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US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
www.travel.state.gov
Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended will issue Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings as well as Consular Information sheets.

Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, generally within a particular country, that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.

Travel Warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a draw down of its staff.

Consular Information Sheets are available for every country in the world. They include information such as the location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties. If an unstable condition exists in a country that is not severe enough to warrant a Travel Warning, a description of the condition(s) may be included under an optional section entitled "Safety / Security". On limited occasions any U.S. Embassy advice given to official employees. Consular Information Sheets generally do not include advice, but present information in a factual manner so travelers are able to make his or her own decisions concerning travel to a particular country.

US Embassy and Consular Services
www.usembassy.state.gov
American Citizen Services, a department of the U.S. Embassy, supports American Citizens who are in the foreign country. This page lists important information for travelers to know, as well as current events that may affect security. Some of this information is taken from the State Department Consular Information Sheet and the Department of State's Travel Warnings.

Center for Disease Control
www.cdc.gov/travel

The Center for Disease Control offers health information for the general traveler as well as information regarding specific destinations. Required and recommended immunizations are listed for every region or country, as well as any current outbreaks, and information on safe water and food.

Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company
www.brotherhoodmutual.com

Overseas Travelers Protection is the company MOST Ministries uses to purchase supplemental travelers' insurance for our team members. Information on what services are included in the policy is available on their website.

LCMS World Missions
www.lcmsworldmissions.org
This site offers information and other services relating to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It also contains various links including links to the LCMS missionaries and the countries they serve.

LCMS Michigan District
www.michigandistrict.org
This site offers information on the various ministries of the Michigan District and links to other LCMS organizations.
The World Factbook is produced by the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence. The Factbook is a comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities.
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