Praying Pelican Missions
The landfall of Hurricane Dorian brought great destruction to the Abaco Islands on September 1, 2019. The effects of this Category 5 hurricane categorized it as the “worst natural disaster in the country’s history" (The Guardian), leaving 70,000 displaced and severely damaging over 13,000 homes (GlobalNews.ca). The Abaco islands are located in the northeast section of the Bahamian islands and were one of the island groups that was hit the hardest. Months have passed and countless tons of debris remain scattered amongst the island. The islands face a daunting long road of recovery. Due to the mass displacement and evacuation of residents and the crippled economy, there is a shortage of labor and a great need for people to help rebuild and restore these communities. There is much work yet to be done.
Group Mission Trips is partnering with Praying Pelican Missions to come alongside local pastors and churches on Abaco Island to support, encourage, and serve alongside those who are leading the charge in recovery efforts. In addition to providing practical hands-on help through hurricane relief projects*, your team will build lasting relationship with pastors, churches, and the residents you serve. We are excited to link arms with our friends at Praying Pelican Missions to help bring hope and support to the Bahamas.
Once on the ground in the Bahamas, we will make sure the logistics, from transportation to meal planning, are taken care of, so your group can simply focus on building relationships within the community and serving alongside the local church.
*Additional fees are required for project expenses. Talk to Robin, your mission trip advisor, to learn more. Must be at least 10 years old to participate.
Your team will stay in dorm-style lodging with bunk beds and gender specific bathrooms with private shower stalls.
You’ll partner alongside local churches on Great Abaco Island to help with hurricane relief. This could include clearing debris, restoring structures that still stand, and rebuilding ones that were destroyed.
*Additional fees are required for project expenses. Talk to talk to Robin, your mission trip advisor, about the possible projects and additional costs.
Saturday – Arrive to Abaco and get settled in lodging facility
Sunday – Worship at a local church; cultural activity
Monday – Thursday – Serve at project sites
Friday – Return home
Plan to fly into the Marsh Harbour Airport (MHH) or fly into Nassau on a larger airline such as American Airlines and fly to Marsh Harbour on local airline, Bahamas Air.
Need to Know
Here is some important information to know before you register:
As always, contact Robin, your mission trip advisor, with any questions at 970-800-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. We require 1 adult (18 years or older) for every 5 youth (17 years or younger). Contact Robin at 970-800-4000 for more location-specific age requirements.
Contact our expert international mission trip advisor, Robin, at 970-800-4000.
Prices do not include airfare from North America. However, in Peru, our price includes the airfare from Lima to Pucallpa and Cusco.
To reserve space on a trip, a non-refundable $100/person deposit is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. If you cancel your registration prior to the final payment due date, your deposit is non-refundable but any additional payments you have made up until that time are refundable. Once you have paid your final balance and are within 60 days of your trip, all money is non-refundable. If Group International Mission Trips makes the decision to cancel your trip due to inclement weather or political unrest, we will reschedule you to a different trip or refund your fees.
Most meals are covered as part of your registration, except for free days if you're serving in Alaska or Puerto Rico. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for any exceptions.
Most meals will be provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well.
While some mission trips are more physically strenuous than others, most international trips will include at least four 8-hour service days in hot and humid environments. Your group can work at the level of physical exertion with which they’re comfortable.
Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff if you stay in a hotel during your trip are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.
The safety of your group is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you or your group is as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that are safe and reliable. Our International Mission Trip Advisor is glad to answer further safety questions.
Probably. If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we may be able to accommodate that for you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at email@example.com, or call 1-970-800-4000 for more information.
Our payment policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission trip experience with Group Mission Trips.