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Welcome to the Bosnia International Servant Trip
A Ministry of Healing † Hope † Peace for Bosnia-Herzegovina and the whole World

Welcome to the wonderful crew who'll be our hands & feet in Bosnia this summer!

Travel Team members are the hands and feet of the ministry during the trip. They lead the camp programs. They visit sites and cities around the country. They work with, live with, eat and drink with, walk, ride, swim, play, pray, sing and dance with the beautiful people of Bosnia-Herzegovina! Lucky them! It is hard, challenging, wonderful, life-changing work. We invite you to consider serving on the Travel Team and think of others who might serve well on the Team.


TRAVEL TEAM APPLICATION

2017 Travel Team online application is here! If you have any questions regarding serving on the Travel Team please contact Jason Reed


WHO CAN SERVE?

Travel Team members are ages 16 to 86. Some 15-year-olds are eligible if accompanied by an adult relative. Team members must be physically and emotionally healthy, work well on a team, and have a passion for helping children.


HOW IS THE TEAM ORGANIZED?

Travel Team members are placed in a Color Group, each led by its Color Group Leader. Each Color Group leads a particular activity for the Friendship Camps and serves as the home-base for its members.


TRANSPORTATION

The Travel Team flies together from New Jersey to Sarajevo, Bosnia, and back. We coordinate the travel for out-of-state Travel Team members as well. In-country we travel from town to town in a chartered coach bus.


HOUSING

In some towns we stay in hotels (usually 1-3 per room); in two towns we stay in host homes (usually 2-3 per family); and in two other towns we stay with partner organizations in their guest housing facilities.


TRAVEL TEAM PREPARATION

The Travel Team has lots to do to get ready for the trip! At our monthly meetings (January-June) we will:
• get to know each other, forming a close, supportive team
• prepare and practice the Camp activities
• learn more about the country and its recent war
• go over trip logistics (money, travel, communications, etc.)
• prepare to live in a different culture
• spiritually equip ourselves


TRAVEL TEAM COST

The Travel Team fee is $1,900 plus airfare. Though we won’t know the airfare rate until January 2017, it is expected to be about $1,600. This is a lot of money and we highly recommend Travel Team members start working on a plan to raise this money right away. Most team funds come from a combination of sources: themselves and their families, their congregation, donations from other area churches and organizations.

Registration Deposit: $250 due 1/10/17
Payment #2 $1,000 due 3/1/17
Payment #3 remaining balance due 5/20/17


New Bosnia IST Mission Scholarship Opportunity

We have a new scholarship opportunity to help two urban congregations in New Jersey send and support a young person on the Bosnia IST 2017 Travel Team. This will be a great chance to strengthen a young leader and their congregation, and to help our Bosnia Ministry better reflect the wonderful diversity of the New Jersey Synod. Applicants should be ages 16-24, a person of color or whose language of origin is other than English, and is a member of a New Jersey Synod congregation. The details of this project are in this document. Interested people should complete this 2017 Mission Scholarship Application. Please contact Jason Reed if you have any questions about this project.




THANK YOU, WONDERFUL 2016 TRAVEL TEAM! You do such good and challenging and holy work this past summer.

Cindy Henry - Team Leader
Member of St. Paul, Hainesport, NJ
Travel Team Member '09, '10,'11, '13, '14, '15, '16

Shelby Matioli
Member of Prince of Peace, Marlton, NJ
Travel Team Member '14, '16

Steve Smith
Member of Prince of Peace, Marlton, NJ
Travel Team Member '08,'11, '14, '16

Dan Smith
Member of Our Savior, Pompton Plains, NJ
Travel Team Member '16

Christian Wantula
Member of St. Timothy, Wayne, NJ
Travel Team Member '14, '15. '16

Hannah Wantula
Member of St. Timothy, Wayne, NJ
Travel Team Member '11, '15, '16

Rich Wantula
Member of St. Timothy, Wayne, NJ
Travel Team Member '11, '14, '15, '16

Ryan Costa
Member of St. Stephan's Grace, Newark, NJ
Travel Team Member '16

Kristen Opalinski
Member of Trinity, Reading, PA (Yay Northeastern PA Synod!)
Travel Team Member '16

Kika Weirich-Freiberg
Member of St. Stephan's Grace, Newark, NJ
Travel Team Member '15, '16

Maristela Freiberg
Member of St. Stephan's Grace, Newark, NJ
Travel Team Member '11, '16

Larry Olson
Team Musician (www.dakotaroadmusic.com)
Travel Team Member '03 through '16!

Rachel Kurtz
Team Musician (www.rachelkurtz.org)
Travel Team Member '16

Jason Reed - Trip Coordinator
Member of St. Paul, Hainesport, NJ
Travel Team Member '00 through'16

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Posted by Jason on December 8, 2016