Independent Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Global Mission Opportunities

Living in Service to Others

Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) has global mission partnerships and we send mission teams to Africa and occasionally other countries.  If you would be interested in joining an IPC Mission Team, please contact The Rev. Susan Clayton, Associate Pastor for Community Ministries, at or by calling her office at 205.933.3709.


IPC has a long-standing partnership with the Mwandi Mission Hospital in Mwandi, Zambia in the southern part of Africa.  We take a mission team from IPC each year to Mwandi for a trip lasting approximately two weeks including travel time and both medical personnel and non-medical people are needed for this trip.  For more information, please see below or contact Susan Clayton at or (205) 933-3709.

• Who can go on the trip?     IPC members have first priority to be a part of the mission team.  This trip includes both a medical and non-medical component.  For the medical component, all types of medical personnel are needed: doctors and surgeons of all kinds, nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, psychiatrists and psychiatric social workers, dentists and veterinarians are all needed as team members.  The medical personnel work primarily in the mission hospital on the in-patient wards, including a male ward, a female ward, a pediatric ward, a maternity ward and a TB ward.  Medical personnel can also help in the Oupatient Clinic, the Well-Baby Clinic, the HIV/AIDS program, the laboratory, bush clinics to outlying areas, and the clinic at the Orphan and Vulnerable Children Center.  Non-medical participants engage in many activities, including: maintenance projects around the mission compound; assisting at the Orphan and Vulnerable Children Center with the Feeding Program, daily devotionals for staff and children, recreational activities, etc.; Vacation Bible School for local children; assistance in the hospital with non-medical activities; development assistance projects around the mission; work on the mission agriculture project; work in the pre-school and Basic School.

• How many people can go on the trip? Generally, we take a team of approximately 12 people.

• How long does the trip last?  Usually, exactly two weeks including travel time.  The travel over and back is usually via Delta Airlines or South African Airways. The flight itinerary is usually Birmingham-Atlanta-Johannesburg, South Africa-Livingstone, Zambia where the Mwandi missionaries pick us up for the last couple of hours of driving time to Mwandi.  The airplane ride is long—about 17 hours from Atlanta to Johannesburg and on the return as well with only one stop for refueling but no deplaning, so the ability to endure a long plane ride is needed.  Zambia is seven hours ahead of Birmingham time.

• How much does the trip cost? The IPC Foundation provides a grant for each mission trip so most of the expenses are covered by that grant.  Air Fare, Transportation, Room and Board are all covered.  Some team members who are able provide contributions toward these expenses to the church, which helps to replenish the Trip Fund, and all such donations are greatly appreciated, though not required.  We usually take a one or two-night excursion at the end of the trip to a Game Park, and the cost of this excursion is borne by the individual team members, usually around $500-$600 which includes room, board and game drives.  In addition, some spending money will be desirable for the purchase of souvenirs.

• What else is required to go on this trip?  Participants must have a valid passport that is valid for at least six months past the trip date.  Some immunizations are required and can be obtained at the Public Health Department’s Travel Immunization Clinic or at the UAB Travel Clinic at Kirklin Clinic.  Anti-malarial medication is also required and can be obtained at either of these travel clinics.

• What are the accommodations on this trip? Participants stay at Simba House, the mission house at Mwandi.  It is very comfortable.  Participants room together, about three people to a room in twin beds and use nice hall bathrooms with showers, sinks and toilets. The house has electricity and running water, though the water is not purified.  The Simba House staff prepares purified water for the team for drinking and they also cook with purified water. The food is good and safe to eat!  Laundry facilities are available daily.  Wireless internet access is also available and email service is quite good.