The e3 Legacy expedition you’re considering is most likely a huge step of faith, resulting in lots of questions. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Who would be on my team?
e3 Legacy’s multi-generational mission trips provide a dynamic opportunity to work alongside team members, both older and younger, either from one general area or spread throughout North America. These multi-generational trips often include single people, students, a parent and a youth, a husband and wife, or an entire family. In other words, everyone is invited!
How do I know if I am ready to take an international mission trip?
First, you don’t need to be a spiritual giant. Most people going on an e3 Legacy expedition have never led anyone to Jesus, let alone shared God’s love with someone, especially someone who has never heard the name of Jesus. Deep down, many people doubt that God can use them in such a significant way; yet, God is simply looking for people to say yes and GO. He takes care of filling in the gaps. No matter how inadequate you may feel, God can and will work wonders through you!
What does a typical week look like?
The weekend you arrive, the team gets acclimated, receives training from our team leaders and national director, and meets the translators they’ll be working alongside. Generally, Sunday is spent worshipping with the local churches we will be partnering with, strategizing, and making final preparations for the week. The team is then split into smaller groups and assigned a specific village or community to work in for the rest of the week. Each morning begins with a devotion, and ends with worshipping God for how He revealed Himself that day. In between, the teams will be working in their assigned community, building relationships, and sharing the love of God. Each afternoon, children from the village are gathered together for a VBS-type program that allows team members to spiritually connect with the children through stories, games, and activities.
Because team members are given their own translator, each person has the opportunity to share God’s story dozens of times in just one week! As God uses team members to draw people to Himself, they have the blessing of spiritually mentoring these new followers of Jesus and helping them to grow in their new-found faith. As the week progresses, the North Americans will be training their national–a local Christian, who will continue the work once the North American team leaves. By Friday, new believers are meeting daily to study God’s word and to fellowship with other believers. The team will wrap up the week with a day off to enjoy some of the sights before returning to America on Sunday. What a week!
What kind of training will I receive?
e3 Legacy trains its team members in at least five training sessions where team members get to know each other, practice sharing their story and God’s story using the EvangeCube or another gospeling tool, and learn the spiritual mentoring method that will be implemented in each country. Team members meet together for the sessions, and those out of the area participate by videoconference. Each team member receives an e3 Go Kit, consisting of a personal prayer journal, an EvangeCube, EvangeFolds, I Am Second bracelet, and e3 Guidebook. Your team leader also will provide one-on-one coaching through the support-raising and evangelism training processes. Once in-country, cultural training will be provided by the country’s national director.
Can one week in a foreign country really make a lasting impact?
Yes! On average, an e3 Legacy trip will establish 25 house churches in just one week! Everything we do is simple and transferable. As part of our training, the team will learn how to implement MAWL as part of the church planting strategy: Model, Assist, Watch, Launch. In country, you are responsible for modeling how to share God’s story and lead discipleship groups for your local Christian partner, referred to as your national (this is the most important step). Throughout the week, you will model and assist your national during meetings, eventually transitioning to the watch stage, where you encourage your national and the new follower of Jesus as they begin to make their own disciples.
Who will follow up with new followers of Jesus after we leave?
When we leave, the nationals will be equipped to continue the work through the Holy Spirit, making a lasting impact on the people and the new house churches. In addition to the newly trained nationals, we have an e3 Partner national director who oversees the on-going training and follow-up with these new house churches. Your trip costs also equip the local church with resources to support one year of follow up.
Is it really possible to raise the necessary funds to go on an expedition?
Some of the most impactful lessons learned on a mission trip have to do with God’s financial provision. He wants us to trust Him, so He provides opportunities for us to be stretched in the area of finances. The means of provision for each person rarely looks the same, probably because God is so creative! Most people, however, reach their support goals by asking family and friends in a letter to partner with them in the mission work. Others also will receive funds through unexpected bonuses, church dinners, community-sized garage sales, babysitting, and more!
While you need to put in the effort, your e3 Legacy team leaders will provide suggestions, encouragement, and sample letters. Additionally, you’ll receive an online fundraising account to share with family and friends. All financial gifts are tax-deductible. If you want to see God work in unimaginable ways in your life, take this step of faith!
What are the additional costs beyond the trip fee?
Team members are responsible for obtaining a passport (current fees: $110 for adults, $80 for minors), and their own immunizations (depending on the country is $100-$500 per person). If you raise more than the cost of the trip, the extra funds can be used to reimburse the cost of immunizations. You will be responsible for food on travel days to and from the country, but all other meals are covered.
How safe is an international mission trip?
