World Missions Alliance has received an invitation to partner with Macedonian churches in various evangelistic outreaches in the year 2022.

In the recent years Macedonia has experienced a deep political crisis. The crisis stemmed from the entrenched conflict between the largest Macedonian ruling party and the largest Macedonian opposition party, as well as the Albanian minority groups seeking the representation in the government.

Corruption among the leaders and the weak economy have been at the root of the tensions in the country. The 30% unemployment rate combined with the minimal guaranteed salary of 150 EUR created an atmosphere of despair and feelings of insecurity in the majority of the Macedonian citizens. Due to such trends, a good number of younger Macedonian citizens have left the country.

Only 3,000 to 5,000 among Macedonian population are Evangelical Christians, which is about 0.3 percent of the population. The vast majority of the evangelical believers in Macedonia are Macedonians, with the Roma population being the second largest evangelical group. There are very few Macedonian Albanian evangelical believers in Macedonia.

We will travel to the small southern city on the border of Northern Macedonia and Greece on October 11-21, 2022. Gevgelija is known for its warm hospitality and its name means “welcome back”. It is also just 40 miles from the Greek city of Thessaloniki, is nestled between two mountains and crossed by the river Vardar. Beneath the beauty and warmth this city faces many spiritual challenges – booming gambling business, the suffering of the refugees in the transit refugee camp who escape from the Middle East illegally by boats or hiding in freight trains looking for a safer life. The greatest spiritual challenge, however, is the need for evangelism!

Our ministry will focus on encouraging and helping the local churches in evangelistic efforts, building personal relationships with the people, one-on-one evangelism, intercessory prayer, teaching and training, reaching out to the youth and, if the Lord opens this door, unevangelized Albanian Muslims.
Macedonian people, just like everyone else, have been shaken by the physical, emotional and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The truth, hope and the solid life foundation that come with the faith in Christ have never been more needed and timelier.

If you have a heart for missions and a desire to help those who have suffered so much in the recent decades, you are needed. If your gift is intercessory prayer – we can’t do this mission without you!
Northern Macedonia is a bridge between Europe and the Middle East, it is an important gateway in God’s plan for His last Harvest. We consider this a very strategic mission.

On a free day you will have a chance explore the beauty and get a taste of the Macedonian culture. October will allows us to enjoy the best of its produce – figs, apples, and abundance of other fruits and vegetables.

A Facebook group reserved for those who are both committed to and also seriously considering being a part of the WMA mission team to Macedonia has been created.

This is the perfect place to stay up to date on information about the mission as well as get acquainted with the WMA staff and other team members prior to the trip. Please feel free to have conversations, post questions and give each other feedback.

We highly recommend you join. To do so just click the button below which takes you to the group page then you will need to click on the “Join Group” button and wait for notification that your request to join has been approved.

Click the link to request to join the Macedonia 2022 Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/5688867134487264

The cost of the Macedonia trip is $1800 (Due by 8/27/22)
Includes: lodging, 3 meals/day, ground transportation, itinerary planning and translator services. This fee does not include airfare. Our office can assist you with booking your flight out of your home airport and connect you with other travelers along the way.

The price for this trip is currently $1800, however due to inflation, may have to be increased. If you’d like to hold a spot on the 2022 Macedonia trip, you can do so with a $200 deposit. As long as your deposit is received prior to any announced price increases, we will honor the $1800 price.

Click the link to make a trip payment https://rfwma.org/make-a-trip-payment/

A deposit of $200 is required to secure your spot on the team. Your deposit is nonrefundable, but will be applied to the total amount due which is $1800, due by 8/27/2022.  

The price for this trip is currently $1800, however due to inflation, may have to be increased. If you’d like to hold a spot on the 2022 Macedonia trip, you can do so with a $200 deposit. As long as your deposit is received prior to any announced price increases, we will honor the $1800 price.

EXCEPTION: for first time travelers with WMA who are still in the application process please note, the deposit is refundable if your application cannot be approved. 

Please read our full cancellation policy, including information about deposits and refunds

Click the link to make your deposit https://rfwma.org/make-a-trip-payment/

If you need to raise funds for your mission trip to Macedonia, here is how we suggest you get started.

