The Rock Bible College
Student and Alumni Philippines Mission Trip
In support of
Mike Keyes Ministries International
Play Audio — Trip Informational Meeting with Mike Keyes
Tour Dates: JULY MISSIONS TOUR. July 18-28, 2017.
- Tour Group leaves Los Angeles Tuesday, July 18.
- Tour Group returns to Los Angeles Friday, July 28.
GENERAL AIRLINE TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR EACH TOUR
- Exact departure and arrival times for each Tour will not be set until several months prior to departure. Call our Tucson office for updated information when necessary. Our phone number is listed at the back of this packet.
- Once the air itinerary to/from Los Angeles has been confirmed, you will be notified immediately if there are any changes to that itinerary.
COST OF THE MISSIONS TOUR
- Missions Tour costs:
- $2,900 (inclusive of all expenses to/from LAX airport, Los Angeles, CA.) This amount will cover all your expenses from flight departure in Los Angeles going to Ozamiz through Manila, to flight departure from Ozamiz through Manila going back to the USA. This includes your trans-pacific international airfare, and all hotels, food, lodging, transportation or miscellaneous expenses while in the Philippines during your Tour.
- Plus the cost of your flights to/from Los Angeles, if applicable, and any hotel expenses incurred in Los Angeles, if applicable.
- Tour deposit required (if total cost isn’t paid initially):
- If you cannot pay the full amount initially, a deposit will be required, which is deducted from the total tour cost. The deposit is $500.
- Deposits are non-refundable, and are required to secure your seat on the airplane for 2017 Mission Tours. We recommend you send this deposit to us as soon as you’re able if you’re serious about participating in any of the three tours.
- Your place on the Tour is not secured until this deposit has been received. The balance of $2,400 must be submitted to us no later than: May 19, 2017 (no matter which Tour you plan to take)
WHERE SHOULD FULL PAYMENTS OR DEPOSITS BE SENT?
- All payments using the U.S. Mail should be sent to: Mike Keyes Ministries International, PO Box 91916, Tucson, AZ. 85752-1916
- If using private shipping companies like FEDEX or UPS overnight, the address is: Mike Keyes Ministries International, 4900 N. Desert Tortoise Place, Tucson, AZ 85745-9188. Tel: 520-331-9976. Attn: Ethel Keyes
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:
- Each Tour Group participant must have a valid USA passport for international travel to the Philippines. They take some time to acquire, so if you don’t have one you need to make application for yours NOW!
- Passport applications can be facilitated at select U.S. Post Offices. (Note: not every Post Office does this, so please check locally to find the ones in your area that do).
- Also be sure you bring your USA Driver’s License on the Tour as an additional picture I.D. besides your USA passport.
- IMPORTANT! Compare the expiration date of your passport to the departure date for the Tour of your choice. Even with a paid ticket, airlines will NOT allow you to board any international flight if your passport EXPIRES WITHIN 6 MONTHS FROM DATE OF USA DEPARTURE - even by one day! (This has actually happened to Tour group members in the past – they were denied boarding and were left behind in Los Angeles because of this security rule). If your passport expires within any day of this six-month window prior to departure for the Philippines, you must renew your passport BEFORE you leave home. If you are in doubt about the expiration date on your passport, PLEASE CONTACT US, OR OUR TRAVEL AGENT IMMEDIATELY.
MONEY MANAGEMENT IN THE PHILIPPINES:
- Credit Cards
- Bring one or two major cards only. Leave the others at home. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted in the Philippines.
- Cash Advances
- If you are bringing Visa or MasterCard credit cards, check with your local bank BEFORE leaving home, to be sure you are set up and approved to get cash advances in the Philippines if needed. And, be sure you know your credit card’s cash advance daily limit, which is usually considerably less than your general credit line. In the Philippines, some bank ATM’s offer cash advances, others do not. If you can’t use the ATM for a cash advance, you’ll need your passport to apply for one with local bank personnel inside the bank.
- Traveler’s Checks
- Do NOT use traveler’s checks. The way banks work in the Philippines, the amount of hassle experienced in getting traveler checks cashed isn’t worth it. Therefore, do NOT bring traveler’s checks!
- Personal Checks
- Personal checks are basically useless in the Philippines – nobody will cash them or honor them for payment, so don’t bother to bring your checkbook.
- How much money should you bring?
