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Extra Things To Bring

On the mission field nothing is wasted! If you look around you will see the locals re-using just about every thing you could imagine and some things you never would have thought could be used again!

When coming on the mission field try to pack your personal items in one suitcase and use your 2nd suitcase to carry things to give away. Below I will list some of the things that are needed, and also some neat things you can do to to show your love for your new found friends.

Things to bring:

The small personal hygiene items or sample sized bottles and packages. You can sometimes get donations from hotels. Also don't forget toothbrushes, tooth paste and children's vitamins.

Tennis balls are BIG! You can go to a Tennis shop and often they have old balls that are not good any longer for Tennis but are good for the kids to play games with.

Bed sheets and towels! Single beds or full bed set-ups. These items are quite expensive and even yard sale bed sheets and blankets are fine as long as they are clean!

Many families need things to cook in, Fry pans, cooking pots for soups or rice or beans, Cooking utensils like soup ladles-stirring spoons-slotted and solid serving spoons, etc.

Any small stuffed toys are always great for the children and they pack around and in many items to fill in the suitcases.

Any extra toys that can be brought down will be put aside for Christmas so we can give something out to the families that we feed here....the kids get nothing and a toy wrapped up is a really special thing to these kids!

Neat things to bring and do:

Here is a gift idea for the people you will befriend on the mission field. Every trip you will make a special friend before you they leave and it is nice to give them something personal. This does not need to cost a lot of money.

Before you go on your trip go to one of the "Mart" stores and pick up some of the following.

A cheap watch.
A nice pocket knife with or with out a belt caring case.
A nice pair of scissors
A nice brush and comb set
(pack all pocket knife's and scissors in your suitcase)

Nothing is more personal than the person you give the watch to see you take it off your wrist and put it on theirs. It is a truly cherished gift to the person you give it to.

The pocket knife is also a good gift to give especially if they see you take it out of your pocket and give it, wrapped up is ok, but right out of your pocket is really a personal gift to these people!

Please be careful of what you promise.

Most of all just love the people. Never promise things that you may not be able to fulfill. People in the 3rd world countries are very trusting people. A promise made is a promise that they will expect to be kept. They do not understand that "Things have changed".

Please Note The Following:

Foreigners are prohibited from adopting Trinidadian children unless they are domiciled and residing in Trinidad and Tobago.

Guyanese law dictates that Guyanese children can only be adopted by a person domiciled in Guyana; a Guyanese national resident outside Guyana; or a former Guyanese national who has acquired, by registration or other voluntary and formal act (including marriage), the citizenship of another country. Non-Guyanese nationals who are not domiciled in Guyana cannot adopt Guyanese children.

Costa Rica:
Our US embassy is very hard on the Costa Ricans. Even if you wanted to fly some one up to the US. The odds are that they would not be able to leave the country.

Adoption in Costa Rica is very hard to do. Costa Rica requires more than most of the other countries around for an adoption. Just to start.... The child must be over the age of 7 and you must spend two weeks in Costa Rica with the child. Adoptions in Costa Rica takes over a year to complete.

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