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Roman Road Gospel Tracts: English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Romanian

Memory Cross has created the Roman Road Gospel tracts in English, Spanish and English, Haitian Creole and English and Romanian and English.  Each tract fascinates children with four panels that makes an endless loop.  The video below shows how each tract folds.

The tracts are printed in black and white so children can use their creativity to color the card, which makes it much more likely that kids will keep and read them over and over again.  They measure 6 inches by 6 inches so if you are taking them on a mission trips they pack easily into a suitcase.

After going on several mission trips and getting feedback from others who took these tracts on mission trips we decided to make them bi-lingual in Spanish and English, Haitian-Creole and English and Romanian and English.  We found that most children in other countries are interested in learning English, and by including English on the tract allows children to learn God’s plan of salvation in English as well as their own language.

Another benefit we’ve found is that once children learn the tract in English they want to tell their parents and friends, so they become little evangelists spreading the Gospel. One of the most important things you can do on a mission trip is to let kids and adults know that God loves them, and Memory Cross’ Roman Road Gospel tracts are one of the most effective ways to do that.

Roman Road spanish and english gospel tract

Roman Roads Gospel Tracts

If you are going to a country that speaks another language we can translate the card into any language.  It takes 3 to 4 weeks to produce a custom order.  If you would like a free sample or more information on any of the cards we’ve included some information below.

 

 

 

 

 

Gospel Tracts for Mission Trips – Sharing Jesus’ Love With Children

Memory Cross makes fun and creative Gospel Tracts for mission trips.  Each tract is designed using our exclusive endless loop design, which kids love.  They are printed in black and white so it can be used as a craft project.  The card is also in English along with another language which allows you to teach children that God loves them and has a plan for their life in English and their language.

Gospel Tracts for Mission Trips

If you are getting ready to go on a mission trip and will be working with children here are some Christian tracts that are worth checking out.  Tracts are available in a variety of languages using the unique Memory Cross endless loop design.  Most are black and white, allowing kids to color them.  If you don’t know how the card works, watch the video.  I think you’ll be impressed.

Gospel Tracts for mission trips in other languages

They are available in English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, French, Romanian, Wordless and can be translated into any language with a minimum of 250 cards.  Most cards are in English and another language.   This allows people going on the mission trip to share God’s plan of salvation better with children.  Many use this card to teach kids the English words, which really helps make the card special, plus kids will then go teach the tract to their friends and parents.

 

Here are a few of the tracts available for mission trips.

 

The Memory Cross Gospel tracts offer a hands on experience for children, which helps kids better understand God’s plan of salvation.  Kids everywhere love the endless loop design, which they will continue to play with even after you leave.  The card also makes a nice craft project allowing children to make it their own through coloring or stickers.  Finally the Gospel is presented not only in their native language but also in English.  Most children in other countries want to learn English and what better thing to learn in English than God loves them and has a plan for their life.

Most cards are in stock and will be delivered in less than a week with free shipping on orders over $50.  Custom orders take 2-4 weeks to produce.

If you would like to receive a free sample add the item below to your shopping cart and use the code “Facebook” and we’ll pick up the freight or you can call us at 800-799-0260.  If you would like to receive the samples in another language besides Spanish, let us know in the comments section.

 

To see all the tracts available visit our store.

Romanian Gospel Tracts

Romanian Gospel tracts for children now available

Memory Cross has a new Romanian Gospel tract for children that is written in Romanian and English.  It is based on verses from the book of Romans and is designed to walk kids through God’s plan of salvation.  The card is written in English and Romanian to create a way for  people going on a mission trip to communicate the Gospel with the children of Romania.

The image shows what each panel looks like.

Romanian Gospel Tracts

The Romanian Memory Cross card consists of four panels that make a never ending loop.  The unique design encourages children to keep the card and continue to read it after the mission trip is over, helping to instill Gods message into their hearts and minds.

The Romanian Gospel tracts pack easily in a suite case and can be used as a craft activity.  The video below shows how the card folds.

Memory Cross also makes Gospel tracts in the following languages:  Spanish, French, Haitian Creole and a wordless version.  There is an option to to translate any existing tract, Bible story card or Scripture memory card into any language.

Memory Cross makes a variety of cards using this same unique design.  They teach children Bible stories, help them memorize Scripture and share the Gospel and have been used domestically and taken all over the world on mission trips.

Organizations such as The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and LifeWay have used this design to cards that engage children and adults.

 


Mission trip to Haiti – How one trip changed many lives

For a long time I was opposed to short term mission trips.  They are expensive and it would be cheaper to hire someone in country to do the work but then I took my first trip.  It opened my eyes and totally changed my mind.  There is something about experiencing life in a third world country that had a profound impact on me.

I’d listened to missionaries talk and show pictures at church but experiencing it first hand was life changing.  It gave me a passion for helping and changed my perspective on what I really needed.  In many countries they are worried about living where in America we are concerned about our standard of living.