Thinking about traveling internationally creates some degree of concern for most people. Be assured, your experienced team leaders take every precaution possible to protect all team members. With that in mind, e3 Legacy team members are back at the hotel before dark. Additionally, team leaders receive security alerts for all countries we serve in and team members are registered with the State Department. To protect the team from foreign bacteria, most meals are eaten in the hotel, except lunch, which is packed and eaten in the field (peanut butter and jelly sandwich, granola bar, and local peel able fruit). Team leaders carry a first aid/medical kit for basic situations, and all team members have emergency medical and evacuation insurance. Fortunately, no one on an e3 Legacy expedition has ever experienced a dangerous situation.
What are the minimum accommodations?
We stay in hotels with running water, flushing toilets and electricity. Team members will generally sleep two to a room.
How old do you need to be to go on a mission trip?
No minimum age exists for participating with e3 Legacy. Several factors, however, influence when a specific child is ready for an e3 Legacy expedition. Younger children are welcome to go if they can handle seven long days of in-country training and evangelism work alongside a parent, taking turns sharing the story of God’s love as the parent deems appropriate. Older youth work with their family in a specific community all week, but they go out each day on a team of three with their own translator and national church member. To date, the youngest child to share a translator with his parent was nine years old, and the youngest child having her own translator was twelve years old.
What is a child’s role on the mission trip?
Every person on an e3 Legacy expedition is considered part of the team, and like any team, each person’s role is crucial to its success. So whether a team member is 12 or 71, he has the same responsibilities as the rest of the team. The youth on a trip participate in the team trainings, pray, share their story and God’s story, and spiritually mentor new followers of Jesus at a level that they are capable of doing. Where they fall short, the Holy Spirit stands in the gap. Additionally, the youth on the team are generally responsible for leading the children’s program in the afternoons.
“This week, I left a part of my heart on the steps of the bright blue house…in the hands of Kashi Harayan Kukhiya, the retired 67-year-old professor who had lost both of his legs to cancer. After sharing the Creation to Christ story, Kashi and I talked for hours about his life, as well as the many different groups that had come to tell him many ‘good things’ about their gods. He told how his head is full of knowledge and how he has tried worshiping many idols and then asked me, ‘But why should I believe in your Jesus above all the other gods?’ I closed my eyes, and in that moment, the truth of the gospel became so real in my own life. I opened my eyes and released the stream of sweet tears that now streaked my cheeks. With eyes locked on Kashi’s, the rest of the world melted away and all I could muster was ‘because I know in my heart that Jesus loves me…’ When God had said everything He needed to say, Kashi scooted closer to me and took my hands into his, fresh tears glossing his own eyes as he whispered, ‘This is what all the others were missing…love.’ I was overwhelmed by the sweetness of the moment as he spoke the words that changed eternity forever, ‘I saw Jesus in your eyes today and you have shown me how bright my life can be. I, too, want to follow Jesus as the one true God of my life.'” Kendall (20 yrs), Nepal
“Peru for me was very life changing. God showed up in so many places that I am still in shock of the amazing miracles that He performed. One of my favorite memories is when I met a little 9 year old girl named Tatianna. She was lame from birth and has never been able to stand or walk. When I met her she had such a sweet and sensitive smile that your heart just melted. We prayed over her that God would heal this little girl; everyone around us was saying, ‘It’s impossible; she will never be able to stand or walk.’ Well, God showed up and when I saw her again, we were all sitting around the table; we asked her how she felt and she just smiled, saying, ‘Very good.’ Out of nowhere, she exclaimed, ‘Grandma, look!’ and she stood up! I was in shock and couldn’t believe my eyes. We also got to help her practice standing and walking. I am so blessed to have met Tatianna and am so excited to meet with her again, in heaven!” – Taylor (16 yrs), Peru
“A woman named Gregoria, a new believer who lived at the top of a steep hill, was paralyzed on half of her body and lived in constant pain for years. Joel and his 10 year old son prayed for her healing and her pain left. As they shared Jesus with her family, her son and two grandchildren accepted Christ into their hearts as well. As others in the village accepted Jesus, Gregoria opened her home for them to meet for Bible study. On the way to her house the next day, we saw Wilson, one of the nationals they were training to be the site overseer, leading a line of new believers to Gregoria’s house, up the steep hill like ducklings behind their mother. Wilson led the study and taught them how to grow in their relationship with Christ through prayer, Bible study, listening to the Holy Spirit, worship, serving, sharing their faith and discipleship of others. What a joy and blessing to see God work and to participate in His plan of eternal redemption.” –Peru
“This mission trip to Kenya was a life changing experience for me. The preparation alone was very beneficial. Many areas of my life will be impacted by what I saw and experienced. So many people came to know Jesus and were given the tools and support they needed to begin and sustain their Christian walk. Towards the end of the week, I had the privilege of conducting two discipleship meetings with new believers. I was amazed at the excitement and commitment expressed by these individuals. They were thrilled to go out and share the gospel with others, and yet they had only been saved for 24 hours. I was also encouraged to see that they could study the Bible with very little assistance from outside resources. Our team under the direction from the Holy Spirit was able to have a lasting impact on these people. What a blessing it is to have God’s expression of love flow through us to these people. I can honestly say that I have grown to love the Digo people we came in contact with. They are etched on my heart forever.” –Jacques (59 yrs.), Kenya
