FAQ

For Parents

Just for Parents

We are excited that your son or daughter is considering taking part in a Summer Mission with SOON Movement. We firmly believe that this is one of the best things a college student can do with his or her summer. These students are given a rare opportunity to develop skills, leadership abilities and character traits that will become part of the foundation of who they will be for a lifetime.

We desire that you be informed about our Summer Mission trips and what they involve. We support you, both as a parent and in your role as a guide and guardian of your child. We encourage you to explore the information on this site and contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

About SOON Movement

Cru is an interdenominational Christian organization founded in 1951, with the purpose of helping to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20. When Bill and Vonette Bright first launched the ministry, then called Campus Crusade for Christ, the underlying concept was to “win the campus today and change the world tomorrow.” Seven years later, Bill met Joon Gon Kim and they both shared a similar vision of reaching future leaders for Christ and that’s how Korea Campus Crusade for Christ was born. KCCC was CCC’s first international movement. Now, more than 50 years later, the mission remains the same.

Traditional, orthodox Christian beliefs are at the core of the SOON Movement. We hold to the essential claims of the Christian heritage including the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have no ties to any one particular denomination but work instead in cooperation with many local churches to aid the spiritual development of young men and women.

Safety

Your student’s safety is our priority whether stateside or overseas!

While no one can guarantee the complete safety of anyone, anywhere, we do take common sense precautions. Upon their arrival, students will have several days of orientation to life in their location including street smart travel and what to do in case of an emergency. Each location has its own policies that help to provide for your son or daughter’s safety.

How do I know these trips are safe?

Safety is our number one priority. During every phase of the trip, safety is given the highest priority. Before a location is even selected as a destination, it is evaluated for political stability, recent and previous history, as well as any national issues that may have the potential to escalate. Locations are monitored continually to ensure stability.

The mission trip leaders are trained in basic areas of crisis management, and contingency plans are developed for each location. Our National Staff Care Team constantly monitors all travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department and SOS International (an international emergency evacuation service). This team is in frequent communication with local contacts in the ministry areas. During their visit they will work with local contacts to ensure the safety and viability of all food, housing, transportation and ministry locations. If at anytime during the preparation process a country becomes unsafe, it will be immediately cancelled and all affected missionaries will be assigned to another country.

What happens in the case of a natural disaster or other unforeseen emergency?

During the trip, every policy upholding the safety of the students will be followed at all times. If conditions were ever to become unsafe during the trip itself, the appropriate emergency protocol for that destination would be followed. Our team in the U.S. will be notified of the emergency and information will be available for the families at the number listed below.

Each participant of an international mission trip will be signed up as a member of SOS International, our emergency evacuation service. With this service comes medical referrals and advice about medical facilities around the world. Their service is available to the projects 24/7.

In case of an emergency or if you simply have a need or concern while your student is on the project

For only matters that are urgent in nature, please call 1-888-899-9292. This number is monitored 24 hours each day to help provide emergency services for the 3,500 students on summer mission trips and their families.

For general questions, please do not call the 24 hour number. Instead, please call 1-800-690-0911. This voice mail is cleared 3 times each week because our summer missions coordinators are helping provide leadership to other summer missions too. Email is another way to contact us with matters that are a bit less time sensitive. Please email us at GM@kcccusa.org

When calling, please be ready to give the following info:

  • Your name and your student’s name
  • Area of world and location
  • Ministry their project is with: SOON Movement
  • How to contact you

 

Leadership

Who will be leading my son/daughter?

On a typical Summer Mission, a SOON Movement staff along with a small team, will oversee all administrative operations, and are responsible for scheduling, logistics, teaching, training, and discipling the entire group. Each staff has been hand-selected by the SOON Movement leadership for their experience and proven leadership. They strive to provide a quality experience for each missionary.

Finances

What does the cost of the trip pay for?

Stateside Trips The base cost of each trip includes housing, project materials (Bible studies, notebooks, evangelistic materials, etc.), special project activities and the projects that do meals together also include a portion of your food costs.

International Trips The base cost of each trip includes international airfare, missionary training and debriefing, in-country transportation, housing and food. Trip prices offset costs such as tracts and literature, administrative, and project setup costs.

In addition to the cost that is already listed for the project, students are able to raise additional funding to cover their transportation to and from project or briefing, supplies they bought to raise funds for the summer and some other costs that the project leadership will tell them about when they are accepted.

Each student on a summer mission trip has the opportunity to grow their faith by trusting God to provide the financial resources needed to attend project. We will provide great resources to help your student learn how to invite others to partner with them this summer by giving financially and praying for them. Every one of our staff members in the world is responsible for building a team of ministry partners and God has provided for each of these as well as for the thousands of students who have gone with us the past 25+ summers.

Are all donations tax deductible?

SOON Movement is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making all donations to the ministry tax-deductible. In order to receive a tax deduction, the IRS requires donors to release to SOON Movement the control of how their donations are spent. This means all contributions raised for mission trips must be payable to SOON Movement in order to receive a tax deduction.

Please note: The application fee is not considered a donation.

How will my son/daughter get the money for their trip?

Each year SOON Movements helps hundreds of college students and leaders raise the money for their adventures, and we will help you too! Raising the money is probably easier than you think. Once your student has been accepted to a  Summer Mission with SOON, they will receive assistance in writing support letters, making phone calls and following up with potential sponsors.

We have found that there are two major resources that will help students raise their money. As we go through them, remember – GOD is always our source!

