JOIN US IN UGANDA
IGNITED AND HEART AWAKENED
For over 15 years we have provided opportunities for people to serve on short- and long-term trips to Uganda, Africa. We’ve seen people discover more of their God-given purpose and potential after they've said “yes” to serve on a team with us.
We know your passions will be ignited and your dreams awakened.
Join us on a life changing trip. We promise, you'll never be the same!
Orphaned & Vulnerable Children Support
You will have a chance to reach out and love the children in local villages. Some activities include:
Teaching in village schools
Hosting the children for VBS
Serving at one of our sites for Saturday children gatherings where you'll feed the children, play and teach.
Our passion is to equip and empower our neighbors and friends with the tools they need to be successful in life. We focus on improving the quality of life through a wide variety of community development initiatives; including adult education programs, income-generation, Bible studies and so much more.
Village & Community Development
Elderly & Widow Visits
Medical & Dental Missions
On-Site Village Health Center
SMI Birthing Center
Medical & Dental Outreaches
Patient Home Visits
Show Mercy International provides short-term volunteer opportunities for medical and dental professionals, students, and non-medical volunteers with any level of experience. When you join us on our medical outreaches you will support our medical staff and team by providing medical care, well-patient checkups, dental care, and community health education classes reaching 100-500 patients depending on the team size.
Do you like to get your hands dirty? People, as well as the earth, are created to produce life and fruit.
When you join our agricultural outreach, you will have the opportunity to teach, train, and empower our friends and neighbors to implement farming principles that not only help to produce a bountiful harvest but also encourage them as individuals.
One of our main goals is to see your
passions ignited and your dreams awakened.
Join us on a life changing trip. We promise, you'll never be the same!
One "size" doesn't always fit all!
If you or your group have unique needs or passions, we can "tailor" your trip to allow the flexibility and "fit" you are looking for, within the mission and vision of SMI.
We look forward to talking with you to see how we can help you create and fulfill the passions in your heart.
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General Trip Planning/Travel Guide
You are responsible for purchasing your own ticket; however, we are always available to guide and help. The price varies seasonally and by airline, but usually costs around $1500.
The cost of your trip includes all transportation while in Uganda (vehicle, driver, fuel). One of our caring team members will be at the airport ready to pick you up!
The required vaccine for travel to Uganda is Yellow Fever. We recommend talking with your doctor to help prepare for your trip. You will need to bring your Yellow Fever certificate with you!
$50 for a 90 day visa
You can get your visa at the airport in Uganda or online at visas.immigration.go.ug
Room & Board
You will be staying in housing at the beautiful Field of Dreams complex. Rooms include bunkbeds, dressers, showers, flush toilets and sinks. All meals while serving at SMI are provided.
You will need money for souvenirs and an occasional meal when you are away from the Show Mercy Field of Dreams base.
There's something about holding printed material in your hands. We'd love to send you a copy of our Missions booklet! Or maybe you have a friend that needs to hear about Show Mercy. Simply fill out the form to the right and we will put a packet in the mail to you.
Request our Missions Booklet by mail.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost for a mission trip with Show Mercy?
A typical trip of between 10-14 days is $1200 which includes housing, food, transportation, clean drinking water, a team t-shirt and admin fees. Internships are $3000 for 9 weeks. Your funds not only cover regular expenses but go to directly fund the ministry and mission of Show Mercy. Contact us for other options or time frames. You can come for shorter or longer amounts of time if you are interested.
Is it safe in Uganda?
While no trip, whether to a third world country or in the USA, are risk-free, we have never had any problems in the many years we have been traveling to Uganda. Simple preventative measures such as taking your malaria medication, staying in groups and following the leader’s directions will go a long way to keeping you safe. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the individual to count the costs before traveling to any developing country including Uganda.
What airline do you recommend?
We try to fly Delta/KLM but their prices have recently gone up substantially. We recommend contacting International Care at the following link: International Care Travel Booking. You can also use other travel agents or online sites such as vayama.com, orbitz.com, travelocity.com, etc. You will always fly into Entebbe (EBB) so it is pretty easy to find flights. Other airlines that fly to Entebbe include Turkish Airlines, SN Brussels and Ethiopian Airlines. They are pretty much all partnered with airlines from the US.
