Overview

What Is It?

The Mission Experience is a teen mission trip—a training school—an opportunity to acquire the tools and confidence needed to share your faith. Mission Experience participants become preachers, teachers, and evangelists, while capable and consecrated staff serve as mentors. The current Mission Experience is scheduled for February/March of 2017.

Where Is It?

Cuyo Island, Philippines. The Philippines is the 12th most populous country, and its people are among the happiest on earth! Though surrounded by hardship, Filipino's seem to always have a friendly word and a warm smile, even for strangers. Cuyo Island is part of the Palawan island group which is often called the "Last Frontier" of the Philippines because of the pristine natural beauty, white sand beaches, and exotic wildlife. English is one of the official languages and is widely spoken throughout the country.

How Can I Get Involved?

Give. Support the youth who are going and the people they will reach. Participants raise funds, but these are not enough to cover all the costs. $6,600 still needed. Click here to give.

Pray.

Feed. The people in the Philippines are not abandoned when the series is over. Local Bible workers arrive early and remain for weeks after the meetings to nurture the new converts and work with ones who have not yet made decisions. $600/mo. Click here to feed.

 

Evangelism Groups

Each Mission Experience participant will be a team member of one of the following evangelism groups.

Service Bands

Participants will serve in one or more of the following service bands.

Accommodations & Meals

Lodging will be in simple dorm-style rooms with shared toilet and shower facilities (boys and girls separate). Meals will be vegetarian, nondairy, low-fat, and low-sugar. Any special dietary needs are the responsibility of the participant.

Dates & Itinerary

(The following schedule is an approximation, actual dates may change.)

Feb 14: Leave for the Philippines
Feb 17–23 : Training/Preparation/Visitations
Feb 23–Mar10: Evangelistic meetings
March 12–15: Retreat
March 16: Return home

Retreat

Native-style cottages; soft, white, sandy beaches; colorful coral gardens; stunning tropical fish—that’s what you can expect to experience on the Mission Experience retreat. But that’s not all. More importantly, we’ll spend time together recounting the ways the Lord has led during the trip, and exploring His will for the future.

Codes & Policies

Dress Code:

Girls: Everyday wear for most Mission Experience activities should be modest skirts, dresses, or jumpers that  cover the knee when standing or sitting, and allow a full stride when walking. Slits must end below the knee. Low-cut, see-through, tight, or sleeveless tops are not appropriate. Tops must be long enough to cover bare skin when reaching or bending over. For designated activities, fingertip-length shirts or tunics over capris or pants are appropriate. No makeup or nail polish.

Boys: Bring neat casual clothing. Shirts should be tucked in. No shorts, except for designated activities. Hats should not be worn backwards or sideways, and should be removed inside buildings and for all prayers. 

Both: Bring sturdy clothing and shoes that will hold up to vigorous activity and dusty conditions. No tank tops, sleeveless items, questionable or suggestive lettering or images on clothing.

Social Relations: Friendly interaction among participants is encouraged. Intense and/or romantic relationships are not permitted.

Items to Leave At Home: Portable electronics (unless pre-approved by YD staff), gum, electronic or card games, secular reading material, makeup, nail polish, jewelry (including rings), or anything that would detract from the goals and atmosphere of the Mission Experience.

What to Bring: A detailed list will be included in the acceptance packet.

Financial Information

Each participant must raise a minimum of $2300 toward Mission Experience costs.

Young people working in partnership with the Lord can often raise the necessary funds in just a few months! Upon acceptance, you will be sent specific information to help you reach your fundraising goal.

All donations are tax deductible. In order to comply with IRS tax-deductibility requirements, all donations, either from a family member or any other source, are non-refundable.

What Is Included:

What Is Not Included:

Who Should Apply?

Mature, responsible, and godly young people who will be at least 15 years old by February 15, 2017. Applicants should have a zeal for evangelism and a desire to serve the Lord. Participants should have taken at least one of the following classes at a Young Disciple camp: Child Evangelism, Homiletics, DVD/Public Evangelism, Medical Missionary Training, Missionary First Aid, Missionary Adventures, Fire for Missions, Bible Work, Literature Ministry, or Literature Evangelism. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.

Insurance

Basic medical, limited personal effects/baggage, and emergency evacuation insurance will be provided. More information will be included in the acceptance packet.

Cancellations

If you must cancel, please notify the YD office right away so that someone on the waiting list will have the opportunity to attend.

Weather

Temperature will vary between 70–90°F most of the time. Occasional rain is likely.

Application Process

Submit a completed application form to the Young Disciple office. Space is limited, and applications will be considered primarily on a first-come-first-served basis.

An information packet will be sent to accepted participants, containing important details about travel and preparation.

Due within one month of acceptance:

At least $100 toward your $2300 fundraising goal.

Due October 17, 2016:

Half of your fundraising goal ($1,150).

Airline tickets cannot be purchased until these funds have been received.

A notarized parental permission form for all minors.

A photocopy of the title (information) pages of your passport.

Due December 31, 2016:

The balance of your fundraising goal.

 

All spaces are currently filled, however it is possible for one or more openings to become available. If you are interested in applying, please contact the Young Disciple office to be put on the waiting list.

 

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