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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 work with little rest while in-country. Please keep them in your prayers.



MEET THE 2016 TRAVEL TEAM

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

Steve Smith
Member of Prince of Peace, Marlton, NJ
Previous Travel Teams '08,'11, '14

Dan Smith
Member of Our Savior, Pompton Plains, NJ
This is his first year serving on the Travel Team!

Christian Wantula
Member of St. Timothy, Wayne, NJ
Previous Travel Teams '14, '15

Hannah Wantula
Member of St. Timothy, Wayne, NJ
Previous Travel Teams '11, '15

Rich Wantula
Member of St. Timothy, Wayne, NJ
Previous Travel Teams '11, '14, '15

Ryan Costa
Member of St. Stephan's Grace, Newark, NJ
This is his first year serving on the Travel Team!

Kristen Opalinski
Member of Trinity, Reading, PA (Yay Northeastern PA Synod!)
This is her first year serving on the Travel Team!

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

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

Larry Olson
Team Musician (www.dakotaroadmusic.com)
Previous Travel Teams '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15

Rachel Kurtz
Team Musician (www.rachelkurtz.org)
This is his first year serving on the Travel Team!

Jason Reed - Trip Coordinator
Member of St. Paul, Hainesport, NJ
Previous Travel Teams '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '15



The Bosnia IST 2016 dates are June 22-July 3, 2016. If you have any questions regarding serving on the Travel Team please contact Jason Reed


Who can serve on the Travel Team?
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 Travel 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.

What about 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.

Where do we stay?
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.


How does the Travel Team prepare for the trip?
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


What is the cost and when is it due?
The Travel Team fee is $1,900 plus airfare. Though we won’t know the airfare rate until January 2016, 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 1/10/16
Payment #2 $1,000 due 3/18/16
Payment #3 remaining balance due 5/21/16


I’m interested! What next?
Information about serving on the 2017 Travel Team will be posted soon. If interested, please contact Jason Reed .


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 2016 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 2016 Mission Scholarship Application. Please contact Jason Reed if you have any questions about this project.

Here is a photo of 2015 Camp New Hope!


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Posted by Jason on March 29, 2016