The Children of Faith Missions non-profit organization was established in 2003, with a desire to help provide Christian love to abandoned and neglected children in countries around the world. Currently, we provide financial support to an orphanage in Narava, Visakhapatnam, India, where over 100 children live and are given basic necessities which include food, shelter, medical needs and an education.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the purpose of the mission trip?
- Where is Visakhapatnam located?
- What about the Christian population and awareness of the region – Narava?
- Do I need to know the local language to communicate with the children?
- What skills do I need to participate on the trip?
- Is it a safe place for travel?
- How much does this trip cost?
- Where would we stay?
- What health measures do we need to take prior to visiting?
- What kind of clothes should I pack?
- How long is the trip?
Q: What is the purpose of the mission trip?
A: Our primary goal is to share the love of Jesus with the children at the orphanage. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, light construction, painting, landscaping and teaching English to the children. We also try to strengthen relationships with the local residents and neighboring villages by showing them Christ’s love.
Q: Where is Visakhapatnam located?
A: Visakhapatnam (also known as Vizag) is a port city in the South Eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, on the Bay of Bengal. The population of Vizag is around 4 million. Narava is located at the outskirts of Vizag.
Q: What about the Christian population and awareness of the region – Narava?
A: Narava and its surrounding villages are predominantly Hindu. After the establishment of the children’s home in the region, many villagers have been welcoming the Gospel of Jesus which we have shared with them over the years. Mission trips to the orphanage have been able to evangelize and participate in outreach programs. A few small churches have now been formed in the nearby regions.
Q: Do I need to know the local language to communicate with the children?
A: No, English is the language spoken by the Directors of the Orphanage as well as the children. The children attend an English Medium School where they study English and love to practice their English with you. We would use an interpreter to communicate with the non-English speaking local population.
Q: What skills do I need to participate on the trip?
A: All you need is a heart to LOVE and willingness to SERVE. We welcome teachers, nurses, dentists, doctors and people with construction skills, painters, those who love to spend time with children teaching them songs, playing games and doing bible studies.
Q: Is it a safe place for travel?
A: Visakhapatnam, known as the ‘City of Destiny’ is one of the safest places in India. Foreigners are well greeted and warmly welcomed into this Coastal Area.
Q: How much does this trip cost?
A: Airfare averages $2000.00 roundtrip. A visa as well as a current passport is required when traveling to India. The cost of a visa averages around $100.00.
Q: Where would we stay?
A: Depending on personal interest and the size of the team, the team members are welcomed to stay at the orphanage. Other options would be nearby hotels or in the homes of COFM church members or friends.
Q: What health measures do we need to take prior to visiting?
A: It is advised to consult a doctor before travelling as to whether or not you need vaccinations or medications.
Q: What kind of clothes should I pack?
A: It is best to pack light and in layers. Sweaters and jackets are not needed. November through January is winter in Vizag, and the weather is very pleasant (in mid 70’s) therefore this is the best time to travel to India.
Q: How long is the trip?
A: A usual trip would last from 5 to 14 days. For teachers, the recommended stay would be at least three months.