FAQs

My Passport to India Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is My Passport to India?
  2. When will my Welcome Kit be mailed?
  3. Does it cost anything to participate?
  4. How long are the videos?
  5. What ages is this program appropriate for?
  6. Do I have to watch the videos at certain times?
  7. I have dial-up/low speed internet. Will I be able to watch the videos?
  8. I am having trouble watching the videos. What should I do?
  9. How much time will this program take each week?
  10. My homeschool co-op, church, Sunday school, or youth group is interested in doing My Passport to India as a group. Can we do that?
  11. Does Mission India sell or share my email address with anyone else?
  12. Is there a minimum donation amount?
  13. What do I do with the loose change?
  14. Is a gift to Mission India tax-deductible?
  15. I'm ready to give my gift. Where do I send it?
  16. Can we participate in My Passport to India from outside the US?
  17. How much of each dollar given actually goes toward your ministry work?
  18. What is a Children's Bible Club?
  19. Does Mission India force people to accept Jesus to participate in your programs?

What is My Passport to India?

My Passport to India is an exciting online program brought to you by Mission India. Participants will explore the nation of India and how God is transforming lives through the efforts of local believers through a series of online videos and related educational content.

During the project, you're encouraged to collect loose change for Children's Bible Clubs in India, and make a gift at the end of the program. Each $1 raised will enroll another Indian boy or girl in a Children's Bible Club!

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When will my Welcome Kit be mailed?

Please allow 7-10 business days for your Welcome Kit to be shipped. Each kit includes a passport and suitcase for each person participating. You do not need to have your Welcome Kit before you start My Passport to India.

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Does it cost anything to participate?

Registration is free and there is no cost or obligation to participate in the program. Throughout My Passport to India, your family or group is encouraged to collect loose change and to make a gift to Mission India at the end to support Children's Bible Clubs.

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How long are the videos?

The program includes a series of 10 online videos that are each 4-6 minutes in length.

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What ages is this program appropriate for?

My Passport to India is appropriate for all ages; even adults will find the content engaging and informative! The videos are 4-6 minutes long, and are accessible to all age levels. Each episode also includes bonus educational content, such as a devotional, excerpts from Chris' journal, and more about India's culture, religions, and how God is transforming this nation. You can choose to use/adapt the bonus educational content in a way that works best for your family or group's age levels and schedule.

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Do I have to watch the videos at certain times?

My Passport to India is designed to be flexible for any schedule. You can start the program at any time and explore the videos and related bonus educational content at a pace that works best for your family or group's schedule!

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I have dial-up/low speed internet. Will I be able to watch the videos?

My Passport to India includes 3 different video sizes, including one that you can watch using dial-up or lower speed internet connections. You may need to start the video and then click the pause button to allow the video to fully load before you watch. If you are unable to view the videos online, you can contact Mission India at 877-644-6342 to request a DVD. The videos are not available for download.

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I am having trouble watching the videos. What should I do?

My Passport to India includes 3 different video sizes, including one that you can watch using dial-up or lower speed internet connections. If you are having trouble viewing the videos, here are a few troubleshooting steps you can try:

(1) Start the video and then click the pause button to allow the video to fully load before you watch.
(2) Make sure you have a Flash plug-in installed on your internet browser. If you don't have Flash, it's quick, safe, and free to install: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.
(3) Check your internet filter program (SafeEyes, Netnanny) to make sure it's not blocking vimeo.com (the streaming site hosting the Passport episodes).
(4) Check your anti-virus software to see if it is set to block video streaming in any way.

If you are still unable to view the videos online, you can contact Mission India at 877-644-6342 to request a DVD. The videos are not available for download.

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How much time will this program take each week?

You can adapt My Passport to India to best fit your family's schedule. Each episode is 4-6 minutes long and also includes bonus educational content, such as a devotional, excerpts from Chris' journal, and more about India's culture, religions, and how God is transforming this nation. You can choose to use/adapt the bonus educational content in a way that works best for your family or group's age levels and schedule. My Passport to India is designed to encourage you in participating in the Great Commission.

