UK-USA Ministries

United Kingdom

Intro and History 

Based out of North-East England UK-USA Ministries exists to reach the unbelieving and uncommitted, to grow and deepen them in their faith, and to send them out to impact the world for Jesus Christ. They partner with the Tees Valley branch of Youth For Christ, a organization started by Billy Graham in 1946. Relational evangelism is used to reach children, young people, and students in the UK. They desire to be the bridge between students and churches in the US to the young people of the United Kingdom.

UK-USA ministries is active in schools, sports, and servant evangelism. They have been partnering with schools for the past ten years and have watched this partnership blossom in great ways. Through the school ministry, religious education lessons are taught and school assemblies are held in hopes of engaging the young people in North-Eastern England. The sports aspect of this ministry utilizes soccer to reach young people and children. Some examples of the programs they work through are holiday sports camps, using the football cage, and running tournaments for specific sports. The last aspect of their ministry is servant evangelism. This is simply serving the community in unique ways. A few example servant projects include bagging groceries, washing windows, and picking up trash.

The main goal for short-term mission trips is for partnering churches to have a long-term vision for a particular school and community to build lasting relationships for the Gospel.

What will my team be doing? One of the most specific ways in which short term teams will serve is through Camp of Champions.  Youth from the area will come to the park or other venue where the camp is held, play games, and then be told the gospel by UK-USA staff members as well as Servant Life team members. You will play a vital role in sharing Jesus with teenagers in NE England! You'll also be involved in servant evangelism as described above. At the end of your trip, you'll get to do some sightseeing and explore quaint little English towns such as York. 

What does my cost include?
• In-country transportation
• Housing
• Meals
• Supplemental Traveler's Insurance
• T-Shirt
• Pre-Trip Training Manual
• Pre, During, and Post-trip Devotionals

Airfare is not included in this cost, but Servant Life does offer to book all airfare reservations.

Learn more about UK-USA Ministries at www.uk-usaministries.com.

 

Potpourri

London is the biggest city in Britain and in Europe.

London has the highest population density in Britain, with 4,699 people per square kilometer.

The Canary Wharf Tower is the tallest building in London.

London was the first city in the world to have an underground railway, known as the ‘tube’.

There are over 100 theaters in London.

London hosted the 1908, 1948, and 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

More than 300 languages are spoken within the city of London.

London has a reputation for rainy weathers, but it actually has a smaller average of rainfall than New York City. London averages about 22.9 inches per years compared to NYC’s 50 inches.

There are more American banks in London than in New York.

London’s main airport, Heathrow, is the busiest airport in the world and has more international passengers than any other.

Capital City 

London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. It is located on the River Thames and has been a major settlement for two millennia. According to a census taken in early 2011, London has a population of 8,174,000, which makes it the most populous municipality in the European Union. London is made up of two ancient cities: the City of London, which is the business and financial heart of the United Kingdom, and the City of Westminster, where Buckingham Palace, Parliament and most of the government offices are located. London is a leading global city. London’s strengths are art, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, healthcare, tourism, and transport. These strengths contribute to London’s prominence in the world, and sometimes it is called a world cultural capital.

Personal Safety 

Servant Life makes every effort to keep our teams safe during their entire experience with us. You help us by using traveler’s common sense. Staying in groups, not flaunting or bringing expensive jewelry, watches, or electronics, being aware of your surroundings, and not leaving bags unattended are all encouraged practices.

Health

The National Health Service (NHS) provides healthcare in London. It is free at the point of use for the patient, even Emergency Department treatment. The NHS provides the majority of healthcare in England. This includes primary care, in-patient care, long-term healthcare, ophthalmology, and dentistry. London healthcare strives to be convenient and easy to access. The professionals are appropriately qualified and experienced, and all organizations must meet required levels of safety and quality. There are no major health concerns when traveling to London because their health system and culture are very similar to that of America’s.

