BRAZIL - Afua - 1-2 Week Custom Trips Available Year Around - All Ages

Jan - Dec 2022 | Merge

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Trip #25971

BRAZIL - Afua - 1-2 Week Custom Trips Available Year Around - All Ages

Trip #25971

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Location:

Brazil, South America

Dates:

Jan - Dec 2022
Lasts 1 week to 2 weeks

Activities:

Bible Studies & Small Groups, Community Development, Evangelism- Friendship/Discipleship, Teaching/Education, Service Projects & Helps,

Cost:

Approximately $800 to $850
** See Financial Information Below
Includes: Lodging, Meals
Agency: Merge
Location: Brazil, South America
Dates: Jan - Dec 2022
Lasts 1 week to 2 weeks
Activities: Bible Studies & Small Groups, Community Development, Evangelism- Friendship/Discipleship, Teaching/Education, Service Projects & Helps
Cost: Approximately $800 to $850
** See Financial Information Below
Includes: Lodging, Meals
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The Global Church is inviting you to participate in what God is doing on Afua Island in the state of Pana in Brazil. Our partner is MEAP, the Evangelical Mission of Assistance to Artisan Fishermen, located at the mouth of the Amazon River. Teams will be involved in outreach, community development, assistance to low income families, education, children's ministry and family development. Any age group is invited, any time of year, for any length of time. The trip will be led, staffed and implemented by Brazilian Nationals.

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What the Mission Trip Will Be Like

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The Global Church is inviting you to participate in what God is doing on Afua Island in the state of Pana in Brazil. Our partner is MEAP, the Evangelical Mission of Assistance to Artisan Fishermen, located at the mouth of the Amazon River.  The main goal of MEAP is to spread the gospel of Christ to the artisan fishermen of the Brazilian coast and the Amazon basin. The project works in
partnership with various ministries bringing hope to areas of difficult access. It is part of their mission also to plant churches and social projects of sustainability since the local people are very
needy and live under the level of human development rate. The trip will be led, staffed and implemented by Brazilian Nationals.

 

 

 

The mouth of the Amazon River covers an area as large as the country of Switzerland. Afua is a small community located on an island in this region. It is remote and only accessible by boat. The ministry focuses on fishermen and their families living on stilt homes along rivers. Access is by boat only. 

 

The following are the primary ministry opportunities in Afua, Brazil:

– Outreach and Church planting

– Community Development

– Assistance to families

– Children's Ministry

– Education

 

Besides these options, there are more. The goal would be to find out the skills and interests of your team and match them with the ongoing ministries of church partners in the area.

Trips are Mutually Designed with local partners utilizing your skills for ministry, learning from the Global Church, and building relationships with believers in the region.  Any age group is invited, any time of year, for any length of time.

All trips are led, staffed and implemented by Brazilian Nationals and Latin American church leaders. Merge is an organization directed by a leadership team made up of non-American Global Church leaders from around the world. Once your team sends in a deposit, the Merge Coach of Brazil, Jamerson Silveiro, will contact your team leaders and work with your team, and the local church leaders, to develop an itinerary, ministry focus, and develop learning activities for your team. Local nationals will be hired as interpreters, guides, ministry coaches, cooks, and construction supervisors (if needed). 


Housing –  Hotels and the MEAP Ministry base

Food – Usually teams are fed two-American/Canadian-style uncooked meals each day, and one cooked Brazilian meal made by local cooks, although more Brazilian meals are possible. Purified water is also supplied for teams. 

Flights – teams would fly to Macapa, Brazil 

Ground Transportation – Merge will hire local boat drivers to transport your team to Afua Island, around Brazil, and from the airport in Macapa. 

Learning – Learning activites with local church leaders and Merge staff will be designed into the itinerary.

Cultural Activities –  In Afua itself there are small restaurants, boat rides, and plenty of remote terrain to be enjoyed. Afua does not allow motorized vehicles and all buildings are on stilts, due to the change in tides at the mouth of the Amazon River. Bicycle rides are the main type of transportation. Macapa, the city you fly to, there is a large fort which is now a museum, and a park in which the Equator lies (you can stand on the Equator there). 

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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 short-term trips.

All Merge trips are directed, organized, staffed and led by the national church. All Merge custom trips are mutually designed by the national partner in communication with the short-term trip leader. 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. Teams PARTICIPATE in ongoing ministries within the community of the local church and organization. The goal is to do ministry WITH local partners, not FOR them.

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

Additional Trip Information

Region:
South America
Country:
Brazil
Other Location Info:
Afua
Participant Age:
Elementary, Jr. High, Sr. High, College, Adult, Senior Adults
Eligible to Go:
Families, Groups [max size 8], Individuals, Married Couples
Other Financial Notes:
Does not include flight to Macapa, Brazil
Training debriefing
Pre-trip training includes a training manual with recommended meeting outlines and an IN PERSON interactive training at your church by Merge trainers for teams of ten or more. In-person training covers three general areas: appropriate motivation and implementation of short-term trips, cultural intelligence training led by national leaders, and ministry preparation coaching. Teams also receive one-hour online virtual introductions with your Global partner called "Merge Connect," which are designed to begin dialogue, learning and relationships in advance of the trip. During the trip our staff will offer to lead your team in morning devotionals and evening debriefings written by Global Church Leaders to give your team a fresh new perspective regarding how God works in the world, your journey in your relationship with Christ, and Global perspectives on social justice issues. Post-trip debriefing includes a post-trip manual with meeting recommendations and outlines, virtual interaction with Merge Coaches from the country/region you will be visiting, plus a Merge Connect with community and church members your team interacted with during your trip.
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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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