Dear GC15 Mission Teammate,
We are now on the 10 day countdown!! After all this time I heard myself say “next week” in response to the question, “When are you leaving on your trip?” It is here and it is not too early to begin pulling out items to pack. Since we are packing light it will be even more important to make a big pile of all you “think” you need and then begin paring it down to what you really can take.
Leave yourself margins in the schedule over the next 10 days so you can find rest and times with God. It is more important than ever to spend time in prayer and sitting with Jesus. The enemy wants us to be busy, stressed and be tired as we head into this. Stand up and fight with the Lord on your side. I will be praying for you. Pray for me.
Below is information you may or may not have seen. It is review information. Check it once, check it twice. WE TRUST YOU TO REACH OUT. No question is a dumb question. If you need answers look at the below information and make contact with the person who can help. If he or she does not know the answer they will point you in the right direction. We are ready to help.
Below is our schedule, in general terms, for the days we are together and serving. If you want more details about your destination please contact your ON-SITE leader, listed below.
Wednesday, July 8
Travel to Orlando
Thursday, July 9 – Orientation Day
8:30-10am Session 1
10:30am – 12:00pm Session 2
1:00-2:15pm Session 3
2:45-4:15pm Team Breakouts
6:30-7:30pm Worship Service
Friday, July 10
Early AM Mission Teams depart to ministry sites
Saturday, July 11-Tuesday, July 14
Teams on the field
Wednesday, July 15
Teams return from ministry sites
7:00pm Worship with all the GC crowd
Thursday, July 16 – Debrief Day
8:30am Worship/Session 1
10:45am Meet in group break-outs by destination
1:00pm Worship/Session 2
2:15pm Break-out groups
3:45pm Communion services in each room
7:00pm Evening Worship with all the GC15 Crowd
Friday, July 17
We’re hoping that each group of 10 or so people will have one person assigned to take pictures and videos of your trip. Nothing fancy. Smart phones will be fine. When you return to the Caribe hotel in Orlando, we’re going to ask for the 3- or 4-best pictures from each group. And if you have a super :15-second video shot, we’d like that, too. And if you have access to cell service from your mission field, we’d appreciate your group sending us your “best” picture each day. Some of these will be used in a photo montage that will be shown in the evening services of General Conference. Please be thinking about whether you’d like to be a videographer or photographer for your group! Each group will be asked to tell us the name of their official “scribe” on Thursday, July 9th, before you leave Caribe.
REGISTRATION/ORLANDO HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS email@example.com
MISSION DESTINATION – packing, schedule, etc. Check with your ON-SITE LEADER listed below
TRAVEL FROM ORLANDO TO DESTINATION firstname.lastname@example.org
ORLANDO AIRPORT SHUTTLE TO HOTEL email@example.com
ANYTHING ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GC15 MISSION TRIPS OR THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF LIFE’S QUESTIONS (ok, maybe not that last category ) Doug Ranck firstname.lastname@example.org
PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES
“POINT PEOPLE” FROM EACH CHURCH ONLY: Please tell us how you are getting to Orlando. Send this information NOT TO ME but THERESA PORTWOOD email@example.com
flying but renting a car
or flying and need a ride from the airport to the hotel?
IF YOU NEED A RIDE FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CARIBE HOTEL tell us yesterday (aka ASAP) what time (and day) your flight arrives in Orlando and the day and time it departs from Orlando.
For your information, included in the cost of your registration is insurance while you are on your mission trip. This includes both medical coverage and evacuation coverage in case you are seriously injured or ill and need to be flown back to the United States.
ON-SITE LEADERS CONTACT INFO
Here is the roster of ON-SITE leaders for your information and specific questions:
Costa Rica: Clay Utley firstname.lastname@example.org
Dominican Republic: Pat and Marge McClanahan email@example.com
Haiti: Randy Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org
Miami: Doug Ranck email@example.com
STANDARD STUFF . . . below is information we will include with every email update. These are often the most commonly asked questions so we are making it easier on you to find the links you need
For those of you travelling outside the United States, check the below links for any further information you may need on your destination . . .
Participants should be in good physical and emotional health able to handle strenuous walking, un-level ground, carrying their own suitcase, and living without “typical” comforts of home (air-conditioning, warm shower, clean bathroom, favorite foods). Participants should demonstrate a willingness to get along with others and contribute to team goals.
Participants should consult their family physician regarding immunizations. We recommend referring to the Centers for Disease Control website for further information.
If you have other questions please feel free to contact us.
GC15 Mission Trips
Office Phone: 965-1338 x224
Cell Phone: 805-252-3216