Cedars Mexico Trip 2018
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Cedars first Mexico house building trip is set for June 21-25. The cost of the trip is $395. That covers travel and food and the supplies needed to build a great home for a needy family. We are partnered with Amor Ministries for this trip. They have an amazing reputation for their ministry in Mexico. They make sure our tip is successful and impactful. We will have informational meetings very soon. This will be a great opportunity.
An FAQ section is below and then you can click here, if you want to sign up! You can also make payments towards this trip as well when you sign up. Thank you for considering participating this year.
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Q: Who can participate on this trip?
A: Anyone who is willing! This is a physically demanding experience. You will be digging, mixing concrete, moving lumber, lifting completed walls. Please note, that you will not be asked to do something beyond your abilities. We have seen people of all physical abilities enjoy this trip. Do not disqualify yourself before speaking to Jeff, Tim, Lindsey or Brett.
Q: How old do you need to be to participate?
A: High School age and above are eligible to go on this trip by themselves. Jr. High and below must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Q: Where do we stay at night?
A: You will sleep well (especially after mixing cement by hand all day) at a secure campground, where camp caretakers reside 24 hours a day. Experience camping in tents, taking bucket showers and using outhouses to understand, in a small way, how the family you build for lives all year long. Amor believes that giving up the comforts of home for a week will help a group grow to know more about the life of the family for whom they are building a home for. Showers are bucket showers, but you are more than welcome to bring Solar Showers.
Q: Can I bring power tools?
A: Sorry that is now allowed. With so many people who have not built before, power tools can be more dangerous than helpful. Good old hammer, saws and shovels do the trick. Also this helps us spend time in the community while loving on the family.
Q: Do I need a Passport?
A: YES! You may not go without one. There is plenty of time to get one, but do not procrastinate.
Q: Am I going to be safe?
A: Yes, we would not be going if we thought this was not a safe trip. Although no travel is 100% completely safe, know that we are confident that this will be a great experience. To answer this question more clearly, please look to the right side column provided by Amor.
Q: Do I need a tent?
A: Nope. Almost all the camping supplies are provided. A sleeping bag and your own air-mat or cot is all you will need. You will also bring your own camping chair, but that is about it.
Q: Do I need my own tools?
A: No. We will have all the tools needed. But if you want your own hammer, or you have your own hand tools and want to bring them, then that is fine. Please note. Once things get going, tools seem to go everywhere. So if you LOVE your tools and cannot think of even one of them not coming home, you might want to use ours. Misplaced tools is almost always a guarantee.
Q: How do we get there?
A: We will take care of the transportation. We are still working out the final travel plans, and will let you know ASAP.
Q: Is there a packing list?
A: Yep and click here to see it.
Q: Is there more information?
A: Yes there is. We will be having information meeting very soon. Fill our the form on this page to be notified as to when they will be.
Informational Meeting Sunday April 22nd at 1:00pm in room 112 of the main building
You might not be ready to sign up, but you want more information or have questions not covered here. Fill out the form below to get more information.
Safety Concern Questions
Q: Do you have a formal statement regarding participants’ safety?
A: Yes, please visit our Safety with Amor page to view Amor's official statement about our procedures in each of our ministry locations.
Q: What new things have you implemented to keep groups safe in Mexico?
A: In close partnership with local pastors, we are currently not bringing participants to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Additionally, all Amor Mission Trip groups serving in Tijuana, Mexico, will be escorted across the border to the Amor camp, along with will be able to "opt-in" to be escorted to and from the Amor worksites daily, but it is not mandatory at this time. Also, work days will end before dark (visit the Safety with Amor page to learn the specific times for each of Amor's ministry locations). In Baja, Amor's vehicle check-in/check-out system is in effect to ensure every Amor Mission Trip participant and vehicle return to the Amor camp each night. There will always be an experienced Amor Team Member at every Amor camp each night and camp caretakers to monitor the Amor camp gate and patrol the area 24/7.
Q: What is your evacuation plan in Mexico?
