San Jose Region, Costa Rica - VIRTUAL TRIPS - Merge Connect

Jan - Dec 2022 | Merge

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Trip #25719

San Jose Region, Costa Rica - VIRTUAL TRIPS - Merge Connect

Trip #25719

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Merge Committed to best practice standards - SOE Associate Member

Location:

Costa Rica, Central America

Dates:

Jan - Dec 2022
Lasts 1 week to 2 weeks

Activities:

Virtual

Cost:

** See Financial Information Below
Agency: Merge
Location: Costa Rica, Central America
Dates: Jan - Dec 2022
Lasts 1 week to 2 weeks
Activities: Virtual
Cost: ** See Financial Information Below
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The Global Church is inviting you to a VIRTUAL TRIP to learn what God is doing in the San Jose Metropolitan area of Costa Rica. Our partner is La Iglesia Pueblo de Cristo. The church is very urban in Heredia, working with homeless and drug-addicted youth. They have a vibrant youth ministry and outreach to the community. Many Nicaraguan immigrants are attending the church and cared for by the congregation. Merge Connect theme options include Developing Relationships, Learning From the Global Church, and Celebrating Diversity. Three online sessions with our partners can take place any time of year and can be scheduled within a week or spread out throughout the year (or anything in-between). Interpreters will be provided. Any age group is invited, and specific age groupings for these sessions can be selected. Merge Connects are led, staffed and implemented by nationals, and will be facilitated by Merge coaches.

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What the Mission Trip Will Be Like

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The Global Church is inviting you to VIRTUAL TRIP to learn what God is doing in the San Jose Metropolitan area of Costa Rica. Our partner is La Iglesia Pueblo de Cristo. The church is very urban in Heredia, working with homeless and drug-addicted youth. They have a vibrant youth ministry and outreach to the community. Many Nicaraguan immigrants are attending the church and cared for by the congregation.

Merge Connect theme options include

  • Developing Relationships
  • Learning From the Global Church
  • Celebrating Diversity

Virtual trips are mutually designed with local partners

 

Three sessions online with our partners can take place any time of year and can be scheduled as:

  • weekend retreats
  • weekly events
  • monthly events
  • whatever schedule works best for the team and Global partner

 A schedule of when the online sessions take place will be decided on mutually between the team and the Global Partners. 

Interpreters will be provided in case they are needed, and simultaneous translation will be available.

Any age group is invited, and specific age groupings for these sessions can be selected. Virtual trips can include

  • intergenerational
  • children
  • youth groups
  • young adults
  • families
  • seniors
  • church leaders
  • women
  • men
  • any type of category that fits the partner's situation. 

Trips will be led, staffed and implemented by Costa Rican Nationals, and will be facilitated by Merge coaches. Merge is an organization directed by a leadership team made up of non-American Global Church leaders from around the world. Once your team schedules a virtual trip, the Merge Coach of Costa Rica, Esther Palma, will contact your team leader and work with local church leaders to create a Merge Connect plan. 

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Relation of Opportunity to National Church and/or Long-term Goals

Merge is an organization directed and led by Global Church leaders, not North Americans. This gives Merge a Global lens in preparing and implementing virtual trips.

All Merge virtual trips are directed, organized, staffed and led by the national church. Teams learn FROM the local church leaders and pastors. The local church/ministries are inviting teams from the United States and Canada to participate in what God is already doing in their communities.

Merge virtual trips to Heredia, Costa Rica are created by nationals in partnership with the local churches in order to create an opportunity for the team and local congregation/community members to learn from each other, build relationships with each other, and further the ministry of the local churches.

Additional Trip Information

Region:
Central America
Country:
Costa Rica
Other Location Info:
Heredia
Participant Age:
Elementary, Jr. High, Sr. High, College, Adult, Senior Adults
Eligible to Go:
Families, Groups [max size 100], Individuals, Married Couples
Other Financial Notes:
The Merge Connect fee is $650 total per group for three online sessions with the Global Church
Training debriefing
For MERGE CONNECT virtual trips, pre-virtual session training is optional and online. Post-events debriefing is optional and online as well.
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Mission Trip Offered By Merge

The GLOBAL CHURCH INVITING North Americans TO PARTICIPATE IN WHAT GOD IS DOING AROUND THE WORLD. Merge is directed by a team of Global Church leaders from five continents. All Merge trips are organized, led, and staffed by the Global Church. This gives Merge a UNIQUE non-North American perspective on short-term trips.

THE GLOBAL CHURCH INVITING – the initiative and leadership are from the Global Church, not the North American church to GO and lead
TO PARTICIPATE IN – the participation is active involvement and learning through what the Global Church is already doing. The focus is on involvement WITH, not doing FOR – active learning involves participation as well as reflection
WHAT GOD IS DOING AROUND THE WORLD – Missio Dei – God is actively involved around the world – North Americans can discover what God is already doing through followers of Christ around the world

OUTCOME – for participants from North America and the Global Church to be strengthened in their relationship with Jesus Christ, increase in passion for inter-cultural relationships, to implement God-inspired behaviors, and initiate new ministries and social change in their church and communities

Primary Values include:

LEARNING – God is doing amazing things through the global church. There is so much to learn about ministry and how God is working around the world. Come and learn!
RELATIONSHIPS – The kingdom of God is built on relationships, which are the key to a successful mission and ministry. Come and connect with followers of Jesus from around the world.
BRING IT HOME WITH YOU – When you return home, we want your vision and passion for your church, your community, and your own life in Christ to expand

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