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Mary Gookins, Mission Jamaica Trip

Mary Gookins, Mission Jamaica Trip

Upcoming Mission Jamaica Trip… 

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Date: February 1-8, 2020

Deposit of $100 ASAP to secure your spot! Non-refundable deposit $150 due October 1, 2019.  

Total Trip Cost: $800 + Cost of Airfare - Estimated total: $2300*

Learn more: https://www.missionjamaica.org/

What Is Mission Jamaica (MJ)?

Get involved with Hosanna this Winter 2020. A Mission Jamaica trip combines a service project with time for reflection and spiritual rest. It allows a person to experience an international mission field that is close to home, yet far enough away to immerse yourself in another culture for a week. Over 30 years of accompanying our Jamaican neighbors has led to over 35 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations and several colleges from Minnesota as well as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina and Illinois in partnership with St. Andrew’s in Mahtomedi, MN to get involved to make a difference for this community. 

Jesus said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
— Mark 12:30-31

Typical Schedule: 3-4 days mission work, 2 days rest and reflection, 2 travel days.

Come and see...get connected with your global neighbors! Mission Jamaica has provided a way for folk to love and serve our neighbors just as Jesus taught. Why are we doing this? “God has given each of you a gift. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10(NLT)

What are the MJ activities on this trip? On this trip we will travel to the Montego Bay Area and serve in one of the following areas:

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Clifton Boys Home, Darlingston, Jamaica (click to learn more) – Boys, 8 to 18, live at this Christian home where safety, education, and Christian values are fostered. At age 18, boys typically leave with renewed hope for a more positive future with an education, job-worthy skills, and what it means to have a loving family.

J’ABODE (formerly Habitat for Humanity) (click to learn more) – There’s always work to be done for housing. Digging footings, pouring concrete, and tying steel reinforcement are some of the tasks MJ does. Missionaries work side by side with the future homeowners.

Westhaven Children’s Home (click to learn more) – West Haven Children’s Home is a residential facility located 30 miles from Montego Bay in Copse, Jamaica. It is home to approximately 80 children and young adults with moderate to severe special needs, including those diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities.  The staff is adequate to meet only the most basic needs of the residents, such as bathing and feeding. The open air dormitories are over-crowded and funds are needed to help with renovations. There is no hot water available.

The government of Jamaica provides only about one-half of the budget necessary to meet these most basic needs. West Haven depends on charities such as CDFI to help bridge the gap in this funding deficit.

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Who can go on the trip?

This is an unforgettable opportunity for any age (suggested age of 8 years and up). All are welcome to join! Registration is open now, space is limited so, SIGN UP TODAY! Travel as a family, individual, couple, small group. This LIVE. LOVE. SERVE opportunity is a perfect way to live into Hosanna's mission! More details will be made available on our website. 

Cost of the Trip

Deposit of $100 Due ASAP to secure your spot! Non-refundable deposit $150 due October 1, 2019.   

Total Trip Cost: $800 + Cost of Airfare - Estimated total: $2300*

Deposit required or you may lose your spot! A $550/person payment is due 90 days prior to travel (November 2019) followed by the final balance/person due 60 days prior to travel (December 2019). Mission trip prices are based on the value of the dollar and the cost of airfare. Prices are subject to change without notice. Fundraising and Sponsorship options will be available for those who need them.

What to expect? Rules + Policies

SPIRITUAL COMPONENT

Large and small group devotions and worship will occur at the beginning and end of each day. They will include opportunities for discussing and reflecting on our experiences in Jamaica. They will also include the faith celebrations and challenges that we discover living as an intentional Christian community there.

PRE-TRIP TRAININGS

Training prior to your trip will require your attendance. Topics include cultural awareness, international travel tips and information on work projects. Training dates will be scheduled with individual congregations.

OTHER POLICIES + RULES FOR PARTICIPATION:

  • Participants will adhere to United States laws regarding tobacco, alcohol, firearms and non-prescription drugs.

  • While in Jamaica, participation in daily devotions is required.

  • Participants will adhere to United States’ custom of sunbathing.

  • Rooming will be by gender unless married or families traveling together.

  • You must have current United States citizenship verification to enter Jamaica. If you are a citizen of another country, please contact Mission Jamaica staff for information.

  • A current US passport is required for travel to and from Jamaica.

  • Additional cash will be needed for excursions, souvenirs, tips, etc


Questions?

Talk to Pastor Jen Collins or Kathleen Damon if you have questions or would like to learn more.  

Mission Jamaica Contacts: Jeff Peterson, Director, Mission Jamaica, jeffp@saintandrews.org651.762.9112 or Paige Peterson, pg.peterson@comcast.net612.790.9558

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Upcoming Healing Haiti Trip…

Date: June 15-22, 2020

Non-Refundable Deposit of $100 due when pre-register.

Total Trip Cost: $875 + Cost of Airfare - Estimated total: $1800*

Learn more: https://healinghaiti.org/

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What is Healing Haiti (HH)?

Healing Haiti is a Christian mission organization offering short-term mission work opportunities in Haiti. They offer life-changing experiences for those who want to make a difference in this world. HH believes the world is a better place when families are strengthened. They seek to share faith with those met in Haiti.

Healing Haiti is a Christ-centered ministry that leverages resources to elevate and unify Haitian families so that the cycle of poverty is broken and the fabric of the community is strengthened. As one of the most trusted short-term missions organizations, when we are on this trip HH will help us discover meaningful opportunities to share faith, love, and healing with others.

Healing Haiti prepares you for meaningful mission opportunities in Haiti and takes care of all mission trip organization. You just need to bring your open heart and your love.

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Who can go on the trip?

This is an unforgettable opportunity for any age. This year our trip will be focused on Youth + Adults. You will need to be 15 years or older at time of travel to go on this mission trip.

Perhaps you have been looking for that experience to bring you closer to God. Maybe you are seeking, desire more significance, or are being called to make a bigger contribution to the world by helping others. This is a LIVE. LOVE. SERVE. opportunity for you! Haiti is one of the many places FMSC manna packs are sent and distributed, this is also a deeper step from locally packing meals to GO and SEE the meals put to work, helping turn hunger into HOPE.

This trip is a partnered trip with ELIM LUTHERAN, Scandia, MN. Family-Child trips will hope to be planned for future trips.

God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward.
God measures our lives by how we love.
— Francis Chan

Cost of the Trip

Non-Refundable Deposit of $100 due when pre-register.

Total Trip Cost: $915 + Cost of Airfare - Estimated total: $1800*

Your trip cost is $915 which includes all travels, food and lodging while in Haiti. Airfare is an additional cost. There is also a $10 entry fee into Haiti that you will pay at the airport upon arrival. Fundraising and Sponsorship options will be available for those who need them.

Questions?

Talk to Pastor Jen Collins or Laura Livermore if you have questions or would like to learn more.  

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