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Grand Rapids Group Trip
Friday, July 27, 2012 to Sunday, August 05, 2012
$2025 per person* + International Airfare**
[Mission Code: RU12-07GR]
About This TripThis is an 10 Day / 9 Night mission trip to Russia.
This team will visit Summer Camps and Crisis Center.
In 2010 a group of listeners from WCSG, WAYfm and MNN traveled to Russia on a trip for evangelism to orphans in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. Excitement about the opportunities to minister to the children caused listeners from the stations to return in 2011. Trip participants from those previous trips are organizing a return trip again this summer! Additional team members are needed to help with this exciting ministry opportunity to continue to build relationships with the children. During the summer months it is traditional for orphanages to take the children to camp outside the city. Unfortunately there are few planned activities and the children spend their days with little to do, adding to a feeling of helplessness. By visiting these children and sharing God's word, you will be able to make a huge impact in their lives.
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.
The team will stay in a hotel close to the ministry site. We will have double-occupancy rooms with bathrooms.
Trip ItineraryThis itinerary is subject to change.
Friday, July 27 — Depart Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago to St. Petersburg, Russia
Saturday, July 28 — Arrive in St. Petersburg, Check into Moscova Hotel
Sunday, July 29 — Worship, Sightseeing, Visit Crisis Center #15
Monday, July 30 — Crisis Center #15
Tuesday, July 31 — Ministry at Orphanage Camp
Wednesday, August 1 — Ministry at Orphanage Camp
Thursday, August 2 — Ministry at Orphanage Camp
Friday, August 3 — Ministry at Orphanage Camp; Drive back to St. Petersburg
Saturday, August 4 — Sightseeing & Shopping
Sunday, August 5 — Depart St. Petersburg for USA
$2025 per person* + International Airfare**
Total trip cost includes an estimated land cost of $2025* plus approximately $1500 for international and domestic airfare between the USA and Russia. Land cost of $2025 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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Orphan Outreach Mission Trip Baggage Policy
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.