Can I purchase my own airfare for a trip with Show Mercy?
For most trips, this is perfectly fine. However, we ask you to contact us before purchasing your airfare to ensure that transportation from the airport can be facilitated by our teams on the ground. We will also be glad to purchase airfare for you but only after full payment for the trip is received. Teams can arrive at any time as long as we are aware of your flight information.
What is typically not included in the cost of a trip with Show Mercy?
-Visa fees ($50 for a 90 day visa) that you can acquire at the airport in Uganda or through the following website. https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
Where can I purchase the required travel insurance?
There are many options out there to choose from. You can do a simple google search and find many different companies that provide good coverage at an affordable cost. Once you have applied and are approved as a team member, you will be set up with a Managed Missions page that will also provide options for travel insurance.
Is there an age limit for participation on a Show Mercy trip?
Show Mercy trips are open to people of all ages. However, anyone under the age of 18 will need to have a signed parental or guardian permission and liability release. We will also want to speak to the parents or guardians of the minor before making decisions regarding minors participating in a trip with Show Mercy.
How many people are typically on a Show Mercy team in Uganda?
Team sizes vary from 5 to 25 people, depending upon the time of the year. Interns or long-term staff also participate with teams when they come. However, you are welcome to come alone or with a few others if you don’t have a full team. There is very seldom a time where we do not have visitors at our base in Uganda.
What is included in the cost of a trip with Show Mercy?
Typically, all of your transportation while in Uganda (vehicle, driver, fuel), housing at our beautiful Field of Dreams base, most meals while in Uganda, clean drinking water, a SMI team t-shirt, basic outreaches and administrative fees. There are often optional activities such as overnight trips to visit various Ugandan tourist destinations such as safaris that are extra unless stated otherwise.
What kinds of activities will I be involved in on a trip?
While no trips are exactly alike, there are some common activities. We will spend time visiting children in our sponsorship program. We also participate in various weekly village outreaches to orphans and widows, visit and pray for the sick in local hospitals, spend time praying for the sick or working in our own Show Mercy Medical Center located on our Field of Dreams property (if you are qualified), share in schools and local churches, host VBS or similar outreaches among many other activities. There are sometimes opportunities for building crews but they are limited based upon the current needs. We also try to provide an atmosphere where team members are encouraged to experience more of the love of the Father in their own lives through corporate worship, devotionals and encouragement. Team trips are often organized around the desires and experience of those who are participating on the trip. If we have teams with medical experience, we will provide opportunities for those types of activities as well.
Do I have to go on a scheduled team trip with Show Mercy?
No. There is always the opportunity to travel without a team. There are very few times when team members are not serving with us in Uganda. You can just assimilate into the teams that are already there. Team members are still required to fill out an application, submit all required liability forms, stay at our base and agree to follow our ministry guidelines. Please contact us if you would like to travel outside of a scheduled team trip.
Can I organize my own trip to serve with Show Mercy?
Yes. If you would like to organize a trip and lead a team with your church, youth group, organization or with a certain group of people, we can accommodate those requests. Please contact us for more information on pricing, availability and activities that you would like to be involved in. As long as those activities fit into the mission of Show Mercy consideration will be made for those types of organized trips. If a team leader organizes and brings at least 10 people on an organized trip, the fee to Show Mercy will be waived for one team leader. If you take a team of at least 20 people, SMI will also contribute $1000 towards airfare along with the fee being waived. Due to limited space and increased demand, we ask for a deposit of $500 to reserve space for a group.
Do you help with preparing for a trip?
Yes. After you apply and are accepted, we create a Managed Missions Account for you. (www.managedmissions.com) This will a step by step guide for you letting you know what needs to be done an when it should be completed. You will have access to a missions manual that will provide you detailed information that will answer many of the questions you might have about your trip to Uganda. It will also include a list of suggested items to pack. We have hosted many teams, however, and you can rest assured that we will make sure your trip is fruitful and life changing. This software will also allow you to create a free fundraising page where you can share about your desires for this trip and inspire others to donate towards your trip. You can see the progress of your fundraising efforts in real time.
What kind of accommodations do you provide?
