M E N LO C H U R C H SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS
READY TO GIVE BACK AND GROW SPIRITUALLY? JOIN US FOR ONE OF OUR MISSION TRIPS IN 2020!
When you serve on a cross-cultural mission trip, one great benefit is that you are helping others. Just as important is that God is working in your life, resulting in deeper engagement in your community and spiritual practices.
Read on to learn about our proposed 2020 mission trips*. Regardless of which one you choose, each mission trip offers opportunities to grow and discover your calling, while learning from believers around the world. *Details may vary slightly when trips are finalized as prices and dates may shift according to things out of our control.
When deciding which trip(s) you may be interested in, keep in mind that trips vary in location, activity, and intensity. To reflect that, there are different â€œlevelsâ€? for trips.
// LEVEL 1 EX P ERIEN CE This is a great introductory trip. While Level 1 trips are not meant just for families, they are usually family-friendly, so kids are welcome to join. Any individual just starting out on a missionary experience would benefit from this kind of trip.
// LEVEL 2 EX PERIEN CE These trips are a little more challenging either by culture or by activity. And sometimes there are age requirements that need to be met.
// LEVEL 3 EX PERIEN CE This would be a leadership opportunity on either a level 1 or 2 trip.
// LEVEL 4 EX P ERIEN CE This requires a specific skill set or is in a particularly difficult part of the world.
JANUARY 19-22 OR JULY 26-29 // JUAREZ, MEXICO (LEVEL 1) Ages: 5+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $800 This trip is a great first step in a cross-cultural experience. It is fantastic for families, Life Groups, and individuals! You will build a house for an under-resourced family, and some of the team will visit an orphanage, engage in a children’s program, and participate in a community church service. Medical healthcare providers, especially dentists, doctors, and opticians, are needed to help at the medical clinic.
JANUARY 22-FEBRUARY 2 // HOMA BAY, KENYA (LEVEL 1) Ages: 10+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $2,900 This trip includes two days of safari and a full week at Achungo Children’s Centre, whose mission is to transform the lives of orphans and destitute children in Kenya. Activities will include teaching games, playing sports, and tutoring kids, as well as helping staff and teachers. This trip will strengthen your faith as you experience how God’s love works through community, and it will broaden your worldview and deepen your understanding of poverty.
FEBRUARY 2-9 // US/MEXICO BORDER (LEVEL 1 / LEVEL 2) Ages: 16+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $1,500 Bring relief, encouragement, hope, and needed supplies to families who have been given temporary status but have no way to support themselves. Many families have traveled countless miles for the hope of a better future only to be met with more trials near or across our border. No matter what our political beliefs are, this is an opportunity to share the belief that each life is sacred with those who need to feel it.
FEBRUARY 6-16 // ROGGIE VILLAGE, ETHIOPIA (LEVEL 2) Ages: 12+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $1,850 Through this experience supporting kids and staff at a school, you will support HOPE Enterprises’s mission to transform the lives of the underprivileged through education and vocational training. Our activities might include Bible teaching, academic enrichment, arts and crafts, and playing games and sports. While serving, you will experience how God’s transcendent love works in community and will be blessed with a deeper understanding of poverty and the positive impact of holistic intervention.
FEBRUARY 13-18 // MEXICALI (LEVEL 1—HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS) Ages: high school students (adult leaders also needed), estimated cost: $700 Continue the Menlo tradition to partner with churches in nearby villages as we build friendships with locals, work and worship together, hold Vacation Bible School, and eat some of the best tacos ever! When you share your life with the team and the locals, and they share their lives in return, you are sure to have a fun, exhausting and life-changing experience.
APRIL 3-10 // DELFT, NETHERLANDS (LEVEL 2) Ages: 18+, estimated cost: $1,800 Visit with two Menlo-sponsored missionaries and minister to university students, children, and a refugee community. We will facilitate a sports camp in a predominately Muslim neighborhood as a way of sharing the gospel. If you have a heart for students, refugees, Muslims, or love caring for missionaries, this could be a trip for you!
MAY // SVAY PAK, CAMBODIA (LEVEL 2) Ages: 18+, estimated cost: $2,500 Use your arts and media gifts, talents, and experience to provide training and education in communities affected by sex trafficking. Work with the ministry of justice and restoration through our ministry partner, Agape International Missions (AIM), whose vision is to empower the next generation of local leaders in the movement to end sex trafficking. This is an opportunity for artists, artisans, musicians, graphic artists, etc. to share your talents with at-risk kids.