- For souvenir shopping, or for taking care of the unexpected, we suggest bringing at least $500 extra. You can always take it home with you, but it’s good to have it handy if you need it.
- Currency exchange
- The currency in the Philippines is the peso. U.S. Dollars are not accepted for payment of goods or services in most places, so an exchange of currency will be required upon arrival. After clearing customs in the Manila airport, go to any of the open bank windows (they are only a few feet away from the customs area), and exchange your money. We suggest exchanging at least $300 at this time, which you can use or have available once you reach Ozamiz city. Additional currency exchanges can be made at our bank in Ozamiz after arrival there. We do not recommend exchanging your U.S. Dollars anywhere else with anyone else.
TRAVEL PLANS TO AND FROM LOS ANGELES:
- Each Tour Group member must book his or her own flights to LA.
- Every Tour participant traveling from another airport or location is responsible for securing his or her own flights to and from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). We strongly recommend that this be done as soon as possible to avoid any problems meeting up with the group in Los Angeles. Our travel agent can assist you in making these reservations if needed.
- Your arrival flight to the LAX airport must be at least 3 hours before the Tour Group departs from LAX to the Philippines.
- Hotel bookings in Los Angeles
- Depending upon airline connections, Tour group participants may need to spend the night in Los Angeles prior to their departure to the Philippines, or upon their return home at the tour’s end.
- These are the following major hotels within a five-minute shuttle drive from curbside at the LAX airport: Embassy Suites (North), Embassy Suites (South), Marriott, Westin, Crowne Plaza and Sheraton. Our Missions Tour travel agent can assist you in making these reservations at preferred rates if needed.
- Assembly point in the LAX airport
- All Tour Group participants will assemble in the International Terminal, at a specific location to be announced as the departure date draws closer. MKMI designated staff will meet all Tour Group participants there, and coordinate the aircraft boarding for the trans-pacific flight to the Philippines. Prior to your departure from home to the LAX airport, MKMI Ministry identification tags will be sent to all those who have paid for the Tour, and we ask you to wear that tag around your neck when you enter the International terminal so our staff can locate you quickly and easily.
- Notify Tucson of your travel itinerary if arriving from out-of-town
- If traveling to the LAX airport from another airport or location, once you have secured your travel itinerary to/from Los Angeles, we request you e-mail or fax the itinerary to our Tucson office. Our contact information is provided later in this packet.
- If this applies to you, you must send us your travel itinerary to/from the LAX airport no later than May 19, 2017.
- Our Travel Agent is available to help
- If you need or would like our assistance in booking your travel itinerary to and from Los Angeles, our ministry’s travel agent is available to help. Her name and contact information is:
- Owner: Carson Travel Services
- Hours: 24-hour assistance
- Tel: 800-685-2035 (office)
- Tel: 909-795-0735 (office)
- Tel: 951-538-0229 (cell)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: www.carsontravelservice.com
WHAT ABOUT YOUR LUGGAGE?
- Avoid bringing too many pieces of luggage. With a large group of people on a Missions Tour like this, space for the transport of luggage becomes very limited. Therefore, pack efficiently and bring only what you need.
- For packing tips, a good rule of thumb I’ve used for over 35 years of international travel is this: Bring half of what you think you need, and twice as much money. There are also good websites which can help, such as this one: http://www.travellerspoint.com/packing-tips.cfm
- We suggest a total of no more than 3 pieces of baggage per person. This would be 1 hand-carry item, and 2 pieces of checked baggage. Check with your air carrier of choice to Los Angeles for their policies concerning fees for checked baggage. On most international flights, no more than 3 bags are allowed – 1 hand carry item and 2 checked bags. If you wish to bring additional baggage, you will no doubt be charged for it, so make your decisions wisely in this regard.
- We suggest you also leave room in your luggage for any souvenirs or local items you may purchase while in the Philippines.
- Leave all your important valuables at home. Precious jewelry, family heirlooms, etc. should not accompany you to the Philippines. Bring only what you wouldn’t miss if it was lost, damaged or stolen.
- There are weight limits to your checked and carry-on baggage on Philippine Airlines, and any other international carrier we may use as well. They are very strict about this and will add an overweight fee for each piece of baggage that is over the limit, even if it’s just a little. The overweight fees are in the $150-$175 range (per bag), so please keep your luggage within the weight limits to avoid these extra fees.
