Overseas

Mission of Love

Our mission in Honduras is to spread Christ’s love to the orphans there and those caring for them, as well as to experience God’s presence and His ability to supply everything we need. At the core of CCC’s mission statement, I hope we will be able to say that we were simply responding to the same call we give every week at camp: “‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people’” (Matthew 4:19). We desire to have an Acts 1:8 model, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” We would love for your whole youth group, or even just one or two individuals, to join us in making this happen!

Working with Orphans

CCC has been blessed to work with many organizations in Honduras as well as several orphanages. Much of our work in Honduras consists of bringing love and support to these kids and the adults who take care of them. We partner with the orphanage directors to meet immediate needs as well as plan and pray to meet longterm needs. Like any other CCC week, we want to help meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

How and Why Honduras?

How did Carolina Cross Connection, a home repair ministry that started in North Carolina, start serving orphans in Honduras? In a way similar to how we originally started in the eighties, we have had multiple connections, relationships and conversations take place that have connected us to organizations in Honduras where we have been able to partner and serve with them in the love of Christ.

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Overseas Promo Video

orphans in Honduras sitting in group

How Do We Spend The Week?

Our week in Honduras will include encouraging orphanage workers, playing with children, helping out with construction and repair projects, laughing and worshiping with the new people we meet, and sharing the love of Christ!

 


 

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” James 1:27

Fees and What's Included

Total payment is around $1900 per person (this can change slightly depending on airfare costs). This covers plane tickets, lodging, extra travel inside the country, food, your visa, travel insurance, donations for the orphanages we serve and weekend retreats for the orphans, baggage fees and materials. You are responsible for getting a passport, vaccinations, and food while traveling in and out of the country.

Fees

Payment

Schedule

Costs Notes
First Payment

$100 deposit

July 1-October 15, 2017

Deposit is non-refundable, and non-transferable. Deposits for airline tickets are made for 25 people per week in August.
Second Payment

$600

December 15, 2017

From this point forward, numbers are locked in and participants will be expected to complete all payment obligations in full.
Third Payment

$600

March 1, 2018

All payments are non-refundable. Price is subject to change if airfare goes over the budgeted amount.
Fourth Payment

$600

May 15, 2018

Additional Fees

Additional Costs (around $250-$300)

  • Passports: You can go to www.uspassportnow.com in order to obtain a passport if you do not already have one. For those under 16 it usually costs around $140, while those 16 and older it usually is about $170.
  • Shots: We would recommend getting a typhoid Shot, which is generally around $70.
  • Spending money: You may want to bring extra money for any personal items you would need on the trip, as well as for spending at the Honduran market that we visit.
  • Travel meals: You will need money to cover any meals while you are traveling to and from Honduras We cover food costs once you are in the country.

Dates & Locations

Week 1: June 18 - 25 Week 2: June 25 - July 2 Week 3: July 2 - 9 Week 4: July 9 - 16 Week 5: July 16 - 23 Week 6: July 23 - 30. For registration information please contact Madeline at madeline@carolinacrossconnection.org

Welcome to Camp Jerusalem!

We will be staying at Camp Jerusalem in Peña Blanca. It is a gorgeous and green campsite in the mountains of Honduras that has all the necessary amenities. We will building relationships, worshiping with those we meet, and serving orphanages! You can see pictures of the campsite on their Facebook page.

Camp Jerusalem building in Honduras

Week Walkthrough

Week Walk-Thru:

Flight times and departure/arrival location can potentially change. You will receive flight arrangements in your first team meeting.

 

Monday

4:30 am: Be at CLT/RDU airport to catch 6:20 am flight to Miami, Florida or Atlanta, Georgia

9:00 am: Depart Miami for flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras

11:00 am: Arrive in Honduras!

12:00 pm: Lunch at Power Chicken in San Pedro Sula

1:00-3:00 pm: Drive to Camp

3:00-4:30 pm: Settle into Camp

4:30-7:30 pm: Orientation & Dinner

7:30-9:00 pm: Worship

10:00 pm: Lights out

 

Tuesday-Saturday (excluding Thursday)

6:30 am: Breakfast and Morning Watch

7:30 am: Leave camp for orphanages

12:00 pm: Packed lunches on site

4:00-5:00 pm: Return to camp

6:00 pm: Dinner and Free Time

7:30 pm: Worship and Sharing

8:30 pm: Church Small Groups

10:00 pm: Lights out

 

Thursday

8:30 am: Breakfast and Morning Watch

10:00 am: Leave camp for Waterfall

12:00 pm: Lunch

12:00-4:00 pm: Waterfall activities

5:00 pm: Return to camp

6:00 pm: Dinner & Free Time

7:30 pm: Camp Activity

8:30 pm: Worship and Sharing

10:00 pm Lights Out

 

Sunday

7:00 am: Breakfast and Morning Watch

8:00 am: Leave for Market

10:00-11:00 am: Shop at Market/Lunch

1:00 pm: Serve at last orphanage

5:30 pm: Arrive at Bed and Breakfast in San Pedro Sula

7:00 pm: Dinner Out

9:00 pm: Worship/Sharing

10:00 pm: Lights Out

 