1.Read Our E-book 10 Great Ways to Fundraise for Your Mission Trip. You can download it here

2. Send A Support Letter to everyone you know and ask them to send it to everyone they know. Remember to include a link in your emails and online posts to our “Give” page https://rfwma.org/give/ or to your personal fundraising page if you set one up so it’s very easy for those the Lord prompts to support your mission trip to give. We will send you updates on any donations that come in for your trip. Below is the support letter template we’ve written for the Macedonia 2022 trip. It’s completely editable and you may use it however you’d like to get the word out about the opportunity you have to join this mission and how anyone who wants to can support in prayer and financially.

Dear Friends & Family,

Greetings! I pray that this letter finds you well. I am now (write the latest update on what is happening in your life).

October 11-22, 2022, I have the opportunity to help take the hope and the truth of Christ to the precious people of North Macedonia. Macedonian people, just like everyone else, have been shaken by the physical, emotional and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The truth, hope and the solid life foundation that come with the faith in Christ have never been more needed and timelier.

I will travel with World Missions Alliance, a missionary organization that for the last 20 years has been spreading the Gospel in over 20 nations (most of them are considered the “hot spots” of the world).  Their website is www.rfwma.org if you would like to know more about the organization. Our ministry will focus on encouraging and helping the local churches in evangelistic efforts, building personal relationships with the people, one-on-one evangelism, intercessory prayer, teaching and training, reaching out the youth and, if the Lord opens this door, unevangelized Albanian Muslims.

I am excited about this opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission, something I truly feel called to do and have dreamt about. I need to raise approximately $2800 ($1800 to cover all my expenses in Macedonia, such as interpreter services, ground transportation, food and lodging. The rest would be to buy an airplane ticket). I would also like to be able to purchase some Bibles for distribution.

Perhaps the Lord would place it on your heart to help – I will be very grateful for whatever you are able to give. I also know the Lord will bless and multiply your gift!

You can make a donation online at https://www.rfwma.org/give/ or you can make a check out to World Missions Alliance and designate it to the “missionary support for (my name)”. You can mail it either to me or to World Missions Alliance directly to:

World Missions Alliance,

P.O. Box 1067

Branson West, MO  65737

You will receive a tax-deductible receipt from World Missions Alliance for your donation.

I thank you in advance for your prayers and your financial support.

May God bless you richly!

(Your Name Here)

3. Online/Social Media Post Template

If you’re interested in running an online fundraiser for your trip to Macedonia, here is some info that you are welcome to use. You may edit the below paragraph any way you’d like or use it as is.

Friends, I have been invited to join World Missions Alliance on an urgent and timely mission trip to North Macedonia October 11-22, 2022.  Our mission is to partner with the local church to reach the most vulnerable and underprivileged segments of the population through evangelistic outreach and ministry. I will need to raise $(fill in the blank with the amount you still need to raise) to go and want to give you the opportunity to get involved in what God is going to do in Macedonia on this mission. I invite you to touch the heart of God today with your love and generosity. No gift amount is too small. Giving on the WMA website is safe, quick and easy. Just click here https://rfwma.org/give/ and select “support a missionary” from the drop-down menu and remember to put my name, (Your Name), in the notes section. All donations are tax deductible. You can also support by praying for me, the team, and the mission as well as sharing this opportunity with everyone you know. Thank you in advance for your quick response and generosity. I’m so excited to see what God is going to do!!

4. Personal Fundraising Page on the WMA Website

With an approved application and $200 deposit you will be given a direct link to a personal fundraising page on our website which can be easily shared in your letters, emails and social media posts regarding fundraising for your mission trip.  Please contact Denise at 417-231-4131 or rfwma@rfwma.org to request a personal fundraising page. 

Get acquainted with the country God’s called you to.