JUNE 17-28 // HOMA BAY, KENYA (LEVEL 1) Ages: 10+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $3,200 This trip includes two days of safari and a full week at Achungo Children’s Centre, whose mission is to transform the lives of orphans and destitute children in Kenya. Activities will include teaching games, playing sports, and tutoring kids, as well as helping staff and teachers. This trip will strengthen your faith as you experience how God’s love works through community, and it will broaden your worldview and deepen your understanding of poverty.
JUNE 28-JULY 11 // TOKYO, JAPAN (LEVEL 1 / LEVEL 2) Ages: 10+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $2,800 Come alongside the church planting team with Mustard Seed Network to help plant a church. We will participate in outreach activities and help welcome people into the community. This is a unique opportunity, as Japan is one of the hardest cultures to reach with the truth of the gospel. This is Menlo Church’s first visit to Japan.
JULY 8-15 // CURA MORI, PERU (LEVEL 1) Ages: 10+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $2,500 This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the holistic approach of Compassion International’s child sponsorship program. We will work with the local church to provide a Vacation Bible School program, as well as make home visits. If you currently sponsor a child who lives in this area, you may have the opportunity to visit that child’s home and meet their family!
JULY 10-25 // DU’AN, GUANGXI PROVINCE, CHINA (LEVEL 4) (SIGN UP FOR ONE OR TWO WEEKS, THOUGH BOTH WEEKS ARE PREFERRED) Ages: 18+, estimated cost: $2,850 Join a larger, multi-church effort to reach the least Christianized minority tribes through facilitating an English-speaking camp for students. No need to be a teacher to participate. This is a highly relational camp with classes, games, and cultural activities, which are centered on sharing God’s love. We will be joining other churches in the Bay Area and beyond to provide camp for approximately 400 students!
JULY 13-22 // LVIV, UKRAINE (LEVEL 1) Ages: 16+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $2,500 Working with a ministry partner and church plant, we will participate in outreach activities like conducting a sports camp and other student outreach activities. This is an opportunity to bring the good news of true freedom in Christ to people who live in a country with a transitional government and a corrupted government.
JULY 17-26 // BRAZIL (LEVEL 2) Ages: 13+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $2,100 If you are spiritually mature and have a willingness and passion to engage with kids who have been abandoned, exploited, and abused, this trip is for you. We will serve alongside the dedicated Hope Unlimited children’s staff, running a camp 24/7. The camp is for the kids in an orphanage that is transforming poverty-stricken street children who experience sexual mistreatment, drug abuse, and abandonment.
JULY 26-29, 2020 // JUAREZ, MEXICO (LEVEL 1) - See January trip description JULY 27-AUGUST 8 // MANAUS, BRAZIL (LEVEL 1) Ages: 5+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $2,000 Traveling in a hospital boat, you will work alongside a staff of doctors, missionaries, and translators to bring physical and spiritual health to the people who live along the Amazon River. Activities you offer will be tailored to the skillset of the group. You may help with sports for teenagers and kids, paint a house or church, or participate in arts and crafts sessions. Health professionals can also help staff doctors and dentists.
SEPTEMBER 20-30 // AGADIR, MOROCCO (LEVEL 4) Ages: 16+ with parent or guardian, estimated cost: $2,500 Serve women and children (including special needs children) in this predominately Muslim area, as we meet a variety of needs and introduce the real spiritual healer in Jesus. Activities could include organizing a Vacation Bible School program, offering a medical clinic, and working on handcrafts with locals. We are looking for the following skills (anyone can register, even if you don’t have these skills): physiotherapists, speech specialists, medical personnel, physical education teachers or coaches, children’s program personnel, and those with a gift in crafts.
OCTOBER 3-13 // NEW DELHI, INDIA (LEVEL 4) Ages: 18+, estimated cost: $3,100 Serve with local church leaders and non-profits to provide spiritual and physical relief to over 900 under-privileged children in nine local communities. You will have opportunities to share testimonies and offer unique assistance to students who have special needs. We will also help facilitate leadership training for young men and women.
NOVEMBER 1-9 // CEBU, PHILIPPINES (LEVEL 2) Ages: 18+, estimated cost: $1,700 Learn about the reality of human trafficking and what is being done to combat it. Meet with several ministry partners located in this bustling city and see first-hand the entire story of rescue, from investigation to intervention, from rehabilitation to reintegration. Meet the people who provide ongoing freedom for survivors, and hopefully meet some survivors themselves.
For more information, email MISSIONS@MENLO.CHURCH Sign up for a project at MENLO.CHURCH/MISSIONTRIPS
MENLO CHURCH OUTREACH AND MISSIONS M I S S I O N S @ M E N L O . C H U R C H