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mission exchange - haitiMission Exchange is a new initiative of CBFVA that provides Virginia churches with pre-planned mission experiences.

Once you have chosen the site that you would like to connect with, contact Mark Snipes at msnipes@cbfva.org

  •  Atlanta, Ga (Hosted by Grant Park Baptist Church)
  • Danville, Va (Hosted by Grace and Main)
  • Grand-Goave, Haiti (Hosted by CBF Field Personnel Jenny Jenkins)
  • Kocise, Slovakia (Hosted by CBF Field Personnel Jon and Tanya Parks)

*Please note that new Mission Exchange opportunities will given each year.

 

Mission Exchange:

Mission Exchange is a mission initiative of the CBFVA that offers churches pre- planned mission experiences that connect your church with the work of CBF Field Personnel domestically and around the world. If your church chooses to engage in this program, you will be able to pick from four different sites, then connect with the CBFVA office to work out dates and an itinerary that works for you.

 

The Mission Exchange Idea:

To begin the process of joining Mission Exchange, explore the four mission opportunities that we have available for 2014-2015. After choosing a site, pick out a primary and secondary date that works for your church and our office will see if those dates work for the host site. Once a date is on the calendar, then CBFVA will work with your group to finalize an itinerary and travel plans.

To make Mission Exchange as meaningful as possible, please understand our need to limit the number of spots at each site. Furthermore, we need at least two months turn around time to plan a domestic trip and four months to plan an international trip.

 

What is the “Exchange?”

We call this program Mission Exchange because we take seriously the give and take of doing mission. Though we often see mission through the lens of someone giving and someone receiving, CBFVA firmly believes that in the process of doing mission we all have something to give and we all have something to receive.

 

The Mission Exchange schedule:

  • Step One: Pick a Site, then pick primary and secondary dates, and then contact Mark Snipes (msnipes@cbfva.org) to secure your date and time.
  • Step Two: Once the date and time are secured, Mark will work with you on creating an agenda that is specific and meaningful for you.
  • Step Three: We want to walk alongside you on this journey. So, one month before you go, we want to lead your group in an orientation. This will be part Bible Study and part orientation to your specific site. This Bible Study will be centered on “CBF Missiology.”
  • Step Four: We will send another Bible study for you and your group to go through. This Bible study will be centered on “being partners with those we serve.”
  • Step Five: Get prepared and go on your trip. A week before you go, we will send you your final itinerary that includes lodging information.
  • Step Six: One month after you return, we would like to come back to your church to have a debriefing conversation. This conversation will center on “how do you take this experience forward.”

 

Mission Exchange Sites 2014-2015

Four Mission Exchanges sites are offered for the 2014-2015 season. Below are the four sessions and descriptions. Please note that new sites will be added each year.

 

ATLANTA, GA

  • Working through Grant Park Baptist Church
  • And CBF Field Personnel Trey and Jennifer Lyon

General Information

  • Grant Park is an inner city church located near Zoo Atlanta. A few years ago, Grant Park began the process of re-visioning how they would use their unused Sunday School space. Through this process, Grant Park began a ministry called Lydia’s House. Lydia’s house offers both hospitality to the Grant Park community and space for mission teams to come and work.
  • You can get more information about Lydia’s House and look at pictures of their accommodations at: http://urbanvillageministries.wordpress.com.
  • Note: Please do not register with Lydia’s House. If you are interested in this exchange site, contact me and I will go through the registration process for you.
  • Lodging: Lydia’s House.
  • Cost: $25 per person per day and a one-time $50 administrative fee per group paid to Grant Park Baptist (this does NOT include transportation or Food)
  • Type of Ministry: Hands on Inner City work and Inner City Ministry Immersion Opportunities.

 

DANVILLE, VA

  • Working through Grace and Main
  • And CBF Field Personnel Joshua and Hearne

General Information

  • Grace and Main is focused on doing ministry in downtown Danville, Virginia. In fact, 100% of the money that comes into Grace and Main goes directly into ministry downtown—not one penny goes to buildings, salaries, or personal gains. Specifically, we’re interested in confronting poverty in Danville, no matter what disguise it wears.
  • We believe that poverty is, at its most basic, any lack that somebody experiences that has a negative impact on who they are and who they’re becoming. Poverty of material resources or money is a significant poverty that we oppose in Danville, but it’s not the only one. Some people experience social poverty (lacking social interaction), while others might experience emotional poverty (lack of an emotional support system) or spiritual poverty (lack of spiritual formation and growth.)
  • Everybody is poor in some way, and we’re trying to do something about it. So, how are you poor?
  • You can see some of our upcoming projects (and items that we need to make them happen) on our “Our Needs” page and see some of the local ministry organizations that we support on our “People We Like” page. We invite people from all over the region, state, and nation to take part in what we’re doing and to join us in our ministry projects. After all, we’re all members of the same Kingdom.
  • Lodging: Local Hotel.
  • Cost: $35 per day per person (this does NOT include transportation or lunch and dinner)
  • Type of Ministry: Hands on Inner City work and Inner City Ministry Immersion Opportunities.
  • Example Itinerary:

Monday

?? — Group arrives in the midday and is welcomed to Danville at one of the homes connected to Grace and Main Fellowship

?? — Midday tours of Danville and introduction to work that will be done and people with whom they’ll be working

