Youth Mission Trip to San Diego

The 2018 Mission Trip will be Sunday, July 29 through Saturday, August 4 and will take us to the city of San Diego where we will partner with The Sierra Service Project (SSP) for a combined middle and high school trip. We will be partnering with Calvary Presbyterian Church once again and driving down together.

Why San Diego? Consider these questions: Are our youth concerned about poverty, immigration, and the environment? Our time with SSP in San Diego’s South Bay will give us an opportunity to explore these issues which are very real in the communities adjacent to the US/Mexico border.

The 2018 SSP site will be in San Diego’s South Bay based in Imperial Beach, National City, and San Ysidro. Living and working in the same community is very important to SSP and one of the reasons they make such an invaluable mission partner. Youth will visit Friendship Park on both sides of the US/Mexico border. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign up for a day trip to Tijuana, or stay in the US for a day of learning and serving. To take part in the Tijuana visit, volunteers must bring a valid passport or passport card, a photocopy of the passport or card, and signed permission from both parents or legal guardians.

Both groups will meet at Friendship Park on their respective sides of the border to have a shared experience of what it feels like to be separated from friends and loved ones across the border. They will hear from people living and working in the border areas including a pastor from the Mexico Methodist Church who will lead the group in a bi-national prayer. After that, they will spend the day doing different service learning activities.

For more information, contact pastor Theresa (tcho.stjohns@gmail.com).

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