Dos and Don'ts

DO feel free to give gifts, but please ask the ministry partner before doing so.

DO use the “buddy system.”

DO bring any medicines that you may need. If it’s a prescription, make sure it has the original prescription label with your name on it.

DO sanitize your hands before eating. But do it discreetly, not blatantly just after holding a child or shaking an international’s hand.

DO be friendly toward Internationals. Their cultures place a high value on friendships and time spent visiting with friends.

DO pray for your International friends. Only as God works in their lives will they be open to hearing more about Christ.

DO befriend Internationals who are of the same gender as your own. In other cultures, friendships between a man and woman who are not related are rare. Your witness will be more effective with International friends of your own gender.

DO remember that you are representing a ministry that has been around longer than you’ve been in the country and will still minister there after you have left.

DON’T be a loud/obnoxious tourist that needs to be toned down.

DON’T encourage begging by rewarding the effort.

DON’T go out after dark.

DON’T bring anything that you aren’t willing to give up if someone asks for it.

DON’T attempt to tear down the different religions you come in contact with in your conversations with Internationals. Rather, discuss the basic doctrines of your Christian faith, with an emphasis on salvation through Jesus Christ. Many Internationals enjoy discussing their beliefs and how they differ from other religions.

Geostats

Official Name: London

Passport/Visa Requirements: All U.S. citizens need a passport valid for six months after the intended date of departure. Reconfirm travel document requirements with your carrier before departure. No visa is needed to travel to London.

Population: 8,174,000

Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time Zone

Predominant Religions: 48% Christian, 21% non-religious, 12% Muslim, 5% Hindu, 2% Jewish

Voltage Requirements: 220 volts at 50Hz

Telephone Codes: 44 (Country Dialing Code) and 020 (Area Code)

Money

United Kingdom Exchange Rates

The currency used in London is the British Pound (GBP). As of December 2012, the rate was 1 US Dollar to 0.62 British Pound. London is the most expensive city in Britain. There are ATMs everywhere in London and this is the easiest way to get cash away from home. When traveling to London, beware of hidden credit or debit card fees. Check with your bank before departing to avoid surprise charges.

Weather

London has a temperate oceanic climate. It has a reputation of being a rainy city, but it averages less rainfall than Rome and New York City each year. Winters are usually chilly and last from November to March. Summers are generally warm and sometimes hot. London’s summer average is 75F. Layers and warm clothing are necessary during the winter, and a light jacket and a small amount of layering is wise for the summer months.

Transportation

The most popular form of travel in London is the London Underground, lovingly called ‘the Tube’. It is the oldest metro system in the world. More than 3 million passengers travel on the Underground every day. The Underground has 11 lines and serves North London much more than South London. Other modes of transportation in the city include Docklands Light Railway, Tramways, buses, and taxis.

London is the best served city by airports in the world with almost 150 million passengers using its six airports yearly. These airports include Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City, and London Southend Airport. Heathrow handles the most travelers out of the six, which makes it the busiest airport in Europe.

There is also water transport available in London. London is settled beside River Thames and there are many different methods of water transportation available. London River Services regulates and promotes a small-scale network of river bus commuter services and a large number of leisure cruises operating on the river. London also has several canals and bulk cargo ships.

Locations
Servant Life has missions opportunities in Cuba, El Salvador, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Uganda, Kenya, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, United Kingdom, East Asia, Dominican Republic, Houston, Dallas, New York City, Memphis, St. Louis, Montreal, and Toronto Canada.

Who Can Go
If registering and traveling with their church group, students must be 14 years old or older to participate in a Servant Life missions experience. If registering as an individual participant without an adult, students must be 16 years old or older. Student groups, college groups, adults, and individuals are all welcome on Servant Life mission trips. Teams may be made up of groups and/or individuals.

Trip Cost
Servant Life trips are priced at a BASE COST PLUS AIRFARE. The base cost varies per country and can be found by clicking on the link for a trip.