- At the present time on Philippine Airlines, the weight limits for domestic air travel in the Philippines are as follows: checked baggage should weigh no more than 30 lbs. each and carry-on bag no more than 15 lbs. each. Even if weight restrictions are higher on USA airlines (to/from LAX), or with Philippine Airlines international flights, the domestic portion of your flight itinerary from Manila to Ozamiz is where they will get you! Typically, they allow more baggage weight per piece on their international flights, but reduce it (purposely in our opinion) for in-country domestic flights. This is how they rake in extra income from unsuspecting travelers, so beware! Policies can change without notice, so please confirm all of these things with your travel agent or air carrier of choice before you leave home to avoid surprises enroute for excess baggage fees!
PROTECTING YOUR LUGGAGE AND VALUABLES
- All checked baggage should be secure, but due to heightened security these days, all checked baggage must be either electronically screened or physically opened for inspection at the time of check-in. Each airport has their own procedures for this, so you should check to see what you will need to do at your home airport. Some airports will allow you to lock your baggage after inspection, while others won’t. Some will offer to tape and seal your baggage after inspection, while others won’t. Check to see what you can and can’t do in regards to locking your baggage upon check-in.
- Once you begin your travels, never carry your cash, wallet or other valuables in your back pockets. Always carry them in your front pockets, or in a secure travel bag or carrying case of some kind, which is positioned on the front side of the body, not the back or sides. For the ladies, if you bring a purse, bring one with a zippered opening which can provide additional security against pickpockets. A good rule of thumb to remember for airport and international travel: if it’s easy and convenient for you to get to your valuables, it’s easy and convenient for a thief to do the same.
- When walking through congested areas during the Tour (such as a public terminal or food market), keep your hands on your purse or clutch bag at all times. Once again if possible, put your valuables in the front pockets, never in the back. And unless you absolutely need to, we suggest you leave all your valuables and money with us inside our Compound for security before leaving each day to go out for ministry work. (More on this will be covered in the General Orientation meeting the first day after your arrival).
CAMERAS AND VIDEO CAMCORDERS
- We recommend bringing a good camera or camcorder to record and document your ministry outreach activity while on the Tour. In addition, the Tour will take you to some beautiful and scenic areas where you would enjoy taking pictures for your photo albums back home.
- If using a digital camera or recording device, be sure you bring plenty of capacity on your device’s memory card or cards, since those are not readily assessable in our part of the country. We recommend at least a 16GB memory card.
- Also, be sure to bring devices that have plenty of battery power, and a charger which you can use each day to re-charge your batteries.
POWER CONVERTERS NEEDED
- All electrical power supplied in the Philippines is 220 volts, not 110 volts, as it is in the USA. It is also very unstable, with big power spikes or surges being commonplace. Therefore, if you plan on bringing anything that needs to be plugged into a wall socket for power, such as personal appliances or items like an electric shaver, curling iron, blow dryer, battery charger, laptop computer, phone, etc. be sure the unit is either dual voltage capable, or you have and use a step-down power converter kit.
- Converter kits can be purchased at any Radio Shack-type store.
WHAT ELSE TO BRING FOR TOUR OUTREACH ACTIVITY?
- Be sure to bring your Bible (a small one if possible), and if you’re planning on speaking publicly in our crusades, we suggest you prepare several simple preaching outlines on the subjects of salvation and healing. Simple outlines should consist of no more than 1 or 2 verse references, and be limited to one notepad size piece of paper. Also, be thinking about your personal testimony, which can be shared with the people who attend our crusades. (I will go over these things with you after your arrival in Ozamiz, but be thinking along these lines prior to home departure).
- Even though each of these three tours is designed to be a working “hands-on” event for you, we never pressure anyone to speak or do anything they're not comfortable with, so we want you to feel relaxed while with us. You can participate as much or as little as you want, so don’t be concerned about that.
HEALTH ISSUES, LODGING & PERSONAL HYGIENE
- There are no health shots required for travel to the Philippines.
- Keep in mind the Philippines is located in the tropical climate zone, and therefore is hot and humid all of the time. We will provide all Tour Group members with an air-conditioned room to stay/sleep in during the Missions Tour, but 100% of our daily outreach activity will be outdoors in public places, where it’s hot and muggy. We will provide bottled water for all, but be prepared for this kind of climate.
- Bring a bottle (or two) of potent sunscreen, and plan on using it every day. The tropical sun is very strong and sun-sensitive people burn easily.
