Info for Parents
We are excited that your son or daughter is considering taking part in this summer professional opportunity with Medical Strategic Network (MSN). We firmly believe that this is one of the best things a student can do with his or her summer. These students are given a rare opportunity to develop skills, leadership abilities, and character traits that will become part of the foundation of who they will be for a lifetime.
You need to be informed about our summer trips and what they involve. We support you, both as a parent and in your role as a guide and guardian of your child. You are encouraged to explore this site to learn more about MSN. If you cannot find the answers you want, please contact us at 790-249-6761 with any questions or concerns you may have.
What Other Parents Are Saying
We are immensely grateful to God for the wonderful, missional, life transforming experience our daughter, Elysse, had during her summer with Medical Strategic Network. Her vision for her nursing career was formulated “in Christ” keeping the Great Commission a central part of her future work. As a result, she is more focused on her studies and more centered on mission both today and in the future. She was able to work on her spiritual identity as well as address past hurts through the love of Christ. At all times, MSN showed integrity and professionalism in their interaction with Elysse and us. We would gladly support her doing more with them in the future and recommend it to every Christian healthcare profession student.
Drs. Scott and Sharon Strum
(PM&R and Internal Medicine)
Your student’s safety is our priority!
“Redlands is still one of the safest communities in the United States. The University of Redlands (where students are housed) Public Safety is one of the most professional safety groups around. Most of the officers are retired law enforcement officers.”
Chief Jim Bueerman (Ret.), President
While no one can guarantee the complete safety of anyone, anywhere, we do take common sense precautions. Upon their arrival, students will have orientation to life in Southern California including street smart precautions and what to do in case of an emergency.
In case of an emergency or if you simply have a need or concern while your student is with us
You are welcome to call or text our director, Bob Mason. His personal cell number will be provided to your student before they arrive in California.
If you are unable to reach Bob or your student, for only matters that are urgent in nature, please call 1-888-899-9292. This number is monitored 24 hours each day to help provide emergency services for the students on summer mission trips and their families.
For general questions, please do not call the 24 hour number. Instead, please call 760-249-6761. This voice mail is cleared frequently. Email is another way to contact us with matters that are a bit less time sensitive. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When calling, please be ready to give the following info:
-Your name and your student’s name
-Tell them whether your student is on the Whole Person Care Preceptorship or the Pre-Med/Pre-Pro Healthcare Student Mission in Redlands, California.
-How to contact you
Who will be leading my son/daughter?
Bob and Diana Mason, along with a team of physicians, nurses, healthcare professionals, and MSN staff, will oversee all administrative operations. They are responsible for scheduling, logistics, teaching, training, and discipling the entire group. Bob and Diana have combined 50+ years experience leading university and graduate students. They strive to provide a quality experience for each person. The Masons are parents of two adult children – Jordan who is serving with Cru at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Elissa who is working as a registered nurse on a telemetry unit at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Southern California.
What does the cost of the trip pay for?
Costs includes housing, all meals, local transportation, materials (Bible studies, notebooks, evangelistic materials, etc.), special activities, and administrative costs.
Are all donations tax deductible?
Medical Strategic Network is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making all donations to the ministry tax-deductible. In order to receive a tax deduction, the IRS requires donors to release to Medical Strategic Network the control of how their donations are spent. This means all contributions raised for mission trips must be payable to Medical Strategic Network in order to receive a tax deduction.
Please note: The application fee is not considered a donation.
How will my son/daughter get the money for their trip?
Each year MSN helps invited students raise the money for their adventures. Raising the money is probably easier than you think. Once your student has been accepted to this summer opportunity with MSN, they will receive assistance in writing support letters, making phone calls, and following up with potential sponsors.
We have found that there are two major resources that will help students raise their money. As we go through them, remember – GOD is always our source!
Family and friends: It is very helpful for your son or daughter to share the story of what God has done in their heart with family and close friends. We will help your student write a support letter to share where they are going, why they are going, and how the family member or friend can be a part of what God wants to do through them. It is important for your student to let them know how much the trip is going to cost so that they know how much help will be needed. This will give them the opportunity to be a part of your son or daughter’s summer mission trip. Support letters not only give people the opportunity to help financially, but also prayerfully. It is a great way to allow people to see what God is doing, especially to those who may not know you very well. Family and friends, regardless of their religious beliefs, will often be very willing to help—all you have to do is ask. Remember, the money that they give is for God, not for you, so don’t hesitate to ask. It is also tax deductible which is a big plus!
Pastor and youth pastors: Churches desire and are often able to be a part of sending your son or daughter on a mission trip like this. Your son or daughter could set up a meeting with the pastor and/or youth pastor to share what God has placed on their heart. See if they would be willing to help by allowing your student to address the church, take up an offering, or talk with the mission’s board.
Communication from us
Once your son or daughter has been accepted, they will receive a welcome packet from us with all the information they will need and you most likely you will want to know. If you and your student have questions not answered in this packet, we encourage you to contact the Masons by email or phone. Their contact info will be in the welcome packet.
Communication with your son or daughter while they are gone
We know that simply hearing your son or daughter’s voice can set your mind at ease, so we encourage students to call home after arriving in Redlands. They will be accessible via their personal phone and email daily.
Can my son or daughter leave during the summer?
We ask that all students who have been accepted to be a part of the trip make themselves available for the entire length of the trip. We generally do not allow students to leave for overnight trips due to safety concerns, group continuity, and scheduled activities.
A student may be allowed to attend a family reunion, wedding, etc., but only after receiving advance permission from the leadership. Students are asked to make such requests in their application and again in their formal acceptance packet.
Can I visit my student’s location?
Yes, of course. We suggest you just check in advance with your son or daughter to determine a time that is conducive to their schedule.