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Security: Field Visit Guidelines
Many unreached peoples live in regions of the world where missionary activity is frowned upon or even illegal.  In those areas using security precautions such as the following, is crucial.  However, that is not to imply that these suggestions are necessary among every unreached people.  Agencies and field personnel can advise you on the security needs of your people.

From Brigada-Security file: one people-group network’s security guidelines. Following are guidelines for organizations working among the XYZ people of X region. (The name of the unreached people and where they live have been removed.)

Practical Do's and Don'ts of Security When Visiting among XYZ People

Follow these guidelines when communicating with Christian workers in X Region. These guidelines apply to phone conversations, electronic mail communication, fax communications, and face-to-face conversations.

  1. Avoid the use of Christian and missions terms such as:  pray, missions, missionary, seminary, Bible School, church, church-planting, and the titles of mission agencies.
  2. Allow the person who meets you upon your arrival in-country to start and lead topics of conversations, especially while in transport to your first destination.
  3. Assume all taxi drivers and others in close proximity to your conversations understand English.
  4. Allow your host/hostess to lead conversations of sensitive topics in his/her home. Follow his/her direction regarding security.
  5. Whenever you speak on the telephone, assume you are being heard by the head of the security forces.
  6. Avoid taking pictures during fellowship/Bible study times.
  7. Ask if it is OK to take pictures of people at other times.
  8. Do not bring missionary newsletters into the country.
  9. Do not identify yourself with [our group] at any time, including on the plane coming/leaving the meeting.
  10. Do not carry ANY items with you that identifies you with our mission (i.e., business cards, luggage tags, etc.).
  11. All the above "do's and don'ts" apply from the time you leave your front door until you return home.


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