Last year, GMI’s EXITE trip to Nicaragua was cancelled due to Covid-19. At this time we’re still experiencing quite a few restrictions and limitations due to the corona virus but we believe that by summer, conditions will improve and permit us to offer two ministry opportunities for our high school students. This summer Grace Ministries International, Grace Christian University and the GGF are partnering together to offer: 1) A cross-cultural mission trip for our High School and college age students to serve July 12-25 in Nagarote, Nicaragua alongside the GMI missionary team. 2) A USA-based service project to Grace Bible Church of Anaheim, CA set for July 24-31.
One of our goals for the EXITE teams is to get our high school youth connected in ministry with youth from other GGF churches. What a blessing it is to watch them meld together as a team and develop friendships that will last far into the future. Team Nicaragua will begin Boot Camp at Grace Christian University on July 12 for three days of training and orientation before traveling to the field. They will return home on July 25. Team California will begin Boot Camp at Grace Bible Church in Anaheim on July 24th. Please encourage the youth of your church to pray about joining the EXITE team this summer. Please pray about your involvement in their spiritual preparation for this trip. We will ask each student to select an adult mentor from their church to meet with on a weekly basis. We will provide the materials for this one-on-one discipleship. Each EXITE team member will be responsible to raise his/her own funds for this trip. For Nicaragua the cost is $850 from Grand Rapids, MI plus airfare to Managua, Nicaragua. Each student is responsible for their transportation to and from Grand Rapids. For California the cost is $395 plus airfare into Los Angeles (LAX) or Orange County (SNA). If meeting us in Anaheim there is no additional cost. The application for either trip is a $100 deposit, which is due by February 12, 2021.