We are very excited at the opportunity that a December trip brings, and excited you are interested!
Here are the details:
Dates: December 29th 2018 through January 5th 2019
(Saturday to Saturday)
Cost: $500 to the mission,
plus: 1. airfare (likely $700-1100)
2. short term medical insurance (around $35)
3. snacks/souvenirs ($50? $100? Your call)
Who is coming?
The Colby family (Felipe, Valerie, Soren and Cecilia) will be flying down to lead the team, and will be staying on the clinic campus as well (living in the apartment.) We are seeking to fill out the group from individuals that already know the mission or the Colbys, whether or not they have been on a short term trip in the past. That means several of the group might not know each other, and that there could be many individuals from different Churches/areas involved. As we get closer and start adding group members, we will create a Facebook group for communication and getting to know each other, and may even meet in the US if possible, especially for those in the Indiana area where the Colbys will be staying.
We are shooting for 10-20 participants total.
What will we be doing?
With the New Year's holiday in the mix, where everything in Honduras closes/shuts down (even more than Christmas!) this will be a fairly unique group experience!
The itinerary right now (might change slightly) looks like...
29 arrive, lunch, tour campus, breakdown supplies, supper, and bed.
30 Church services in Sampedrana and getting to look around there, maybe even get up to the coffee farm if we have time.
31 Construction...likely related to the mission house remodel and other projects on the clinic campus. We would love to do some mural work with this group as well if possible!
Definitely at night we would plan around midnight to be where we could see all the fireworks going off all around the city!
1 Day retreat with some of the older kids from the Milk Project, a day for hiking, games, devotion/teaching time and more...we would be going to a nearby park-retreat area. (January 1st here...everything is closed, a perfect day for this!)
2 Clothing distribution with the group helping, and as well doing a VBS for the kids.
3 This day is still flexible...we might try to do a rural eye brigade/clinic this day, we are not sure yet.
4 Helping/serving in the mission's big Christmas extravaganza, where everyone from all the different ministries comes together to meet, have some fun, and eat! (The group will help cook/serve, take care of the kiddos, and participate as well!) In the afternoon we will have time to do some souvenir shopping in Valle de Angeles
5 clean up, pack up, debrief, and we all head to the airport
Why are we doing this?
We are looking at different ways of "recruiting"/bringing groups going into the future, and with our living in the US for ten months, this also brings the unique opportunity for us to be involved with a group on a more 24/7 level than we usually get to do anymore. We are looking forward not only to getting to come back home, but also to share the time with a group made up of people we know and love and get to do so for more time than we normally get to do so with our other responsibilities when things are "normal." This will be a good time of year to bring a group as well to not only encourage the staff but to do a variety of activities that will help finish and begin the year for many of the different areas of ministry.
We are going to try to get everything squared away and be ready to go as a group by the end of September, to allow time to try to meet and to coordinate supplies and such.
So...we really need a non-refundable deposit of $100 of the total of $500 by July 30th. Another $100 deposit would be due by August 31st, and the $300 balance by the end of September. If you end up backing out or not being able to come for any reason, those funds will not be refunded and will get used as group funds to help the construction and other needs. Once you are committed to coming, make sure to keep your eyes on airfares and be ready to purchase to get the best deal available.
Questions? Thoughts? Email Felipe please!