SOUTH TEXAS BORDER JOURNEY
$650 + flight
4 Days / 3 Nights
WHAT TO EXPECT THROUGHOUT YOUR BORDER JOURNEY
Our border journey is educational and immersive. It will intentionally place you into the lives of immigrant leaders serving families on the U.S./Mexico border. You will hear and learn directly from pastors embedded on the border. You will learn more about the issues immigrants on the border face day to day and how local ministries are overcoming the challenges of ministering in this tumultuous region of our country.
Questions that we will discuss throughout our journey!
How might the church be mobilized as an instrument of compassion and empathy in this day and age?
What does it look like to take Jesus’ love and care to the immigrant and foreigner among us?
How is the local church reaching the diverse communities around us?
Early June 2019
Mid October 2019
*Please note that this schedule is subject to change
DAY 1: Orientation & Get to know the area
Arrival by 3PM
McAllen Miller International Airport / MFE
*Overnight at a local hotel with dinner included.
DAY 2: South Texas Border Journey
Meet with Border officials and hear about their work and perspective on the border
Brownsville, Texas - Rio Grande meets Gulf of Mexico
Pharr, San Juan, Alamo - No man’s land
Hidalgo, Texas - Hidalgo Pump House & largest Border crossing in South Texas
Mission, Texas - Overlooking the Rio Grande River & Ferry crossing
*Overnight at local hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
DAY 3: Ministry leaders & immigrant stories
Hear from local pastors and ministry leaders working with immigrant congregations
Volunteer at immigrant assistance center
*Overnight at local hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
DAY 4: Closing & departure
Debrief & Departure
MEET YOUR GUIDE
Yonathan Moya has spent the last decade of his life serving on the mission field throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He's traveled all throughout the region, including countries like Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, and Cuba.
Through Border Perspective, he wants to challenge others to see the world around them differently and go beyond their current worldview into a new understanding of who they are and how they can positively contribute to our society.
Yonathan grew up on the U.S. / Mexico border. He's a South Texas native now living with his wife, Megan, their new born son Jude, and mini-goldendoodle, Fitz, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
WHERE WE'RE GOING
Mexican prepared meals
3 nights of comfortable sleeping (double occupancy at a local hotel)
Transportation to/from airport
Insurance of any kind
Breakfast or lunch on Day 1
Lunch on Day 4
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
+ WHEN SHOULD I REGISTER FOR MY TRIP?
We recommend you secure your spot ASAP as these trips will be capped at about 10-12 participants.
+ ARE BACKGROUND CHECKS REQUIRED?
Yes. Any person 18 or older is responsible for getting a background check.
+ WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE?
- $150 non-refundable deposit due 15 days after on-line registration
- 50% Payment due two months prior to your trip
- Final Payment due one month prior your trip
The $150 non-refundable per participant deposit is due 15 days after your online registration. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. Note, if you cancel your participantion within two months of your trip, the deposit will be lost. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact our office and we would be happy to discuss in more detail.
+ IS OUR BORDER JOURNEY SAFE?
Yes. Your safety is always a top priority. Thankfully, because of our two and a half decade ministry and involvement on the border, we have so many close relationships with partner churches and organizations. Churches or organizations that we visit are familiar with our visitors and we’ve worked hard to humbly earn their trust and respect. Because of these close friendships we are the first to know if something out of the ordinary comes up or is unsafe.
Our network of community relationships allows Border Perspective to engage with the community in a way that is trusted and safe.
On the first night of the trip, our staff will guide you through an orientation and go over safety protocols.
We are more than happy to talk in more detail about safety on this trip. Please feel free to contact our office for further conversation regarding your trip safety.
+ IS BORDER PERSPECTIVE AFFILIATED WITH A DENOMINATION?
Border Perspective serves as the mobilization and equipping arm of Iglesia Misionera Cristo Vive, an immigrant church ministering and serving families in marginalized communities on the U.S./Mexico border. Iglesia Misionera Cristo Vive is a part of the Missionary Church.
+ HOW ARE THE CHURCHES/ORZANIZATIONS WE VISIT SELECTED?
Border Perspective works alongside local Pastors, non-profit organizations, and the local church year round. The Moyas live and serve border communities year round and are well connected. Border Perspective collaborates with local Pastors to plan what organizations or churches you will be visiting during your trip.
+ WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
During your mission trip it is important that you make every effort to dress respectfully, modestly, and appropriately. Please understand there are different cultural norms in the places that you are visiting. While certain clothing may be acceptable back home, it might not be appropriate for your trip. Please review the dress code below and pack accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 612-718-5021.
Shirts: All trip participants should wear either a short-sleeve or long-sleeve t-shirt. Tank tops must be modest. Please note, no spaghetti strap tank tops or ripped/torn cut-off shirts.
Pants/Shorts: All participants should wear modest pants or shorts at all times on your trip. Please adhere to the following rules: Please be mindful of the length of your shorts. Follow the “fingertip length” rule to determine if your shorts are appropriate length. To do this, stand with your arms straight at your side and place your palm against the side of your legs. The length of your shorts should be at your fingertips or longer. Spandex pants/shorts are NOT allowed on your mission trip at anytime. This includes yoga pants or spandex athletic shorts.
Please bring a couple of nicer outfits for our weekly church service. It is recommended that ladies wear a skirt or summer dress. Men can wear khaki short or long pants with a nice t-shirt/shirt.
+ WHAT IS THE TRIP COST?
The trip cost is $850 per person. The costs covers all meals, service & learning opportunities, lodging and transportation in South Texas. It does NOT cover your flight to South Texas.
+ WHEN IS ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE?
Please plan to arrive by 3:00pm on the start day of your trip. Our local team will welcome you with dinner. The trip concludes with breakfast, debrief and departure on the 4th day. Please plan to depart by 12:00pm. We are happy to accommodate your travel plans so please contact our office if you need special arrival or departure plans.
+ WHAT SHOULD WE BRING ON THE TRIP?
Each trip participant should be sure to pack the following items:
- Water Bottle
- Sunglasses and/or Hat
- Sunscreen & Insect Repellent
- Personal Snacks (i.e. granola bars, trail mix)
- Towel and toiletries (i.e. soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
- Plan to dress casually and comfortably!