Guatemala Family Mission Trip 2016

We are delighted to introduce Potter’s Field Ministries’ second annual Family Mission Trip to Guatemala! Pastor Michael and Pam invite you to join them on this special one-week trip to our location in Antigua, Guatemala.

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As the planning has continued to come together for this trip, the staff at Potter’s Field has found themselves beyond thrilled at this opportunity to give you a glimpse into the ministry that you have so faithfully supported and prayed for. It is one of our greatest joys to get to share with you a face-to-face experience of the incredible work the Lord is doing. We long for each of our friends, family members, prayer partners, and supporters to be able to know on a greater level the depth of impact they are a part of making around the world. This Family Mission Trip is an exciting chance for us to offer exactly that to you and your family!

The Family Mission Trip will consist of a variety of aspects, from experiencing firsthand the Potter’s Field Kids programs in Guatemala and interacting directly with those precious children, to sightseeing around the beautiful and historical area of Antigua. Guests will also participate in hands-on outreaches ministering to those in great need who don’t yet know the love of Christ, as well as witness the IGNITE Mission Training School in full swing with both a class of interns in training, and a class of interns serving their six months onsite in Guatemala. All in all, this trip will hold countless opportunities for you and your family to be blessed as you are a blessing to others, to spend quality time together, and to be encouraged by the far-reaching work the Lord is accomplishing through your faithfulness.

As you look over the following information, please know that we are absolutely available to you for any questions at all that may arise, and would be happy to provide further details when possible. Please do not hesitate to contact our Missions Assistant, Christa Stoltzfus, at missions@pfranch.org or 1-877-337-2624.

Trip Dates:

Arrival on Saturday, August 6, 2016 // Departure on Friday, August 12, 2016

Location

The Potter’s Field Center is Potter’s Field Ministries’ Central American headquarters and Training Center for the IGNITE Mission Training School, located in the city of Antigua, Guatemala. The Family Mission trip will center around this location, as well as including trips to additional Potter’s Field Kids programs and schools where the IGNITE interns teach English, in the areas surrounding Antigua.

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Potter’s Field Center

Travel Requirements

All travelers must have a valid passport with an expiration date six months beyond their departure from Guatemala.

Medical Travel Insurance is highly recommended, as Potter’s Field Ministries is not liable for any medical expenses incurred in travel. A recommended agency is www.talent-trust.com, and a discount is provided through Potter’s Field.

Visas will be issued upon arrival in Guatemala; further details will be provided regarding this process.

Airfare

Travelers must arrange their own airfare for arrival to and departure from Guatemala.

Travelers must fly into and out of La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City (airport code GUA). From the airport, the Potter’s Field Center is situated about 45 minutes to 1 hour away. Transportation to and from the airport will be arranged as a part of your trip costs.

It is best to arrive in Guatemala City in the morning or afternoon (by 3:00pm); evening arrivals are discouraged, as we hope to host a welcome dinner on the first night. However, if you are unable to find a cost-effective flight that arrives in the morning or afternoon, simply contact our Missions Assistant and other arrangements can be made!

Once your airfare has been purchased, please email a copy of the itinerary to the Missions Assistant at missions@pfranch.org. These itineraries are due no later than 21 days prior to travel.

Lodging

Lodging will be at a hotel called Casa Santa Rosa: http://boutiquehotelsantarosa.com .

Ground Transportation

Pick up and drop off at the airport for all arrivals and departures will be arranged and PFM staff will meet all travelers at the airport.

Once situated in Antigua, much of the travel can take place via walking, as this is the most common mode of transportation in the city and provides a wonderful introduction and experience of Antigua.

For longer distances and any travel outside of Antigua, the group will travel as a whole in small buses.

Meals

Breakfast will be served each morning at the hotel.

Most lunches and dinners will be provided at the Potter’s Field Center, prepared by our staff cooks. Also included are several lunches and/or dinners taken at local restaurants and cafes, and a special final dinner on Thursday night.

Costs

The cost per person is $750.00

  • Includes meals, ground transportation, and lodging
  • EXCLUDES airfare
  • EXCLUDES costs for special activities, trips, extra transportation, etc. on off days
  • EXCLUDES lunch on Monday 8/8, as it is an activity/off day and individual travelers will be participating in various activities, trips, etc.

Due Dates

*All deadlines are extended until July 1, 2016, or until the trip is full, whichever comes first

July 1st, 2016 – Remaining $575.00 per person payment + flight itinerary

Tentative Schedule

Please be aware that this schedule is very much subject to change. However, the components listed here will mostly likely be included but the actual days on which they take place may change.

 

Saturday 8/6

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Arrival & settle in

Welcome dinner & Orientation

Sunday 8/7

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Church service at Calvary Chapel Antigua

Potter’s Field Kids programs in Ciudad Vieja

Monday 8/8

Soup Kitchen Outreach at Trash Dump

Tuesday 8/9

PFM Family Trip Hospital Team 3

Hospital Outreach

Wednesday 8/10

PFM Family Day School Children 4

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Visit local public schools where IGNITE interns teach English

Potter’s Field Kids weekly Kids Club in Antigua

Thursday 8/11

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Activity/Off day / Souvenir shopping

Friday 8/12

Departure

Additional optional activities and outreaches will be provided, including the opportunity to take in classes in the IGNITE Mission Training School, interact with the staff, IGNITE interns, and IGNITE alumni on location, as well as walking tours of Antigua and noteworthy sites.

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