SpIL Trips

The Office of Spiritual & Intercultural Life ( Spil) offers students annual opportunities to participate in Spil trips (formerly Summer Serve, May Serve, etc.). These domestic and international trips last anywhere from one to four weeks and challenge students to learn from and work alongside great people and model organizations in the context of their culture, community and complexities. These trips are designed to share the "Be Known" promise beyond our campus as students meet, befriend and serve "Christ in the least of these," particularly among people experiencing the various and complex realities of under-resourced communities.  Our traveling teams do so by immersing in the cultural contexts and perspectives which exist outside of students' familiar home culture and utilizing service as a means of nurturing Christian community development.

Our teams go with the mindset of being both learners and servants. Our primary goal through these short-term trips is to recognzie, learn from, acentuate, encourage and build upong the assets and gifts of our global neighbors, partner organizations, and the neighbors and communities they live amongst and serve long-term. We aspire to listen and learn, encourage and serve alongside to help enhance sustainable ministry and Christian community development, with the goal of coming home with a greater understanding of the kingdom & missionof God and our role in it wheverever we live.

So in the words of Jesus, "Come and see!" (John 1:39)


The basic purposes of Spil Trips are:

  • To provide an experience in which students will be personally challenged – spiritually, emotionally and culturally, to "think with clarity, act with integrity and serve with passion."
  • To enhance awareness, exposure and deeper understanding of other cultures and explore future involvement in God's mission in the world.
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2017 Winter Spil Trips 

 

Home PDX - Portland

A six-day immersion trip in downtown Portland, in which students learn and serve alongside Bruce Arnold (from HomePDX.com) and other ministries that cultivate community and friendship with people living outside or without houses/homes in the city. This trip is centered around Urban realities, particularly the often overlooked assets and gifts of people living amidst those realities and opportunities for Christian community development amongst people often labelled and marginalized because of their challenges and needs. 

Dates: Jan. 2-7
Cost/Person: $75 
Application Deadline: November 9
Mandatory Pre-Trip  Commitment : Spil Fall Retreat November 10-12
Apply: Application Form

 

Portland 101

A four day immersion trip throughout Portland, in which students learn from organizations like JOIN, the Portland Leadership Foundation and other that cultivate community and friendship with people living amidst Urban realities. This trip is centered around sharing the “Be Known” promise through deep listening, prayer and “mining” the city for glimpses of God’s ‘kingdom’, the often overlooked assets and gifts of Portland’s various neighborhoods, and opportunities for Christian community development.

Dates: TBD
Cost/Person: $75 
Application Deadline: November 13
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meetings:  TBD (Jan/Feb/Mar) 
Apply: Application Form

 

Twin Rocks (Serve!) Camp - Rockaway Beach, OR  

Any interested students are invited to join our 2018 International SpiL Trip Participants on this 3-day “Pre-Trip Boot Camp”!  Through this camp, we aim to serve our ministry partners at Twin Rocks Friends Camp by day and, by night, dive deep into learning more about ourselves, our individual and collective calling to discipleship to Christ, to God’s mission, the principles of Christian Community development (CCD) and participating in becoming the Whole church, on a Whole mission, with the Whole gospel to the Whole world!

Dates: Jan. 3 -6 
Cost/Person: $75 
Apply: Application Form

 


2018 Spring Spil Trips

 

Urban Impact - Seattle, Washington

A team of students will serve with Urban Impact in Seattle, focusing on building relationships and serving in the community through the local church.  The team will assist with a variety of projects and Christian community development opportunities from tutoring to administrative and cleaning projects to community service amidst one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation.

Dates: March 24 - 31
Cost/Person: $150
Application Deadline: November 13
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meetings:  TBD (Jan/Feb/Mar) 
Apply:
Application Form

Flying H Ranch - Yakima, Washington 

Spend a week with the Flying H Ranch (30 miles west of Yakima, WA):  a Christian residential program that serves young men facing significant challenges, helping them to learn to overcome destructive decisions and build/re-build relationships. On this trip, our students learn through proximity to Flying H Ranch’s work, sharing meals, work projects as well as listening and community building with young men and staff through worship, devotions, meals, fun and conversation.

