Guatemala – June 17-26, 2017

Partnership: Champions in Action

application due by November 13, 2016

This June, Encounter Church of Palmyra will partner with Champions in Action as they run a top-notch soccer camp for over 100 boys, ages 11-13.  Attending sports camps in the United States is quite common, but the storyline is much different for the children headed to camp with Champions in Action this summer.  These campers come from poor, often violent neighborhoods filled with crime activity, and many grow-up in homes without a father.  Sadly, statistics show that children in this type of environment are far more likely to fall into crime.  Attending a Champions in Action soccer camp is the opportunity of a lifetime because camp is about so much more than soccer…camp is about connecting every camper to a Christian mentor from the same neighborhood.

All week at camp, mentors hang out with the campers, seizing opportunities to talk about Jesus.  The mentors are intentional and committed, and when camp ends, their job is not finished.  For at least one year, the mentors maintain weekly contact with their new mentees.  Champions in Action believes that mentorship has the potential to change the trajectory of a child’s life, especially if a mentor connects a child to Jesus and the local church.  Here at Encounter Church, we feel the same way…that’s why we’re partnering with this amazing organization this summer!

Who Can Go?

Anyone in high school or older can apply for this trip.  No, you do not need to speak Spanish or play soccer to participate. Encounter Church will send up to 35 people. (10-15 youth, 20-25 adults)

What Can I Expect?

Volunteers are the hands and feet of camp; running water to the kids, facilitating soccer drills, providing medical assistance, leading worship, and keeping an eye on the campers during free time.  Volunteers do the grunt work so the mentors can focus on cultivating a lasting relationship with the campers.  And as we work, we’ll look for opportunities to encourage the mentors along the way.

How Much Will The Trip Cost?

The total cost of the trip will be approximately $1350.  This covers airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and all of you meals.  This total also includes a scholarship for one camper, which covers all of his camp expenses. Securing a passport and travel insurance will come at an addition cost, so please budget accordingly.

Where Am I Going?

Volunteers arrive in Guatemala City, in the south-central part of the country. From there, they take buses (and a few boats) to camp, which is on the northeastern coast, in between Livingston and Puerto Barrios.

Questions? Contact Jon Small (small.jon@gmail.com) or Steve Mann (steve@encounterchurchofpalmyra.com)