Spring Break Mexico Trip

 

MVPC Mexico 2018 Mission Trip

Saturday, March 31 – Saturday, April 7

 

Registration will open during the first week of December!

 

* Important Note: This year student buses will depart from MVPC late Saturday night, March 31 and drive through the night to arrive in camp in Mexico for lunch on Sunday. This should give us a relaxed Sunday afternoon and evening before starting work Monday morning.  Mark your calendars for Saturday night departure!

 

 

About the MVPC Mexico Mission Trip 

A mission/service opportunity for adults and high school students

For 28 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, a solid roof and doors that lock. Last year (2017), more than 250 students and adults from the Lamorinda area came together through MVPC and Amor Ministries to build 12 homes and a preschool building from start to finish while we also learned about building relationships with one another and deepening our relationship with God. We hope that you will join us to work towards justice and discovering the love of Jesus with our neighbors in Tijuana!  Discover how one week of your life can change a family’s life forever. 

Participation in Mexico

Students work together on teams with adult and student leadership to build a home from foundation to completion.  In 2017 we had 12 student teams, each with 14-16 students led by student leaders and assisted by two adult coaches carefully selected to guide and support the student leaders.

Participating Adults are 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.  In 2017 we had two adult teams who worked together to build a school classroom.  If your schedule doesn’t allow for the whole, week we do offer a limited number of positions on the Fly/Drive team with a nominal registration amount.  Adults on the Fly/Drive team fly down on Thursday, to help finish up the house builds, break down camp and drive rental vehicles back on Saturday.  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 travel on charter buses from MVPC all the way to Mexico.  * NOte: This year, buses will depart MVPC on Saturday March 31 late at night (TBA but likely 10:00 pm). Buses 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 transport teams to and from the work site every day.  Adults on the adult house build teams will drive down at the same time as the students on March 31.  Adult special teams (Tool, Medical, Media) travel by rental vehicles driving down to San Diego on Saturday, March 31 in the morning to arrive and spend the night in San Diego.  This allows the special teams to cross the border on Sunday morning to start setting 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 27 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.)

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.

Check back soon for Mexico 2018 Important Dates!

Review of 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

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 the trip.

Packing List 2017

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.

Mexico T-Shirts & Sweatshirts

T-Shirts and Sweatshirts will be available for purchase on this site soon after registration opens.

View and Download Mexico Pics

Click on the photo below to link to Andrew Grupe photography to view and download photos from Mexico 2017 and previous years.

 

Mexico 2017 Blog

We 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 2017 trip blog.

Video

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