Nicaragua Mission

Social Ministries

Transforming lives

In partnership with Amigos for Christ, we work shoulder-to-shoulder with Nicaraguan neighbors to bring clean water, healthcare, education, and economic opportunity to rural communities in need. Those who have participated in past trips know the powerful impact our Nicaragua Missions have on people’s lives – both the people traveling there and those to whom we minister.

2018 Nicaragua Mission Trips, First Youth Trip

Commemorating our 10th year of partnership with Amigos for Christ and our mission in rural Nicaragua, Holy Spirit is planning three mission trips to Nicaragua for 2018. Since our first trip in 2009 with 26 missionaries, the trip has blossomed into a popular annual sojourn with over 100 missionaries and two other churches. Part of its success has been its unique blend of youth, adults and families.

In 2018, we will have our first high school youth trip, our traditional family focused trip, and a first-time adult-only trip, each providing its own unique experience.

Our 2018 schedule will include the following:

Youth Week:
July 7-14, 2018

This trip is open to youth entering their junior or senior year of high school. Graduated seniors may also attend as youth participants. The trip will be led by Youth Director Row David and organized as a traditional youth mission trip with adult chaperones. The trip will focus on working in poor villages in rural Nicaragua during the day and music, fellowship, and play in the evenings.

Family Week:
July 14-21, 2018

This trip is our traditional multi-generational trip open to all adults and parents or close relatives (e.g. aunt/uncle) with youth. Young persons must be at least entering their freshman year in high school. Parents with older high school youth are also welcomed to attend. Unaccompanied minors are not allowed.

Adult Week:
October 20-27, 2018

This trip is open to all adults. It will include engagement with communities with which Amigos for Christ is partnering.  Service is still an important element, but perhaps not with same physical intensity as the other groups.  The trip will be a blend of service and spiritual retreat including opportunities for prayer and reflection.

Cost for the Youth and Family trips is $1150. This includes airfare, room and board, and an administration fee. At the time of registration, a non-refundable deposit of $450 will be required. Final payment will be due no later than April 6th.

There will be informational meetings for both trips on January 21, 2018 in the Church. The meeting for the Youth Trip will be at 1:00 p.m. and the meeting for the Family Trip will be at 2:00 p.m.

Registration for the Youth and Family weeks will open on February 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. The registration date for the Adult Trip has not yet been determined. The registration period for this year is compressed as compared to previous years and will close at 6:00 p.m. on March 9, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Nicaragua Committee Chairperson, Dan Crocker, at dan@crockerworld.org.

Gifts of Opportunity

WEEKENDS OF DECEMBER 2 – 3 * DECEMBER 9 – 10 * DECEMBER 16 – 17

Holy Spirit Church is once again excited to offer our community the opportunity to give the gift of lasting change, and empower a child, a family, or even an entire community by giving a Gift of Opportunity this Christmas in your name, or in the name of a family member, friend, co-worker or company. YOUR generosity and support will literally SAVE lives, and help provide a better future for the poor and neglected families of Nicaragua; some who do not even have the basic human necessities of access to clean water, safe shelter, or proper nutrition.

Hundreds of Holy Spirit community volunteers and missionaries travel to Nicaragua (the second poorest country in
the western hemisphere) each summer, and working alongside Amigos For Christ staff, represent your gifts personally by delivering pigs, chickens, building clean-air kitchens to eliminate a major source of respiratory issues, as well as building toilets and showers with running water through the Modern Bathroom Project. Progress of the new school buildings in La Chuscada continues with Phase 1 completed, and the preschool is now open and bustling with happy and hopeful children! This year a new gift of “Feed A Student For A Year” is being offered for your consideration to donate towards Education and Nutrition to break the cycle of poverty. ALL of these incredible projects made possible by YOUR COMPASSION, GENEROSITY and the GOODNESS OF YOUR HEARTS!

PLEASE stop by the  Gifts of Opportunity table outside of church after any Mass on the designated days listed above, purchase your life changing gifts, receive a beautiful Christmas card describing the impact of your specific gift, and meet some of our incredible volunteers that will share their stories, and tell you firsthand how your gift will  MAKE A DIFFERENCE this Christmas!

Or visit http://squareup.com/store/HSGO to place your order immediately or for more information. Corporate Matching Programs accepted – please contact Laura Smith at sargi8@sbcglobal.net for more details.

Thank you for being the hands of Christ to those most impoverished in our world.

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