“I was sharing in the village alongside my translator, church partner and my dad, but I really wanted to go without my dad, but my mom wanted him with me. Finally, I got to go to some people and share the gospel without another American there. The first guy didn’t come to Christ, but the second and third did. During lunch, I went to an older lady’s home. Just going to houses with my translator and Cambodian Christian, but not my dad, was amazing. This lady received Christ. Then this guy who sells clothes rides up on his moped. I stared at him, and all of a sudden I heard a voice in my head that said, ‘Go!’ I rushed to get the Evangecube out of my backpack and then rushed over to him. I started talking to him and discovered he is from India. I shared the Gospel with him, but he didn’t receive Christ. That was fine. I just love having conversations with the people. It is an amazing experience!” Delaney (12 yrs.), Cambodia
“God was testing my obedience to follow His voice. On Monday, we went down a long road that led us to a fish pond. We felt led to share with a man sitting under a covering near the pond. He was very welcoming as we shared the gospel, but when asked if he wanted to follow Jesus, he responded, ‘No, because I’m a Buddhist.’ But as we returned each day to visit, I could see God chasing away layers of hindrances. Sansong began to delight in the story of how Jesus called the fishermen to be His disciples. He finally shared His most pressing worry: “Is it a sin to catch fish?’ We explained it was not, but nonetheless, Jesus covers all sins. He beamed with joy at this news. He then shared that his daughter was a Christian and had shared God’s story with him several times, but he had not heard such relatable stories. He asked us to pray for his daughter to get a good job and that night his daughter received a well-paying job in Bangkok. Sansong began to see how Jesus is the living God. On the third day, I woke up and God revealed to me that I was to share the shepherd story with Sansong. I had no idea how a fish keeper would relate to a shepherd, but I was obedient, and we read the story together. Sansong began laughing with joy and stated he related most to this story because he was a shepherd of his fish and now understood God’s love. He then decided to become a follower of Jesus! Before we even got to train him on how to share his new faith with others, Sansong was sharing God’s story of forgiveness with other fishermen.” –Megan (23 yrs), Thailand
Everyone serving in the field, even our translators, are impacted; we all grow as we serve God. Jeannette ministered to her translator all week and saw the fruit of her labor: “Jane, my translator, was a 19-year-old young lady, who lives near the village we worked in. She was really changed this week as God began to work on her heart. The training inspired her. She said she was my student this week and learned so much. On Wednesday, my Kenyan co-worker and Jane worked in the village without me, and God used them mightily to start several discipleship groups! That night, Jane went home and shared Christ with her neighbors for the first time and is in the process of starting her own discipleship group with them! She has committed to continue the work in our village for one year, returning weekly to disciple and encourage the new followers of Jesus. Yeah, God!” Jeannette (41 yrs), Kenya
“I went to this woman’s house with Genesis, my translator, and the pastor’s wife, who was my translator. The pastor’s wife told us that this woman sometimes helped out at the church, but had never accepted Jesus. She welcomed us inside and we sat down with her and her daughter. I introduced myself, told her why we had come to Venezuela, and then I shared the Evangecube with her. When I was done, I asked her if she wanted to accept Jesus’s gift of salvation, and she said, ‘No.’ We asked her if there was a specific reason why she didn’t want to and after further inquiry, we found out it was because she believed that if she accepted Jesus she wouldn’t be able to do as many things or have as much fun. Then the Holy Spirit led me to share part of my testimony with her, so I told her that I used to do many things that I thought would make me happy, but they never satisfied me. I shared how God had sent me all the way to Venezuela to tell her how much He loved her and wanted to have a relationship with her. The pastor’s wife shared more with her, and then her and her daughter said they wanted to accept Christ. Genesis led them in a prayer and after praying, they both started crying. Genesis asked the woman how she felt and she said that there was a great peace that she felt inside. They were both so happy, and the woman then went with us to the next person’s house. She said she felt like she was our sister.” – Audrey (18 yrs), Venezuela
Andreas and Terri are passionate about the generations experiencing God in fresh ways and helping people recognize and walk in God’s love and pleasure in them. They enjoy assisting people in identifying and breaking off barriers that hold them back from running with God in all the potential He sees in them. Additionally, they are focused on assisting nationals in training and implementing strategies to reach the unreached and unengaged people groups in their countries. They live in Southern California and have two adult children in their 20s, Garrett and Jordan, who have ministered in over 20 countries on four continents with them since they were children. When the Mehrguth’s first son passed away as a baby, God gave them an eternal perspective on life and a heart for heaven. As business owners, they took their family on international short-term mission trips for two consecutive years, after which God called them to full-time mission work. After serving with Jesus Film Project, they joined e3 Partners in 2007 to start e3 Legacy.
