So… I’m leading a team from my church on a mission trip to Guatemala this summer! Woohoo! We’ll be staying and serving at Village of Hope, an orphanage ran by Todd & Amy Block and Dan & Christi Ucherek in partnership with Lifesong for Orphans. Sunday we had an informational meeting about the trip and almost 50 people showed up! I know several more wanted to be there but couldn’t make it, so I thought I’d post the short version and essentials here.
July 31 – Aug 5, 2013 (that’s a Wednesday – Sunday)
Purposes of the Trip
- Provide pastoral care to the Blocks and Uchereks (“pastoral” care isn’t just something that “pastors” do).
- Help with construction on a security wall around the perimeter of Village of Hope.
- See the work the missionaries are doing and report back to PBC.
- Expose American Christians to the poverty and needs in other countries, and ignite a passion for missions in them.
Total cost is approximately $1650/person. Here’s how that breaks down:
- $700 – plane ticket (this may end up cheaper if we get a group rate from the airline)
- $750 – lodging and food at Village of Hope (it costs them to house us)
- $200 – food on the way there and on the way home, and any purchases you want to make in the local markets and villages.
Feel free to bring more if you’d like. You are also responsible for getting your own passport.
- Must be a Christian.
- Must be at least 14 years old (due to safety issues – the Blocks were recently mugged at gunpoint and another local missionary was shot to death a few weeks ago).
- Please fill out this Team Member Application and return it to me by January 6. We can take ten people, not counting the leaders. You will be notified by January 13 if you were chosen to be on the team.
- A 10% deposit ($165) is due to the church by February 13 – if you’re on the team.