Branden, our son Calvin, my parents, Ron & Charissa Wells, my grandparents, Bud & Cleo Wells, my siblings, Alisha & Josh Sauer, Alison & Kenneth Kopperud, and Ross Wells, as well as my three beautiful nieces, Hazel, Kora and Ruby and sweet nephew Kaden.
Best thing about your job
seeing God transform the lives of the people at West Hills Church; those
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:1-18; SONG: In Christ Alone; MOVIE: Star Wars (Episodes IV, V, VI); BOOK: too hard to pick an all-time favorite, but my favorite from what I've read lately is Half the Sky; SNACK: potato chips with cottage cheese
Something that gets on your nerves
when someones says
Some hobbies/passions
cooking, food, travel
Something people may not know about you
I hate wearing shoes.
Your happy place
Grandma's house
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