Reign Ministries in partnership with SEND International | Refugee Relief
March 19-27, 2016 for ages 16 to 26.
The news headlines have been dominated by the Syrian refugee crisis, arguably one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. And we’ve heard a lot of people, from all over the world, with differing opinions, endlessly talking about it. However, the essential question is, as followers of Christ, what should our response be?
We at Reign Ministries and SEND International think it’s time to stop talking and to start doing something. It’s time to tangibly make a difference.
This March, Reign Ministries will be partnering with the missions organization SEND International in launching the Macedonia Response Team, focusing specifically on refugee relief efforts. Situated in the heart of the Balkans, Macedonia is one of the main thoroughfares refugees are taking as they travel from Greece into northern Europe, and the need there is great.
Working out of Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia, you’ll have a variety of creative and unique opportunities to share the Gospel as you help meet some of the practical needs these people have on their journey. The final details are still being worked out, but you’ll be engaged in refugee relief work that includes food and water distribution, providing supplies to young mothers and their children, or sharing the gospel through SD cards they can put into their phones and carry with them as they make their way north. With Skopje situated on the Kosovo border, the work you’ll be doing will be significant as the refugees are right on the cusp of another major transition through yet another country.
WHAT WILL I EAT?
What makes Balkan cuisine unique is its surprising blend of exotic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. With Macedonia’s relatively warm climate, the soil makes for the perfect conditions to grow fresh fruits, herbs, and a variety of vegetables, which might explain why their stews are so mouthwatering and delicious. And thanks to the former Ottoman Empire, Macedonia has a well-developed coffee culture that could rival Starbucks any day!
WHERE WILL I SLEEP?
While in Skopje, you and the team will be staying in a hostel. Hostels resemble average American hotel rooms, minus the cheesy amenities, and with several sets of bunk beds per room. They are a great option for a traveling team as they offer a clean, safe, and quiet environment to rest. While in other parts of the country, the team will potentially stay in churches, meeting halls, or houses. So bring your sleeping bag, mat, flexible and adventurous spirit, and join us!
WHO SHOULD GO ON THIS TRIP?
The Macedonia Response Team is designed for participants ages 26 and under. If you are itching to do something about this crisis, then this is the trip for you. What an amazing opportunity to be able to represent Christ and meet the needs of such a marginalized people. You don’t have to passively hear about this from the news, you can actually jump in and make a tangible difference. This trip is for doers and difference makers. How often do we have the chance to help change the world right in the midst of a crisis that the whole world is watching from a distance?
On this trip, Reign Ministries is partnering with the missions organization SEND International. SEND has missionaries living and working throughout Macedonia who are already well established and trusted in the culture. In the midst of the refugee crisis, we have a golden opportunity to not only come alongside and encourage these hard working missionaries, but as the book of Hebrews says, to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
LOGISTICS & COST
You need to arrive at Chicago O’Hare International airport by 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 19th. In most cases leadership will meet you at your flight’s baggage claim. But in the event that multiple members arrive at the same time and they are unable to meet you, please go to O’Hare terminal 2, baggage claim 2, where a team representative will be waiting.
The team will hold its initial briefing at the airport Holiday Inn before flying out later that day. The team will return via New York John F. Kennedy International airport on March 27th.
The cost of the mission trip is $900 plus airfare,
which covers food, lodging, and transportation once the team arrives in Skopje. The cost also covers limited international travel insurance. Please note that domestic transportation, international flights, and additional spending money is not included in the cost of this trip and is the responsibility of the participant. To book both the domestic and international flights, contact:
Bursch Travel, John Gossen
611 Walnut St, Suite #3
Monticello, MN 55362
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