Dates: March 24 - 31
Cost/Person : $150
Application Deadline: November 13
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meetings:  TBD (Jan/Feb/Mar)
Apply:
Application Form

Camp Attitude - Foster, Oregon

Students will learn and serve with Camp Attitude , a not-for-profit Christian organization dedicated to providing a unique faith based camping experience for families in the disability community. On this trip, our students learn through proximity to Camp Attitude’s work, sharing meals, work projects as well as listening and community building with staff and other students.

Dates: March 25 - 30
Cost/Person : $150
Application Deadline: November 13
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meetings: TBD (Jan/Feb/Mar) 
Apply: Application Form

 

Mending Wings - Yakama Indian Reservation

  Mending Wings is a Christian nonprofit, First Nations youth organization located in the Yakama Indian Reservation in Wapato, Washington. Trip participants will have the opportunity to learn and to reimagine “Missions”, immersing in a cross-cultural experience without having to leave the country! Students will also focus on community service projects with elders (like chopping wood and painting houses) as well as focus on spiritual formation through participating in worshiping God alongside indigenous leaders and seeing the power of Creator God at work through all of us across cultural differences.

Dates: March 25 - 30
Cost/Person : $150
Application Deadline: November 13
Mandatory Pre-Trip Meetings: TBD (Jan/Feb/Mar) 
Apply: Application Form

 

World Relief & Global Immersion Project - California & Mexico

This “Learning Lab” is made possible by partnerships with World Relief (Sacramento), the Global Immersion Project (San Diego/Tijuana), and even a brief visit to Homeboy Industries/HomeGirl Cafe (Los Angeles).  It is an unforgettable week-long road-trip to share the “Be Known” promise beyond our campus (& national) borders, listening not only to the lived experiences of refugees, immigrants and ex-gang members, but also in learning from local peacemakers (shelter workers, advocates, Border patrol agents and more) addressing issues affecting their marginalized and often dehumanized neighbors.  Student can also expect the personal challenge of cultivating tangible spiritual practices that will help us follow Christ’s call to be everyday peacemakers where we live. We invite to you to learn a little more with this video .  

Dates: March 24 - 31
Cost/Person: $900 ($100 deposit upon acceptance)
Application Deadline: November 13
Mandatory Training Dates: Jan 3-6 with Twin Rocks (Serve!) Camp and Spring Semester Meetings (Jan/Feb/Mar)   
Apply: Application Form


2018 Summer Spil Trips

Romania/Moldova with Word Made Flesh

This will be our 6th trip to visit our friends at Word Made Flesh Romania and Moldova.   Word Made Flesh Romania serves among children vulnerable to running away from home, vulnerable to dropping out of school, vulnerable to being trafficked, vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, and vulnerable to social marginalization and ethnic discrimination.  Through ministry on the streets and educational programs at a community center, they strive for a transformed society in which the poor are redeemed and empowered.   See this VIDEO for more on the realities of Romania and the community/work of Word Made Flesh there.  

We encourage Social Work, Psychology and Education majors to consider this trip, but also any/all students interested in encouraging and nurturing this community through listening, learning and creative offering of talents through art, permaculture garden/aquaponics, engineering, computer science, graphic design, music, and other means of enriching the work of Christian community development there.


