Missionary Travel – Mission Travel is Here to Serve You

Desire to save time & money on your travels?  Want to make mission trip and missionary travel planning simple and hassle-free?  Care for the personalized, expert service of a Christian travel agent as your advocate throughout this process?  Then you’re in the right place.

Mission Travel exists to serve you – the traveler and the leader. You want to maximize your time, save money on travels and focus on the core mission of your trip.

We serve tens of thousands of travelers and are honored to partner with truly amazing individuals, churches, humanitarian and mission organizations doing inspiring work around the world.

Get a quote now on your next trip – we’re standing by to serve you.

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About Mission Travel

Mission Travel is a full-service Christian-owned & operated missionary travel agency, serving thousands of inspirational travelers each year. Our goal is to provide you with an exceptional value and customer service experience while saving you time, money and hassle in mission trip planning.

We truly exist out of obedience to Jesus’ call in Matthew 28:18-20. We’re here to serve missionaries, churches, mission groups, humanitarian and mission organizations in their Christian stewardship of money and time – offering the best available international airfare and travel for mission groups.

As a full-service travel agency, we also arrange cruises, vacation packages, honeymoons, tours, all-inclusive resorts & more.

Mission Travel was founded in 2006 by Chris & Alicia Niemeyer. Their passion for travel, missions and entrepreneurship culminated with the idea of MissionTravel.org – serve the international missionary travel needs of those involved in missions.  They are passionate senders and give generously to missions all over the world.

MISSION TRAVEL STAFF


Chris Niemeyer

Chris Niemeyer founded MissionTravel.org in 2006. His passion for missions and travel formed the idea of serving the travel needs of those serving the world. Chris loves to travel and has been to nearly 30 countries – with another 100+ countries on his bucket list. He’s a group travel specialist and cruise group guru – putting together conferences at sea for businesses and other like-minded groups. For some strange reason, Chris’ interests start with the letter “f” – faith, family, friends, food, fitness, finance & far-off places. Outside of work, he’s likely being tackled by and playing with his 4 young kids, coaching their sport activities & enjoying family time.

CONTACT: chris@missiontravel.org

Cary Boster(fluent in Spanish)

Cary has been in the travel industry for 12 years specializing in the Missionary/ Humanitarian niche. She has a strong background with group bookings and is known for her out-of-the-box thinking and problem solving. Cary has traveled to several cities in Europe, Nairobi, Dubai, and most of the Caribbean. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband Matt, stepson Cole, and their four-legged baby Cabo, offshore fishing, and playing on the beach in North Carolina.

CONTACT: cary@missiontravel.org

Karen Ceisner 

I started in travel 18 years ago as an International Group Travel Consultant.   Travel wasn’t always my passion.  My passion was working with kids at risk.  After graduating college, I worked with the Department of Social Services, Child Protection and Foster Care Programs in NYS.   I then moved to Raleigh, NC with my husband, and took what I thought would be a temporary role as a travel consultant for a small local agency.   That is when I met Lela Steel.    Lela  was  an amazing, beautiful lady and missionary who traveled faithfully to Ukraine.   Lela worked  with Harvest International and was going to help with  an orphanage,  House of Hope (http://harvestinternational.org/15HouseOfHope/).  The goal was to find children, whom had been cast a side and living on the streets.  A vast majority of these children had birth defects.  Lela, would find children of all ages on the streets, rescue them from predators or other uncertain fates, and provide them with food, shelter, and love in the name of God.   Learning what Lela did, as well as so many of my other clients, touched my heart so deeply, I fell in love with the travel industry, specifically serving missionaries and humanitarians, I knew then working with such great purpose, travel was no longer a temporary career path.

CONTACT: karen@missiontravel.org

Maria Barone

“New Yawk” born and raised, Maria lived in Virginia for 25 years working at CBN from 1981 to 1998. She started in their Prayer Counsel Department and Administration divisions serving as support to three directors, before her first trip to Israel. While at CBN she also had the opportunity to travel to the Middle East and Europe many times and has made approximately 20 visits to Israel, facilitating groups from 30 to 500 through Israel, Jordan and Egypt. In 1998 she moved back to NY and started her own tour company, Provident Tours, doing primarily school groups and Middle East tours. Israel tours are clearly her specialty, though she has in the last few years traveled to Italy and Turkey – Rome, Florence, Tuscany – beautiful and historic….and the food! Maria’s travel and tour experience has shown her that when you travel, whether faith-based or leisure, you come to understand that “we” are all the same, desiring the best for our families, friends, neighbors, and community. We all need God’s love and travel, whether in the U.S. or abroad, gives us the opportunity to share that love.