Airfare Information
Servant Life will book all airfare through our travel agency. Everyone on your team must travel together. We book group airline tickets and cannot accommodate special requests for different individual flights. Due to commitments to our missionaries to have groups there on set dates, trip dates are not flexible. Once a ticket has been purchased in your name, it must be paid for regardless of circumstances. All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Activities
Servant Life works with missionary partners in each country. Your team will be helping our missionary partner with various needs, and exact details may vary from trip to trip. Specific details for each missions experience can be found by clicking on the trip's link.

Passports
We encourage anyone interested in a Servant Life missions experience to go ahead and apply for a passport. The amount of time it takes to get a passport varies, and we cannot book plane tickets without a copy of each person’s passport. Any costs associated with obtaining a passport are solely your responsibility. You can download a passport application and read instructions on obtaining a passport online at www.travel.state.gov/passport.

Immunizations
Immunizations and any costs related to them are the sole responsibility of the trip participant. All childhood immunizations must be complete (measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus). We also HIGHLY advise any immunizations recommended by your physician and/or the CDC for the area of travel. Both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are strongly recommended for all international travel. It is solely the traveler’s responsibility to obtain information on required/recommended travel immunizations and travel precautions for the area. The CDC website is www.cdc.gov and has up-to-date info on immunizations for every country.

Once You Register
Shortly after you register, you will receive an email from the Servant Life team with forms your group needs to fill out. These forms, along with a deposit of $250 per person, are due by November 1. If you register after November 1, the forms and a deposit of $250 per person are due within 30 days of registering. A registration is not complete until we have received your deposit. Registrations cannot be held beyond 30 days if the deposit has not been received.

 

Parent FAQs

Will my child serve alone or as part of a team?

Your child will be part of a Servant Life team, which can be made up of groups and/or individual participants. If your child is registering alone, he or she will join the team at a domestic or international airport, and stay and work with them for the remainder of the trip.

What kind of supervision will my child have?

Servant Life teams are led by our in-country ministry partners. This partner serves as the host and leader for the team from the time they land in-country at the airport until they depart at the end of the mission experience.

How safe are these trips?

Servant Life makes every effort to keep your child safe during their entire experience with us. We visit every location before sending a group, and work with partners in the country who are familiar with the area we will be staying in and working in. We research and plan the safest places for your student to eat, stay, work and play.

Who will the teams work with?

All teams work with established Servant Life ministry partners. These are either missionaries or ministry leaders who have a history of service in the country and programs that fit with the mission of Servant Life. To read more about our ministry partners, click here.

Who do I call in case of emergency while my child is traveling?

All Servant Life participants will be given a list with emergency contact information and numbers. This list includes the contact information for Servant Life, as well as our ministry partner serving on the field with your child. If an emergency arises where you need to reach your child, please contact Servant Life first, and we will work closely with you to reach your child.

Will my child be able to call home and email while on the field?

Access to phone calls and email may be limited, and varies from location to location. As your child's trip approaches, more information will be given on phone and internet availability for that specific trip. In the event of an emergency, Servant Life will contact parents immediately. So remember that no news is good news!

We have a frequent flyer program. Can we use those miles to cover my child's ticket?

Possibly. We cannot guarantee which airline each team will use, as we are watching for competitive pricing and schedules. Please contact Servant Life if you are interested in learning more about using frequent flyer miles on a mission trip.

When should my child apply for a passport?

Your child should apply for a passport immediately after registering for a Servant Life mission trip. Passports can take up to 8 weeks to arrive. Costs related to obtaining a passport are the responsibility of the participant.

Is a visa required for my child's trip?

The only country that Servant Life is currently sending teams to needing visas is Kenya. Visas can be obtained prior to leaving or when arriving in country. Specifics will be provided to team leaders and/or students traveing on their own.

Will my child receive any training?

