Webster's Definition of RISK: the possibility of suffering harm or loss; danger.
Everything we do in life involves risk. Every day, people engage in activities placing them at risk. As they choose to participate in these activities, they are choosing which risks and what level of risk they are willing to take.
MOST Ministries has responded to the command of Christ to "go and make disciples of all nations." This is accomplished by involving other Christians and enabling them to respond to God's call to serve the nations. Every time believers reach out in the Name of Christ, they are accepting the risk that is involved whether at home or on the other side of the world.
MOST Ministries' purpose is to reach people around the world in the Name of Christ while keeping our highest priority on the safety and well-being of our team members. Over the years, we have developed and updated office and field procedures regarding safety issues. Our staff and team leaders are trained in these procedures and have numerous resources available to them. However, as stated above, everything we do carries risks, and certainly, bringing the Word of Christ to the nations is no exception. Every country, every city, every village and every project has its own type and level of risks. MOST Ministries makes every attempt to choose locations and projects that are of reasonable risk to us and our team members.
Risk and levels of risk are often very difficult to determine no matter where we are or what we are doing, but it is especially difficult to determine when traveling and serving in a foreign country. Our procedure is to obtain information from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, the U.S. Embassy and the missionary or host that we are serving within the country to which we are traveling. We take all Public Announcements and Travel Warnings very seriously. However, that is not the only information from which we make a decision. We hold the direct information from the missionary / host very highly and are in regular contact with them right up to the time of departure. Whenever there is serious concern regarding travel to an LCMS World Mission field, we also are in communication with LCMS World Missions. A decision is then made by the Executive Director of MOST Ministries, in cooperation with the Team Administrator, in-country missionary and the advisors at LCMS World Missions, whether or not to cancel the team. Our goal is to accomplish the mission that has been established, but not at undue personal risk to the team members. However, we do understand that the type and level of risk that is acceptable varies from individual to individual, and team members, therefore, must also make their own decisions.
Hyperlinked are website addresses for the U.S. Department of State
and the U.S. Embassy
. It is important that each team member is aware of the current civil and political situation within the country to which they will be traveling. Information received from the missionary / host within the country regarding safety issues will be shared with team members so that they can include this information while determing risk levels.
If, at any time, MOST Ministries determines the risk factors are not acceptable for a particular country or location and cancels a team, we will make every effort to return whatever monies we can that have not already been spent on your behalf. If a team member makes the decision to cancel their participation on a team for whatever reason (safety or otherwise), the MOST Ministries Cancellation Policy will be followed. This policy can be found in the "Financial Requirements" part of this mailing and on the online Team Member Application Form.