CONTACT: maria@missiontravel.org

Erin Goettsch

Erin is a lifelong southerner who has enjoyed travel adventures to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Europe, including temporary residences in both Germany and the Netherlands. She got her professional start in the travel industry in 2004, specializing in group trips for missions, disaster relief, and humanitarian aid. She prides herself on creative logistics, for destinations both close and far-flung. She fully believes that encountering new people and places is the best way to connect to each other as neighbors and people of God. When we travel, what once felt foreign can come to feel familiar, making this a smaller, more hopeful and peaceful world. When she isn’t dreaming up trip plans, Erin spends time reading, writing, drinking coffee, singing in choir, and road tripping with her husband and three children.

CONTACT: erin@missiontravel.org

Howard Hicks(fluent in Spanish)

Howard started working in the travel industry in 1989 and specialized in ski/snowboard and scuba diving trips and other adventure travel. He has many times seen first-hand the benefits of using a travel professional to manage the fine details required in leisure and group travel. Howard has traveled to 40 countries and 49 states extensively…clearly travel is his passion! He has served as a missionary in Argentina for the last 6 years and lived in Costa Rica one full year to learn Spanish. Howard continues to be involved in missions work throughout Peru and Argentina and now focuses on mentoring youth in Cusco, Peru who are aging out of orphanages and need life skills for successful independent living. Half of the year Howard works from Phoenix, AZ and the other half from Peru and Argentina.

CONTACT: howard@missiontravel.org

Kranthi Koovor 

Born In India with more than half my life spent in muggy overcrowded but lively Mumbai I see travel through a different lens. Travel between the various cities in India was always about safety and dealing with the unknowns. My first opportunity to work for British Airways in their Passenger Revenue department opened up my eyes to a much larger world that existed. The travel bug had crept up on me.

Singapore was the first foreign country that I had seen and I remember so vividly the cleanliness and women walking in step with men and I wanted much more freedom and equality. The desire to want soon became a journey across the Atlantic and brought me to the United States. My first real experience working in the mission travel sector came thru in 2007.

Travel across 44 states over 16 years and I can say this nation has changed my perspective. I had my first child in America, and she made me realize how privileged she is just by her place of birth. I began thinking of how to help the underprivileged kids back In India to experience some of it.  Life eventually presented me the opportunity to visit India every year to set up scholarship funds through our church and volunteer at the school run for children oppressed by the caste system in India. As a family, we continue to be involved with fundraising and sponsoring kids through Compassion International as well.

Canada, France, and Holland have been amazing historic yet light hearted experiences that I will cherish for a long time. Mexico and the Bahamas offer the beauty and pristine beaches with just the right hint of adventure. However, India still continues to hold the first spot in my heart and I see myself traveling there more in the future.

When I am not at my desk. I enjoy writing, gardening experimenting with Indo fusion cooking and spending time with my children and husband. Copper our dog is our latest addition and he sure completes our family.

CONTACT: kranthi@missiontravel.org

Sheree Pree

With nearly 15 years in the travel industry, Sheree started her career as a Hawaii Destination specialist booking luxury homes in Hawaii while a resident on Maui.  She currently facilitates international travel, family vacations, cruises & group travel adventures, with an emphasis in destination weddings and honeymoons. She is a certified Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist with both Sandals Resorts in the Caribbean and Palace Resorts in Cancun/Riviera Maya. Her many hotel property certifications include Riu, Melia, Marriott, Disney and more.  She is also an Ambassador with the local Chamber of Commerce and a member of the local chapter of BNI.

Sheree raised four sons and has a seven year old grandson who is her pride and joy.  Aside from her years in Hawaii, she has traveled to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Jamaica, the Bahamas and most of the United States!  Her passion is sharing Jesus with those in need, specifically those caught in substance addiction and recovery.

CONTACT FOR LEISURE TRAVEL:  sheree@missiontravel.org

Karol Fleming

In 1987 Karol started working for a travel agency in Jacksonville, FL serving corporate and convention travel.  In 2002 she started working for Menno Travel Service and as her introduction to humanitarian and missionary travel.  Karol retired in 2016 after 14 years with Menno Travel.  She shares “it was rewarding to be able to work the different churches, missionaries and other clients planning their trips to go spread the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ.”
While Karol has been a widow for over 20 years…The Lord has blessed her in so many ways.   6 sons, 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandsons and in January have a great-granddaughter due.  Karol stays busy with volunteer work with my church and working with Mission Travel as a missionary travel agent.

CONTACT:  karol@missiontravel.org

Shannon Sumrall

Shannon Sumrall, Christian missions travel agent

Shannon Sumrall grew up in Southern Oregon and recently moved back to the area after 15 years of calling Portland, Oregon home.  She has been married to her husband/best friend for 16 years and they have 2 kids ages 13 and 8. Shannon has worked as a business manager in the music industry for the last 16 years and gained vast experience and expertise arranging complex and fast-paced travel plans for touring artists.

She’s had the privilege of traveling the world with her husband with his work in the music industry.  Their kids joined on many adventures and their oldest son was raised on a tour bus for a large part of his first 5 years.  Their dream and vision in ministry is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world through their non-profit evangelistic ministry, EOTA Ministries.

CONTACT:  shannon@missiontravel.org

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