People to People Pilgrimage
Friends, the CCIW Region has had five years of great and positive relationship with our Guatemalan Mission partners Nora Colomo and Vittalino Similox from Concejo Ecumenico Cristiano de Guatemala ( The Ecumenical Council of Guatemala) We have taken a total of three pilgrimages, and the both the journey and education have been enriching and life altering. April10-15, 2016 we will make our fourth journey. There is an invitation for five persons ready to have a cross cultural experience to join this delegation.
To take a look at human trafficking in the United States and Guatemala. Conduct a research about the theme, seen from a United States perspective. What is at stake? Which are the root causes, the consequences in terms of human rights, dignity and ethics, among others.
Guatemalan women can then have their own research process about human trafficking from their point of view. They can also share with their churches about their findings.
Sharing commons goals and dreams from each others’ reflections and research. To see the similarities and the differences in the approach to the theme.
To work together towards a solidarity initiative where you can work together with pastoral accompaniment, advocacy and presence on both places (US and Guatemala).
The Dates: April 10-15, 2016
The Costs: Approximately $2,500.00 per person
The Firm Deadline: January 30, 2016 (Application and Deposit must be into the Regional office on this date) No exceptions.
Must be in good physical condition. (Must be able to walk over 1 mile)
Please be advised that the immunizations needed for Guatemala can be received by your private physician or our Local Health Department. These immunizations can be pricey. Please factor this in when planning. (Check our website for more of an update on immunizations)
Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala
April 10-15, 2016
A Check-List and Stuff
- Host / Partner Concejo Ecuménico Cristiano de Guatemala (Ecumenical Christian Council of Guatemala)
- Vitalino Similox and Nora Coloma
- Gloria Vicente – Global Ministries Missionary
- To further develop a mutual relationship with the Council and explore opportunities for shared ministries.
- To learn and to share challenges and vision in ministry – visit council partner sites.
- To become informed interpreters of this partnership upon return to the Christian Church in IL/WI
- Daily Itinerary / Emergency Contacts
- A daily itinerary with emergency contact information will be available as we are closer to our travel dates.
- Make sure you have a valid Passport with at least six months (from April 10) remaining before expiration.
- Be sure emergency information is filled in on Passport.
- Make a copies of your passport identity page – one to take with you and one to leave at home.
- Attached medical form is to be returned to the CCIW Office if not already submitted.
- Personal medications should be in original packaging
- Immunizations – check with…
- Center for Disease Control http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/guatemala.htm
- Check with your personal physician about what is best for you. (We will be primarily in the city, with a possible visits to countryside.)
- Travel in-country will likely be in small van with driver provided by partners.
- Travel Light
- Each participant will be responsible for his or her own bags
- This will ease transportation needs for our hosts
- One checked bag (50 lbs.), one carry-on bag (40 lbs), purse or small backpack.
- Bags can be lost. Pack essential items in carry-on bag.
- Travel Light
- Global Ministries is aware of our travel plans and will make appropriate contacts for us.
- Nights – mid 60’s
- Days – mid 80s-90s Humid
- Rain is common
- Business Casual for worship / formal meetings
- Comfortable walking shoes / sandals
- Women – jeans or slacks, dresses / skirts below the knee (skirts for worship, formal visits)
- Men – jeans or slacks
- Jackets or sweater or waterproof jacket
- Primarily Spanish
- Thirty-One additional ethno-indigenous Mayan languages
- Translation will be provided
- See attached Spanish phrase sheet
- It is possible participants may be asked to introduce, speak, or read.
- Devotions / Journaling
- Devotions – each day will begin and end with scripture, song, prayer, and/or reflection led by participants
- Journaling – each day one participant will be asked to keep a journal of the day’s activity
- It is appropriate that we share a group gift to present to the Council. (In 2012 we presented a chalice and paten.)
- At the close of the trip we gave our unspent Guatemalan currency as a gift to our wonderful driver and translator.
- Cell Phones
- Please check with your cell phone provider for service and costs in Guatemala.
- We will likely stay in a retreat center or hotel. They are aware of adjustments we may need to make for rest and diet.
- Food and Water
- We will have bottled water for daily use. Not wise to drink or brush with tap water.
- While we want to be gracious guests, use your best judgment of what you eat. We will likely eat at a retreat center/hotel and occasionally as guests in churches, etc.
- Food should not be purchased from vendors (even washed fruits/vegetables.)
- About $100 cash would be enough for extras along the way. Our partners will help with some exchange of currency when we arrive.
- Check with your credit-card provider regarding use of card in Guatemala.
- There will be some opportunity for shopping (Antigua and Guatemala Market)
- Global Ministries http://globalministries.org/lac/
- Ecumenical Council http://globalministries.org/lac/projects/ecumenical-council.html
- Vitalino Similox, http://globalministries.org/resources/multimedia-resources/videos/video-mission-moments/guatemala-similox.html
- Nora Coloma http://globalministries.org/resources/multimedia-resources/videos/video-mission-moments/guatemala-coloma.html
- Newspapers http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/guatemal.htm
- Weather http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Guatemala+City+Guatemala+GTXX0002
- Mayan Culture http://www.questconnect.org/guat_heart_mayan_world.htm