I came across a video that four friends, Matt, Andrew, Chris and Jon made when they decided to experience what it was like to live like 2.8 billion people in the world on $1.00 a day.  They decided to go to Haiti a few months after the earthquake and experience what life was like in Haiti, living on $1.00 a day.  The experience changed all of their lives and Matt and Andrew started an organization, Poverty Resolutions that sponsors mission trips to Haiti as well as providing ongoing support for the people of Haiti.

There is nothing like experiencing it first hand but this video is as close as you can probably get and if you came across this post because you are going on a mission trip to Haiti it will help you prepare for your trip.

If you are looking to take a mission trip to Haiti Matt and Andrew have some life changing trips set up.  Click this link to find out more.

Mission trips have had a profound impact in my life.  It is no longer about me and what I can get but about what I can do to make a difference in the lives of children who need help.  I’ve been involved in mission trips to the Dominican Republic and that is where I want to help.  The pastor that we work with in Barahona Dominican Republic opened an orphanage to house boys ages 7 to 17, most of whom were on the streets.  For $1.67 cents per day the Foundation Center of Helping Hands orphanage can feed, clothe, house and educate a child.  The orphanage can house 100 children which means they need $5,000 a month.

As I write this there are 35 children and they have been struggling to gain additional funding.  If you are reading this and feel called to help click you can visit their Facebook page and click the donate button.  I started a website where the proceeds are going to support the kids.  As of this writing it has only been up a couple weeks but we hope within 6 months that the site will provide a significant amount of their monthly needs.

God calls us to do what we can.  Anne Frank was only 13 or 14 when she wrote: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”.  Short term mission trips can change lives.  Consider taking a family trip.  It would be an amazing trip that your kids would not forget.

If you are looking for some amazing handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor or Haitian Metal Art visit our site.  Every purchase makes a difference in the lives of children.  If you are going on a mission trip check out the resources from Memory Cross.  They have a variety of tracts for kids in Haitian.

 

30 things to bring on a mission trip outside the United States

Things to bring on a mission trip

30 things to bring on a mission trip

Going on a international mission trip can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life, but preparation can make the difference between a great experience and a nightmare.  Every country is different and the situation within a country will also vary significantly.  If the mission trip you are going on is sponsored by  an agency that operates multiple mission trips during the year they should have a specific list of items you will want to bring as well as what you need to do to prepare for the trip.  Here is my general list of the 30 most important things to bring or prepare before going on a mission trip.

