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short-term TRIPs

Cologne, Germany (Great Commission Europe)

June 23 - July 1
Cost: $2,500
Deposit: $200
Team Lead: Blair Hayes/Brandon Harper

DETAILS
Great Commission Europe (GCE) is about planting churches, making disciples, and reaching the nations through Europe. We begun our partnership with GCE in 2019 after some of our leadership team had the opportunity to travel the refugee highway beginning in Greece and ending in Amsterdam. We will be partnering with Mateo and his team in Cologne, Germany to reach unreached people groups. 


The trip focus will be centered around creating gospel conversations and setting up follow up meetings with the people you meet. This will be accomplished through offering coffee, playing games in the local park, or simply walking throughout the city. The work done by the team will then enable Mateo and his team to follow up those conversations with intentional times of discipleship and the eventual goal of planting a church. This trip offers a unique opportunity to interact with people who possibly come from nations that are hostile to the Christians and have never heard the Gospel. 
Sign-up Deadline: January 31, 2023

Medellin, Colombia - Trip 1: Life Skills

June 22 - 29
Cost: $1,700
Deposit: $200
Team Size: 10 Max

BACKGROUND
We began our partnership with Global Transformation Ministries (GTM) in 2019 by first purchasing and serving their Colombian coffee on Sunday mornings. GTM’s core focus is church planting through the leaders of unreached communities to impact the rest of the community at large. In 2019, GTM launched a new ministry called Esther’s Home, to meet the community’s need of helping homeless pregnant teens find safe housing. Esther’s Home provides housing for 15 mothers and their babies, on-site trade skills training and Christian therapy. Upon completion of the program at Esther’s Home, the girls will have found housing, a place of employment, and the confidence to raise their babies and break the cycle of poverty. 

This trip will have a two-part focus. One part focuses on Esther’s Home through the team members teaching the girls practical job training skills or life skills. Some examples from last year's trip was nail technician training, hair styling, jewelry making, budgeting, life planning, CPR/First Aid. Then in the afternoon, the team will participate in hosting afternoon activities for the neighborhood kids.

Sign-up Deadline: January 31, 2023

Medellin, Colombia - Trip 2: Construction Projects

April 22-29
Cost: $1,800
Deposit: $200
Team Size: 10 Max

DETAILS
In 2021, Global Transformation Ministries bought a second property in order to be a transitional home for mothers who graduated out of Esther’s Home but still needed a supportive environment as they transitioned back into daily life of working job and caring for their family. The second property is in downtown Medellin to allow for more job opportunities and accessible transportation. 
This trip will have a two-part focus. One part will focus on construction projects remodeling the transitional home and the other part will be meeting up with their local church to encourage one another through story sharing and Bible Study.

Sign-up Deadline: January 31, 2023

Morgantown, WV (Chestnut Mountain Ranch)

Info Coming Soon!
Cost: $160 (2 Night Stay) + $50 (Per person)


BACKGROUND
Chestnut Mountain Ranch provides a Christ-centered school and home for boys in crisis and in need of hope and healing. Partnering with their families, they pursue family restoration and reunification. Just recently, two faithful River Ridge attendees, Greg and Jennifer Clutter, moved to Morgantown to head up the Foster Care Initiative at Chestnut Mountain Ranch.

TRIP FOCUS
The focus of this trip will be light construction projects designed for the whole family. Our hope is to create a serving opportunity that is accessible for families in location, duration, cost, and skill level. The work we do will help the ranch to expand and enhance the programs they offer to the boys and families.

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River Ridge Church works with individuals and organizations locally and in different parts of the world who are pursuing a vision to bring God's love and care to the nations of the world. We are proud to call them Global Partners.

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