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WAYfm and MNN Russia Ministry trip
Friday, August 13, 2010 to Sunday, August 22, 2010
$1700 per person* + International Airfare**
[Mission Code: RU10-08WFM]
About This TripThis is an 10 Day / 9 Night mission trip to Russia.
This team will visit .
Join WAYfm and Mission Network News in serving orphans in Russia. This team will do hands on evangelism with orphans at the Crisis Center #15. Orphan Outreach has had a long relationship with Crisis Center #15 in St. Petersburg, Russia. This Center acts as triage for the children of St. Petersburg who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Children who are brought here range in age from infants to teenagers. Many are newborns who have been abandoned on the street or found in dumpsters. The team will also visit and minister to orphans in orphanages in the region of Leningrad.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, its shaky orphan-care system also fell. Alcohol consumption increased to 10 times the U.S. level. The instances of divorce also climbed, along with the HIV-infection rate, which is now one of the highest in the world. And, according to a 2007 UNICEF report, the annual number of children without parental care in Russia "has more than doubled over the last 10 years, despite falling birth rates." Currently, there are over 750,000 children in the orphanage system and hundreds of thousands more living in the streets. The goal of Orphan Outreach in Russia is to involve and empower local churches to do the work of orphan care. The ministry focus is on orphan graduates-those orphans who are leaving the orphanage system. Without essential living skills, education, or employment possibilities, many of these young people resort to addictions, prostitution, or suicide. To help prevent such outcomes, Orphan Outreach has begun to support local orphanages and ministries to bridge a child's transition from orphan-care to independent living.
Paula Hayes, Director of Administrative Services
Paula has more than 26 years of management experience in the telecommunications industry and 12 years administrative management experience in orphan ministry. She has led and ministered to orphans on numerous mission trips since 1999. Paula and her husband Bill are the parents of three grown children and the proud grandparents of 6.
Greg Yoder, Director, MNN
Greg Yoder is the Anchor and Executive Director of MNN. He will lead the team in Russia. MNN is designed to not only provide news and information around the world, but provide ways for Christians to get out of the pew and do something for God. Every Christian can do something -- they can pray, they can give or they can go. Greg has traveled extensively throughout Russia, including trips with his wife to adopt their daughter, Anastasia.
The team will stay in a hotel in St. Petersburg.. We will have double-occupancy rooms with bathrooms.
Trip ItineraryThis itinerary is subject to change
Friday, August 13- — Depart Grand Rapids for St. Petersburg, Russia (via Chicago and Duesseldorf)
Sat, August 14- — 3:45pm â€“ Arrive St Petersburg, Russia Check in to hotel, team meeting and dinner
Sun, August 15- — AM- Team devotion and worship PM- Visit Hermitage and Evangelism Ministry to orphans at the Crisis Center
Mon, August 16- — Evangelism Ministry to orphans at the Crisis Center PM- Visit Baby Home orphanage
Tues, August 17- — Evangelism Ministry to orphans at the Crisis Center
Wed, August 18- — Evangelism Ministry to orphans at the Crisis Center
Thurs, August 19- — Evangelism Ministry to orphans at the Crisis Center
Fri, August 20- — Travel to Luga for ministry in orphanage and Luga hospital
Sat, August 21- — Sightseeing and shopping
Sunday, August 22 — AM- Early departure for the US 7:55 PM- Arrive Grand Rapids
$1700 per person* + International Airfare**
Total trip cost includes an estimated land cost of $1700* plus approximately $1510 for international and domestic airfare between the USA and Russia. Land cost of $1700 is all-inclusive: all meals, lodging, in-country transportation, insurance, interpreters, bottled water, sightseeing, etc.
* The estimated land cost is subject to change based on changes in the total number of trip participants, trip itinerary or length of trip.
**Orphan Outreach arranges all air travel. Costs confirmed at time of booking.
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Please note that starting in 2013, all mission trip participants will need to cover the cost of their second checked baggage. When traveling internationally, most airlines allow passengers to carry two checked bags at 50 pounds maximum. Typically, your 1st checked bag is free and your 2nd bag costs approximately $40- $75, one way, depending on where you are traveling. Please read the Missions Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding checked baggage.