Are you ready for a next step?
We want you to consider taking a next step by joining us to serve with a mission team in Mexico this Spring.
Where exactly are we going?
We will be spending our week in the small rural community of Ejido El Porvenir, in the Guadaloupe Valley in Baja Mexico. If you look on Google Maps you can find it about 25 miles northeast of Ensenada. We will plan to cross the border in the city of Tecate. We will be working closely with an organization called Niños de Baja. They are an integral part of the local community and provide support to the local people in many ways. We will be staying on one of the Niños de Baja properties that is specifically maintained for mission teams.
What will this team be working on?
One of the key ministries of Niños de Baja is running an orphanage which currently houses almost 50 children. Our team in Mexico will be spending time on various projects to support what Niños de Baja is doing. Mainly we will be focusing on construction and labor projects to improve, develop, and maintain the Niños facilities so they can more effectively accomplish their mission. We will also spend time throughout the community, visit a few other local orphanages, and spend time playing with lots of kids!
Who can be a part of this team?
This trip is open to anyone who is interested in serving God and serving others. Specifically however, we do have a few prerequisites that must be met for you to join this team. Here’s the list:
- Must be at least a freshman in High School or older.
- Must have a valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card.
- Must have completed CONNECT Life at VVCC.
- Must agree to one of VVCC’s background checks for working with minors.
- Must be willing to adhere to Niños de Baja code of conduct request (mainly relating to tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, foul language, and modest attire).
If you have any additional clarifying questions about any of the above, please talk with us further before registering.
What dates do I need to get on my calendar?
We will be leaving from Cottonwood the morning of March 11th and arriving back home mid-afternoon on March 18th. Additionally you will need to be available the evening of March 10th for packing and a group time of prayer together. We also need you to attend a pre-trip meeting at lunchtime on February 19th.
How much will it cost to join this team?
This is one of the most inexpensive international mission trips that you’ll ever be a part of. The cost for the trip is $150 per person (half due by registration deadline). There are also associated fees if you do not yet have a passport or need to renew yours. We also suggest you bring an additional $100 in cash (approximately) for meals on travel days and other spending.
What else do I need to know about traveling to Mexico?
If you haven’t traveled in Mexico before, there can sometimes be some anxiety or uncertainty about what you will encounter. We want to help answer your questions so you can make a good decision. Is it safe to travel to Mexico? There is risk and danger anytime you travel anywhere. Traveling internationally always includes a certain amount of risk and Mexico is no different. We cannot guarantee a safe or uneventful trip. However, will do our best to take all the precautions we can to mitigate the risk. We will also pray a lot, and trust that God is in control. Our church has been making 2 trips to this same location every year for the last 20 years. In all of that time, we have never had moments where we felt like any of our trip participants were in imminent danger. Even though we know there is risk, we have never experienced firsthand any situations that we felt were unsafe or presented immediate risk of harm to any of our team members. What are the conditions like where we will stay? It will not feel like a vacation, but the conditions are not terrible by any means either. We will sleep inside, on beds. There will (probably) be electricity and running water the whole time we are there. You will get sore and dirty while working. You will need to be able to walk a few miles each day. You will share a room with 4 or 5 other people who may or may not snore. Our whole group will have to share a few small bathrooms. You cannot drink the water out of the faucet. You cannot flush toilet paper down the toilet. We will eat wonderful food, but most of it will be food we bring with us and cook together. Significant dietary restrictions can be accommodated but will need to be planned for extensively. You can plan on it being a little bit north of camping. Don’t plan on putting on makeup each day, but you probably will be able to take a shower daily. If you still have more questions we would love to talk with you more during an informational meeting at 12:30pm on January 29th.
How do I sign up to join the team?
Our registration deadline is Sunday, February 5th. To secure your spot on the team you also will need to pay at least half of the trip fee ($75) by February 5th. Please bring payment (cash or check) to Connection Central located in our main hallway.
If you have any other questions about this trip please come to an informational meeting on February 4th at 10:40am in the church library. If you need help outside of that meeting, you can email Brad.