Show Mercy has team housing on our 25 acre “Field of Dreams” compound. They are simple but quite nice by African standards. We have two homes for team members that each consist of 4 bedrooms that are self-contained with showers with hot water, flush toilets and sinks. There are two bunk beds in each room with a dresser for clothing storage. There is electrical power available but it is sometimes inconsistent. More detailed information will be available in your preparation packet that will be sent to you once you have applied and are accepted on the team. It is a very nice, peaceful, safe and comfortable base where you can spend time with the team, or spend some alone time with God. Our goal is to have you feel refreshed so you can have energy to pour out to the people we will be ministering to.
Can I stay longer than 9 weeks after my internship?
It is possible but dependent on many variables. The 9-week internship is a time for both you and Show Mercy to evaluate the relationship to confirm that we both feel confident that this is where God has called you to partner for a longer term. We are looking for the right people for our long-term team. You also want to make sure that you line up with the values of Show Mercy and our methods of operation. After a period of time, if we both agree that Show Mercy is the place for you, we would begin the process of having you join the staff of Show Mercy. There are visa issues to consider as well. Uganda issues a 90 day visa when you come on a short visit. After that there is a process of either leaving the country and returning, or if you want to work with SMI for a longer period of time, applying for a work permit. This is often a challenging process that involves a lot of paperwork and patience. It is possible but something that you only want to pursue if you feel confident that Show Mercy is the place for you long-term (1 year or longer).
What vaccinations are required to go on a trip with Show Mercy?
All visitors to Uganda are required to get a vaccination for Yellow Fever per the Ugandan government. Team members that come on short term trips are also required by Show Mercy to take a malaria preventative while in Uganda. There are many other vaccinations that are available but not required. Please contact your health department for recommendations regarding vaccinations. Show Mercy can provide you with malaria medications from our medical clinic in Uganda.
Can anyone go on a trip with Show Mercy?
Anyone can apply to be a part of a Show Mercy trip. Show Mercy will review the application and make a decision on whether the applicant will fit into the mission of Show Mercy and if the mission of Show Mercy will benefit the applicant. Very few people are denied acceptance on a trip. If you are willing to serve and submit to the Show Mercy leadership and policies, you should have no problem being accepted.
Can I raise financial support or fund raise for a trip with Show Mercy?
Yes. Even if you can afford the trip expenses on your own, it is good to allow others to receive the blessing that comes from sowing into a Show Mercy team member. It also spreads the word about the organization. Fundraising is not required, however as long as the payments are made on time and in full for a given trip.
Can I serve longer than a two or three week trip?
You would need to contact us to make arrangements for staying longer. It will depend upon available space among other variables. You can also apply for an internship (9-weeks). After serving in that capacity, there would be an opportunity to apply for a long-term staff position with Show Mercy in Uganda.
Can donations be refunded?
For a donation to be tax deductible, it must be given to a nonprofit organization, not an individual. If for some reason you are unable to travel on the trip, donations that have been received will not be returned to the donors or given to the team member but will be used at the discretion of Show Mercy. Any donations received in excess of the cost of the trip will also not be returned to the donors or given to the team member. If you are unable to travel on this trip, the funds will be held for 12 months so that you can travel on another Show Mercy team less the $100 application fee and any expenses that Show Mercy has incurred due to your cancellation. If people give funds directly to you and don’t receive a tax credit from Show Mercy and you decide not to travel, you are responsible for deciding how to use those funds.
Is donating towards my trip tax deductible?
Yes. As long as the purpose of your trip is to serve and volunteer with Show Mercy, the costs of the trip are tax deductible. Show Mercy is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Please see your tax adviser for professional advise concerning the tax deductions of your trip.
How can I donate towards a Show Mercy team member?
You can mail a check made out to Show Mercy International to: Show Mercy International, PO Box 1003, Port Gibson, MS 39150. Please include a note with the team member you are supporting. You can also donate online by visiting www.showmercy.org. Click on the Missions > Support a Missionary Tab and then choose the appropriate person or category to donate to. You can also call our office at 601-535-2790 and speak to a representative who can take your credit card information over the phone for a donation to a team member’s trip. Please see the above question concerning team members that do not travel on a trip that you have supported them for.
Can I make a payment for my trip online?
Yes. Each team member will be assigned their own fundraising page. You can make a payment through that site or mail a check to our office in Mississippi. You can also call our office at 601-535-2790 and give us your card number to process manually.