Here are some fun and interesting facts you may not have known about Macedonia:

Paul’s second and third missionary journeys included visits to Macedonia:

  • Paul’s 2nd Missionary Journey (Acts 15-17).
  • Paul journeyed from Antioch to Syria and Cilicia, this time using the overland route to Turkey.
  • They visited Derbe and Lystra, then passed through Phrygia and Galatia. He arrived at Troas, where he set sail for Macedonia.
  • Upon arrival, he went to Phillipi, then to Samothrace, Neopolis, Amphipolis, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens, and finally to Corinth where he stayed for 1 1/2 years.
  • After the Macedonian and Greek ministry, he traveled to Ephesus, Caesarea, and back to Antioch in Syria.
  • Paul’s 3rd Missionary Journey (Acts 18-21)
  • Paul traveled from Antioch to Phrygia and Galatia for the third time.
  • He then traveled back to Ephesus where he stayed 2 1/4 years.
  • After the Ephesian ministry, he sailed to Macedonia, and went by foot to Greece including a second stop at Corinth(II Cor. 13:1).
  • He then walked back to Macedonia stopping at Phillipi, and set sail for Troas.
  • From Troas, he sailed for Jerusalem stopping on the way at Assos, Mytelene, Chios, Samos, Miletus, Ephesus, Cos, Rhodes, Patara, Tyre, Ptolemais, and Caesarea.

Fun & Interesting Facts

  • The country has had some controversy around its name, with Greece also laying claim to the title of Macedonia for one of its northern regions, much of which fell within the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon. The dispute was a hot potato, which is why Macedonia was officially known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – or FYROM for short. All this has been resolved now with the addition of ‘North’ to the country’s name.
  • There are more than 50 lakes and 34 mountains higher than 2,000 metres. It has the fifth highest average elevation of any country in Europe (741m), behind Andorra (highest), Switzerland, Austria and Turkey.
  • Without being drawn on where Greece begins and North Macedonia ends, the ancient kingdom of Macedon dates back to 808BC and was ruled mostly by the founding dynasty of the Argeads, though modern-day North Macedonia most closely relates to the ancient kingdom of Paeonia, north of the kingdom of Macedonia. Skopje, the capital, is said to be seven thousand years old.
  • There are said to be parts of the cross on which Jesus was crucified in the foundations of three monasteries in the country – St Bogodorica Prechista in Kichevo and St Jovan Bigorski and St Georgij Pobedonosec in Debar. Across the country there are nearly 1,000 churches and monasteries, while the city of Ohrid was once notable for having 365 churches, one for each day of the year. It has been accordingly nicknamed the Jerusalem of the Balkans.
  • Kokino, to the north of the country, is one of the world’s oldest observatories, as recognised by NASA and dating back to the 19th century BC. It is inscribed on a Unesco “tentative” list of protection.
  • Mother Teresa of Calcutta, recently made a saint by Pope Francis, was born in Skopje in 1910, though she was Albanian by ethnicity at the time of her birth. Today, there is both a statue of her and museum dedicated to her life.
  • Alexander the Great, the once-king of the Kingdom of Macedonia was the world’s first conqueror, who extended an empire across Greece and Persia to India and Egypt. On an awkward note, his legacy is also claimed by Greece.
  • At the southern tip of Lake Ohrid, the St Naum Monastery visited by Adrian on his trip, which dates back to 910AD, also had the unexpected bonus of a pride of peacocks roaming the grounds.
  • “The village of Vevčani high in the hills to the north of Lake Ohrid is famous for its springs, its appeal to artists – and for the fact that briefly following the break-up of Yugoslavia it declared itself the independent Republic of Vevčani,” writes Adrian. “The village – population 2,500 – still likes to think of itself as a separate entity, with its own passports and currency.
  • That’s what the other European states call it in the playground. The country’s current flag has been in use since 1995 and displays a golden yellow sun with eight rays extending to the edges, but in 1992-1995 a smaller sun occupied only the centre of the fabric. It will be of little surprise to learn that the flag change came about due to the usage of a symbol, the Vergina Sun, that annoyed the Greeks, as they claimed it was historically Greek.
  • FYR Macedonia was one of the only countries during the break-up of Yugoslavia to remain at peace throughout.
  • Capital Skopje has been hit by at least two devastating earthquakes in its history, the most recent of which was in 1963. The magnitude 6.1 quake destroyed 80 per cent of the city and killed more than 1,070 people.
  • Cave Peshna is said to have one of the biggest entries in the Balkan region and resemble Helm’s Deep from Lord of the Rings.
  • Skopje is home to the world’s fifth biggest cross, in the 66-metre high Millennium Cross, built to mark 2,000 years of Christianity in North Macedonia. It sits atop Vodno Mountain in the city and can be reached by cable car.
  • This bizarre array of stones is said by legend to be a petrified wedding party – formed some 50,000 years ago. Found in Kuklici near the city of Kratovo, one can make out (at a push) the bride, the groom, the best man and the maid of honour.
  • Thanks to its membership of the Ottoman Empire from the 14th century, there are a number of remarkable mosques, including the multi-coloured Painted Mosque, built in 1495 and said to be one of the most resplendent specimens of Islamic architecture in the world
  • The Macedonian cuisine, owing to its geographical position, is inspired by Mediterranean, Turkish, and to a lesser extent, Italian, German and Eastern European. Tavče gravče, a multi-beaned stew, is seen as the national dish, while mastika, a liqueur seasoned with mastic, otherwise known as “Arabic gum” is its national drink.

