Holy Land

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I went on mission in order to share my faith, but I did not realize just how much I would be moved. The mission trip completely changed my outlook on life and how I am called to serve the Lord. I do not know where He is calling but I do know that because of this mission I will not be afraid to follow Him wherever I am called.”

– Thomas Bernhardt, University of Illinois

 

Languages: Hebrew, Arabic, English

Exports: Hand Made Olive Wood Gifts

Fun Fact: The olives trees in the Garden of Gethsemane are estimated to be anywhere between 1,000 and 2,000 years old.

 

This trip is not only a pilgrimage through the land where our faith began, but an opportunity to spread the message of the Gospel. Time will be spent with Christian students both at Bethlehem University and homes in order to understand the difficulties of living in the Holy Land, as well as to allow FOCUS students to teach their evangelization techniques to the Holy Land students among other things.   

Missionaries will get to work with the Franciscans of the Holy Land (who work tirelessly to help Christians remain in the Holy Land), as well as visiting locations such as Mt. Tabor, the Grotto of Jesus’ birth, the Sea of Galilee, Mt. Calvary, the location which our Blessed Mother Mary was born, and more. On this mission, you will literally walk in the steps of Christ and show others how to do the same! 

Spring Break 2017 #1

  • Dates: March 3-12, 2017
  • Mission Director: Elizabeth Lugo
  • Mission Co-Leaders: Rebecca Kohl, John Sammarco, Nicholas Smith
  • Amount to Fundraise: $3,350*

Spring Break 2017 #2

  • Dates: March 10-19, 2017
  • Mission Director: Elizabeth Hendee 
  • Mission Co-Leaders: Amanda Graves, Andrew Lemoine, Angel Rodriguez
  • Amount to Fundraise: $3,300*

Summer 2017

  • Dates: July, 2017*
  • Mission Director: Sarah Spencer
  • Mission Co-Leaders: Karianne Bolduc, Kelsey Wieser, Gian Gonzalez, Nate Wipple
  • Amount to Fundraise: $3,500*

Price includes: Round-trip airfare to mission country, travel insurance, pre-trip orientation retreat, post-trip debriefing retreat, all food, lodging, materials, and in-country transportation. (Does not include:immunizations and travel meds, your travel to/from US departure city [departure city will be determined by the Mission Director], passport/visa expenses, other personal incidentals).

* Dates and price subject to change

  1. Each FOCUS Missions participant has the opportunity to fundraise the entire cost of their mission trip. Consider that fundraising allows people who may not have the opportunity to travel on a mission trip to participate in this essential work through you. In another sense, “some give by going while others go by giving.” Allowing others to support us through their financial commitments and prayers is essential to the success of FOCUS Missions!
  2. You will be contacted by your personal fundraising coach soon after you have been accepted on a mission trip to train and mentor you in each step along the way.
  3. Please feel free to contact us at any time by phone or email with your fundraising questions.

I went on mission in order to share my faith, but I did not realize just how much I would be moved. The mission trip completely changed my outlook on life and how I am called to serve the Lord. I do not know where He is calling but I do know that because of this mission I will not be afraid to follow Him wherever I am called.”

– Thomas Bernhardt, University of Illinois

“Christ Jesus is here on earth. It’s so hard to see and hear him in the noise we live in. It took prayer and quiet of a life of simplicity to hear him. And it took compassion and suffering with our brothers and sisters to see him.”

– Carissa Ramirez, Angelo State University

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