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Join us for our first mission trip as a church!

Ensenada, Mexico

Dates:

July 13-20, 2024

Email:

Ministry Partners:

Yugo Ministries- https://www.yugo.org

Cost:
$1,700pp +/- (Depending on airfare)

Purpose

The purpose of this trip is to come alongside a local pastor in Ensenada to help reach his community with the Gospel of Christ. We accomplish that by building homes for families living in structures pieced together by trash. Yugo has partnered with local pastors to develop this program of providing houses for families. A local pastor identifies a family they know in the community who needs a home. This family may not be connected to the church or even be believers. Yugo Ministries encourages pastors to use this as an evangelistic opportunity. The pastor asks the family to enter into a year-long process where the pastor can evangelize, witness to, and disciple the family while they go through this process. We meet the family on Sunday afternoon, begin framing the house, and by Thursday afternoon, we hand the keys to the family with their newly finished home.

Payment Schedule:
Feb 4 - $100
March 24 - $625
May 5 - $425
June 16 - $425
July 14 - $125

A Bit About The Trip

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In just four short days, a family receives a house they can call home.

 

Group Size

The ideal group size is 12-24 people. It takes at least 12 people to finish the home in one week. With more than 24 people, there needs to be more work to go around. 

We will potentially host Vacation Bible School if the group is large enough to split between the home project and running VBS simultaneously.

Travel

We will leave the church parking lot towards the airport as a team. We will leave Columbus with enough time for at least 2 hours to get through security.  

We will fly from Atlanta, Georgia to San Diego, California. Once we arrive at the San Diego International Airport, we will drive down to Ensenada, Mexico (on the Baja Peninsula). Typically, we will travel in a 15-passenger van(s).

Once we cross the border into Mexico, we travel down the Pacific Ocean on Hwy 1D for about 3 hours, with water on our right and mountains on our left. After a few toll roads, we arrive at the front door of the ministry center of Yugo.  

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Lodging

Yugo is equipped to host 200 guests on their property. The Yugo campus in Ensenada has safe, comfortable facilities for our team with a good mix of spaces for sleeping, visiting, and just hanging out. The campus is equipped with dorm-style housing. The rooms range from small rooms for couples/families to large rooms for large groups. In addition, there are fully equipped restrooms and showers with hot water! 

They have a full working kitchen to prepare buffet-style meals in the dining hall. Breakfast menu items include bacon & eggs, French toast, breakfast burritos, and cereal. Dinner menus include pasta, hamburgers, tacos, soups, and salads. Lunches, including sandwiches, fruit, and snacks, are prepared to take to the ministry site.

There is safe drinking water available at all times. However, you will need to bring a water bottle to refill throughout the week. 

The campus has several large common rooms and recreation spaces, including patios with ping-pong tables and a foosball table. There is even an on-site cafe to get coffee, soda, and snacks, purchase YUGO gear, or hang out and connect. The campus has Wi-Fi connection to help you stay connected.

They also have a 150-seat meeting space for daily chapel services. These chapel times include contemporary praise and worship, dynamic topical speaking, and highlight videos of your day’s activities. We must make time to come together to help process and reflect on what God is doing in and through us. 

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Requirements:

  • A heart of service & willingness to be flexible.

  • A passport that does not expire for at least 6 months from our return date. 

Safety:

    This is a significant issue for most people and parents. We will stay current on what is happening in Ensenada. Most of what you see in the news is not in the Baja Peninsula and do not occur on the roadway to Ensenada. The bottom line is that as we get close to our trip, if any activity causes us to question our safety, we will not go. Since 1965, Yugo has operated in Mexico and has never had a threat or a violent act against a staff member or mission trip team member. Last year, over 3,000 people participated in a Yugo mission trip, and they did not have any issues. We encourage every parent and participant to check out the safety information on Yugo’s website ->

https://yugo.nm-secure.com/safety-concerns

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Sample Packing List:

  • Passport (& copy of passport) 

  • Travel pillow

  • Refillable Water bottle

  • Towel for showers 

  • Bible, notebook, pen 

  • Toiletries / Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Work Clothes (will most likely get ruined) 

  • Closed-toe shoes for worksite and casual shoes 

  • Spending money (campus has a store, Churros, Tacos, souvenirs, etc.)

  • Personal medical items (glasses, prescriptions, etc.) 

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Example Schedule: 

  • Sunday Evening

    • Travel to Ensenada

    • Dinner with family we are building the house for 

    • Orientation in the Chapel

  • Monday – Thursday

    • Morning Chapel 

    • Breakfast

    • Worksite (9:30-4:30)

    • Dinner 

    • Evening Chapel 

  • Friday

    • Breakfast 

    • Chapel 

    • Leave Campus 

    • Arrive in San Diego 

  • Saturday

    • Travel to Atlanta

    • Arrive back in Columbus

FAQ'S

  • Do I need any vaccinations for Mexico? 

You do not need any specific vaccinations for Mexico. However, you should speak with your doctor to ensure you are up to date on all recommended vaccinations. We will be on a construction site, it is highly encouraged to ensure you have an updated tetanus vaccination / booster.

  • Do I need any construction experience to participate in this trip? 

Each build site has an experienced Yugo Staff member to help with the build. They give you step-by-step instructions throughout the entire process. You do not need to have prior construction experience to participate. 

  • Is there any financial assistance available? 

If you want to go on this trip but need financial assistance, please get in touch with Matt to discuss fundraising options.

  • Can I purchase my airfare using my airline points? 

Doubtful. We must travel together as a team on the same flight. Please reach out to Matt to discuss this option and the logistics to see if it would be possible.

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