Spring Break Mexico Trip

 

MVPC MEXICO 2017:  April 2 – 8    

 

A mission/service opportunity for adults and high school students 

This spring break, join more than 250 students and adults from the Lamorinda area working towards justice and discovering the love of Jesus with our neighbors in Tijuana!   As we build 13 homes from start to finish we will also learn about building relationships with one another and deepening our relationship with God.  No construction experience is necessary; we supply the tools and training so you can help provide for a family in need.  For over 25 years, MVPC has partnered with Amor Ministries to build hope and homes for more than 300 families in the Tijuana area of Mexico.  Many of these families have never had adequate shelter or the sense of security that comes with sturdy walls and a solid roof.    Join us and discover how one week of your life can change a family’s life forever.

Registration:

Registration is now complete for Mexico 2017.   If you are an adult interested in joining us this year, please contact Dave Ricketts at dricketts@mvpctoday.org, Bob Bratton at bbratton@mvpctoday.org or Jennifer Gilmour at jgilmour@mvpctoday.org.

Pay your Balance

Already registered for Mexico 2017 and need to complete payment?  Use the button below to pay the full amount or balance of a registration by credit card.

Pay your Mexico 2017 Balance

Amor Participation Form

Amor Ministry requires that every participant sign the amor-participation-form, complete with ADULT AND STUDENT SIGNATURES.  Please bring the signed form to MVPC Student Ministry or main office asap if you have not already.  

 

Register your tents!

Participants may choose your own tent mates (up to 6 people in each tent.)  Coordinate with your friends and decide who will be in your tent.  Choose one person to be “tent captain” and have that person register your tent and all of the people in it using the button below.  If you have difficulties or need to make changes, email Jennifer Gilmour at jgilmour@mvpctoday.org.  You cannot go back in and make changes but Jennifer can do it for you. 

Register your tent and tent mates

Mexico T-Shirts & Sweatshirts

Each year the Mexico trip has a unique theme which is revealed on Teamwork Night, March 2nd.  Our graphic designers create a special design and color for the shirts based on that theme.  All registered participants will receive a Mexico T-Shirt with our 2017 theme design printed on a shirt of their team color.  For example; members of the Red Team will have a red shirt with the 2017 theme design on it.  Imagine a rainbow of team colors in the Sanctuary on Mexico Sunday!

MVPC MEXICO CUSTOM-DESIGNED HEAVY-WEIGHT HOODED SWEATSHIRTS – $22 each.  Sweatshirt orders are complete.  If you did not order a sweatshirt but would still like one, contact Jennifer to see if there are any extras to purchase; jgilmour@mvpctoday.org.

What to Bring/How to Pack

Teamwork Night Booklet 2017 – This is a pdf version of the 2017 booklet that families received on Teamwork Night this year.  It contains valuable information about preparing for the trip including Packing Tips starting on page 8.  For easy shopping, here is a pdf of just the Packing List 2017.  Printed versions of both of these are available in the Student Ministries office. 

QUESTIONS??  Please contact Jennifer Gilmour; jgilmour@mvpctoday.org, (925) 376-4800 ext. 288 with general questions about registration, payments, scholarships, donations and Mexico trip preparations.

MVPC Mexico 2017 Important Dates:

  • December 1 – March 2:  Registration Open 
  • December 7 and January 11:  Information Meetings @ 7:00pm in Fellowship Hall  (same info in both meetings)
  • February 26:  Adult Leadership Lunch @ 11 – 1:00 pm in  Fellowship Hall
  • February 28:  Student Leader Training @ 3 – 7:00 pm
  • March 2:  Teamwork Night (THURSDAY THIS YEAR) @ 7 – 9:00pm in Sanctuary (registration ends)
  • March 19:  Adult Participation Training at 6:00 pm in the home of Nancy Lewis
  • March 29:  Student and Adult Luggage Drop Off  @ 7:00am – 7:00pm in room 201/202, 211/212 and 213
  • April 1:  Adult Advance Team Departs, arrive @ 7:00am in MVPC parking lot
  • April 2:  Buses with Students/Leaders Depart, arrive @ 5:30am in Sanctuary (leaders at 5:00am)
  • April 8:  Parent Debrief for Student Re-entry @ 9:30 – 10:30pm in Forum
  • April 8:  Everyone Returns @ 10:30pm  buses unload in Miramonte parking lot
  • April 9:  Mexico Sunday @ 9:30am in the Sanctuary
  • April 19:  Mexico Reunion Night @ 6:30 – 9:00pm, dinner on patio and celebration in Forum

QUESTIONS??  Please contact Jennifer Gilmour; jgilmour@mvpctoday.org, (925) 376-4800 ext. 288 with general questions about registration, payments, scholarships, donations and Mexico trip preparations.

Participation in Mexico:

Students work together on teams with adult and student leadership to build a home from foundation to completion.

Adults will be placed on a team of 12-14 other adults with an experienced leader and will build a house from the ground up just as the student teams do.  If your schedule doesn’t allow for the whole, week we do offer a limited number of positions on the Fly/Drive team for only $200.  Adults on the Fly/Drive team will fly down on Thursday, April 6th and drive back with everyone on Saturday, April 8th.  Look for this option in the Adult Registration form. 

Everyone will enjoy the experience of small group time with their own team as well as sharing larger community time during meals and campfires together with the whole group.   

If you have questions about student participation, contact Tommy Branagh, Director of Middle and High School Ministry; tbranagh@mvpctoday.org.

If you have questions about adult participation contact Dave Ricketts at dricketts@mvpctoday.org or Bob Bratton at bbratton@mvpctoday.org.

Details:

Transportation:  Students and adult coaches will travel on charter buses to Mexico on April 2nd and back on April 8.  Buses will stop in San Diego to check in with Amor Ministries and then proceed over the border to Amor’s camp ground outside of Tijuana.  Smaller buses will transport teams to and from the work site every day.  Adults on the adult house build and other adult teams will travel by rental vehicles driving down to San Diego on Saturday, April 1st and cross the border on Sunday morning to set up camp before the students arrive later that day.   

Camp Life:  After a long work day we all come together in camp for relaxation, recreation and a great dinner followed by inspiring teaching, worship and fellowship in our giant community tent and around a campfire under the stars!  Amor’s camp is located in open quiet land away from any major cities and is patrolled by security guards day and night so safety in camp has never been an issue in all of our 25 years with Amor Ministries.  

Food:  Our campers enjoy authentic Mexican meals prepared by local caterers, La Cocina for breakfast and dinner and pack their own lunch to take to the work site every day (special food restrictions or needs should be noted in your registration so accommodations can be made.)

 

Support MVPC Mexico Mission

You don’t have to go to Mexico to support our mission!  Your donation to the MVPC Mexico Scholarship Fund will allow us to help more people experience MVPC Mexico and allow this mission trip to build more hope and homes for Mexico families.  Every year scholarships are requested by students who desperately want to participate in this life-changing experience and are not able to pay the full registration amount.  We depend on donations from our MVPC Family to be able to grant these scholarships.  This button will remain active all year and your continued support will help more people participate and more homes be built in His love!  THANK YOU to our MVPC Family for your ongoing support!
Support MVPC Mexico Mission

Trip Blog

We will use this blog to communicate to parents daily and provide updates and photos of our trip progress. We encourage you to follow the blog by clicking on the “Follow” button in the lower right corner of the blog.

Click Here for the link to the Mexico 2016 trip blog.

 

Video

              This video from 2013 gives you a good idea of what our trip is all about.

Mexico Pics

Click here to view and download Mexico 2015 photos

Click here to view and download Mexico 2015 photos