Spring Break Mexico Trip

 

Mark your calendars:

MVPC Mexico 2019  will be March 30 – April 6, 2019

Registration will open the first week of December

 

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. In 2018, about 250 students and adults from the Lamorinda area came together through MVPC and Amor Ministries to build 13 homes 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 2018 we have 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 during Spring Break week to help finish up the house builds, break down camp and drive rental vehicles back up to Moraga 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.   

Transportation:  Students teams including adult coaches travel on charter buses from MVPC all the way to Mexico.  Buses will roll out at midnight on Saturday, March 30 and drive all the way to San Diego. After checking in with Amor Ministries in San Diego on Sunday morning, they will proceed over the border to Amor’s camp ground outside of Tijuana. Smaller buses transport teams to and from the work site every day.  Adult special teams (Tool, Medical, Media, Camp Crew) depart MVPC in rental vehicles on the morning of Saturday, March 30 and drive down to San Diego. After spending the night in San Diego, they 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.)

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

Community Service Forms

Every year we provide Community Service form to show your work hours in Mexico. We will have forms for Campolindo, Miramonte and Acalanes high schools already filled out and signed right after the trip. If you need a different form signed, please contact our Student Ministries Administrator, Jennifer Gilmour at jgilmour@mvpctoday.org and she will provide whatever you need.

Donations to the Scholarship Fund are ALWAYS welcome!

We never want financial restrictions to keep someone from experiencing a life-changing opportunity like MVPC Mexico.  Through generous donations from our community, we are able to offer scholarships to students and adults who would not otherwise be able to join us on the trip. Please consider donating to our Scholarship Fund to help us grant those scholarships. The button below remains active year-round so donations can be made monthly or anytime you feel moved.  Donations can also be made under the Give tab of our MVPC website or on your mobile giving app.

Donate to Scholarship Fund

Important Dates from 2018 – Dates for 2019 coming soon!

  • December 6 – February 28:  Registration Open 
  • January 10 and February 8:  Information Meetings @ 7:00pm (same info in both meetings)
  • February 23:  Student Leader training & team selection @ 5:30-10 pm in Room 201/202
  • February 25:  Adult Leadership Lunch and training @ 11-2:00 pm in  Fellowship Hall
  • February 28:  Teamwork Night for ALL participants @ 7-9 pm in Sanctuary (registration ends)
  • March 17:  House Build training for Student Leaders and Coaches
  • March 25:  Adult Gathering for ALL adults @ 6:30-9 pm at the home of Nancy Lewis & Tom Engberg
  • March 28:  Student and Adult Luggage Drop Off  @ 7:00 am-7:00 pm in room 201/202, 211/212 and 213
  • March 31:  Adult Advance Team Departs, arrive @ 7:00 am in MVPC parking lot
  • March 31:  Buses with Students/Coaches Depart, arrive @ 11:00 pm in Sanctuary (leaders at 10 pm)
  • April 5:  Fly/Drive team flies from Oakland to San Diego to be picked up by MVPC staff
  • April 7:  Parent Debrief for Student Re-entry @ 9:30-10:30 pm in Forum
  • April 7:  Everyone Returns @ 10:30pm  buses unload in Miramonte parking lot
  • April 8:  Mexico Sunday @ 9:30am in the Sanctuary
  • April 18:  Mexico Reunion Night @ 6:30-9:00 pm, dinner on patio and celebration in Forum

Teamwork Night Booklet 2018 – This is a pdf version of the 2018 booklet that families received on Teamwork Night which contains valuable information about the trip. Below is a printable packing list pulled from the booklet.

Packing List 2018

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 2018 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 2018 trip blog.

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.

Video

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