- Bring a bottle of insect and mosquito repellent as well. Our lodging quarters are sprayed consistently for mosquitoes and other pests, but when we go out for ministry work, repellent will be needed.
- We also suggest bringing some type of motion sickness medicine or treatment to use if you need it on the trans-pacific flights, as well as for any boat or extended bus travel we may take during the course of the Missions Tour.
- If you are using any prescription medicine, secure as much as you will need for the duration of the tour before you leave. Over the counter medicines can be purchased anywhere in the Philippines, but anything special for you should be secured before leaving home.
- Personal care products like razor blades, shave cream, deodorant, feminine napkins, etc. can all be purchased anywhere in the Philippines.
- Due to the number of people participating in these Tours, we don’t have enough air-conditioned rooms to offer to each individual, or to each married couple. Therefore, be prepared to room with other same-sex members of your Tour group.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING TO BRING?
- Remember the climate is tropical, so bring light summer-weight clothing which is wrinkle resistant, easy to wear and easy to pack.
- Short-sleeve shirts and shorts are the preferred clothing most of the time, but also bring a couple of lightweight slacks as well. This applies to both men and women.
- All clothing will be hand washed and line dried in the open air, so clothes will take at least 1 full day to be washed, dried, ironed and returned to you. Therefore, plan accordingly to help us manage the task of keeping everyone’s clothing clean and wearable throughout the Tour.
- Dry cleaning is available if needed, but turn-around time is 3 or 4 days minimum.
- Bring your bathing suit, as there will be time spent in beach areas for outreach, and we usually have a group beach excursion on the final day of your Tour before departure for the USA.
- Bring a hat (wide-brimmed if you’re sun sensitive), a good pair of sunglasses, as well as a good pair of walking shoes, sneakers, beach sandals or flip-flops. There will be a considerable amount of outdoor walking involved with the tour outreaches.
ARE THERE ANY SECURITY CONCERNS?
- There is no need to be worried about your personal safety while in the Philippines, and in particular, while with us in Ozamiz city. Well before your actual arrival, we scout out and canvass every location where your tour group is scheduled to go, and make sure the peace and order situation there is stable and secure in every way. We have extensive contacts and friendly, working relationships with the Army and local police, so we are in constant touch with them on this issue of personal safety. They are always briefing us if there is anything going on that would be considered “dangerous”, and if so, we always adjust our travel plans accordingly to ensure the safety of all those in our care during these mission tours.
- Please do yourself a favor and ignore all the media “noise” about terrorism, terrorists, etc. in the Philippines. All they care about is making money, and scary headlines with inaccurate, incomplete and exaggerated commentary attract viewership or readership – which makes them money. 95% of the country is safe and peaceful – in fact in our opinion – safer than many places in the USA! As for the other 5% of the country, you’re going to be a long way away from those places, and we would never place you in harm’s way no matter where we go for the Lord’s work. Your safety is our top concern when praying and securing locations for our daily tour group outreaches. Our own children and family relatives live in the compound, and we would never allow that if we felt they were in any danger. Bottom line – relax! God watches over us, and watches over you!
2016 TOUR GROUP RESULTS
- In the summer of 2016, three Mission Tours were conducted. One in June, one in July and one in August. Here are the “official” results:
- June: Confirmed salvations: 1,508. Confirmed healings: 454.
- July: Confirmed salvations: 2,654. Confirmed healings: 1,146.
- Aug: Confirmed salvations: 2,109. Confirmed healings: 613.
- Total outreach results: Salvations: 6,271. Healings: 2,213.
- These figures are actual– we have the names of each of these people. Plus, we know from experience there are always many others who attend these meetings and get saved and/or healed, but never give us their names before leaving. In short, only God knows how many more received Jesus as Lord and/or Healer in these meetings!
- You can be a part of what God’s uses us to do in 2017! Plan now to attend and partner with God and with us to win thousands to Jesus. The Philippines is waiting for you!
GIVE US A PHOTO COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT
- When you send your funds for your tour of choice, please provide a photo copy of your current USA passport as well. This is important for several reasons, in planning and preparing for your participation and travel.
TUCSON OFFICE ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
- If you have any questions this info packet does not address, please feel free to call or contact our Group coordinator for answers.
- TRBC Registrar (909) 825-8887 Ext. 337