In order to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the world, HP Pres is committed to cross-cultural ministry through short-term mission trips. HP Pres members of all ages are mobilized to partner with those out in the field.
The Confirmation Retreat is an incredibly fun, spiritually deep, weeklong wilderness adventure for students who have just completed 7th grade. At Sky Ranch Ute Trail Camp in Powderhorn, Colorado, students kayak, do ropes courses, white water raft, and hike. Students connect with God and each other through devotionals, worship, and intentional conversations with leaders. The retreat serves as the capstone of the year-long Confirmation program.
Journey to Cuba, where we will partner with our sister churches in Ciego de Avila and Las Tunas to minister to our fellow believers and witness to the surrounding communities. Discover more about Cuba’s culture and people as we travel to Havana before heading home. Share Christ’s message of love, peace, and healing in a country that is experiencing newfound religious freedom. Trip cost increases after November 11, 2018.
Highland Park Pres’ involvement with Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) began in the wake of the 2010 earthquake that devastated the island nation. Our Project Haiti partnership has continued to grow over the years, as we seek to meet the Haitian people’s physical and spiritual needs in these four ways: Pray, Give, Sponsor, Go. This trip will focus on construction, but with lots of time building community with our Haitian friends.
If you are gifted at teaching, using a paintbrush, playing with kids, or pretty much anything else, you can be a blessing on this trip to Kenya. In a remote community in the Maasai Mara region, the HP Pres team will conduct a Pastoral Training Conference, assist with a Vacation Bible School, and do some much needed repairs and maintenance at the local Imbirikani Girls School. After a day of rest, you will then help build a new church building!
Travel for a week in Kenya as we partner with Inspire Spaces: Inspire Students to host a student leadership and mentoring camp and engage in school improvement projects. Inspire Spaces was founded to address the many challenges facing the Kenyan school system, with a focus on scholarships, mentoring, and physical improvements.
We'll proclaim the Lord’s Good News by serving our neighbors and building community. It will be a great time getting to know each other while getting a taste of serving together as a family.
Travel to the Dominican Republic to work with your family or friends in Santo Domingo neighborhoods with our partner, Mission Emanuel. We will be assisting on construction projects but there is an emphasis placed on time spent in fellowship rather than on physical work. Days are spent within the community working and being with the people, and evenings are spent sharing stories of the day. The physical labor that needs to be done always seems to get done but hearts are restored in the process.
2018 Middle and High School Trip
This summer Highland Students will be traveled to Jamaica to join Son Servants, an organization we have partnered with on previous mission trips. This trip allowed students to deepen their walks with Christ and experience community with each other.
We will be heading to San Antonio to serve with First Presbyterian San Antonio! We will be partnering with local mission agencies in the area as we worship, serve, and have fun. This location was an incredibly challenging and life-transforming experience for the students who went in 2017 and we are excited to head back and foster more relationships with the people in San Antonio.
The Pilgrim’s Fountain, founded by CRU, is a hostel for pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago on their journey to Santiago de Compostela. It offers clean restrooms, free meals, beverages, opportunities for prayer, and 10 beds each night for visitors. Spend a week this summer in Northwest Spain with HP Pres missionaries Garrick and Dziu Roegner. You will get a chance to put Christ’s love in action through service, conversational evangelism, hospitality, and sharing meals with pilgrims from all over the world.
The Genesis Choir will travel to Washington, DC this summer. The students will lead Sunday morning worship at St. John’s Episcopal Church, known as the “Church of the Presidents.” They will also sing at several retirement communities, including a hospice facility that provides comprehensive health care to homeless persons in the area. Mission projects will focus on meal preparation in local food pantries and kitchens that serve the homebound and homeless population. Daily Bible study is an integral part of this unique trip.
Pay $300 Deposit
This application is for all 2018 Adult Mission Trips sponsored by Highland Park Presbyterian Church. If you are a parent applying on behalf of a minor child (age 17 and under) to participate on an adult trip, please click here. For a list of all trips and information, please click here.
Please complete this application as accurately as possible. Submitting an application does not guarantee you a spot on your requested trip. A staff member or trip leader will be in touch with you after you submit your application.
Please note that a $300 deposit is required. This deposit is not fully refundable, and dropping out will incur a fee of at least $25. If you are unable to pay the deposit, please contact the Missions office prior to submitting your application.
For questions, contact Allison Murphy, Missions Coordinator.
Just to name a few reasons:
Declare His glory among the nations; His marvelous deeds among all peoples. -I Chronicles 16:24
The message of Christ’s love transcends language. You will be surprised by how much you can communicate without words! It can also be a great learning experience to not always understand everything that is going on around you. Depending on the trip, we will have translators available to help be our voice in ministering directly with people. Building a great relationship with your translator, opens the door to better communication and a guide to local culture.
Many of our participants raise funds even if they have the financial means to cover the cost. We believe that there is a Biblical basis for fundraising. This is also a great opportunity to build prayer support for your trip. We have training materials to help you in the fundraising process. HP Pres also offers partial scholarship to those with financial need.
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Mission trips have 3-4 required training meetings before the trip so that you will be equipped to minister once you arrive at your destination.
Check the vaccines and medicines list at cdc.org/travel. Visit your doctor or local clinic (ideally, 4-6 weeks before your trip) to get vaccines or any medications you may need. Also, make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Most mission trips include about a day to sight-see and relax.