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My homeschool co-op, church, Sunday school, or youth group is interested in doing My Passport to India as a group. Can we do that?

Yes! My Passport to India can be completed by individual families or as a group. We encourage people to register individually so that they can receive a Welcome Kit and to have access to any email updates about the program.

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Does Mission India sell or share my email address with anyone else?

Mission India will not disclose your personal information to any other organization, ministry, or business unless ordered to do so by a legal court order. We do not sell, rent, or loan our mailing list to any other organization.

The information you provide, such as your address, e-mail address, and telephone number, is only used within Mission India to ensure accurate, timely processing of donations. Everything is kept confidential and we will remove any information from our files at your request.

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Is there a minimum donation amount?

There is no minimum donation amount required or expected. $40 happens to be the amount it takes to enroll 40 boys and girls in a Children's Bible Club, so many people use increments of $40 to set their fundraising goals. A gift of any size will be received with gratitude!

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What do I do with the loose change?

We are not expecting you to send the loose change in to us. We are asking participants to count their loose change and submit the amount as an online donation at the end of this project. You can also send in a check for the total amount. A receipt will be issued for every gift given (of $5 or more).

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Is a gift to Mission India tax-deductible?

Yes, a gift to Mission India will be tax-deductible (for all USA donors) to the fullest extent of the law. You will also receive a receipt for any gift amount (in US dollars) you give of $5 or more.

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I'm ready to give my gift. Where do I send it?

You may make a secure online donation in the amount of your loose change. You can mail a check to: Mission India, PO Box 141312, Grand Rapids, MI 49514-1312 (Please note it is for the My Passport to India project). Or you can call us at 1-877-644-6342 to make a donation over the phone.

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Can we participate in My Passport to India from outside the US?

Yes, anyone can participate in My Passport to India. However, Welcome Kits will only be shipped to U.S. mailing addresses. Mission India can accept a gift from anywhere in the world, but the gift amount must be entered in US dollars. You can make a donation online or you can also send in a check for the total amount. A receipt will be issued for every gift given of $5 or more.

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How much of each dollar given actually goes toward your ministry work?

Mission India devotes 81.2% of funding to our ministry work, 9.3% to management, and 9.5% to development.

Here's a little background information: As an organization, Mission India is dedicated to equipping Indian nationals to transform their nation for Christ (in the case of our Children's Bible Club program, we provide the materials for classes, and also train the teachers how to use them).

That's what our "ministry money" goes toward. But we also emphasize reporting. When a pastor or other ministry partner in India is granted one of our programs, he/she must not only implement the program, but report back to us what happened after it wraps up. For example, when someone leads a Children's Bible Club, we want to know how many boys and girls attend, and how many children and their parents become followers of Jesus. Some of the expenses required in getting that information are reflected in "management" and "development" money (salaries of people whose job it is to track that information, costs of packaging that information and delivering it to our supporters, etc).

Mission India is a U.S. registered, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and abide by its recommendations.

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What is a Children's Bible Club?

Mission India provides India's Christians with training and resources to introduce Children's Bible Clubs into their local communities. These clubs last 10 days and are usually held during India's summer months of April, May, and June when children are having their school break. During the Bible Clubs, children enjoy games, skits, Bible stories, songs, and prayer.

Because the club leaders are from the local community, they already speak the languages and know the customs. This is a proven effective method of introducing the Gospel in India, where traditional evangelism is not welcome.

Click here to learn more about Children's Bible Clubs

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Does Mission India force people to accept Jesus to participate in your programs?

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES does Mission India tolerate forced conversions. Our ministry programs offer a helping hand to those in need because we follow Jesus' example - out of love for the hopeless and hurting, not because we expect something in return. Unfortunately, in India today, enemies of the Gospel often use "forced conversions" as an excuse to prohibit any sort of evangelism. Often any act of kindness directed towards the poor and under-privileged is falsely categorized as bribery.

In our Children's Bible Clubs, we introduce boys and girls to the Gospel, and many discover new hope in that message. Children also connect with caring, loving Christian club leaders. But whether or not someone comes to faith in Jesus Christ is left to the Holy Spirit, not us.

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