6pm — Dinner w/ G+M community members

7pm — Evening Prayer w/ G+M community members

10pm — Compline by yourselves at your hotel (we’ll provide prayers)

Tuesday

7:30am — Breakfast

8:15am — Morning Prayer w/ G+M community members

9am — Work Site(s)

12pm — Break for Lunch on site

12:30 — Midday Prayer on site

1pm — Work Site(s)

4:30pm — Rest

6pm — Dinner on your own

7pm — Evening Prayer

10pm — Compline

Wednesday

7:30am — Breakfast

8:15am — Morning Prayer w/ G+M community members

9am — Work Site(s)

12pm — Break for Lunch on site

12:30 — Midday Prayer on site

1pm — Work Site(s)

4:30pm — Rest

6pm — Dinner on your own

7pm — Evening Prayer

10pm — Compline

Thursday

7:30am — Breakfast

8:15am — Morning Prayer w/ G+M community members

9am — Trip to one of the following relatively close places:

Emerald Point waterpark in Greensboro, NC (45 minutes away)

Low Ropes Course (in Danville)

Durham for Mall/Duke/Other (75 minutes away)

Bugg’s Island Lake (60 minutes away)

If it’s the fourth Thursday in the month, we invite folks to come and eat dinner with us at our big, open meal in the evening. If not, then they should plan for their evening to look like other evenings from dinner on.

 

Friday

7:30am — Breakfast

8:15am — Morning Prayer w/ G+M community members

9am — Work Site(s)

12pm — Break for Lunch on site

12:30 — Midday Prayer on site

1pm — Work Site(s)

4:30pm — Rest

6pm — Dinner on your own

7pm — Evening Prayer

10pm — Compline

Saturday

7:30am — Breakfast

8:15am — Morning Prayer w/ G+M community members

9am — Closing Session with G+M leaders

11am — Service of Commissioning

11:45 — Done!

  

GRAND GOAVE, HAITI

  • Working through CBF Field Personnel Jenny Jenkins

General Information

  • Jenkins uses her medical experience to serve the people of Haiti, working to improve the continuity of health care. Prior to being commissioned, Jenkins had traveled to Haiti more than a dozen times to provide medical care.
  • “Since the earthquake my focus has become clearer,” Jenkins said. “There is a great need for follow up care with infections, wound care, physical therapy and the rebuilding of lives. It’s an opportunity to be Christ to a people who are desperately seeking a safe refuge. In the past, health care was always disjointed at best, and now that the major crisis has passed it becomes the slow painful process of rebuilding. We as Christians have an opening to be Christ to these people as never before.”
  • Travel: Your team would, if convenient, fly out of Richmond. Once in Haiti, Jenny will meet us at the airport and be with us until we fly back.
  • Lodging: Jenny owns a new “compound” where your team would sleep. This space holds up to 20 people. There are 4 rooms that contain bunk beds. Each room has its own bathroom. The “compound” overlooks the bay. The “compound” has its own private security and cooks that will take good care of us.
  • Cost: $1500 per person (all-inclusive), $2000 per-person (all-inclusive in December)
  • Type of Ministry: Children’s ministry, medical clinic, cultural exchange
  • Example Itinerary: (FYI- Jenny Prefers a Wednesday to Wednesday trip)
    • Wednesday Afternoon- Arrive in Port-a-Prince and travel to Grande Guave (about an hour). Once you arrive, Jenny will help you get settled into your rooms and then there will be a dinner on the grounds and your first team meeting.
    • Thursday/Friday/Monday/Tuesday- Breakfast in the morning and then you will travel to your mission site. You will spend the day either working with children or helping in medical clinics. You will eat lunch at a pre-approved restaurant and then spend the afternoon again working on site. Dinner will be back at the Jenkins compound and you will end the day with a debriefing session about the day.
    • Saturday- The Jenkins compound is on the bay so you will have some time to relax, have fun with your team and explore the town. This time will be all about cultural experience.
    • Sunday- you will experience Haitian worship and hospitality!

 

KOSICE, SLOVAKIA

  • Working through CBF Field Personnel Jon and Tanya Parks

General Information

  • Jon and Tanya Parks work alongside English teachers at an all-Roma private school. They lead conversational English classes, facilitate an after school English club and look for ways to create additional learning opportunities for students.
  • “The Roma live on the margins of Western society – exactly the place where Jesus declared, ‘the kingdom of God is arriving!’ We’ve seen that God is already at work among the Roma people, and we are excited to be a part of that work. We are also convinced that as others see the plight of these beautiful but forgotten people, they will fall in love with them as we have. We desire to help build God’s kingdom among the Roma by working to provide opportunities for education, care, and most importantly, for experiencing the love God offers to us all through Jesus Christ.”
  • Travel: Your team would, if convenient, fly out of Richmond. Once in Slovakia, the Parks will meet your group at the airport and be with us until we fly back.
  • Lodging: You would stay at a nice, clean hotel near the Parks in Kosice.
  • Cost: $2000 per person (all-inclusive)
  • Type of Ministry: Cultural Exchange, Flexibility a must!
  • Example Itinerary:
    • Each group’s trip will be tailored especially for this group.

 

For more information about Mission Exchange, please contact Mark Snipes at msnipes@cbfva.org or call (804) 213-0412.