faq

A few questions that we’re often asked

  • Q

    What International Mission Leaders does SMI Serve?

    A

    SMI serves international Christian missionaries and local pastors who subscribe to the following beliefs:

    1. The sole basis of belief is the Bible, God’s infallible written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.
    2. The Bible was uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original autographs.
    3. The Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
  • Q

    In what ways does SMI serve International Mission Leaders?

    A

    By conducting eye clinics in the areas they serve, Christian Mission Leaders are supported in the following ways:

    • Since eye clinics are sponsored by the local ministers and provide a much needed service, they facilitate an avenue for the ministers to establish or increase their public image and standing in the community.
    • The eye clinics provide a forum for on the spot witnessing as patients await their turn for eye exams.
    • The eye clinics provide a forum through which contact information can be captured and relationships may be forged with members of the community creating opportunities for follow up witnessing and/or counseling.
  • Q

    Who can participate on a Sight Ministries short term mission trip?

    A

    SMI works with Churches and other organizations that subscribe to the beliefs listed above and are willing to recruit a group to participate on a mission trip to help conduct eye clinics.  Individuals who are not a part of a sponsored group may also participate by contacting SMI and we’ll make an effort to fit them in with a sponsored group.

  • Q

    Are there any age restrictions for short term mission trip participants?

    A

    SMI encourages families and/or youth to participate on short term mission trips. However, it is expected that each trip participant be productive and able to take on assignments as required. Accordingly, the following restrictions will apply for participants who are under 18 years of age:

    • Under age 14 are not allowed to participate on SMI trips.
    • Age 14-15 may participate when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
    • Age 16-17 may participate when accompanied by a designated accompanying adult over 29 years of age (Parental/Guardian Consent form required).

    Age requirements must be met as of the date of departure for the trip. Under extenuating circumstances, exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.

  • Q

    What services does SMI provide for Short Term Mission Trips?

    A

    SMI recruits eye care professionals to accompany each team. For trip volunteers, SMI will arrange for transportation, meals and lodging needs, help in securing passports or visas, and help comply with other travel related formalities and issues as required. SMI will utilize trained Trip and/or Clinic Coordinators who will lead the group in all mission related activities during the mission trip, including oversight of transportation, lodging, and meals; training volunteers in tasks associated with eye clinic operations; and dealing with any unforeseen challenges or issues that may arise. Additionally, SMI will either provide information or coordinate optional sightseeing and leisure activities for volunteers who wish to include such opportunities in conjunction with the trip.

  • Q

    How much does a Sight Ministries short term mission trip cost?

    A

    Depending on the location, the trip cost is typically from $800.00 to $1,200.00 per person plus airfare. The cost covers all expenses including accommodations, meals, in country transportation, etc. Note that many trips will offer an opportunity for local shopping and/or sight-seeing and associated expenditures are in addition to the trip cost.

  • Q

    How do I make travel reservations and handle payment?

    A

    • SMI will attain flight reservations for mission trip team members.  Point of departure will typically be from Houston Intercontinental Airport. Alternatively, participants may make their own flight arrangements; however the planned itinerary should be communicated and coordinated with SMI prior to final confirmation.
    • Reservations must be made at least 60 days prior to the trip departure date.
    • Deposits for trip donation fees for each traveler are required as follows: —a) A $100 non-refundable application deposit is due at time of initial reservation — b) 50% deposit is due 60 days prior to date of the trip — c)  Total balance is due 30 days prior to date of trip.
    • In the event of cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, your trip donation fee, less the application deposit will be held on file for a future trip.
  • Q

    Are expenses tax deductible?

    A

    SMI is a not for profit 501(c) (3) organization and donations (including trip donation fees) may be tax deductable. You should consult with your tax advisor for more information on how this may apply to you. To obtain a receipt for tax purposes, checks should be made payable to Sight Ministries International. Any accompanying information pertaining to the check should be submitted on a document separate from the check.

  • Q

    What are the expectations of Short Term Mission Trip participants?

    A

    Other than our eye care professionals, trip participants need no special skills.  There are many tasks involved with running a clinic and all we ask is that you be flexible and willing to serve.  Every effort will be made to match your strengths, gifts, and talents with the tasks at hand.

  • Q

    How is Sight Ministries funded?

    A

    SMI is primarily funded by private donations.  Additionally, funds are collected through trip donation fees to cover the cost of coordinating and leading trips.

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