Dates: May 2018
Cost/Person: $3,500 ($250 deposit upon acceptance)
Application Deadline: Nov. 13
Interview Dates: Nov. 14, 15, 16
Mandatory Training Dates: Nov. 21| 9:30p and Dec. 11 | 7:00p;  Jan. 3-6 with Twin Rocks (Serve!) Camp
Apply : Application Form
References:  Reference Form

Kenya with Open Arms International

In our 5th year of linking arms with Open Arms International, this trip will be exposed to the holistic work of the Open Arms Village in Eldoret, Kenya. The village is home to more than 100 children, most of whom have been orphaned, abandoned or removed from homes due to neglect or abuse. The village provides a Christ-centered environment for physical, emotional and spiritual healing and a quality education at the Open Arms Academy. Our visiting team will learn and serve alongside the Village through medical clinics, outreach events and children's programs, possible prison visits and volunteering to coordinate training conferences for Ministers/pastors from various parts of Kenya. 

Dates: May 2018
Cost/Person: $3,500 ($250 deposit upon acceptance)
Application Deadline: Nov. 13
Interview Dates: Nov. 14, 15, 16
Mandatory Training Dates: Nov. 21| 9:30p and Dec. 11 | 7:00p;  Jan. 3-6 with  Twin Rocks (Serve!) Camp
Apply : Application Form
References:   Reference Form   

Haiti with Foundation Chretienne Haitienne de la Bonne Semence 

Upon invitation from Foundation Chretienne Haitienne de la Bonne Semence (“‘the Haitian Christian Foundation of The Good Seed’ (FCHBS), a Patmos Baptist Mission of Haiti), students will travel to the cities of Saut-D’Eau, Duvivier, and Canaan to participate in various Christian community development endeavors in the form of health projects, health education and mobile clinics, prayer, encouragement and worship alongside area residents, neighbors and local congregations. Although French, Pre-Med, and Nursing majors are highly encouraged to apply, any interested students will be taken into consideration.

Dates: May 2018
Cost/Person: $3,500 ($250 deposit upon acceptance)
Application Deadline: Nov. 13
Interview Dates: Nov. 14, 15, 16
Mandatory Training Dates: Nov. 21| 9:30p and Dec. 11 | 7:00p;  Jan. 3-6 with Twin Rocks (Serve!) Camp
Apply : Application Form
References: Reference Form


2018-19 Winter Spil Trips

Urbana - St. Louis, Missouri 

Urbana is InterVarsity’s Student Missions Conference, co-hosted by InterVarsity/USA, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada and Groupes Bibliques Universitaires et Collégiaux du Canada. One of the largest student missions conferences in the world, Urbana is a catalytic event bringing together a diverse mix of college and graduate students, faculty, recent graduates, pastors, church and ministry leaders, missions organizations and schools.


Dates: December 26 -31, 2018
Cost/Person: $900 ($150 deposit upon acceptance)
Application Deadline: TBD
Mandatory Training Dates: TBD
 

Nepal with Evangelical Friends Mission

This particular trip will be a time of intense exposure to people and missionaries who have experienced extreme disaster following multiple earthquakes and flooding. In the context of a dying world (both physically and spiritually), we will be seeking God's heart for these people and also how God would have us respond to the suffering of the majority of the world's population. We will be working with Evangelical Friends Mission and partnering with missionaries that create and distribute dignity packs for women and children who are experiencing marginalization, especially after the 2017 floods.

Dates:  Estimated - December 27, 2018 - January 2019
Cost/Person: $3,500 ($250 deposit upon acceptance)
Application Deadline: Nov. 13
Interview Dates: Nov. 14, 15, 16
Mandatory Training Dates: Nov. 21| 9:30p and Dec. 11 | 7:00p;  Jan. 3-6 with  Twin Rocks (Serve!) Camp
Apply : Application Form




Spil Trip Timeline

Information for the SpIL Winter, Spring & Summer Immerse & Serve trips are announced in October during chapel and online. Applications are due by November 13. Applicants will then be notified if they are chosen for an interview. The team is selected from the interview process and meets two times prior to Christmas break. During the Spring semester International trips meet weekly for fundraising, planning, prayer and preparation. Team members chosen are those who display a strong commitment to Christ, desire to learn, humility and flexibility.

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More Questions?

Email  spirituallife@georgefox.edu.