  1.  Passport – Okay I thought I’d start with the obvious but you would be surprised how many people get ready for a mission trip out of the United States and don’t think about a passport.  One thing people don’t realize is how long it takes to get a passport.  Normal service is 4-6 weeks and expedited, which costs $60 more takes 3 weeks.  You can also drive or fly to Washington DC and get one in 24 hours.  I know of one person who totally forgot about her passport and ended up taking this route.  Here is the link to more information on getting a passport.  Even if you have one, check and see that you know where it is and that it is still valid at least 6 weeks ahead of time.  You don’t want any last minute surprises with your passport.
  2. Clothes – Make sure they are appropriate for what you will be doing, for the temperature and for modesty.  Find out if you are going to be attending a church service because you will want to dress up for the service.  Contemporary casual is not nearly as popular in most other countries.
  3. Shoes – I recommend sneakers or other shoes that cover your entire foot.  Don’t bring new ones, especially if you are going to be standing or walking most of the day.  Something that is comfortable will be very important.
  4. Vaccinations – You’ll want to make sure you are properly vaccinated for any diseases or infections in the country you are traveling in.  Luckily the CDC provides a quick easy way for you to make sure you are getting the right vaccinations.   Just click here and enter your country and that you are going on a mission trip.  It will provide you with a list that you can take to your doctor.  Don’t wait to the last minute.  Some shots take time before they are effective.
  5. Bring something for diarrhea.  Contaminated food and water are the two biggest threats to your trip.  First be careful what you eat and drink.  Even bottled water can be contaminated in some countries.  Over the counter prescriptions include:  Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, and Kaopectate.
  6. Personal items including shampoo, soap, tooth paste, tooth brush, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.  Females should bring feminine hygiene products since what is available varies from country to country.  Buy TSA approved sizes, put them in a plastic bag and put it toward the top so you can get it out easily if requested.
  7. Personal medications.  Keep them in original bottles and check with the country you are going to about any restrictions.  You don’t want to spend the night in the local jail for drug dealing!
  8. Sunscreen preferably in a spray bottle.
  9. Bug spray with Deet or Mosquito Repellant Wipes.
  10. Benadryl or a good antihistamine
  11. When you are at the doctors ask for a prescription of Cipro.  Friends who are doctors and go on mission trips say they would not leave home without it.
  12. Money belt that you can wear underneath your cloths that can also carry your credit card and passport.  Unfortunately some people love to see tourists loaded down with purses, cell phones, iPads and cameras.   Best to keep your most important documents as safe as possible.
  13. Cash – new and in $5, 10 and 20.  Most places I’ve been to accept MC or Visa in the markets and you can usually exchange dollars at the airport, which probably has the best (fairest) exchange rate.
  14. Copy of your passport that is kept either with another person traveling with you, in another location besides where the original is or even online if you will have internet access.  Dropbox or Evernote are both free services where you can keep all your important documents.  Even if you won’t have internet access it is likely that you could find it someplace.
  15. Medicine for motion sickness.  There are many.  Here is a link to WebMD.
  16. Camera/Video recorder.  It depends where you are going as to what I recommend.  If you have a smart phone that will probably work okay.  If you are going to be taking pictures of kids who will want to see the photos I probably recommend bringing something different.  Something small that does not cost a lot and that has a memory card that you can change out daily.  I was in the DR one time and a kid took my camera.  It happened in a second and he was gone.  Luckily justice is swift in the DR.  The police and our off duty police officer found who stole it, put a couple assault rifles to his head and asked that he return the camera.  He was told the camera or your life!  I’m glad he decided wisely.  In 30 minutes I had it back but he did manage to erase all the pictures I had taken for the day.  Luckily I had been swapping out memory cards so I only lost one day.
  17. Bathing suit – I know it goes with clothes but it is very possible you’ll find some place to swim.
  18. Shower shoes.  I know women are pretty good about this but if you are not staying in a hotel room even you men who are reading this list should consider bringing along a pair of flip flops.
  19. Adapter for your power accessories.  Not all countries have the same plugs that we have and it will be easier to find the right adapter in the United States than when you are on your mission trip.  If you don’t know what type of power adapter to take here is a complete list by country.
  20. Neck pillow for plan or bus.  Not necessary but you know you want to bring one.  If you have a long trip makes for better sleeping.
  21. Antibiotic cream in case you get a cut.
  22. Basic first aid kit.  If you are going as a group either create one central first aid kit or have 10 people bring a few of the basic items.  The American Red Cross has a list of items that they recommend that can be found on their website.
  23. Travel insurance – Check with your health provider to see if you are covered in the country you are serving in.  Travel insurance also has several other benefits.  We’ve included a link if you would like to learn more.
  24. Language translator.  If you have time learn basic words in the country’s native language.  If you have a smart phone translation apps like Google translate are available and can be downloaded locally onto your phone which is handy since you probably will not have high speed internet connection.  (But you never know.  I’ve been out in the country surrounded by fields and houses with no power and come across a internet cafe run by generators!)
  25. Water bottle which you can use on the trip and while you are there.  Please make sure you have found safe drinking water.
  26. Earplugs or headphones depending on your power situation.  Different beds and noises may make sleeping difficult or you might be so tired you could sleep through anything!
  27. Zip-lock bags.  Pack a extra 4-5.  You’ll probably find uses for them and they take up no space in your luggage.
  28. Bible.  Actually if you have a smart phone I recommend the Bible App.  It is 100% free, can be downloaded to your phone or tablet and probably is available in the language of the country you are traveling to.
  29. Gospel tracts or some way to share the Gospel, especially if you are working with kids.  I’m biased since I am partners at Memory Cross so if you have other suggestions write them in the comment box.  This is why I like Memory Cross.  They have an origami design that catches kid’s attention and are in black and white so bring along pencils or crayons and let the kids color them in.  They present the Gospel in Spanish/English or Haitian Creole/English on the same card so kids not only hear the Gospel in their native language but they can also learn English.  Order a free sample and see for yourself.  Just click this link.  I gave you this link even though you might not work full time for the church but we’ll pick up the freight using this link.
  30. Prayer/Attitude.   Pray before you go, pray while you are there.  Don’t be upset because your careful plans don’t go the way you thought.  God is working through your efforts to reach others with His love.  Look for God working.  Open your heart.  Realize that many countries do not operate on “American Time”.  Things will get done.  Be patient, love others.

Short term mission trips can change the lives of the kids you meet as well as your own life.  Memory Cross supports a Medical center outside of Barahona Dominican Republic and a orphanage in Barahona all because of my first short term mission trip to the region.  We’re helping to set up a support network that will allow more homeless children to have a safe place to live and know of God’s love with a goal of housing 100 kids.  Presently there are 40 kids.

Before my first mission trip out of the country I looked at it as an inefficient use of funds.  After all we could pay someone who is already down there to reach others.  After my first trip my opinion was totally changed.  If you are in doubt, go.  If your heart and mind are open I think you will find it life changing.

I put together this list of 30 things to bring on a mission trip with the help of advice of friends who have  been on a number of mission trips.  If we missed anything please let us know.  I put together some of my favorite photos from a few of our trips to the DR.

If would like to check out Mission trip Gospel tracts by Memory Cross click this link.  The video below shows how all of our tracts work.

Mission Trip Dominican Republic

If you found this list of 30 things to bring on mission trip useful let others who are going on a mission trip know and if we missed something add it to the comment box.  Copy the address at the top of your URL or click the share button.