Click HERE to download and print the Macedonia packing list

Practical travel tips to help make your mission trip smooth and efficient:
 

Travel Documents 

1. Is your passport up to date?  Do you have a passport?  I personally believe that once you have asked Jesus into your heart, you should follow up with water baptism. After you have been baptized, you should be given: a towel to dry off; and a passport application.   If you are a US Citizen and don’t have an up to date passport, start by filling out the proper form.   Detailed instructions are found at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/how-to-apply.html

Form Used For
DS-11
DS-82
DS-5504
  1. Does the country you wish to visit require an entrance visa?  (Remember visa requirements differ based on the passport you are traveling with.  If you are living in USA but hold a Bolivian passport you will follow the procedures for a Bolivian citizen). 
  2. Once you have completed the proper application process for your travel documentation you will need to get there. 

Air Travel Tips

Most places we travel require air travel.  This can be tricky, unless money is no object.  We will go over some basic tricks to get a comfortable flight.  Know this, the best procedure today may not even work tomorrow.  Nothing we say will be in stone.  This will just get you started.  Creative thinking is the key.  

  1. Start with a flight search engine that searches many airlines.  I use Kayak.com and google.com/flights.  There are many others.  None are always the best.  Anyone can find the best route at the lowest price on one itinerary.  I have found Kayak and google are consistently good, so I would start there and experiment with others as you go. 
  2. Where do you wish to end up?  If you are flying to Paris or Moscow scheduling is pretty straight forward.  Start with your local airport and enter the airport you wish to fly to. 
  3. Small airport destinations become a little tricky since major carriers don’t fly there.  Trick, find the airport website.  Small airports generally list the incoming and departing flight schedules.  Work backward.  Find out from which airports flights depart to arrive at the airport you wish to go.  Then look for flights into that airport.  You may have to buy two tickets.  A round trip to that intermediary airport.  And the second-round trip from the intermediary airport to your destination.  There are many variations here.  Including open jaw (where there is a gap somewhere in the round-trip itinerary.  Example: ORD to AMM outbound and BEY to ORD return.  Here you have another flight from AMM to BEY.  This can get complicated but can save some money, with a risk.  If the flight on your first ticket is delayed or canceled and causes you to misconnect to your flight on your second ticket you are at the mercy of the airline.  They can have mercy and book you on the next flight, charge you a change fee and book you on the next flight or force you to buy another ticket.  If you chose to use two or more tickets be sure to get insurance.  Some credit cards cover you automatically.  But verify before you purchase the ticket. 
  4. Search with the three-digit airport code used by IATA (international association of travel agents) you can find the airport code list here http://www.airportcodes.org/
  5. Be careful of what countries you transfer in.  If you change planes in a country that requires a visa and you get stranded, you will not be allowed to leave the airport.  For U.S. citizens Russia and India are two that require visas to leave the airport.  It is a good idea to check if there is a hotel in the terminal.  Find out where the hotel is located and how much the rooms are.  Sometimes they are reasonable. 
  6. There is no apparent logic for the airline prices.  If you find a good schedule with a fair price book it and don’t check prices again.  Airline prices change faster than the stock market.  I have had an airline ticket go up $800 during lunch.  I have also had a ticket go down by almost that much after I purchased the ticket.  Don’t let this fluctuation stress you out.  It is a fact of life.  Your goal is to get to your destination safely. 
  7. Check all airports you are willing to drive to.  Sometimes very surprising fares or better schedules come from the unexpected areas
  8. Schedule.  This is a person preference.  I prefer a two to four-hour layover in an overseas connecting flights.  You will go through security which takes time and planes are often late.  When returning you must clear passport and customs.  Allow a minimum of 90 minutes for a connecting flight. 

