Spring Break Mexico Trip

 

MVPC Mexico 2019

March 30 – April 6

 

About the MVPC Mexico Mission Trip 

A mission/service opportunity for adults and high school students

For 29 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. Each year 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 learn 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 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. 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:

Buses will roll out at MIDNIGHT on Saturday, March 30 and drive all the way to San Diego. Students teams, including adult coaches will travel on the charter buses from MVPC all the way to Mexico.  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 28 years with Amor Ministries.  

Food:  Our campers enjoy authentic Mexican meals prepared by local caterers, La Cocina, for breakfast and dinner and pack a 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, Assistant Pastor of Student Ministries; tbranagh@mvpctoday.org.

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

Cost/Registration

Student registration is now closed.

Adults interested, contact Dave Ricketts: dricketts@mvpctoday.org

 

Cost of trip is $920 for full week participants

Trip cost covers the AMOR Ministries registration fee which includes construction materials to build the house as well as all meals in Mexico, transportation to and from Mexico via charter bus and your custom designed Mexico ’19 team t-shirt.  Scholarships available if needed. Make request during registration.

Registration Steps:

  1. Click on red button below and complete the MVPC online registration.
  2. Complete your payment; all payments due by March 1.
  3. Complete Amor’s Participation Signature. There are NO PRINTED FORMS this year but Amor needs a signature from every participant (and parent for minors). The Amor Participation Signature link will appear when you submit your registration. If you miss it, contact Jennifer Gilmour at jgilmour@mvpctoday.org for the link.

Register Adult 

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.

Pay your Balance for Mexico 2019

Already registered and still need to make a payment? Use the red button below to make the full or partial payment by credit card. 

Pay your Mexico 2019 Balance

If paying by check, please make it out to MVPC and write “Mexico 2019” and the participants name in the memo line and drop your check in the mail or bring it to Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church at 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga CA 94556. Please contact Jennifer Gilmour; jgilmour@mvpctoday.org, (925) 376-4800 ext. 288 with questions about registration and payments.

Mexico 2019 Sweatshirts

These soft, warm, high-quality sweatshirts are perfect for campfire time in Mexico and chilly days at school and weekends after the trip. It is so fun to see everyone wearing them around town each year!

Orders have already been placed but we always order a few extras for purchase before the trip. Ask Jennifer about purchasing a sweatshirt when you come to drop off luggage on Wednesday, March 27.

Register your Tent NOW!

Participants are welcome to tent with whomever they like with a maximum of 6 people in a tent (we suggest 3-4). Each student is encouraged to talk with friends and decide who will be in their tent. ONE PERSON will use the button below to register their tent and list their tent mates. ADULTS, please register your tents and tent mates also so we can map out the campsite. Every participant should be listed in a tent before the trip.

Register your tent and tent mates

Packing List and Teamwork Night Booklet

Download this printable Packing List 2019 to help with shopping and packing!

Teamwork Night Booklet 2019 – This is a pdf version of the 2019 booklet that families receive on Teamwork Night which contains valuable information about the trip. 

Community Service Forms

Every year we provide Community Service forms to show your work hours in Mexico. We will have forms for Campolindo, Miramonte and Acalanes high schools already filled out and signed available on Mexico Sunday 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.

Important Dates

  • December 5 – February 27:  Registration Open 
  • January 9 and February 6:  Parent Information Meetings @ 7:00pm (same info in both meetings)
  • February 22:  Student Leader Meeting (Student Leaders only) @ 5:30-10 pm in Room 201/202
  • February 24:  Adult Coach Lunch and training @ 11-2:00 pm in Fellowship Hall
  • February 27:  Teamwork Night for ALL participants and a parent @ 7-9 pm in Sanctuary (registration ends)
  • March 16:  House Build training for Student Leaders and Coaches @ 8:30 am – noon
  • March 17:  Adult Gathering for ALL adults coming on trip @ 6:30-9 pm at the Brown home, 3519 Hamlin Road in Lafayette.
  • March 27:  Luggage Drop Off for students and adults @ 7:00 am-7:00 pm in room 201/202, 211/212 and 213
  • March 30:  Adult Advance Team Departs, meet @ 7:00 am in MVPC parking lot
  • March 30:  Buses with Students/Coaches Depart, meet @ 11:00 pm in Sanctuary (leaders at 10 pm)
  • April 4:  Fly/Drive team flies from Oakland to San Diego to be picked up by MVPC staff
  • April 6:  Parent Debrief for Student Re-entry @ 9:30-10:30 pm in Forum
  • April 6:  Everyone Returns @ 10:30pm  buses unload in Miramonte parking lot
  • April 7:  Mexico Sunday for all participants, families and MVPC family@ 9:30am in the Sanctuary
  • April 17:  Mexico Reunion Night for all participants and families @ 6:30-9:00 pm, 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.

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

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 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.