Volunteers and groups have always played a vital part in His Ministry. Visitors from all over Canada, the United States, and beyond, travel thousands of miles to serve on short-term missions trips (typically 7-10 days, or less – depending on location). It is a way to see the Love of Jesus shown in practical ways and the power of the Holy Spirit at work. We also provide the option to visit on a long-term basis. Information detailing the inquiry process is listed below:
Group Trip INQUiries
Want to plan a trip? Click on the corresponding location, fill out the short form and you will be contacted by one of our FFHM team members to advise you of next steps.
Individual Short Term Mission Trip
Individuals who plan to visit any of our Missions for a stay of 10 days or less are welcome! For Baja trips please send availability requests to email@example.com and for Oaxaca trips please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Approval is dependent on availability of housing and completion of the registration process. Once space is confirmed, registration forms will be sent to you to complete the reservation process. Reservations are required and may be made up to a year in advance. Each individual is responsible for their own transportation to the mission.
We typically receive up to 45 visitors per week at the Mission in Vicente Guerrero, Baja (Group size cannot exceed 25 people, and we ask for a ratio of two strong leaders for every ten adults). We also welcome smaller work groups in Tlacolula, Oaxaca (up to 12).
Visitors to the Mission are generally adults, though minors may also visit. Minors, like adults, are neither the liability of the Mission nor the responsibility of Mission staff. Mexican law considers anyone under the age of 18 a minor. A minor coming to the Mission must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent OR at least 16 years of age and accompanied by a legal guardian.
For teams: A guardian-to-minor ratio of 1:1 is required for minors under the age of 16 unless the minors are with their own parents. In this case, the ratio does not need to be 1:1, as long as at least one of the parents accompanies their children at all times.
If the minor is 16 or 17 years of age, he/she must have a parent or legal guardian* present for the duration of his/her stay, but does not have to be accompanied at all times like a minor under the age of 16. We request a guardian-to-minor ratio of 1:4 for minors 16 and 17 years of age.
* The accompanying legal guardian must have a notarized letter signed by BOTH parents giving permission to take their child into Mexico.
Please sign and attach the form to this page when registering.
Each group is responsible for their own transportation to the Mission. Reservations are taken up to one year in advance. Contact our missions early to ensure a spot for your team!
Please download and complete the forms below and email them to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted by one of the FFHM team members to advise you of next steps.
Long-Term Volunteers/Missionary Staff
Individuals interested in visiting one of our missions for longer than 10 days must complete a Long-Term Volunteer/Missionary Staff Application, complete an interview process, and background check. To begin the application process, please complete the form below. You'll be contacted by a mission administrator who will send an application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a Passport required to go to Mexico?
We recommend all visitors obtain and carry a passport. For up to date information in travel requirements, go to http://travel.state.gov/
Are any other travel documents required?
A Tourist Card is required for people entering Mexico as visitors – it is an entry/departure document, not a visa. Proof of citizenship is necessary to obtain one (a passport is best). For those flying to Oaxaca a tourist card is obtained at the airport. For those driving to Baja California, a tourist card can be obtained at the border at Tijuana. Immigration requirements are subject to change; please verify current requirements before leaving on your trip. More information will be provided once your visit to the Mission has been scheduled.
Can I just drop in a the Mission anytime?
No – reservations are required for all visitors.
Anyone desiring to visit the Mission must contact the mission directly:
Baja Mission: Bajagroups@ffhm.org or call the mission directly at 949 3402051
Oaxaca Mission: Oaxacagroups@ffhm.org.
Space is limited at all our Missions, and we take reservations up to one year in advance, so please contact us so we can see if there is room for you when you want to be there.
What’s the usual week like for a visitor?
Visitors usually arrive on Sunday, and are able to attend the evening church services at the Mission Church, after they get settled into their rooms. Monday morning, you will be given a tour of the Mission grounds to see all the various ministries, and get a feel for the campus. On Monday nights, visitors give the house parents a much needed night off by babysitting in the homes, playing with the kids. Each day you will start with breakfast at 7am followed by devotions at 8am. At 9am, you will meet with the work coordinator, and depending on your skills and abilities, you will get your work assignments for that day. Teams are sent out on Tuesday afternoon to participate in Child Evangelism, and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for Adult Evangelism. Wednesday evening, there is a lively service at the Mission church. Depending on the time of year, the Bible Institute students host a dinner on Wednesday nights after the service to raise money for their annual evangelistic outreach to Oaxaca. Visitors have Friday afternoons off and can take a short trip to nearby beaches, or spend time packing. Visitors depart early Saturday morning.
Am I required to speak Spanish?
No. Many of our staff are bi-lingual, and church services and devotions are translated. Of course, we are delighted when visitors can understand and speak Spanish, and this should be included on the skills list when applying.
What kind of work will I be doing?
There are many and varied opportunities to serve at the Missions, and we try hard to match up the skills and abilities of our visitors with our needs. Every part of the Mission has been built with help of our volunteers, including: construction, gardens and orchards, kitchen, auto repair, general facility maintenance, harvesting and processing macadamia nuts, medical clinic, wheel chair ministry, elementary education and day care, infant care, sewing room, laundry, outreach ministries … and more. Everyone is able to help in a meaningful way.
Is there a dress code for visitors?
The local Christian community adheres to a conservative, modest dress code and we require all volunteers and visitors to comply with this code: * Shorts, short skirts, hats, and caps may not be worn in morning Devotions or in church; pants and skirts that come to the top of the knee or lower may be worn at other times, except on adult evangelism outreach. * Clothing should not be tight fitting, sheer, or see-through; midriff and shoulders should be covered; bathing suits should be conservative and only worn at the beach. * For women, when ministering in the work camps, a long skirt, hair tied back or under a scarf, and no makeup is appropriate,