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Mission Trips

At Blessman International, mission trips are the heartbeat of our ministry. They are not just journeys; they are experiences that can change lives, both yours and those you serve. Join us on a mission trip and be part of something truly special. Discover the power of hands-on engagement, connect with communities in need, and make a lasting impact.

In South Africa, team members stay on our campus at the Leroy Blessman Lodge of Dreams. The lodge provides a safe, comfortable place for team members to relax, unwind, and share their experiences serving. The lodge includes a large, well-equipped kitchen and a comfortable meeting area. The campus also includes four individual chalets. Each chalet has two bedrooms, each with a bathroom and shower and a common room between the bedrooms. Some bedrooms accommodate couples, while others have twin-sized bunk beds. 

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During their trip, team members will participate in several different outreach opportunities.

Optical Outreach

Team members will be trained to fit individuals for distance and reading glasses. We will make sure you feel comfortable, and we have measures in place for quality control.

Shoe Distribution

Team members sit down one-on-one with the children or adults and get to know them before washing their feet, fitting them with shoes, and praying with them.

Feminine Hygiene Kit Distribution

Female team members help distribute re-useable feminine hygiene kits to women and girls in impoverished schools and villages who would not otherwise have access to the proper items needed for their period.

Connect with Children

We'll experience the blessing of interacting with children at area orphanages, childcare centers, and preschools.

Feeding Center

Teams prepare and serve Meals from the Heartland meals at the Del Cramer Child Development Center on our campus.

Agriculture Support

Depending on the season, team members can help with planting, weeding, or harvesting on one of our farms.

Sharing the Word

Pastors may have an opportunity to preach in one of our churches or at a school assembly.

African Adventures

While in Africa, we offer a unique blend of service and adventure, allowing you the chance to embark on thrilling photo safaris and unforgettable interactions with elephants or big cats.

Hunt Against Hunger

Hunting enthusiasts can also hunt African animals through our Hunt Against Hunger partnership with NB Safaris. The meat from these animals is donated to our feeding centers and used to feed children essential protein.

Frequently Asked Questions

We're thrilled you're considering a mission trip to South Africa with Blessman International! We understand that embarking on such a journey can raise a multitude of questions and uncertainties. To ease your planning process, we've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions to provide you with the information and insights you need. Whether you're wondering about the logistics, cultural aspects, or the impact of your trip, we're here to guide you through the experience. Let's address some common queries to ensure you're well-prepared for this incredible adventure.

What language do the locals speak?

South Africa has 11 official languages. In the Limpopo province, the most common language is Sepedi. Many natives speak English and children begin learning English in 3rd grade. Our South African staff speaks English.

Will my electrical plugs work in South African outlets? 

You will find adaptors in your rooms at the Lodge, where you can plug in your devices. 

Is Mokopane a safe place to visit? 

South Africa has a high crime rate. However, we take every precaution to keep our guests and ourselves safe. We travel as a group, make every attempt to drive only in the daytime and have security on our campus at night.

Will I be able to see any wildlife during my visit? 

Yes! Animals surround the Lodge on our campus. You also have the opportunity to go on a Game Drive while on your trip.  

Is the water safe to drink? 

Yes, the water from the taps at the Lodge is safe to drink.  

What if I have food allergies? 

Just let us know. We will accommodate you and ensure we prepare food that is safe for you to eat.  

Is there an age requirement to go on a trip? 

People 18 years old or older may apply for one of our trips. Anyone under 18 may still apply, and their application will be considered case-by-case. Families wishing to bring their children along should contact one of our staff members to discuss their situation. 

What will the weather be like during my visit? 

South Africa's summer months are from September to April, which can get quite hot. The winter months, from June to August, are colder, and it can get quite cold in the evenings. 

Is malaria a problem in South Africa? 

Most places we work are malaria-free. Before your trip, we will inform you if malaria is a risk and if you need prophylactics. If prophylactics are required, they can easily be acquired through your physician. 

What immunizations do I need before my trip? 

No immunizations are required for travel to South Africa. We strongly encourage every team member to consult their healthcare provider about their unique health situation. We recommend you are up-to-date on all US vaccinations, including tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, and Covid-19. Click here to see the CDC recommendations. 

Do I need a visa to enter South Africa? 

US passport holders visiting the Republic of South Africa for ninety (90) days or less for tourism or business purposes will automatically be issued a 90-day visa upon arrival at no charge. Passports must be valid with an expiration date of at least six months past the end of your trip. 

If I raise donations for my trip, are they tax deductible? 

Blessman International is a 501(c)(3). Funds donated on behalf of a team member raising funds for a mission trip may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor about your situation. 


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