Packing tips  (remember less it better). 

  1. Try to get everything in a carry-on.  For a 10-day trip it can be done but takes some planning.  I have some recommendations for you. 
  2. Clothes hamper for dirty clothes.  I have one I bought at dollar tree.  It is like this one from amazon.  I really like it. https://www.amazon.com/Mesh-Pop-Up-Laundry-Hamper-Eliminate/dp/B00HZ0IOJ2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1519268074&sr=8-3&keywords=collapsible+laundry+hamper
  3. Clear zipper bag for electronics.  I use the following:  http://www.walmart.com/ip/Modella-Transparent-Black-Make-Up-Bag/10315324
  4. Travel adapter.  I designed and made a travel adapter I thought met all my needs.  Left out in a German airport then discovered this adapter which is better than my design.  http://www.walmart.com/ip/Travel-Smart-TS238AP-All-In-One-Adapter-with-USB/23499900

The travel adapter above is great for a reason that is not readily apparent until you stay in some foreign hotels.  I have stayed in many hotels that have no free electric outlets.  So, if you want to charge your phone you must unplug the lamp.  Remember their plugs are different so you can’t plug in the lamp in the USA extension cord.  The plug above is universal.  Unplug the lamp, plug in the adapter, plug the lamp into the adapter and you still have two more plugs to use for your extension cord or computer.  
 
***Important note***
Transformer changes voltage.  Example a stepdown transformer will drop 220-240 volts to our 110-130 volts. 
Adapter only allows you to put your plug into a socket not designed for your plug.  Example an American plug (using two flat blades) into a German socket (one using two round holes).
An ADAPTER WILL NOT CHANGE VOLTAGE!!!!

  1. Extension cord.  Minimum 6 foot.  Generally, there are no outlets near your bed.  If you enjoy having your phone charge while on the night stand near the bed, then the extension cord will allow that.
  2. Travel iron.  I really like this iron.  Steam Bug Travel Steam Iron https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001EXJ20G/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apa_wqoJAbP4CABP8. There are other brand names that look the same (and may be the same).  It’s size and function make it perfect for travel.  Many hotels overseas do not have an iron in the room.
  3. Hair dryer. (and curling irons).  Buy a hair dryer that is 220v if you travel overseas.  (Save Japan).  DO NOT WASTE TIME AND MONEY BUYING ELECTRIC CONVERTERS.  they generally don’t work.  The ones that do work are unlikely to last the entire trip.  If you have one that works well, you might consider buying a Powerball ticket also. (ha, ha!)  You are that lucky (blessed and highly favored) person, (and probably have a pet unicorn!)
  4. Curling iron. See hair dryer above.
  5. Chargers.  Most phone, camera, computer chargers are world voltage.  Verify to be sure.  It will say on item or on the plug or the transformer something like; input 100~250v 50~60 hz.  These you can plug directly into the wall without an electric converter (step down transformer). You may still need an adapter to get it to fit into the electrical outlet.
  6. Bring a backup phone charger.  (Yours could quit or, more likely, get lost).
  7. Mix and match clothes.  Appropriate for the people you are ministering to.  A little research is helpful.  You will generally be surprised by the real situation.  You need not dress like a local but dress appropriate (non-offensive) for the locals. 
  8. Medicine. All personal medications need to be packed in your carry-on not your checked bag. Many are of faith and rightfully believe that God is a better healer than medicine.  You are 100% correct.  My experience is, you will find many areas to test your faith while on the mission field.  If an aspirin will get you back to the mission quickly than take it.  Maybe you need to help another who has a headache.  If you pack a painkiller you can bond over providing a help in time of need.   Items I think are of vital importance.
    1. Pain killer, (Excedrin, Tylenol, ibuprofen etc. What works for you.)
    2. Imodium.  (Bathrooms are not that nice to spend your whole trip there.)
    3. Any prescription medicine you take. 
    4. Allergy medicine. 

