Mexico Mission Trip 2019 | Student Registration
Build a house and build community with the ROCK this Spring Break!
All Participant Meetings, Deadlines, and Events:
Monday, January 14: Registration deadline and $350 non-refundable deposit due to reserve student’s placement on the trip.
Tuesday, February 5 | 6:00-8:00pm: First all participant meeting in the ROCK, (parents welcome), dinner provided. Second payment of $400 due.
Saturday, March 2: Student Ministry Auction (4 hours of volunteer service required). See below for more information.
Sunday, March 17: Training: meet your building team and learn basic housebuilding skills. 2:00pm-5:00pm, in the ROCK. Third payment of remaining tuition balance due (see below).
Sunday, March 31: Commissioning at the 5pm service (families and friends encouraged to join). Meeting 6:00pm-7:30pm in the ROCK, dinner provided. ***Collection of Passports***
Monday, April 1: Baggage night: drop off your hammer, tool belt, sleeping bag/pad/pillow, 4:30pm-5:30pm in the ROCK.
Saturday, April 6: Meet at SeaTac airport at 6:00am: Southwest #3305- Depart Seattle 8:50am, arrive San Diego 11:40am
Saturday, April 13: Pick-up at SeaTac airport baggage claim at 4:00pm: Southwest #2407- Depart San Diego 12:40pm, Arrive Seattle 3:40pm
Sunday, April 28: Mexico Sharing @ MIPC 5:00pm Worship Service (families and friends encouraged to join). Reunion from 6:00-8:00pm in the ROCK, dinner provided.
Additional Meetings for Mexico Student Leaders Only:
Tuesday, February 26: Mexico student leader meeting in the ROCK, 4:00pm-5:30pm, snacks provided.
Tuesday, March 12: Both adult & MX student leaders meet for an equipping session, 6:00pm-8:00pm in the ROCK, dinner provided.
Student Ministry Auction
This is a great community event held annually to raise funds for the ROCK Student Ministries and Mission Projects. All participants (adult leaders and students) are required to volunteer 4 hours at the Student Ministry Auction on Saturday evening, March 2. The money raised at this event helps subsidize two things: 1. Some of the cost of 20+ adult leaders and staff needed to safely execute this trip and 2. The cost of Mexico house parts. If your student has a significant conflict on March 2, please contact Julie Garrett immediately: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Trip cost* is broken into three payment installations:
First payment- $350 non-refundable deposit due with registration (by January 9 to reserve student’s placement on the trip)
Second payment- $450 due by February 5 (first all participant meeting)
Third payment- Remaining cost due by March 17 (see below)
MIPC member total cost: $1,550
Non MIPC member total cost: $1,750
Parent Volunteer Opportunity:
There will be a $200 discount applied to the student’s trip cost if a parent donates at least 10 hours of time to the Student Ministry Auction. Please contact Julie Garrett, email@example.com, if you able to volunteer.
Applications turned in after the January 9 deadline are subject to a $100 fee.
Partial scholarships are available to all participants on a completely confidential basis. Please indicate interest on registration form.
*Gifts to the church missions program, with an expression of an advisory preference for my mission trip expenses, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
An updated medical information form and release is needed for each student that participates in activities with the ROCK.
If you already submitted an up-to-date online medical form during the 2018-2019 school year, you do not need to re-submit.
Meet at SeaTac airport on April 6 at 6:00am
Saturday, April 6: Southwest #3305- Depart Seattle 8:50am, arrive San Diego 11:40am
Pick-up at SeaTac airport baggage claim on April 13 at 4:00pm
Saturday, April 13: Southwest #2407- Depart San Diego 12:40pm, arrive Seattle 3:40pm
Inquires Regarding Safety:
With the events in Tijuana being front and center in our daily news, we are getting some questions from folks about how this might affect our house building trip planned for April. Especially from folks who are considering this trip for themselves or a loved one.
Shorter answer: Safety is our top priority, and we will be monitoring the situation closely, and at this point, we are still planning to go.
Longer answer: I have spoken with University Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Spokane who both take very large groups the same time as us, and they are also planning on moving forward with their trips. Brad, the director from First Presbyterian Church of Spokane, let me know that he personally has 3 friends who live in San Diego (all parts of churches down there) that have been going back and forth daily to help support the churches in TJ that are housing many of the migrants. They say that outside of the one border crossing incident the other day (which was obviously significant)- everyone down there (from the migrants, to those patrolling, to those serving) has been super peaceful. My friend Adam, he said, was walking around down there for most of the day today just checking in, bringing supplies, and meeting with his pastor friends, and he said everything was as regular as normal.
I also spoke with the executive director of Doxa, the non-profit organization we work with for our house building trip, and here is what he said:
As for Doxa, we’re keeping in constant contact with our staff and orphanage partners on the ground. They have a great pulse on the current conditions and how things are developing throughout Tijuana. I also continue to be in Tijuana 1-2 times per week and my driving route is right next to two of the largest encampments of migrants. If conditions will not be safe for any group coming to Tijuana, we’ll communicate that as soon as possible and cancel the trip.
NOW, that doesn't mean that things can’t change! But at this point, here is how and why we're moving forward:
First, we are holding Tijuana in prayer, and we are especially praying for the migrant travelers and their families, the people of TJ, and our own country's response to this ordeal.
The areas where we work and live are not near the border and have not been affected, by this development.
We are keeping in regular communication with Doxa, and our contacts down in Tijuana, and will plan to do an on-the-ground visit before April to check things out for ourselves.
As always, if at any point between now and our trip in April, things change and it no longer feels like an acceptable risk- we will for sure cancel the trip.
Now I know this doesn’t answer your other question: Should I let my child sign up for this trip?
We believe that every family has to answer that question for themselves. We won’t pressure or persuade and we will support whatever decision you make, as it is also our job to support and care for you as parents as you make difficult decisions. I have several parents who have weighed this same question over the years and who would love to be a resource for anyone struggling with this decision. If you would like their contact info let me know.
Lastly, please join us in prayer for Tijuana, and feel free to ask any clarifying questions.
Sincerely, Pastor Lindsay Murphy and the ROCK Staff