- People-Specific Resource
Guide to Network Function
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Assume all taxi
drivers and others in close proximity to your conversations understand
- Allow your host/hostess
to lead conversations of sensitive topics in his/her home. Follow his/her
direction regarding security.
- Whenever you speak
on the telephone, assume you are being heard by the head of the security
- Avoid taking pictures
during fellowship/Bible study times.
- Ask if it is OK
to take pictures of people at other times.
- Do not bring missionary
newsletters into the country.
- Do not identify
yourself with [our group] at any time, including on the plane coming/leaving
- Do not carry ANY
items with you that identifies you with our mission (i.e., business cards,
luggage tags, etc.).
- All the above "do's
and don'ts" apply from the time you leave your front door until you return