"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).
Blessed with the presence of HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN YOUSSEF
Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States
Blessed with the presence of HIS GRACE BISHOP DANIEL
General Bishop of Sydney, Australia & Affiliated Regions
PLEASE READ ALL THE INFORMATION CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING.
The SUS Diocese Mission Experience Trip is an annual event under the auspices and direct leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Youssef. Our focus is on the mission ministries and global evangelization efforts of the Coptic Orthodox Church. In addition, this opportunity fosters personal spiritual growth and cultural appreciation. Participants on this trip will share in various services according to the needs of the hosting diocese with opportunities to serve people of all ages. We will share in every aspect of the society as much as possible. Each participant will be assigned specific duties as needed. All services are consistent in holistically serving the individual, family, and community.
The mission experience will include Divine Liturgies & Midnight Praises, Bible Studies, services to children, youth, families, seminarians, colleges, orphanages, and medical services. We will also enjoy some excursions to experience the beautiful landscape and history of Thailand.
The service of missions is a special calling. The daily activities are intense and will entail long hours and distance travels. We ask each person contemplating joining this trip to pray and carefully consider if the rigor of this program is personally suitable.
DATES: May 20 - 31, 2024
SERVICE: The mission experience is focused on evangelism and the spiritual development of the community and will also include medical, psychological, and educational services as needed.
EXCURSIONS: We will visit several historic and beautiful sites throughout the country. TBA
All participants must arrive on Monday May 20th and leave on Friday May 31th.
REGISTRATION OPENS: Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
ATTENDEES: 22 Persons
Participants must be at least 18 years of age or older and have completed high school by May 20, 2024. Participants not meeting this criteria must be enrolled in high school and be accompanied by a parent.
SERVICES: Participants must choose an area of service: children, youth, families, women, men, medical, dental (limited resources), educational, psychological, technical, food preparation, … etc.
ITINERARY: Daily itineraries will be emailed to all attendees.
Airport pick-ups and drop-offs TBA. Please plan your flights according to the times when posted.
AIRFARE: Attendees are responsible for the purchase of their own airfare to and from Thailand.
All lodging, meals, and transportation within Thailand is included in the registration.
EXPECTATIONS: The group MUST remain together throughout the trip.
Everyone must attend all prayers, liturgies, praises, lectures, services, reflections, and meals together.
COST: $1000.00 USD Per Person
Registration fees and donations may be paid by Zeffy (The link is provided on the confirmation email).
A confirmation email will be sent to each attendee. (Note: Please keep all confirmation emails, donations, and purchases on behalf of this mission and services for your own taxes).
Donations are greatly appreciated even if you cannot attend in person.
REFUND POLICY: $250 NON-REFUNDABLE (tax-deductible) + ALL expenses and fees paid in advance on your behalf will also be deducted from your refund.
If once you register, but later decide to cancel, you cannot give your spot to someone else. The next person on the waiting list will be notified for that vacant spot.
ROOMING: Combination of hotels and retreat centers.
Attendees may choose hotel roommates. Please write your roommates name in the registration comments.
Rooms at retreat centers will include several beds and some bunk beds.
INCLUDED: All meals, lodging, excursions, and transportation (air, land, & sea) within Thailand
EXCLUDED: Airfare to and from Thailand, donations, visas, vaccinations, and personal items
VISA: Not required for US citizens
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Highly Recommended
TRAVEL ADVISORY: Please check frequently as Thailand guidelines are subject to change.
Required and recommended vaccines are subject to change. Please check frequently.
DONATIONS: Online donations, cash, or check made to the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern US (address and/or link will be provided).
SPIRITUAL STUDY: TBA
His Eminence Metropolitan Youssef & His Grace Bishop Daniel
REGISTRATION OPENS: Sunday, January 21, 2024 @ 8:00 PM EST (22 Attendees Only)
Kindly contact the mission coordinator for any questions or concerns: email@example.com
"I will show you my faith by my works" (James 2:18).