An Urban Mission Experience

JULY 21-28, 2017


We are pleased to announce that the PVUMC 2017 Senior High Mission Trip will be to San Francisco, California. We will be working with Praying Pelican Missions, an organization that "aims to give mission groups the opportunity to make long-term, genuine impact on a local community." We had the opportunity to work with Praying Pelican last year during our Junior High Mission Trip to the White Cone, Arizona, and it was an excellent experience.

During the week, students will have the opportunity to work with local ministries and non-profits. Our site host, Rev. Linda Vannoy Castillo, is a former pastor and works throughout the year with these organizations, and has an excellent relationship with the local community. The trip will focus on the issues surrounding homelessness and addiction, giving students plenty of opportunities for discussion.

Dates: Friday, July 21 - Friday, July 28
Cost: $250/student
Eligibility: Students in grades 8-12 (2016-2017 school year)
Registration due: January 1, 2017 ($100 deposit due)
Payment due: April 1, 2017 (Remaining $150 due)


Frequently asked questions:

Q: What is the lodging going to be like?

A: We will be staying at a local church; there are two buildings to separate genders, including shower facilities for both groups. There will also be a common area and a kitchen. The property backs into a reservoir, offering plenty of privacy and security for the group.  Participants will need to bring their own air mattresses, bedding, etc.

Q: What will we be doing during the day?

A: Our group will be working with various non-profit and charity organizations, particularly ones that address homelessness and addiction. Linda has indicated that possible activities will include: serving at a local soup kitchen, handing out meals in areas with high homeless populations, and working with impoverished families in transitional housing. Because of the fluid nature of these projects, we have been asked to remain adaptable and open to scheduling changes.

Q: Are these work projects safe?

A: Praying Pelican Missions has been assisting local ministries and working with church groups for the last fourteen years. In addition to the strict ground rules they lay down for every group, extra precautions are taken to ensure the safety of everyone. Like everywhere else, crime does occur in the San Francisco area. However, no Praying Pelican team has experienced a major incident of crime. This is largely because of the genuine partnerships formed between pastors and other community leaders, who ensure that there is always someone looking out for the well-being of the teams.

Q: What does the $250 registration fee include?

A: All meals, sleeping accommodations, local ministry options, and a local sightseeing or recreational activity are included.

Q: What is NOT included in the $250 registration fee?

A: Spending money, offering at local church services, and/or optional recreational activities. We generally advise each student to bring $25-50 for the week to cover incidental costs, though this is not required.

Q: What kind of food will we be eating?

A: Mission trip food is generally pretty typical American food: burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, mac n' cheese, tacos, etc. Praying Pelican also provides an ample amount of snacks and safe drinking water for everyone. We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions.

Q: What kind of transportation will be using?

A: We will be traveling to San Francisco using 15-passenger vans, rented here in Phoenix. The journey will take two days each way, with an overnight stop in California on the way there and on the way back, where we will be staying at a local church. All vans will be driven by reliable adult chaperones who have undergone the PVUMC driver approval process.

Q: What are the deadlines?

A: Registration deadline is January 1, 2017. A $100 deposit is due at that time. The remainder of the total cost ($150) is due on April 1, 2017.  If you are unable to place the deposit or make the payment on time, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're super flexible and can probably work something out.  We also have limited funds available for scholarships, etc. Don't let money get in the way of this trip!

Q: What else should I know?

A: All students participating in this trip will be required to participate in the annual Youth Mission Dinner and Auction fundraiser on February 26, 2017. Let's be real here: this fundraiser is the reason we're able to offer a $600 mission trip at a cost of only $250/person.  It is crucial that everyone pull their own weight with this event - this includes preparation, implementation, and clean-up.