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Rancho El Camino 2017


VBCC Youth Mexico Mission Trip 2017!

This Summer a team of 17 VBCC high schoolers and adult leaders will be flying to Mexico to serve at Rancho El Camino in La Paz, Mexico.  With activities similar to the RRR Ranch in Chesapeake, VA, Rancho El Camino is a community of faith with a mission to serve and minister through compassionate, Christ-centered initiatives and programs which seek to draw out the strengths and meet the needs found in the villages of La Paz. The ultimate goal of the ministry is redeeming the lost and transforming the community with the holistic power of the Gospel. This is done by going out into the local villages and by hosting children and youth at the Ranch.

Meet the Rancho El Camino Ministry Team, led by Pete and Emily Johnson. Pete and Emily were sent as missionaries to Mexico by Tab Church in Norfolk (which planted VBCC). They have 3 young daughters. They serve with a missions agency called TEAM.

Why La Paz? Isaiah 43:19 says, “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” God is redeeming the world, making a way for those who are lost and in need through his son Jesus Christ. While much of La Paz is a vacation destination for tourists, there are surrounding communities that are impoverished, both spiritually and physically. We are excited to show the love of Jesus by serving with Rancho El Camino and to explore the possibility of a long-term partnership in the years to come.

What kinds of things will we be doing?

  • Working the Ranch – help with animals like horses, goats, and chickens, work in the community garden, and more.
  • Running the camp – help with camp activities like sports, horseback riding, archery, hiking, etc.  We will also serve and minister to local youth and children attending the camp.
  • Worshipping with the Rancho El Camino Church
  • Fun Day - We’ll have one day to tour La Paz and possibly go to the beach.
  • At the ranch, hard work is a way of life. It is also a means for discipleship and growth for those who visit. Be prepared to serve God and love others by doing lots of hard work!

Will we be safe? Yes! Rancho El Camino has hosted many short-term mission teams like ours over the years (including Tab Church’s Youth). La Paz is a beautiful tourist destination on the Baja Peninsula (2.5 hours north of Cabo San Lucas). The Johnsons are raising their 3 daughters there and have had no issues with safety.


Important Dates:

4/23 (Sunday) Mexico Team will go up front during both worship services to present to the congregation the Mexico Mission Trip during the Acts 1:8 Moment.  ALL team members are required to be there for this. If you have a conflict with this date let one of the team leaders know.

4/26 (Wednesday) Mexico Team Meeting During YG 8-8:30 pm.  In the Youth Lounge.  Team members are required to bring a list of 30 names and addresses of people they would like to send their fundraising letter to.  Please also bring a personalized fundraising letter.  Contact Curt Kenney or Mary Chapmon for fundraising letter questions.  Parents you are welcome to join if you'd to help your child get fundraising letters out, but you aren't required to be there for this meeting.

6/4 (Sunday) Mexico Mission Trip Fundraiser - Mexican Fiesta themed luncheon right after Church in the gym.  This date is also Youth Sunday, so we will encourage folks to stay after church for the luncheon.  We need all hands on deck for this fundraiser - we will need team members to speak up front, we will need all Youth to help serve food, and we will need team members and parents to help prepare and serve food as well. Contant Curt Kenney or Sylvia Chipman if you'd like to help.

Trip Info for Youth and Leaders

Date: July 29-Aug 5.

Cost: Approximately $1,500 per person (including leaders).  This number may fluctuate a little depending on airfare rates.  Each team member must send out at least 30 support letters to friends and family and must attend fundraisers for the trip.

Transportation: We will fly from Norfolk to Cabo San Lucas, then drive rental vans 2.5 hours north to El Paz.

Lodging: The ranch has a fully functioning bath house and bunk house which can hold up to 28 people (14 per side). Guys and girls will be split, each staying on their own side of the house.

Next steps for Trip Applicants:

1) Pray about whether God would have you go on this trip!

2) Youth applicants are required to fill out this Online Application (first come, first served).

3) Once applications are submitted, our Leader Team will review and assemble the team.

4) Students and parents are invited to attend an informational meeting on Sunday, Feb 5 right after church in the Youth Lounge.  This meeting will be brief, we won't do lunch for the sake of time, done by 12:30 pm.

Mexico Trip Kids