2020 Christmas Mission Trip

"This is the first toy my son has received for Christmas. He's so happy." Many parents in Nicaragua cannot afford Christmas gifts for their children. Our Christmas team distributes thousands of gifts while sharing the most important gift of all: The birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! You can make a tremendous difference in the lives of Nicaraguan families and return home with a new perspective on life.

Your Team Coordinator:

Shawna Cothran

Email: shawna@ccm.life

Your Team Leaders:

Bennie Durham - Masaya Team

What are the dates?

December 5-12, 2020

Where will we serve?

We will visit two churches/communities each day where we will present the Gospel through drama, music and testimonies. After that we will conduct a feeding, hand out Bibles, Christmas gifts, Hygiene bags and much more!

What does it cost?

  • $650 for your entire stay at our Masaya or Leon Campus. This includes 3 meals each day, lodging, translators, ground transportation, medical insurance and much more. This is due on November 8th, 2019.

  • Airfare to Managua (MGA) is not included and varies depending on your departure city. Our staff will pick you up at the airport!

  • $50 for your Cultural Day. This is dependent on the activities you choose - zip line, monkey island, volcano, lunch at Catarina, etc.

  • Money for shopping at the Masaya Market

Team Member Guide

We know you have a lot of questions. Click the button below to download a pdf copy of the Team Member Guide which includes tons of info about Nicaragua, CCM, Packing Lists, Info for your family and much more.

ARE YOU READY?

STEP ONE:

Click here to start your online application. You should have a valid U.S. Passport in hand. If you are under the age of 18, please have your parent or guardian ready to sign.

STEP TWO:

Book your airline ticket from your city to Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) for arrival on Saturday, Dec. 5th and departing on Saturday, Dec. 12th. (Our team will pick you at the airport)

STEP THREE:

Email your flight itinerary to shawna@ccm.life

 

STEP FOUR:

Pay CCM Land fees which include food, lodging, translators, insurance and more. Land fees are due by November 8th. Click Here to pay online or mail a check to: P.O. Box 126, Inman, SC 29349. Make checks payable to Chosen Children Ministries.

Upon completion of the above steps, you will receive a welcome packet in the mail with a T-Shirt, instructions and other information.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the schedule?


Typical Schedule (this will be updated as we get closer to the trip): • Saturday – Arrive in Managua and travel to the Masaya or Leon campus • Sunday - Church, feeding, gift distribution in the morning and planning sessions in the afternoon • Monday – Thursday – Visit two communities/churches each day presenting the Gospel through drama, music and testimonies. Distribute Bibles, gifts, hygeine bags, and more. • Friday Morning– Cultural Day – Choose from Zip Line, Volcano Visit, Boat Ride and more • Friday Night – Christmas Party with the CCM Staff and their families • Saturday – Travel to Managua and depart for home




Where will I stay and what will I eat?


CCM owns and operates all our facilities and vehicles. All of our staff are CCM employees as well. We have two locations – Masaya & Leon. Each location is unique and have a resort-like atmosphere. Our campuses are gated and have 24-hour security. Rooms are air-conditioned, with flushing toilets, showers and fresh water. Each campus has air-conditioned vehicles and work trucks. Additionally, each campus has english-speaking staff and cooks. The food is exceptional and prepared fresh each day. They do an amazing job offering authentic Nicaraguan food and some American favorites. Rice and beans are offered at most of the meals on campus, but eggs, pancakes, chicken, among other “American” foods, are served as well. Sometimes you work close enough to return to campus for lunch, but if you are working too far away to return the staff will pack sandwiches to take with you. If you have a medical reason for a special diet please have the team leader let our offices know ahead of time. Check out our facilities here Take a 360 tour here




Is it safe?


Nicaragua is rated as the safest country in Central America. The people are very kind and gracious. We have two security guards on duty 24 hours a day on our campuses. Everyone should stay with their team and NEVER walk off by themselves. Most teams use a buddy system to make sure that everyone has someone to remind them to stay with the team. It also helps to do a head count each time you get on the bus.




Can I drink the water?


We are fortunate enough to have our own artesian water supply. You can brush your teeth and shower with no worries! Consequently, the staff will have ice water all during the day to offer. We also have an ice machine on campus where you can fill your own water bottle up each day. You will also have cold water available on the work sites. Many times on the way to the barrio, we will stop at gas stations where you can purchase drinks and snacks. Our staff always accompanies the team to make sure you are paying the correct amount




What should I wear?


Nicaragua is tropical climate and warm year-round. Believe it or not, long pants and long sleeve shirts made of lightweight material are the best clothes to wear when working. Most choose to wear: • Men: basketball shorts and t-shirts- (NO CUT Off T-shirts) • Women: Shorts that come close to the knee or capris- and t-shirts. NO Tank Tops •Teams will attend a church service. Men are ok to wear shorts – most men wear khakis and a polo shirt to wear. Women normally wear LONG skirts or capris and a short sleeve shirt (NO TANK TOPS). We strongly recommend that everyone wear tennis shoes or work boots while working or when you are off campus. On campus it is fine to wear flip flops and most people bring flip flops to wear in the showers. We also recommend you bring bug spray containing deet.




Do I need a passport and shots?


You must have a passport to travel. If you do not have a passport- apply now! It can take months to get your passport in. If you have a passport, check to make sure it is still up to date. Expiration date should be good through duration of trip. (We also recommend the expiration date be 6 months after your return date to the US as travel policies are constantly changing.) CCM does not require any shots. We do recommend that if you are nervous about what might be needed, check with your physician.




What about travel?


We don't provide travel services to and from the capital city of Managua, Nicaragua. All the major airlines fly into Managua (MGA). When you make your airline reservations, please send us your itinerary. Rest assured our staff will be waiting curbside to pick you up at the airport!





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