Our high school mission trip is a life-changing chance to put faith into action through service in our community, country, and around the world. We are pleased to announce that GPMC’s high school mission trip will return to Costa Rica in 2020! In 1 Peter 4:10-11, the Bible says that we should, “serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things.” – 1 Peter 4:8-11. We trust that God will give us gifts to share and strength to serve, so that we may glorify God through this trip.
Costa Rica Mission Trip: June 13-20, 2020 We will be serving through Portantorchas, our mission partner in Costa Rica. We also worked with Jorge Zuniga of Portantorchas on our mission trip in 2018, and we had a great experience. We’re excited to return and continue building friendships with our Costa Rican partners. The Portantorchas campus is located in the neighborhood of Grand Blanc in the city of San José, and includes dorms, lovely common areas, a soccer field, and a track.
Who will be serving with us?
- Youth currently in grades 9-12 are eligible to join our mission trip team.
- GPMC adult advisors
What kind of work will we do?
- Construction on homes or churches
- Working in an impoverished neighborhood in San José
- Building relationships with the people we serve
When will we go?
- June 13-20, 2020
- Our trip includes two travel days, 5 days of service, and one fun day to experience more of Costa Rica.
Where will we be?
- We will stay on the Portantorchas campus in San José.
- We will sleep in bunk rooms divided by gender.
- Meals are served in common area on campus.
- Bathrooms include hot showers.
What is a typical day like?
- 6:30am Wake up, get dressed
- 7-7:30am Announcements and Morning Devotion
- 7:30-8am Breakfast
- 8:15am Depart Portantorchas for work site
- 8:30-10am Work
- 10-10:15am Break
- 10:15-12:30 Work
- 12:30-1:15pm Lunch on-site
- 1:15-3:30pm Work
- 3:30-4pm Clean up on-site
- 4pm Depart work site for Portantorchas
- 4:15-6pm Afternoon free time
- 6-7pm Dinner
- 7-8pm Evening Devotion & Small Groups
- 8-10pm Evening Free time
- 10-10:30pm Quiet time
- 10:30pm Lights Out
How will we pay for the trip?
- The family portion of the trip cost is $575 for members and $1150 for non-members.
- The budget includes transportation, food, lodging, the fun day, and materials for our service projects.
- Each mission trip team member is required to participate in fundraising activities, so that we can raise $20,000 for our trip.
- For more information, see the fundraising section below!
What are the requirements to participate in the trip?
- Going on the mission trip is a year-long commitment! Team members must:
- Participate in 8/10 group fundraisers, plus Coffee House and the returnables drive.
- Attend mission trip team trainings on December 14, February 29, and April 19 (with a make-up essay if you miss one).
- Attend Departure meeting on May 30.
How can we prepare for the trip?
- Get your passport! Apply now for a passport, if needed. If you already have a passport, check to make sure it is valid until at least 9/20/2020. If it will expire before then, renew your passport now.
- Update your vaccinations. You should get:
- Routine vaccinations up-to-date, including polio, flu shot, MMR, and especially tetanus
- Hepatitis A
- Typhoid (oral or injectable)
- Hepatitis B if desired (optional)
Registration and Fundraising
How do I apply to come on the trip?
- Registration packets are available here. Please fill out the packet completely; make sure the medical form is notarized; enclose a $300 non-refundable deposit per person; and remember to include a copy of both sides of your health insurance card and the photo page of your passport.
How does fundraising work?
- Youth are expected to participate in 8/10 group fundraisers, plus Coffee House and the returnables drive.
- Parents are expected to plan and lead trip fundraising efforts. Sign up here for a leadership role.
- Need-based scholarship are available.
- Our goal is to raise $20,000 this year. That’s a big goal, and we need everyone’s help to be successful! Fundraisers help us create community in the mission trip team, and they help make trips affordable for everyone.
What dates should I put on my calendar?
- Oct 13: Member registration opens
- Nov 17: Member registration & $300.00 deposit due
- Nov 18: Non-member registration opens
- Dec 13: Registration closes
- Dec 14, 3-5 pm: Training #1
- Feb 23: Final $275 member family payment due (or $850 for nonmembers)
- Feb 29, 4-6pm: Training #2, will include dinner
- April 1: Absolute cut-off for all paperwork and passport copies
- April 19, noon-2pm: Team Training #3 – bring lunch
- May 30, 9-11am: Departure meeting
- June 12: Luggage check
- June 13: Depart!
What about fundraisers?
- Oct 13: Start Fall Butter Braid Fundraiser
Nov 11: Close Butter Braid
Dec 15: Butter Braids at GPMC for distribution
- Nov 10: Soup-in-a-jar packing
Nov 17: Sell Soup-in-a-jar
- Dec 8: Holiday Flower Sale, Christmas Eve Pew Auctions Start
Dec 22: Pew Auctions End
- Dec 14 & 21: Babysitting for Christmas shopping and gift wrapping
- Jan 5: Road to Costa Rica
- Feb 29: Coffee House (required)
- March 8: Start Spring Butter Braid Fundraiser, March 29: Butter Braids at GPMC for distribution
- April: Potential Euchre Party
- May 10: Flower sale
Who can I talk to for more information?
- Contact Associate Pastor Sarah Godbehere at sgodbehere at gpmchurch dot org, or give her a call at 313-882-5330 ext. 131.