SIFAT is following the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State and local authorities to make decisions regarding the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19). In March, two of our teams postponed their trips until later this year. Our major concern is the health and safety not only for our team members who must travel through airports and large crowds to reach their destinations, but also for the communities in which we serve. We do not want to expose vulnerable villages or neighborhoods to this virus through accidental transmission from our visiting teams. Our international coordinator will be working with each team leader to make the best decision for that team’s trip.
To read SIFAT’s full statement about our proactive approach to keep potential exposure to the virus minimal for everyone involved with SIFAT, please click here.
Short-term Mission Teams and International Projects
Part of SIFAT’s vision is to bridge the First and Two-thirds Worlds. One way we do this is by providing ways for North American churches and organizations to become personally involved with international projects, helping empower our SIFAT graduates with their work. Our short-term teams serve at the invitation of a SIFAT graduate to work alongside those involved in the project. We call this short-term teams for long-term development. We also help some of our graduates raise support through SIFAT-approved projects. These projects do not receive teams, but are still part of our international missions. Please explore our international trips in Ecuador, Bolivia and Uganda by using the menu on the left, where you can also learn ways to get involved in some of our international projects.
How to join a team
Are you interested in joining or leading a SIFAT team? The first step is to pray about where you would like to go and where God can best use your talents. If you are interested in leading a team, learn more on the team leader info page. If you are an individual who would like to join an existing team, you can see the dates for each trip below and on the site pages. Once you know when and where you want to go, contact our International Team Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn more about our projects for teams? Download the PDFs below for brochures about each project. For the latest pricing information and site information, please visit that country’s page using the menu at the left of this page.
Team Member Forms
Background Check Consent Form (18 years of age and older)
Parental Consent Form (younger than 18 years of age)
|Jan. 25 – 31||Ecuador||Centerpointe Church (Palm Bay, Fla.) – medical|
|March 7 – 14||Ecuador||Auburn University School of Nursing – medical|
|March 11 – 20||Ecuador||University of West Georgia Professional Counseling and Communication Sciences|
|TBD April||Bolivia||Mt. Bethel UMC Men’s Team|
|May 30 – June 6||Ecuador||Clanton FUMC|
|June 6 – 13||Ecuador||St. Luke UMC (Pensacola, Fla.) – medical|
|June 13 – 20||Ecuador||Clear Lake UMC (Clear Lake, Texas)|
|June 20 – 27||Ecuador||St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Mountain Brook, Ala.)|
|June 27 – July 4||Ecuador||Medical Team|
|July 4 – 11||Ecuador||Chapelwood UMC (Athens, Ga.) – medical/construction|
|July 10 – 18||Ecuador||Guntersville FUMC – medical|
|July 10 – 18||Ecuador||Alex City Methodist Church|
|July 18 – 25||Ecuador||Trussville FUMC|
|July 25 – Aug. 1||Ecuador||Faith UMC (Pinson, Ala.)|
|TBA||Bolivia||Auburn University Engineers Without Borders|
|TBA||Ecuador||Auburn University McWhorter School of Building Science|
|TBA||Ecuador||Centerpointe Church – medical|
How to Make a Payment
Please confirm your payment amount with the International Team Coordinator, email@example.com, before making a payment. For your payment to be credited correctly, you must include the team name and team number.
1) SIFAT prefers payments be made by check. Mail your check to 2944 County Road 113, Lineville, AL 36266. Please make sure all checks are received before your due dates. Due dates will be provided for each payment. Remember, mail can take extra time to reach our office.
2) For online payments, an additional 3 percent is charged to cover processing fees.