Monday

7:00 am: Breakfast

8:00 am: Leave for Airport/buy visas

11:45 am: Depart Honduras for Miami or Atlanta

5:30 pm: Depart Miami for Charlotte/Raleigh

9:07 pm: Arrive in Charlotte/Raleigh

Requirements

Individual Requirements

  • Participants for a week in Honduras must be entering the 8th grade or older to attend without a parent. Anyone under that age will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • We welcome anyone to attend, no matter what race, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, or religious beliefs. You are quite welcome to come if you do not consider yourself a Christian, but we do ask that you be open to hearing about the love of Christ as we share His love to those around us during the week.
  • We welcome those who have any physical or mental handicaps, but we do ask that you discuss any concerns or arrangements that you need with the CCC staff beforehand.
  • You do not need any prior experience with us, with missions trips, or construction or childcare experience to come on the trip! Our leaders will be with you each step of the way and will be able to equip you to do whatever tasks we undertake while in Honduras.
  • A commitment to the trip, and to building the community that CCC desires, means committing to be present the entire week and arrive/depart on time. If you cannot commit to the entire week than we ask you to wait to join a CCC trip until you can.
  • Each person must attend CCC pre-trip preparation meetings.
  • You are responsible to make payments by the deadlines so that your church can their check into CCC on time. If you sign up for the trip you must pay for your portion of registration, even if you end up not being able to come. This is because the CCC office purchases each person’s plane ticket in their name and it cannot be exchanged once it is bought.
  • Each individual should complete required readings and Bible Study materials.
  • Everyone is responsible for obtaining their own passport, shots and medications.
  • Individuals must complete their own application and be approved by their youth pastor/director or the leader of the trip. If the youth pastor/director has any other stipulations they will be communicated and must be followed on top of CCC’s regulations.

Group Requirements

  • Every group should have a ratio of one adult per every five youth. We recommend bringing adults over the age of 25, but ages 18-25 can be considered as long as they meet your church’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.
  • A group can have up to 40 participants total, but if you bring more than 30 people let our office know beforehand.
  • We strongly encourage you to get all payments in by the dates listed, but if due to extenuating circumstances your payment will end up being late please contact our office and let us know.

Planning Your Trip

Our Overseas Administrator Madeline Comer will visit your church and give an introductory meeting, as well as three preparatory sessions, to get your team ready to join us!  We encourage you to bring anyone who is interested in going to these introduction meetings. In the preparatory meetings she will cover topics ranging from logistics of travel, registration forms, money, cultural expectations, and preparing your heart spiritually to serve at the orphanages. Youth Pastors/Directors are responsible for checking that all of their participants have gotten vaccinations, medications, and passports, and for doing any fundraising that they might need in order to finance the trip.

 

Below is a timeline for getting ready to join us in Honduras in 2018!

 

Now – September 2017: Host an Introduction Meeting!

We have introductory meetings with your church to tell them more about CCC and ignite interest in going on the trip. There is no commitment necessary at this time.

 

October 15, 2017: Sign up and 1st Payments due! 

One leader from each group should turn in a combined check to our office. The cost is $100 per person participating.

 

December 15, 2017: A list of the full names of each participant (the name that appears on their passport), as well as birth dates and a photocopy of each person’s passport is required.

 

Pre-Trip Meetings:

Meeting 1: The first meeting will be about Introductions and Logistics of the trip. Books, individual notebooks and journals will be handed out, along with some reading assignments to prepare you for the trip. We will also cover Group Covenants. We will start to discuss how we define poverty and what it means to understand poverty as it relates to Honduras, and medical forms will be due. This meeting will last 1 1/2 hours and will held when it is convenient for the group.

Meeting 2: At our second meeting we’ll discuss some of the cultural differences you will encounter as well as teach you basic Spanish phrases you will need throughout the week. In addition we will discuss each of our Honduran partnerships (The Children’s Homes we serve) and how you will be involved during the camp week. This meeting will last 1 1/2 hours and will held when it is convenient for the group.

Meeting 3: We will cover final travel preparations, note any changes in flight times or schedules, and answer last minute questions. We will also discuss assigned readings. This meeting will last 1 1/2 hours and will be held when it is convenient for the group.

 

Post Trip Meeting:

August/September 2018:We will have one follow-up meeting a month or so after you return from Honduras to check in and process the trip. The purpose of this meeting to help the group verbally process the transition home from Honduras and empower you to continue to live with a Kingdom focus here in the United States.

Overseas Outreach Registration & Forms

Registration for 2018 CCC Honduras Weeks is open!  One person is asked to be a designated group leader, communicating with Madeline Comer, CCC Overseas Administrator, to register your group.  Each participant must fill out an application packet. To register and receive packets, please contact Madeline at 704.721.0033 or madeline@carolinacrossconnection.org. A $100 non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of registration.  Registrations for the 2018 summer must be received on or before October 15.

 Adult Covenant Form

Medical Form

Ready to serve with us? Register today!