There may be other things you may want to bring but these are important.  Generally, you won’t need anything, but it is nice to have it just in case. 

The big challenge of short term missions is reflected in the term itself. It is short. What can and should be done in a short period of time in a nation to make a lasting impact?

Another question that is frequently asked – am I qualified to make a difference?

Being called by God for a specific assignment is very humbling. We don’t want to mess up His plan. We don’t want to embarrass ourselves trying to achieve something we don’t have the ability or expertise to do.

Setting a realistic objective helps to eliminate the initial concerns. God chose you because He has determined that your life experience, your gifts, your story are going to be useful for this place and time. Do you lead a Bible study in your church? Do you enjoy playing with children? Do you have a beautiful voice, play instruments, love to worship? These natural gifts and affinities will be used during your time in the country. From the moment you have felt the call start asking God what is the subject that He wants you to prepare to teach on, what songs you should rehearse, etc. Always be prepared to share a personal testimony. We all have many experiences in our lives of God’s favor, provision, deliverance, rescue – these are your best tools to introduce someone to Jesus. Pray and seek which story you should share during the trip. You may not know all the people you will encounter on your journey but God does. He prepares divine appointments for us – if you consult Him in advance, He will help you be prepared.

 In Luke 10:1 Jesus had several practical reasons for sending His disciples in teams.

1. The power of the message you proclaim on the mission field is solidified by having at least one more person who is an agreement. “Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.” 2 Cor 13:1
2. Being able to agree in prayer with at least one other person creates God’s presence and activates His answer. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

The power of being a team is something that we have witnessed through the decades of doing missions work. It creates a pool of multiple talents, personalities, ages groups and makes us relevant an appealing to a larger segment of the local population. It keeps each person challenged to maintain the focus of big vision and willingness to sacrifice personal needs for the sake of the success of the entire team. In short, it creates a favorable environment for God to move and perfects the vessels that he has chosen to use. The people who have traveled with WMA missions teams make life long friendships during the trip because the desire to spread the Gospel is an excellent common ground for a lasting quality relationship.
An important aspect in setting your objectives is recognizing that in missions work there will be a time to sow and a time to reap. The first should always the objective of a successful missions trip. The second is more of a reward that God grants us to encourage us to continue.

“Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” John 4:35-38

Reaping is rewarding, sowing is done by faith. The fruit of your sowing may become someone else’s reward, but the Lord of the Harvest rejoices over both – the sower and the reaper.

Three key elements to prepare for your mission trip are:
1. Prayer
2. Fasting
3. Enlisting partners to cover you and your mission in prayer

TRAVEL/HEALTH INSURANCE
We strongly recommend purchasing travel/health insurance to protect your mission trip expenses. Even if you are in perfect health and do not expect a change in your plans, unexpected things happen.
While WMA has no affiliation with any insurance providers, we have successfully used the insurance companies mentioned below for our staff and missionaries. However, you may pick any other provider of your choice.
AVAILABLE COVERAGE PLANS
COMPREHENSIVE TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE is available for purchase within 20 days of you making your first trip payment. To get more information or to purchase trip cancellation insurance please contact Adam Bates at 800-647-4589 or adam@missionaryhealth.net

AFTER 20 DAYS FROM MAKING YOUR FIRST TRIP PAYMENT there are still many other customizable insurance coverage options available such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, and cancel-for-any reason insurance.. While your airline may offer insurance for your flight, we have found private insurance companies such as these listed below often offer comparable if not better coverage options at similar if not lower prices.

Adam Bates
Vice President
Insurance Services of America
adam@insurancefortrips.com
(800) 647-4589 – Work | (480) 821-9052 – Work
www.InsuranceForTrips.com

James Pruss
Agency Director – Devoted Father, Fan of all Boston Teams, Global Citizen
NOAH JAMES INSURANCE 
Katy, TX  USA
Mobile: (617) 676-7858
www.noahjamesinsurance.com

MEDICAL INSURANCE
Be prepared for an overseas medical emergency or illness with travel medical insurance including emergency medical evacuation benefits, terrorism coverage, and more.

