Why go on a missions trip?

This missions trip is ONE part of our overall plan in youth ministry to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ. Students who participate in this experience will get months of biblical training, followed by a cross-cultural trip where they will serve and learn.  This trip will compliment Teen Day Camp, giving teens and young adults an opportunity to serve Christ locally and globally.

What are our priorities for a short-term missions trip?

1) A sustainable ministry - we want to help not hurt.
2) A genuine partnership - we want to help established local churches.
3) A long-term relationship - we want to help for multiple years.

Why are we going to Colombia?

Diego Cardona, Fellowship missionary to Colombia for 20+ years, and current lead pastor of Redil Estadio in Medellin, has asked us to bring a team of youth and adults to his church to assist and enhance their youth ministry. In the last 4 years, his church has gone from 80 people to now almost 500. They are bursting at the seams with teenagers who need ministering to and youth leaders who need training. As we help them develop a ministry plan, our teens will pour into their teens; teaching and serving along side them. Our team has been asked to run small groups, evangelistic events, and a youth retreat. We will also serve in various outreaches across the city including: Open Arms, a home for single moms, The Ark, a children’s ministry to the poor, and an all-girls orphanage. But perhaps our greatest impact will be the opportunity to stay with host families, living out our faith daily before them.

Meet Diego and Claudia Cardona
Our partnering missionaries in Colombia

Diego and Claudia are Fellowship International missionaries whom we will be partnering with in Colombia. Diego leads the National Association of churches in Medellin in the area of church planting and missions, he teaches expository preaching through a Colombian Seminary, and is pastoring at El Redil Estadio, the church we will be serving.

Check out his full bio here: The Cardonas

Who can apply to this trip?

Students in grade 10-12 can apply, as well as young adults. Our goal is to take 10 students. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once your application is submitted, your spot is secure while you go through an interview process with the Missions Committee. After your interview, it will be determined if you have been accepted to the trip or not. Students applying to the missions trip for a second time will not be required to have another interview. A prerequisite for this cross-cultural missions trip is that you are currently serving Christ locally, here in the church or in your community, and that you are actively involved in youth group and church - growing in your faith through the practice of spiritual disciplines.

What are the requirements of team members?

Upon acceptance, each team member will give a $250 deposit of their own money. The missions committee will match this deposit with an additional $250. Therefore, each team member will begin with $500, and have approximately $2000 left to raise. Students will raise partners; people who will partner with them prayerfully and financially. Each team member is required to participate in a 6 month, 7 session training and discipleship process leading up to the trip. Sessions will typically be 2-4 hours, Saturday mornings, beginning in October.

Please note that these numbers and dates are approximates only. Be aware that the cost and schedule may vary and team members will need to be flexible and patient.

Unique to this trip, team members will staying with host families who are Christians, members of Estadio Redil, and recommended by Diego. Our team will be trained in advance on things like: what to eat, how to act, dress, and speak appropriately in a foreign culture, and procedures in case of a medical emergency.

Additional Information

TRIP DATE: March 7-17, 2019
ADULT LEADERS: Pastor Aaron, Todd & Trina Hayter, Dan Kinsman, Nathan Bjelis, & Kayla Pettapiece

RAISED FUNDS COVER: Flight, daily costs like food, lodging, & transportation, training resources, supplies, fees
PERSONAL FUNDS COVER: Passport, travel insurance, shots, spending cash

I want to apply

Great! Come with your parents to our pre-trip information meeting at the church, 7 pm on Friday, Sept. 7th. Applications will be handed out at the end of the meeting. Completed forms will be accepted starting at 6 pm on Sunday Sept. 9th. The deadline to submit an application is  4pm, Sept. 13th.

I still need more info

No worries. If your thinking about applying, this is a BIG decision. If your son or daughter is planning to apply, you probably have questions, concerns, and even fears.

We hope to answer all your questions at our pre-trip meeting on Sept. 7th, but please feel free to contact pastor Aaron anytime at aaron@myebc.ca or by calling the church office at (519) 235-2661 ext 2

Check out this video from our last missions trip experience to Jamaica in 2017