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GO!Trips


GO!Trips are CPC's short-term service and vision trips to see, love, and serve God's people. When we retreat from our everyday lives to travel and serve God's people, we learn more about ourselves, our partners, and the character of Christ. We practice thinking, praying, listening, and speaking like Jesus, thereby opening our hearts to hear how God may lead us upon return to engage with our families, workplaces, church, and community. At CPC, we believe that serving in relationship with our partners brings us closer to Christ and to people experiencing poverty, injustice, and oppression.

Contact: Leslie Boie at 952.920.8515 x274; leslieb@cpconline.org.

 
Before registering, please assemble your passport, credit card, frequent flyer, health insurance, and emergency contact information. Thank you.


Fundraising

CPC encourages all trip participants to engage in personal fundraising to support the traveling team and the planned ministry projects. We encourage you to write your letters as soon as possible to engage your support team early in the process and help you meet the payment deadlines. Training will be provided.
 
Need-based Scholarship
Matching scholarship funds are available for participants requiring support for their mission trip. CPC will match individual donations (not including personal trip payments), up to a designated amount, based on trip location. Your trip leader will discuss further with the team or contact Leslie Boie for specific information.

Mission Trip Scholarship Fund
If you wish to give to the Scholarship Fund to help others who require support for their GO!Trips, please make your check payable to Christ Presbyterian Church and mail to 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, 55435, ATTN: Leslie Boie, with Mission Trip Scholarship Fund in the memo line. If you wish to support trips to a specific location, please indicate that as well.


UPCOMING GO!TRIPS


ZAMBIA 2015

with Jubilee Centre and World Vision

November 3-15*

 
Come see how God is using local Zambian churches to transform an urban community.  Through the work of the Jubilee Centre, we will participate in walking alongside pastors, leaders and youth, as they serve as the hands and feet of Christ in the impoverished community of Lusaka. We’ll attend a broadcast of Global Leadership Summit with local pastors and lay leaders.  Next, we’ll travel to Choma, near Moyo, with our long-time CPC partner, World Vision. We will go there as learners, listeners and with servant hearts, open to what God has prepared for us. We’ll visit CPC-sponsored projects, which may include Ndondi high school, clean water and sanitization initiatives and the new Health Center–the first of its kind in the area. We will also arrange a personal visit with your CPC sponsored child(ren)! Read the trip description.


BENI, CONGO
with Congo Initiative and Bilingual Christian University (UCBC)
January 4-17, 2016

This trip is led by Bethany Hoang from our partner International Justice Mission. Bethany leads the IJM Institute, engages Christian leaders around the world, and regularly speaks and writes on IJM’s behalf. Her first book, Deepening the Soul for Justice, introduces the critical connection between how spiritual formation can fuel our response to God's call to justice—from the inside out. You will discover spiritual disciplines as a justice-seeker and renew and invigorate your own justice journey.

On this journey, you’ll be hosted by the Congo Initiative, another CPC Mission Partner, and work alongside faculty and students from the distinctive Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC), an institution of higher learning that intentionally integrates academics, work and service-learning, rooted in Christian ethics. UCBC students are trained to think critically and to problem-solve. Most importantly, their education equips them to be agents of change in their communities, leaders who actively seek restoration and renewal for their nation in whatever professional capacity they engage. The motto of UCBC is “being transformed to transform.”


ISRAEL/PALESTINE
with The Global Immersion Project
February 28-March 6
The Table's trip with the Global Immersion Project is designed to help better understand the issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We’ll begin our journey here at home on December 1 with an eight-week online learning lab, followed by seven days on the ground in Israel/Palestine during our February trip. Ten months of coaching after the trip will help you integrate your learnings into your local context as an Everyday Peacemaker.

Israel/Palestine is a place of great interest where history unfolded and where, today, it continues to unfold. It is a place of hope and expectation as well as of injustice and pain for Jews, Christians, and Muslims worldwide. It is the place where an ancient conflict plays out in contemporary times: the conflict between Abraham’s children. In this Learning Lab, we find ourselves in the middle of injustice, pain, collective suffering, celebration, hope, and reconciliation as we learn from & with Jews and Palestinian Christians & Muslims who are actively pursuing peace.


ISRAEL/PALESTINE
with Telos Group
March 2-12
John and Laura Crosby leads this trip to learn about the unique role of groups like Telos in fostering peace in the region. Visit Christian Pilgrimage towns and sites such as Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall. Meet the people and hear their stories of struggle and hope. Learn about barriers and avenues to justice and peace while building relationships with Israelis and Palestinians.


CATADUPA, JAMAICA
with High School Ministries
March 28-April 3
World Servants partners with Pastor Leroy Gordon and his wife, Marcia, who lead the Christian Community Fellowship Church. The church also runs a thriving pre-school and kindergarten for children 3-6 years old. World Servants has been working with Pastor Leroy since 1990 and has built two schools for the deaf, recently completed a community center and renovated schools around the parish. The partnership between World Servants, church mission teams and our host community will be significant for everyone: Jamaicans will receive encouragement, prayer and tangible help, while people from the United States will be challenged in their faith by involvement with hope-filled Jamaican believers. For over a decade, World Servants has been working on several different projects in Jamaica. We typically spend four days in the community working on a construction project, participating in Kids' Club—an activity similar to Vacation Bible School—and doing home visits to see life firsthand in Jamaica.


*All dates and prices are tentative and subject to change.