SHELVIE’S STORY
Prior to going on a mission trip to Ireland, Shelvie purchased travel medical insurance through one of our recommended insurance providers. During her trip she fell and broke her and had to have a hip replacement surgery. The insurance covered all her medical expenses while in Ireland, it also covered the upgrade to first class with a personal medical travel aid for the trip home. During the flight home Shelvie was able to share the Gospel with the medical aid. This was God’s way of helping Shelive to accomplish her mission in spite of the accident. We believe in God’s protection and provision for every WMA missionary!

OCT 11
– Traveling day
OCT 12
– Arrive in SKOPJE, our partners will be at the airport to pick you up to take you to the hotel
OCT 13
– Orientation for the team
– Discuss mission opportunities available
OCT 21
– Travel home day

Our staff is happy to assist you in finding a flight and coordinating your flight itinerary with other team members when possible. However, generally, the team members are responsible for booking their own international flights. Download our free FLIGHT BOOKING GUIDE for a step by step guide to booking an international flight. Included are important and helpful instructions, reminders,tips, suggestions and more. 

FLIGHT BOOKING ASSISTANCE REQUEST

WMA and the staff at WMA are not licensed travel agents and only offer flight booking assistance to help those who are not seasoned travelers and need assistance with navigating the flight booking process. Click the link to request assistance with booking your flight https://rfwma.org/flight-booking-assistance-request/

SEND US YOUR FULL FLIGHT ITINERARY 

You can send it to tour@rfwma.org or email your booking or confirmation code (6 letters or letter/number combo) and the airline you are flying with and we can look it up online.

MANDITORY AIRLINE REQUIREMENTS CHECK

You are required to call the airlines you will be traveling with to verify if there are any special requirements such as a QR code on your physical PCR test results or a stamp on your vaccine card.  These may be different requirements from the country’s you’re traveling to.

MANDITORY FLIGHT CHANGE CHECK

You are required to go onto the actual airline website a day or two before you are flying out and check to make sure there are no flight changes before you actually leave for your trip.  If you do have a flight change or will be arriving at a different time than originally stated in your flight itinerary we received, make sure you text Helen or Chuck so we have someone to pick you up at the airport.  Their numbers are on the trip packing sheet. 

ARRIVAL FLIGHT VERIFICATION

In the image below you will see the last leg of your arrival flight. (image coming soon)
1. You are required to verify that your arrival flight and time are correct. This will help our staff in Macedonia pick you up at the right time.
2. You can also see who else will be on the same flight with you arriving into Skopje.

Arrival and airport pick up intructions coming soon

Hotel information coming soon

A visa is not required to enter Macedonia.

  • Currently covid tests are not required to travel to Macedonia

US EMBASSY IN MACEDONIA – https://mk.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/

Please bring with you at least 2 masks as back ups for any places that may ask or require you to wear a mask.

Packets will be mailed out to you containing your badges to be worn at time of pick up and during the trip as well as a packing list and printed responsibility form for you to keep for your records.  

Topic: Macedonia 2022 Team Meeting
Time: Sep 19, 2022 11:00AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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MANDITORY:

Click the link to fill out the responsibility and emergency contact form. We must receive your completed form prior to the trip for you to be eligible to attend. 

https://rfwma.org/responsibility-passport-emergencycontact/

Team meeting recording link coming soon

UPLOAD & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS FROM MACEDONIA WITH THIS SUPER EASY APP!

Available for both IPhones and Androids.  It is free, easy to download using the link below and then you can quickly and easily upload your photos for all the team to enjoy.

The app is called Celebrate and has an icon that looks like this:

Click on the link below and it will take you to where you can download this app if you don’t have it already.

I use the album “Macedonia 2022” in the Celebrate app to share photos and videos.

To join my album, please click on the following link: https://join.celebrate.app/kg9M/70860c41?af_force_deeplink=true&code=PYHKKU

If you don’t have the Celebrate app yet, the link will take you to the App/Play Store. Once you have downloaded the app, you will automatically be taken to my album via the code “PYHKKU”.

Once you are in the album you will see a button towards the bottom of the screen that says upload.  Click on that and it will take you to your camera’s photos where you can upload your Macedonia photos.

If you want to make it even easier, before using the app to upload the photos, put all your Macedonia photos into an album in your phone so you only need to upload the album and not individual photos.

Feel free to call or email Jamie at the office if you have any questions. 417-231-4131 or tour@rfwma.org