Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I be apart of your ministry?
In addition to praying for our ministry and supporting us financially, you can serve with us on a short-term evangelistic mission trip! Every year, we send teams to the Philippines for two, three, or five-week trips. If you are interested in serving with us, please see the “Mission Trip” page for trip applications.
- When do you offer mission trips to the Philippines? We offer a two-week trip in January (limited space), several trip options during the month of July (two week, three week, or five week options), and a two-week trip in October (only for people who have served with us on a summer trip first).
- When is the application period for your mission trips? If you are interested in applying for our January trip, please call our office during October and request an application. If you are interested in applying for one of our summer trips, we will accept applications during January and February. The summer trip applications are posted at the end of each year in preparation for the summer application period.
- Can I go to the Philippines with your organization during other times of the year or serve for longer than five weeks? No. We only offer the evangelistic mission trips during January and July. If it is your first time serving with us, we recommend that you serve on the two week or three week trip in July.
- Can I serve with your team for just one week? Typically, we do not allow you to serve with our team for just one week. The travel time to the Philippines takes two entire days on the way there (because the Philippines is twelve hours ahead of EST) and one full day on the way back. Because of the extensive travel time, the two-week trip is the minimum time offered.
- What is the minimum age requirement to serve with your team? You must be 15 years old to serve with our team. The primary focus of our mission trips is evangelism in the elementary and high schools of the Philippines (they do not have middle schools). Our itinerary requires team members to be mature in their conduct and in their walk with Christ. There are also age requirements for children traveling internationally without their legal guardian. For applicants whose guardian would also like to serve with us, we will take mature 14 year olds but no younger.
- Do you offer service trips or medical trips? We do not offer any service-related trips. Our primary focus is evangelism in the schools of the Philippines. Occasionally, we have conducted evangelistic medical clinics in conjunction with our evangelistic trips in the summer, but this is not something we have been able to arrange on an annual basis.
- What does a typical day on your mission trip look like? Team members arise early each morning (often times as early as 3 or 4 AM), dress, and have breakfast. The team will then break up into smaller teams of two-to-four Americans and will work with the BTEA Filipino staff, who will serve as drivers and translators. Your team will be assigned a list of schools each day where you will go and share the gospel. Sometimes, you will be allowed to assemble all the students and speak to them at once. Other times, you may share the gospel in each classroom at the school. You will meet back with all other teams each night to have dinner and share testimonies from the day.
- How many people may go on your mission trips? Our January team is usually made up of about 15 people. Our summer mission team is made up of about 100 people.
- Can I go on your trip as an individual or do I have to be with a group? Most of the people who serve on our team are individuals from around the US. We have occasionally had youth groups and college groups serve with us.
- How much do these mission trips cost? The mission trip costs are heavily based on international airfare expenses. The trip cost is all-inclusive – it covers your international travel, travel within the Philippines, bottled water, all meals, and lodging. The estimated costs for 2014 will range from $3,500 - $5,600, depending on the length of the trip.
- What part of the Philippines do you work in? We work all over the Philippines. It is the goal of the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association that we share a clear, accurate presentation of the gospel with as many people as possible. Because of that, we do not go to the same place/schools as the previous year.
- Who leads the mission trips? Our mission trips are always led by the BTEA Filipino staff and at least one of our American staff evangelists or veterans. Bob Tebow always leads one of the teams on the summer trip.
- Do you provide and require training prior to the mission trip? We do offer several mission trip meetings in Jacksonville, Florida in the months leading up to our summer mission trip. These meetings are not required but give you the opportunity to meet some of our staff, along with others who will be going on the mission trip. We also provide a manual for each person going on the trip. In the manual, you will find a sample gospel presentation to memorize, along with info about that Philippines, traveling there, what to wear, what to pack, etc. Finally, we send out a book on theology to give you a solid foundation for presenting the gospel.
- Where does the team stay while working in the Philippines? Teams will stay in hotels. Our Filipino staff goes before us to find a nice, safe place to stay.
- Are there any immunizations required for travel in the Philippines? No immunizations are required; however, it is always wise to have your tetanus shot up-to-date. If you contact the US Department of Health, they may also recommend several additional vaccinations or medications, but none are required. Malaria is secluded to very few areas in the Philippines.
- Do I have to fly to the Philippines alone or will I meet up with other team members and fly over together? There are several international airports in the US that have connecting flights to Asia. Your city of origin will determine which city you fly through. We do our best to put team members on connecting flights with other team members. It is more difficult to connect with others if you are flying from the mid-west or the western part of the US. We primarily fly on Delta, which offers fewer flights out of Texas and other states out west.
- What is the selection criteria used for your mission trip teams? We look for individuals who are teachable, humble, willing to work hard, and have a solid relationship with Jesus Christ. Because our trips are evangelistic, it is very important that your religious views and beliefs line-up with ours. You can find a statement of what we believe on the menu on our homepage. It is also important that you work well with others because you will be serving very closely with a team.
- Is your mission trip geared towards a specific age? Although our mission trips are not geared towards a specific age, they are very intense and tend to attract more young people than any other age. The daily travel and living conditions are much more difficult than daily living in the US. We have had people of all ages serve with us before from 15 years old to over 70 years old. The average age of our applicants tend to be young people in their 20s, however.
Uncle Dick’s Home
- Do you have a child sponsorship program for the orphans at Uncle Dick’s Home?
No. The orphanage is located in a remote area of Mindanao with limited access to the Internet. The postal system there is not very reliable, and we do not have the staff to accommodate such a project at this time.
- Can I visit the orphanage or volunteer there for an extended period of time? Unfortunately, we do not have any paid/volunteer positions available at the orphanage. The only opportunity to visit is during one of our short-term evangelistic trips. Team members are given the opportunity to take a weekend trip to the orphanage for an additional $300. At this time, this is the only available opportunity to visit the orphanage.
- Are the orphans at Uncle Dick’s Home available for adoption? No. The Philippines has very strict regulations on international adoption. Uncle Dick’s Home receives no support from the Filipino government and, therefore, is not eligible to put the children up for adoption. BTEA provides 100% of the financial support that the orphanage receives. Some of the children at the orphanage are true orphans, while others’ parent(s) placed them there to get them out of extreme poverty situations, especially if one of the parents has died.
- How do I schedule Tim Tebow or send a request for him? BTEA does not handle Timmy’s schedule, nor any requests that are directed to him. All such requests should be submitted via www.timtebow.com or www.timtebowfoundation.org depending on the type of request.
- How do I schedule Bob or Pam Tebow to speak? Because of the volume of requests we receive from people interested in having Bob or Pam speak, these requests are handled separately from BTEA. Please visit
www.pamtebow.com to submit a speaking request for Bob or Pam Tebow.
- Do you have a need for interns? At this time, we do not have any internship positions in any areas of our ministry.
- Can I set-up a recurring donation? We do now offer the option for reoccurring donations. At the end of creating your online donation, the last step allows the contributor to check the box to make the donation reoccurring. Also most banks offer an automatic bill pay option and will send a check every month around the same time based off of your preferences. All you need to do is provide them with the name of our organization and our address listed below:
Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association
8834-F Goodby’s Executive Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32217