“No matter where you are in your walk with God, we want to help you move forward. Five team trainings with lots of modeling and individual conversations along with 12 days serving together internationally in a highly intentional way will greatly propel you forward. You will experience God’s intimacy as He uses you to grow His Kingdom for His glory and your good.” –Terri Mehrguth
While Jim and Sandy were raising their two children, they felt called to Africa. Over the years they were looking for the way God was calling them to go. In 2010, Jim went on an e3 Legacy trip to Rwanda and God broke him down and changed his heart. Sandy saw this change, and in 2011 for their 30th wedding anniversary, they served together in Rwanda with e3 Legacy. God revealed to the Corbin’s that they were putting Him in a box, and that they were not the ones in control. So in 2012, they followed the Lord’s lead and partnered with e3 Legacy. Each trip, God has continued to shower them with grace and mercy as He has displayed more of His glory and power.
“Both of us have been shown over the years where we have missed the boat as we raised our children. God, however, has allowed us another chance to build a legacy that our biological and spiritual families can still benefit from and see how He can use them in His mission.” –Jim Corbin
Steve and Linda have three sons and live in Southern California where they both work full-time jobs. Additionally, the Chenots believe it is important to serve in their community; therefore, Steve is a volunteer reserve Sherriff and serves on an Urban Search and Rescue team, while Linda teaches a Bible Study Fellowship class. As a couple, Steve and Linda always wanted to go on a mission trip, but held back from going because of fear and earthly obstacles such as getting time off work, raising financial support, and health concerns. However, Psalm 25 promises that no one who puts their hope in God will ever be ashamed, so the Chenots stepped out in faith and were deeply impacted by their first e3 Legacy mission trip. They were amazed by how God could work in them and through their team in just 10 days. Every obstacle was overcome in ways that all pointed to God. They agreed to trust Him for more and agreed to start leading e3 teams themselves. Now they enjoy leading others in the adventure of building faith and trust in God as they obey His call. Steve and Linda have always longed to learn His ways and He has faithfully revealed Himself to them in ways they would never have known unless they had stepped out in faith.
“It is one thing to read about God, His faithfulness, His love and His mercy—but quite another thing to put Him to the test and experience who He is firsthand. He wants to give us the great joy of becoming fishers of men—such a high calling! He graciously involves us in His work and the result is great joy.” – Linda Chenot
Byron and Jeannette live in Orange County, California, where Byron works in law enforcement and Jeannette homeschools their two teenage sons, Gavin and Jordan. The Culbertsons felt a strong desire to go on their first mission trip as a family in 2011, serving in Myanmar. After that experience, they knew mission trips would be an integral part of their family life. Now the Culbertsons go as a family on two trips a year and have been leading trips with e3 Legacy since 2015. Working with e3 Legacy has given the Culbertsons more opportunities for God to use them to make an impact in the lives of others, so that He can expand His kingdom territory through those He has been pleased to work through.
“Our faith has grown a lot by ministering through e3 Legacy, and we see Him stretching and strengthening our team members, as well. What a wonderful journey to be on with God as we are learning to trust Him more and more as we surrender it all to Him. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you have walked with God; God always has something new for you!” -Byron Culbertson
Julia knew the Lord called her into missions shortly after she had said 'Yes!' and became a follower of Jesus Christ. Julia and her husband of 28 years have been giving to missionaries since their two children were very small. As the kids grew, they incorporated local mission work into their family, which led to mission trips internationally when their kids were in high school. Finally, the Lord led Julia to e3 Legacy in 2015 where she gets to be part of a bigger strategy to win souls and plant churches around the world! Julia also serves as a fourth grade teacher at a Christian school. Working with e3 Legacy has allowed Julia to ride along on this great adventure with God in the driver’s seat. She has learned to relinquish control, listen to the Holy Spirit's answers to prayer, allow God to use her in His miracles, and continue to want to know Him more.
“I chose missions through e3 Legacy because the Lord revealed the mandate of the Great Commission in His Word. e3 Legacy is about multi-generational missions, allowing families, individuals, students, and groups to experience evangelizing and planting churches in areas around the world where unreached people groups exist. It is a privilege to bring the good news to the hopeless and then stand back in awe as God miraculously heals His children spiritually, physically, and emotionally”. –Julia Bernier
e3 Expedition Guidebook (download)
The Expedition Guidebook provides all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming trip, from how to pack to vital mission details.
e3 Prayer Journal (download)
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