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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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GO! TRIPS 2013
JAMAICA COLLEGE TRIP - Pray for the team as they serve in Jamaica! with Servanteers International May 22-31 This is a new trip for college-age students (roughly 18-22 years old) led by Cory Gregory. We believe that God is especially present with the poor and marginalized. Something happens in us when we allow ourselves to open up and build authentic relationships with people who live in different settings and cultures than we do. We don’t go just to serve and feel like we made a difference; we go to partner with what God is already up to in this community and learn how we might better follow Him with our lives. Our hope is that upon returning, we would excitedly be propelled to think, speak, and act more like Jesus in our world. Learn more.
GRANADA, NICARAGUA with Opportunity International June 23-28 This year CPC families (10 and older and Intergenerational) will travel to Nicaragua. Travel with CPC and our mission partner Opportunity International to serve the second least-resourced country in Central America. Learn about economic development, poverty alleviation, entrepreneurship, faith, and stewardship through age-appropriate and fun service-learning projects for every member of your family aged 10 and older.
PINE RIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA with the Oglala Sioux Tribe July 31-August 3 Mike Hotz and Amy Runion from Calvary Church will lead this family friendly trip (5 and older and Intergenerational). The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is rich in culture and history (site of the Battle of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee), but today is better known for high poverty and unemployment rates and a life expectancy of just 50 years. This year we are excited to travel with families from our partner church Calvary Baptist. “GO!” learn, make new friends, and experience God like never before. Register by June 30. Cost: $225 (plus transportation).
MOYO, ZAMBIA with World Vision November 2013 Elizabeth Mansfield will lead this adult trip. Visit Moyo in southern Zambia, where CPC is partnering with World Vision to help this rural community reach self-sustainability. You will visit with CPC-sponsored children and gain exposure to various World Vision projects, including the CPC-supported Ndondi High School. Upon return, trip participants will help to deepen our partnership between CPC and the community of Moyo through World Vision. Trip includes an optional safari excursion ($1,350) to de-brief together and experience the wild-life and beauty of this spectacular region. Register by September 1. Cost: $2,500 (plus airfare of $2,300; Safari extra). Learn more about Zambia here.
ISRAEL/PALESTINE November 2013 This fall CPC has the privilege of traveling to this complicated part of our world. During this adult trip you’ll see the rich history, culture, and wonder of Israel/Palestine while getting to know Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other indigenous peace-builders. You will grapple with the complexity of the situation as you hear stories of suffering and hope. This trip will be preceded by guest lectures from regional experts to engage your heart and mind as you learn about barriers and avenues to peace. You’ll journey to Christian Pilgrimage towns and sites such as Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, and the Wailing Wall. Register by May 31. Cost: $2,200 (plus airfare of $1,500). Learn more about the Middle East here.
BENI, CONGO with Congo Initiative January 2014 A J-term experience for everyone! Engage your heart and mind as you visit CPC’s partner, Congo Initiative and the Christian Bilingual University of Congo (UCBC) next winter on this adult and young adult trip. This trip will be focused on learning: we’ll explore issues of economic empowerment through business, strengthening the Congolese church, and how education can equip young leaders to change their nation. Pre-trip meetings will start 2-3 months prior to departure and feature a guest lecture series from regional experts and UCBC leaders. The trip will culminate in an on-the-ground experience in Eastern DR Congo with CPC partner, Congo Initiative. Register by September 30. Cost: $1,000 (plus airfare of $2,200). Learn more about Congo here.
GOMA, CONGO with HEAL Africa 2014 Serve while listening to stories of suffering and hope. The purpose of this trip is to bring medical, IT and other professionals from the CPC community to share their technical expertise, knowledge, and experience with HEAL Africa staff and volunteers. Each trip participant will be matched with his/her professional Congolese counterpart prior to the trip in order to facilitate communications and maximize our time together. Trip includes a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda and other local points of interest. Cost: $1,500 (plus airfare of $2,300). Learn more about Congo here.
Note: All dates and prices are approximate and subject to change.