Funding your Uganda short-term ministry trip is one of the most important parts of the entire process for two reasons. Not only are you seeking funds to enable you to go to Uganda for the purpose of ministry, but you are also demonstrating the ability to build a support base that will stand with you in prayer as you go. In fact, the prayer base is more important than the financial. The financial base can only get you there and back. The prayer base empowers the entire trip.
The actual cost of a given mission trip will depend on the following factors:
The illustration below is based on a mission with a budget of $3,500 per team member
Ministry Budget of $3,500 per person (experience gives the following breakdown of
A number of changing factors make it necessary that we lists a cost range rather than a fixed breakdown. Such factors are the actual costs of airline tickets, number of events we sponsor and the number participating. Our pledge is to use funds to their maximum for God's glory. The salaries of the Ugandan ACTI coordination team is paid from designated funds and a small portion of ministry teams funds. The more a ministry team uses our staff in Uganda, the more it cost. However, our policy is never to access any team member more than $100 for this purpose. Therefore, the maximum we would charge any team members $3,500 is 2.9%. (Most financial oversight groups allow up to 20% administrative fees) Those who oversee ACTI efforts in the United States are all otherwise engaged in full-time employment (pastors, doctors, dentists, accountants, etc.,) and their work with ACTI is on a volunteer basis. They even pay their own expenses to ACTI meetings. ACTI is totally committed to both the work of ministry in Uganda and financial integrity for every dollar God entrusts to us. See also Financial Accountability.
Additionally, you will need to pay for your immunizations and any supplies that you take with you. You should also take some funds for buying gifts etc.
We provide sample letters to help establish prayer and financial support to those raising funds to minister in Uganda.