Philippines

“The Philippines mission trip taught me about how God’s love is one that is constantly pouring over us. He desires to challenge us and bring us closer to Him. I felt this by Him calling me to abandon my worldly possessions, worldly thoughts, and to truly be vulnerable to Christ and his love.”

- Lauren La Coy, Illinois State University

 

 

Hosted by the Filipino GK Build program, this Catholic-based organization has been hosting student groups for one to two week long immersions for 6 years.  As Christ lived among the poor and downtrodden, so too will we as we work in the Filipino slums to build homes and transform a community through the light of Christ.  Working with GK, you will be able to experience poverty but also see hope, transforming a culture and creating a belief in the dignity of all people.

 

Summer

  • Dates: July 9 – 26  2014*
  • Mission Director: Becky Nowak
  • Mission Co-Leaders: Ruth Kalscheur, Alex Lohn
  • Amount to Fundraise: $3,500*

Price includes: Roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles (or other US departure city determined by the Mission Director), travel insurance, pre-trip orientation retreat, post-trip debriefing retreat, all food, lodging, and in-country transportation.(Does not include immunizations and travel meds, your travel to/from departure city, 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.

“The Philippines mission trip taught me about how God’s love is one that is constantly pouring over us. He desires to challenge us and bring us closer to Him. I felt this by Him calling me to abandon my worldly possessions, worldly thoughts, and to truly be vulnerable to Christ and his love.”

- Lauren La Coy, Illinois State University

“There is nothing better I can write than JUST GO! The single most life changing decision I made, and will never forget it.”

- Student Participant

“Before this mission trip I was very involved in FOCUS and had a bible study and was practicing my faith very well. However, I realized that a lot of my relationship with Christ was focused on myself and what I can do to improve my life. On this trip I realized that true happiness comes from looking upward and outward, not inward. For the first time, I saw Christ in the faces of the kids and the people in the village and realized that by serving them and being out of my comfort zone I grew so much more in my faith.”

- Hannah Schinkel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln