Meet the Winners of the 2021 Summer Missions Contest

October 26, 2021

Atlanta, GA (October 2021) – The Leave Your Mark essay contest, co-sponsored by International Medical Group (IMG) and MissionSafe, is held annually at the end of the summer, awarding two $5,000 and one $1,000 prizes. 

Ministries were asked to answer the following questions: “How is your organization working to overcome the current obstacles impacting the world? If your organization were to win, how would this award support your global outreach efforts?”

This year we added an additional opportunity to win, by giving participants the option to post a picture from their mission work on social media. The winner was personally awarded $500 and an additional $500 to give to their ministry. 

The essay winners are Global Year, Real Impact Missions, and Make a Miracle. The social media winner is Hunter Smith, who stole our hearts by sharing her experience as a long-term missionary in Thailand.

Bill Pope, president of MissionSafe, was delighted to contact the winners who submitted entries through MissionSafe: Global Year, Real Impact Missions, and Hunter Smith.

“The grant by itself is a tremendous blessing, however, the affirmation to our partners that what they do matters is the refreshment that lifts our spirits.”

Bill Pope, D. Min

Real Impact Missions serves as a multi-denominational organization that mobilizes individuals and groups for short-term mission trips to international and domestic locations. They value strategic partnerships, intentional evangelism, exemplary leadership, ministry that matters, and cultural adventures. Their trips incorporate Gospel presentations, community development, construction projects, educational initiatives, medical clinics, and disaster response teams as ways to tangibly meet the needs presented by their ministry partners.

Learn more about Real Impact Missions 

Global Year challenges its students to participate in a gap year where they learn new languages, immerse themselves into different cultures and grow their relationships with Christ while reaching the nations with the Gospel. 9 out of 10 students walk away from the church they grew up in upon leaving high school, and Global Year’s mission is to address that cultural crisis.

Learn more about Global Year

About MissionSafe:

MissionSafe is a leading insurance, technology nnd risk management consulting firm that specializes in faith-based clients such as missions sending organizations and churches. We partner with ministries to serve those who become ill or injured on both international and domestic mission trips. Our one-of-a-kind Mission Sending Platform (MissionsIQ) is used to manage and care for thousands of short-term and long-term missionaries each year. The vision of MissionSafe is to care for the Bride of Christ and the children of God as they go on mission. National offices are located in Atlanta, Georgia, and on the web at

About IMG: 

IMG has been an award-winning provider of global insurance benefits and assistance services for more than 25 years.