July 16–31, 2019 (Exact dates may change)
Team size: 6–8 participants
Your Youth Venture team will join the work of the Iglesia Cristiana Menonita congregation in Iquitos, Perú and their ministries to youth and children. Cecy Wong, who is from Iquitos, began a ministry with children and youth on the streets approximately 14 years ago. After marrying David Moreno from Colombia, five years ago their ministry expanded into the development of churches. David's brother Juan Carlos Moreno and his wife Cielo Arguello joined the team shortly after.
Today, weekly children's programs are held in four areas of the city, with 40–60 children participating at each location. In addition, from the testimony of their own children, parents began asking to come together as a church. This year, they celebrated their fourth year as a congregation. For an overview of the church and its ministries, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi6F8sNc648.
Every year in July, a youth camp is held where children can experience a place to play and hear more about God. Your Youth Venture team will add valuable extra hands to help prepare for and to assist during the camp. If you have expertise in music, drama, sports, art, etc., you'll be welcome to share those gifts during camp. A video from the 2016 camp will whet your appetite to be part of this exciting ministry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezdwFRBSh48.
Iquitos is a city in the middle of the Amazon jungle of Perú. Since it is surrounded by rivers, it is accessible only by plane or long trips by boat on the Amazon River. Approximately 80 percent of the population is of Indigenous peoples who have very limited resources. The main source of income is informal trade and tourism.
Your accommodations will mostly likely be in the church building where you will sleep on mats on the floor and have access to two bathrooms with showers. Meals will be prepared by church members.
Travel to location
You will meet your team for orientation in a major U.S. city (yet to be determined). You will need to make your own travel arrangements to the departure city. Details will be forthcoming. Youth Venture will make your travel arrangements from the United States to Iquitos.
If you do not have a passport, you can download an application at www.travel.state.gov/passport/forms.html. Please allow ample time for passport processing.
Youth Venture is asking each participant to raise $1,775 USD to help cover team expenses. This amount covers the cost of orientation, travel to the assignment, in-country travel, lodging and food. Participants will need additional funds to cover their health insurance, immunizations, passport, and travel to orientation. Expected contribution is subject to change in the event of significant airline price increases. All gifts are non-refundable and will be used to fund the Youth Venture team ministry in Peru regardless of individual fundraising goals.