Servant Life will send a preparation manual filled with detailed information regarding your child's mission trip. Hands-on training will take place with the ministry partner once the team arrives at their destination.

Why should my child go serve over seas when there are so many needs here in the United States?

The first and primary reason we believe in sending teams on international mission trips is that God has commanded His followers to make disciples of ALL nations (Matt 28:19). Knowing that we are commanded to play an active role in global disciple-making, we have found that missionaries and ministries around the world have needs that short-term mission teams can easily and uniquely fill, thus helping to advance the kingdom of God in those countries. We also hope that participating in an international mission trip will leave such an impression on your child's life that they will become supporters of mission work for the rest of their lives, whether through prayer, financial support, church leadership, or even life service.

What is not covered in my child's trip cost?

The only expenses not covered in your child's trip cost are meals in airports on travel days, any souvenirs or snacks that your child may wish to purchase while in country, and any expenses related to obtaining a passport and immunizations.

Are there scholarships available for my child?

Servant Life does not offer scholarships. If needed, we encourage participants to raise support through fundraising efforts such as church partnership and personal support letters.

Financial Guideline

Servant Life is committed to providing a quality mission experience at the lowest possible price. Our goal is not to entertain, but rather to bring the teachings of Scripture to life.

The cost of the mission experience includes in-country costs, such as:
• In-country transportation
• Housing
• Meals
• Supplemental Traveler's Insurance
• Sponsoring local students to attend camp
• T-Shirt
• Pre-Trip Training Manual
• Visa, if applicable
• Exit tax, if applicable

Costs not covered in base cost of the trip include:
• Airfare
• Passports
• Immunization Shots
• Snacks
• Souvenirs
• Personal expenses while traveling and in-country, including meals in airports
• Any additional costs associated with the trip before you arrive and after you leave

Financial Guidelines

Deposits:
Deposits of $250 per person and a copy of the front page of your passport are due November 1. If you register after November 1, a deposit of $250 per person and a copy of the front page of your passport are due within 30 days of registration.

Deposits are non-refundable.

Airfare:
Servant Life will secure all airline transportation through our travel agent to insure teams arrive together. Once your group is in place, let us know as soon as possible so we can secure your tickets at the lowest possible rate.

You are responsible for the payment of any purchased tickets. Once a ticket is purchased, payment for that ticket must be in our office within 5 business days.

All tickets must be secured and paid in full 60 days before departure. Payments for airfare must be made via check. We cannot accept credit card payments for airfare purchases.

Summer Missions Payments:
The first payment, which is half of the base cost, is due March 1.

The second payment, which is the balance of the trip cost, is due in the Servant Life office no later than 35 days before departure. If your final balance is not received by 35 days out, a $100 late fee may be applied.

PLEASE NOTE: All checks and money orders must be made out to SERVANT LIFE. Please mail all payments and donations to PO Box 36307, Birmingham, AL 35236.

United Kingdom Trips

DatePrice (Per Person)
*Plus Airfare
DescriptionCapacityRemaining
Jun 01, 2018 - Jun 09, 2018
Open
$1,099.00
$1,099.00Relational Student Ministry20OpenRegister
Jun 08, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018
Open
$1,099.00
$1,099.00Relational Student Ministry20OpenRegister
Jun 15, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
(Full)
$1,099.00
$1,099.00Relational Student Ministry20(Full)Contact Us
Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018
Open
$1,099.00
$1,099.00Relational Student Ministry20OpenRegister
Jun 29, 2018 - Jul 07, 2018
Open
$1,099.00
$1,099.00Relational Student Ministry20OpenRegister
Jul 06, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018
Open
$1,099.00
$1,099.00Relational Student Ministry20OpenRegister
Jul 13, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018
Open
$1,099.00
$1,099.00Relational Student Ministry20OpenRegister
Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018
Open
$1,099.00
$1,099.00Relational Student Ministry20OpenRegister
* Dates and locations are subject to change