A: In case of an emergency, the following steps will be taken:
- An Amor representative will inform the trip leader for the reason of the evacuation. (e.g. severe weather)
- An Amor representative will provide a timeline for the evacuation with specific instructions to remove the Amor Mission Trip group. (e.g. Please be off of the worksite in 15 minutes and head back to the Amor camp.)
- Amor representatives will remain in the field until all Amor Mission Trip groups have been safely evacuated.
- All Amor Mission Trip groups will be accounted for and checked into the Amor camp by an Amor representative.
- All Amor Mission Trip groups will be escorted to the U.S. border, if necessary.
Q: What is the current U.S. State Department Advisory on travel in Mexico?
A: U.S. travel warning's definition has recently changed, please visit the U.S. Department of State website for specifics on travel warnings and other travel information in regards to Mexico.
Q: If Amor continues to feel comfortable in Mexico, why the added safety precautions?
A: Amor’s recent safety updates and procedures are due, in part, to the concerns of Amor Mission Trip participants and parents rather than any directly negative experiences on Amor Mission Trips.
Q: What is our greatest risk of exposure while serving in Mexico?
A: According to reports from our Pastors and the government officials that Amor consults, the greatest risk of exposure to violence is due to personal involvement with illegal drug activities.
Q: Has Amor or its missionary groups seen any incidences of violence?
A: No, Amor has had no incidences of violence in its 35 year history beyond that which is typical for a large, metropolitan city. (e.g. vehicle break-ins)
Q: Is there a greater risk for children?
A: There is no increased risk for children than there is for any other individual.
Q: What is the minimum threshold to pull groups out of Mexico?
A: Amor’s Team Members, along with input from our local Mexican Pastors, and government officials continually review any intelligence received. Because Amor’s Team Members serve in Mexico on a daily basis, they are the first to determine whether their personal sense of security has been compromised. Until reports indicate that the violence in Mexico is beyond the control of its government, Amor will continue to serve those most in need—the poor and the local church.
Q: Which border crossing is Amor using for Tijuana, Mexico?
A: All buses must cross at the San Ysidro border. Amor Mission Trip groups caravanning will cross at the Otay Mesa border, as in previous years.
Q: Where are the camp sites in Mexico?
A: In Tijuana, Mexico, Amor is using the main campsite located in Eastern Tijuana. In Puerto Peñasco, Amor is using the same campsite used in previous years. A map of each of the Amor campsites is available upon request from Mission Services.
Q: How have the Amor camps' security increased in Mexico?
A: Full-time Amor camp caretakers patrol the area in and around camp and keep the gate secure 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, in Baja Amor's vehicle check-in/check-out system is being used to ensure every Amor participant and vehicle returns to the Amor camp each night. Lastly, there will always be an experienced Amor Team Member at the Amor camp all night long.
Q: Is it still okay to play with kids in the communities in Mexico?
A: Absolutely! The bigger issue is that you ensure that your group participants do not wander away from the Amor worksite and from the watchful eye of your leaders while playing with kids.
Q: Is it still possible to travel by myself to pick up supplies like food and water while in Mexico?
A: We ask that you please take extra care to plan ahead before crossing the border to bring everything you will need during your Amor Mission Trip. In the event that you still need to pick up additional supplies, you may shop in designated Amor work areas. Please let your Amor Team Member know where you are at all times. All travel must be done during daylight hours.
Q: May we visit our previous Amor worksite, attend a local church service, or stop at the pay showers while we are serving in Mexico?
A: If the previous worksite, church, or showers are in an Amor work zone that has been deemed safe by Amor and your designated Amor Team Member has given prior approval, you may proceed provided that you travel during daylight hours and return to the Amor camp before dark.
Q: May we leave the Amor camp in the evenings to pick up tacos in Mexico?
A: Amor Mission Trip groups are not permitted to travel outside of the Amor camp after dark and must stay at the Amor camp in the evenings. In the case of an emergency, an Amor representative will arrange an escort. If your group is serving in Baja, Mexico, the Amor camp will seasonally have tacos for purchase during the week.