Bay Area J-Life Trip 2017

July 13-23

PCC is hosting J-Life, a summer learning experience for twenty Christian teens from China. We are looking for families who will be able to host students at their home during this week.

Many of these students are part of the underground family church network in China. This opportunity to experience life with Christians families at a church in the United States is very unique for them.

During their stay with us, J-Life students will attend classes on English and culture at PCC and explore the sites around the Bay Area. The presence and support of a family will be instrumental for these students as they learn conversation skills. Host families also often enjoy long-term friendships with their students, strengthening the Church between our two nations.

After their time at PCC, J-Life students will attend Mount Hermon’s High School Camp at Ponderosa. (J-Life students will be in California for three weeks, but only with PCC for 10 days). American students are welcome at the camp as well. If you are interested, you can contact Janet Payne, J-Life director, at janetvpayne@gmail.com

What’s involved in hosting a student?
– Host two students in your home from July 13-23
– Provide meals for students each day (breakfast at home, bag lunch, and dinner at home)
– Provide transportation for students to PCC Monday through Friday (if this is difficult, we can work together)
– Attend a farewell potluck at PCC on July 30 to celebrate and say goodbye

*You will recieve a schedule and daily updates while hosting J-Life students. Before the students arrive, you will also have a short orientation about hosting. Throughout their stay, phone support will be available for any needs or concerns.

If you are interested in hosting a student or have questions, fill out this interest form and contact Linda at lindyet@live.com

Spain Trip 2017

July 22 – August 6

Share Christ and practical resources with incoming migrants from Africa as they look for a better life in Europe. A team from PCC will connect with refugees in Jerez, Spain and also perhaps Ceuta, a Spanish city in Africa on the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Every week up to 2,000 African migrants enter the European Union. Many are fleeing war, totalitarian governments, poverty, failed crops, encroaching desertification, and terrorism. Seeking a better life in Europe, they often only find more poverty and inhospitable residence. The majority of migrants are either from people groups who are unreached by the Gospel or Muslim majority nations.

Short term groups, in partnership with local ministries will be equipped to share Christ with migrants in transit, connecting them with media and friendship on their journeys. Teams will also provide basic English language skills, childcare, and care packages to those they meet.

 

Projected Schedule:

  • cost: ~$3,000 (depending on cost of intl airfare when booked)
  • July 22: arrive in Jerez, Spain
  • July 23-25: team training in Jerez, Spain
  • July 26 – August 4: travel/outreach in Ceuta and Jerez
  • August 5: debrief in Jerez
  • August 6: travel home

Learn more about the work in Jerez, or in Ceuta here.  For more information, complete this information request for  PCC and the application for AIM) or contact John Becker at John.becker@vision59.com

Signs of Hope Trip 2017

August 6-11

Signs of Hope Camp is an overnight summer camp for foster children 7-11 years of age, held at Mission Springs’ Frontier Ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Structured programs with a very high ratio of counselors to campers include swimming, ropes courses, nature walks, Bible club activities and much more. Signs of Hope is looking for volunteer counselors to serve the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of foster children.

 

 

Many children are victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. When their situation becomes severe, they are removed from their homes and placed in protective custody. At this time of crisis, at-risk children need loving caretakers to temporarily share their homes and other volunteers to wrap support around these families. Presently, our counties are experiencing the greatest shortage of homes for foster children in history. The plight of foster children is a particular challenge to the Christian community, as God calls us to demonstrate His love to the least and most helpless among us, and to provide them with a roadmap for living an abundant life. Help One Child offers many opportunities to help Bay Area foster children.

During the camp, counselors will be responsible for a cabin of foster children. Counselors lead campers through daily activities – meals, field games, quiet time, pool fun, ropes course, and other activities facilitated by Mission Springs staff – and assist with individual needs of the campers.

 

If you are interested in becoming a counselor or want to learn more, fill out the PCC questionnaire and take a look at the Signs of Hope event page.