Family and friends: It is very important for your son or daughter to share the story of what God has done in their heart with family and close friends. We will help your student write a support letter to share where they are going, why they are going, and how the family member or friend can be a part of what God wants to do through them. It is important for your student to let them know how much the trip is going to cost so that they know how much help will be needed. This will give them the opportunity to be a part of your son or daughter’s summer mission trip. Support letters not only give people the opportunity to help financially, but also prayerfully. It is a great way to allow people to see what God is doing, especially to those who may not know you very well. Family and friends, regardless of their religious beliefs, will often be very willing to help—all you have to do is ask. Remember, the money that they give is for God, not for you, so don’t hesitate to ask. It is also tax deductible which is a big plus!

Pastor and youth pastors: Churches desire and are often able to be a part of sending your son or daughter on a mission trip like this. Your son or daughter could set up a meeting with the pastor and/or youth pastor to share what God has placed on their heart. See if they would be willing to help by allowing your student to address the church, take up an offering, or talk with the mission’s board.

Communication

How do I communicate with my son or daughter while they are gone?

We know that simply hearing your son or daughter’s voice can set your mind at ease, so we encourage students to call home when they arrive at their location. Many will be able to also touch base via a phone call or by email during the summer as resources and time allow.

Can my son or daughter leave during the summer?

We ask that all students who have been accepted to be a part of the trip make themselves available for the entire length of the trip. We generally do not allow students to leave for overnight trips due to safety concerns, and in light of activities.

A student may be allowed to attend a family reunion, wedding, etc…, but only after receiving permission from their  leadership.

Can I visit my student’s location?

Yes, of course. We encourage that you just check with your son or daughter to see if the leadership asks that visitors only come during certain times in light of their schedule.

 

STINT FAQ

General

Q: How long is an International Internship (STINT)?

A: A typical STINT is 10-12 months in your international location. The standard timeline for a STINT is acceptance notification by March, raise support until August 1, attend a one-week briefing conference in mid-August and then leave for your assignment in late August or September. The end date of your assignment will be determined at the time of placement, but will likely be between June and August.

It is often possible and even encouraged to do a second STINT in the same location. You must reapply and be accepted for the second-year program. Doing a second year STINT may affect the date you leave your assignment at the end of the first STINT, as you will need to raise support for your second year.

Q: What will I be doing on STINT?

A: You will be involved in direct evangelism and discipleship on a full-time basis. Other roles and responsibilities will vary according to each team’s strategy to reach students in their location.

Q: Will I have coworkers? Who will they be?

A: You will be placed on a team with other SOON/CRU/KCCC interns and/or staff. We believe healthy teams are vital for success and therefore will not send you to a location to work by yourself. You could even invite your friends to form a team with you. Just send them to this site to learn more!

Q: What kind of training can I expect for my assignment?

A: You will attend a weekly training in the spring and a week-long training called Global STINT Briefing in August before you leave for your location. Throughout the year you and your team will have a monthly training curriculum to follow.

Q: I’m deciding between joining SOON staff or going on STINT. Which do you recommend?

A: Both are great! There are advantages to either choice. If you know the Lord has called you into ministry full-time, going on STINT gives you a year to discern if that call is to a particular setting overseas and/or to gain international experience.

The Application Process

Q: Are there any academic requirements for doing a STINT?

A: Applicants must have a minimum educational background of a high school diploma, at least two year of college and be at least 18 years of age. A college degree is not required.

Q: How long does the application process take?

A: Once the application materials are complete and all references are received, you should expect a decision in 2-3 weeks weeks. The earlier you complete your application, the better.

Q: What if my application is late?

A: The deadline for submitting completed applications is February 16, 2018. An application is complete when we have received your application, biographical material, all elaboration forms and questionnaires, all references, your signature page and application fee. It is your responsibility to see that all these get to us by February 16. We may not be able to accept applications after February 16 based on team needs, available evaluators, estimated processing time, etc.; therefore, we cannot guarantee the processing of any application submitted after March 1. Late applications may take longer to process.

Raising Support

Q: How much support will I have to raise?

A: The monthly amount will vary according to location. You will also raise a one-time amount to cover airfare and other expenses. The total of all support that needs to be raised will vary, depending on the cost of living in a given location.

Q: Will I receive any training on how to raise support?

A: Yes. After you are accepted to the STINT program, you will be expected to attend trainings held in your region, usually sometime during the month of March and April.

Q: Will I have any help and encouragement while I raise support?

A: Yes. During your time of raising support (known as Ministry Partner Development or MPD) you will be assigned a coach who will help you through the process. He/she will give you instruction and encouragement along the way and help keep you on track toward your goal of reaching full support.

Q: What if I don’t raise all of my support?

A: If you are very close to finishing your full support when it is time to report to your assignment, time may be allotted for you to complete your support raising and still report to your assignment. If a low percentage of support has come in, it might be an indication that God is calling you to do something else. The (very few) people who do not see their support come in are still thankful for having taken this step of faith and have seen God’s hand in it. Each situation will be evaluated on an individual basis, but you must be at full support and have clearance from your sending region in order to report to your assignment.

Q: What if I have student loans and other debt?

A: If you have student loan debt you may be able to have the payments adjusted so that you will only need to make payments on the interest during the period of your STINT. The first step will be to approach your lending agency (in person, if possible, or by phone or letter if not) and explain that you will be interning for a year with a non-profit organization. There is usually a 6-month grace period between graduation and the beginning of debt repayment. Ask for an extension of that 6-month period to 12-16 months, which should cover the time that you are on STINT.

If your debt is consumer-related and you have no other debt, then you will have to make payments out of your salary. Those with a combination of debt will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Who can I contact for more information or remaining questions?

Call 213-389-5222 or email gm@kcccusa.org

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