Youth Mission Trip
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
June 20-28, 2020
REGISTER NOW (DEADLINE is January 12, 2020 OR when YouthWorks sells out their spaces, whichever comes first! )
Every four to five years, FCUCC tries to take an International High School Youth Mission Trip. For summer 2020, we will partner with YouthWorks who is serving alongside Rice & Beans Ministries. Rice & Beans ministry is a local mission organization that serves its community through construction projects, kids ministries, and providing food to families in need. Serving internationally will allow our group an opportunity to step into an immersive cross-cultural experience. You’ll work alongside local leaders to meet the physical and spiritual needs of families through food distribution, teaching and playing with children, and working on the homes of families. You’ll engage in locally led worship (in both English and Spanish) and learn from local leaders about what ministry looks like in their own context. You’ll also have the chance to eat authentic Costa Rican food, attend a church service and participate in optional guided tours.
To learn more and watch videos: https://www.rabmin.org
Please remember you will need a valid passport. Passport fulfillments are currently taking up to three months, so please start this process immediately.
General Info Meeting: Wednesday, October 23, 7:30-8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall (Adult Mentors, Parents & Youth invited to attend)
Mandatory Meeting for everyone attending: Wednesday, January 29, 7:30-8:30 PM in Fellowship Hall (Adult Mentors, Parents & Youth must attend)
Mission Prep gatherings: Wednesday evenings 7:30-8:45 PM (March 4, 11, 18) in Fellowship Hall/Common Grounds
Mission Trip Fundraiser Dinner: Saturday, March 21, 2-8 PM
“Stock” Sales: Sundays, after services (April 19, 26, and May 3) in the Narthex
Commissioning in Worship: Sunday, June 14, 9:30 AM followed by final mandatory Parent/Youth meeting 10:30-11:30 in River Room followed by final mandatory Mentor meeting 11:30-12:30 in River Room
Youth Mission Sunday Service and Stockholder Appreciation Brunch: Sunday, July 12, 9:30 AM-12 PM
What We Will Do
We will arrive on a Saturday and get settled in. On Sunday we will have time to attend a church worship service, visit the local markets, and see some of the city of San Jose. Monday through Thursday our work time will be split among the following three areas:
Feeding Families: We will deliver food bags to families and discover they are hungry for more than just food. Through this ministry, we are able to meet immediate needs and offer hope, encouragement, and prayer while building relationships.
Educating Children: Illiteracy is a major part of what feeds poverty, but education can break this cycle. We will provide students with uniforms, school supplies, and funds for lunch and the school bus.
Building and Repairing Homes: We will help build communities that build relationships. During construction, we include local congregations to support the projects as well as share the Word.
Because of the nature of the ministry work, students may stay at one work sight all week or swap out among different opportunities depending on the needs of the ministry. Those needs are determined by our ministry partners, Rice & Beans. In the evenings we will have large group worship led by YouthWorks staff and time for our church small groups afterwards. On Friday, we will have a day off and will take an adventure led by Youthworks, destination TBD.
Every year we have a variety of fundraising efforts to defray the cost of the mission trip. A key to our success will be the participation of all youth in the Mission Trip Fundraiser Dinner. Additionally, we will continue the spring youth “Stock Sales” that our church has so generously supported in the past. Fundraising proceeds are evenly split between those students who participate in each fundraiser. The final trip cost will be determined after our spring fundraising is finished. Our financial goal for this trip for those who participate in both fundraisers, is to be in the neighborhood of $850. We cannot give a final cost until May, once all fundraising is finished.
Eligibility and Registration
All incoming ninth-graders through graduating seniors in 2020 are eligible to travel with us. We will also be accepting applications for a limited number of young adult mentors and adult mentors (see forms below). Join us for this life-changing opportunity! To complete your reservation, please return the permission and expectations forms below along with a $300 non-refundable deposit (payable to First Congregational Church with HS Youth Mission/student’s name in Memo line) to the church office.
Young Adult and Parent Mentor Applications
Responsibilities for each of these mentor roles are outlined on the respective application forms. The Youth Mission Team will review all applications as they arrive and notify you when any decision has been made.
Stay Up to Date
Sign up for the High School Newsletter to get updates on the 2020 youth mission trip as well as all high school ministry happenings.
How Can You Get Involved?
- Consider volunteering for our fundraising efforts.
- Join us for the Youth Mission Commissioning on June 14.
- Become a “Stockholder” by purchasing “stock” during our April and May sales. Proceeds directly go to offset trip costs. Join us for the stockholder brunch celebration on July 12.
- Pray for us!