Ghana Trip 2017

August 28 – September 9

City of Refuge Ministries (CORM) is a partner ministry of PCC located in Ghana. City of Refuge provides holistic restoration for children who have been liberated from exploitation, abuse, or trafficking. The staff, composed of locals and international transplants, work to prevent exploitation at its roots by empowering individuals and communities to eradicate child slavery and achieve personal and community goals.

 

 

PCC will be sending a team of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) interns and a licensed MFT to connect with CORM staff and support them with counseling. After making initial connection, staff will be able to contact these MFTs for more follow up.

The team will also assess the social-emotional needs of the formerly trafficked children attending the school to make recommendations for treatment, facilitate basic trauma-informed trainings for the staff and volunteers, and potentially set up a therapeutic space for future counselors to use when working with the children. The children at CORM are very vulnerable and therefore, it is extremely important to be able to understand trauma and how to connect with children who have experienced. Through this trip, we hope to further support CORMs mission to children who are escaping abuse and trafficking.

 

This trip is already full. But if you are interested in similar trips or if you have an MFT or MSW, fill out this questionnaire to share you interest with us!

Michoacàn, Mexico Trip 2018

February 2-18, 2018

Play is crucial to a child’s emotional, physical, social, and creative growth. More than a hobby, it’s a matter of life. With one colorful, unique playground, a whole community is transformed, allowing kids to be kids, and to experience a worry-free environment crucial to healthy development. No matter the culture, play is a universal need, an unspoken language that builds bridges to the hearts of the whole family.
We restore opportunity for children to enjoy the kind of play that leads to an encounter with Father God in communities devastated by war or poverty. Refurbished playgrounds feel and look new.   Partnering with local Christ followers gives them a meeting place to build relationships with families they might never otherwise meet, from which they can be salt and light.

 

Also in 2018 we will venture to the home of many of our Latino neighbors, Michoacàn, Mexico, known as a center for the drug cartel.  The power these warlords have over the local people has created an environment of fear, and some areas still remain untouched by the gospel   For PCC, going to Michoacàn is as vital as going to meet immigrants across El Camino where we seek in both places to serve and disciple some of the world’s most vulnerable people..

Recycled playgrounds used for international projects are commercial grade playgrounds that are harvested from parks, schools, & churches. Kids Around the World, an international service agency, carefully removes them and completely refurbish each one for re-installation all across the globe. They are ideal for impacting kids in countries affected by war, poverty, disease or natural disaster.

If you are interested in going on this trip or want more information, fill out the questionnaire or contact Angie Ibarra at generationsunitedrwc@gmail.com

North Africa Trip 2018

February 15-26, 2018

Play is crucial to a child’s emotional, physical, social, and creative growth. More than a hobby, it’s a matter of life. With one colorful, unique playground, a whole community is transformed, allowing kids to be kids, and to experience a worry-free environment crucial to healthy development. No matter the culture, play is a universal need, an unspoken language that builds bridges to the hearts of the whole family.
We restore opportunity for children to enjoy the kind of play that leads to an encounter with Father God in communities devastated by war or poverty. Refurbished playgrounds feel and look new.   Partnering with local Christ followers gives them a meeting place to build relationships with families they might never otherwise meet, from which they can be salt and light.

PCC partnership locations are carefully chosen in areas where there is no spontaneously multiplying church. During this trip, a team will build a 3rd playground in North Africa, where we will also be looking for ways to engage with a people group who has no other known way to see or hear the gospel message.  We will be seeking to serve and disciple some of the world’s most unreached peoples.

Recycled playgrounds used for international projects are commercial grade playgrounds that are harvested from parks, schools, & churches. Kids Around the World, an international service agency, carefully removes them and completely refurbish each one for re-installation all across the globe. They are ideal for impacting kids in countries affected by war, poverty, disease or natural disaster.

 

If you are interested in going on this trip or want more information, fill out the questionnaire or contact Tom Netane at tomn@wearepcc.om