COLOMBIA - ARMENIA - JULY 2022 - 18+ year olds

July 17 - 23, 2022 | Merge

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Trip #25972

COLOMBIA - ARMENIA - JULY 2022 - 18+ year olds

Trip #25972

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Merge Committed to best practice standards - SOE Associate Member

Location:

Colombia, South America

Dates:

July 17 - 23, 2022
Lasts 1 week to 2 weeks

Activities:

Art, Drama, Music & Puppets, Senior Adult Ministry, Orphans and vulnerable children, VBS/Bible Clubs, Urban Ministry,

Cost:

$675
** See Financial Information Below
Includes: Lodging, Meals
Agency: Merge
Location: Colombia, South America
Dates: July 17 - 23, 2022
Lasts 1 week to 2 weeks
Activities: Art, Drama, Music & Puppets, Senior Adult Ministry, Orphans and vulnerable children, VBS/Bible Clubs, Urban Ministry
Cost: $675
** See Financial Information Below
Includes: Lodging, Meals
Inquire about the trip

The Global Church is inviting you to participate in what God is doing in Armenia, Colombia. Our partners in Armenia include Zona J Church in Armenia involved in urban ministry, El Nido Home for teenage mothers with children, Recovery Center Center for seniors who are recovering from drug or alcohol abuse, or have been homeless for a period of time, Mariela Home for street children, Food Bank Part of the church outreach ministry to the community. Teams will be involved in ministry to the teenage moms and their children, food distribution, caring for the seniors at the Recovery Center, games for children and adults, child care, and music/drama. The trip will be led, staffed and implemented by Latin American 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 in Armenia, Colombia. Our partners in Armenia include:

Zona J – Church in Armenia involved in urban ministry

El Nido – Home for teenage mothers with children

Recovery Center – Center for seniors who are recovering from drug or alcohol abuse, or have been homeless for a period of time

Mariela – Home for street children

Food Bank – Part of the church outreach ministry to the community.

Armenia is a city of 300,000 located in central Colombia and is part of the coffee-growing region of the country. It is called the "Miracle City" because of it's rapid growth. Coffee is so much a part of this city's culture, it was named a "Coffee Cultural Landscape" World Heritage Site by the United Nations. 

 

The team will be involved in the following ministries:

– El Nido (teenage moms) – Prepare a party for the girls with games and a meal. Crafts. Take care of babies while the moms take classes at the center. 

– Recovery Center (elderly people recovering from drugs or homelessness) – Sorting medicines and helping organize things at the shelter, a music performance for them to enjoy, bathing people

– Mariela (Home for kids rescued from streets) – prepare a game time for the kids

– Food Bank (for the community around the church) organizing the food and giving it away to people

 

Merge INVITE trips are designed by local partners to utilize team skills and experience to further their ministries in their communities. 

All trips are led, staffed and implemented by 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 Colombia, Daniela de la Rosa, will contact your team leaders and work with your team to help prepare you for your trip. Local nationals will be hired as interpreters, guides, ministry coaches, and cooks.


Housing – homestays

Food – Teams will be fed two-American/Canadian-style uncooked meals each day, and one cooked Colombian meal made by local cooks. Purified water is also supplied for teams. 

Flights – teams would fly to Armenia, Colombia. 

Ground Transportation – Merge will hire local bus companies to drive your team around Armenia, and from the airport. 

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

Cultural Activities – There are numerous parks and a downtown area of the city which is clean and enjoyable. There are numerous restaurants to enjoy on the trip, and, of course, coffee.

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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 pre-planned 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. 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 Colombia are created by Colombian 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:
Colombia
Other Location Info:
Armenia
Participant Age:
College, Adult, Senior Adults
Eligible to Go:
Groups [max size 15], Individuals, Married Couples
Other Financial Notes:
Cost does not include flight to Armenia, Colombia.
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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