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...
December 29th, arrive, lunch, get to know each other, tour the campus, plan the week/sort supplies, etc.
December 30th, Church in Sampedrana, maybe a trip up to the coffee farm as well.
December 31st...construction day. Hoping to be able to do several murals if there are people interested in doing that, maybe helping in the mission house remodel as well. That night, find a good spot to see the fireworks at midnight that are all over the city...it is amazing to see.
January 1st, a special outing day for the older kids in the Milk Project with us, doing something fun and having a time to also maybe share some testimonies and get to know each other better.
January 2nd, doing a rural clothing distribution with most of the group helping doing a VBS for the kids that come.
January 3rd, we are still open on this day, but we might try to do a rural eye clinic (with everyone able to pitch in and help no matter your background, there is always so much to do!)
January 4th This will be very cool...the mission Christmas party will be this day, and the group will help in some of the cooking/prep and serving of all the staff that gather for this big event, with also games and time to share and get to know each other. It will be a time where as a mission and a group we can thank everyone that works in the mission so hard throughout the year. There will be time for souvenir shopping in Valle in the afternoon followed by El Patio.
January 5th, pack up, final debrief and 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 November, 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 September 30th. Another $100 deposit would be due by October 31st, and the $300 balance by December 15th. 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!