Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply?

You can fill out part one of the application online. Someone from our Missions Team will follow up with you soon after we receive this.

What are the age requirements for a trip?

To go on a Crossroads trip without a chaperone you must be at least 15 years old. Younger students are still encouraged to go if they have a personal chaperone with them such as aparent, youth pastor, etc.

What if the trip is full?

We accept applicants on a first come first serve basis. If you applied for a trip and it fills up before you have the chance to send in your “Acceptance Packet,” which secures your spot on a team, then you will be asked if you would like to join one of our other teams that still has space available. If you are not interested in any of the other trips at that time, then your completed application will be kept on file for one calendar year. If at any point during that time you would like to go on another trip then you could contact us and we would transfer your information to the open trip of your choice.

Can I get a refund for the trip?

Unfortunately, no. Crossroads is a non-profit organization and therefore cannot issue refunds. Once you have paid the deposit, or any additional amount, you cannot get that money back.

What if I signed the financial contract and then decide not to go on the trip?

Once the financial contract is signed you are obligated to fulfill the contract, and pay for the trip. You are responsible for this amount because we have already paid for your airfare and in country reservations for your trip.

What if I raise more money than needed for the trip?

If Crossroads has received more money for your trip than is needed, then you have the opportunity to send in receipts for things such as immunizations and your passport and we can reimburse you for them. However we, as a non-profit organization, cannot issue refunds. The extra money will go to the general mission trip fund, which will help others on the trip that are having a harder time raising their funds.

How can a participant in the mission field be contacted?

For every trip there is a point person who is located at the CKM office. If there is an emergency and someone in the mission field needs to be contacted, you can call the office at 864-437-8455 or contact us via e-mail. The point person will also be sending you updates about the team (when they arrived, how and what they are doing, as well as when they are headed home).

How safe is the mission field?

We would never send a team if we felt it put our participants’ lives at risk. We do not allow participants to go anywhere alone or without a leader while on the trip.

How do I raise the money and what does it cover?

We encourage participants to try to get donations for as much of their trip as possible. Please click HERE  for fundraising tips and ideas. The money that you raise will cover everything from the time you begin the trip to when you get back. This includes airfare, food, housing, materials, and any extra expenses or tourist activities that we may do as a team. The only extra money you would need would be for extra food in the airports or any souvenirs that you might like to buy in country. For countries that require a visa, the price of visa is NOT included in the total trip price.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes! All donors will receive a tax receipt at the end of the year documenting all of their donations to the ministry within that fiscal period.

Who will be leading the trip and how are they chosen?

Generally, our team leaders are individuals who have had a long history with our ministry. We have served with them on several other international mission trips and trust in their ability to lead a team effectively overseas. We insure that the team leader has an appropriate knowledge of the country and culture and could adequately share that with the members of their team.