Church Trips Foundational Principles

As you begin the journey of preparing to travel to a Compassion country on a Church Trip, we are excited to share with you these three Foundational Principles, as they are the pillars upon which we build the entire trip planning process, the execution of the trip itself and post-trip follow-up.

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Church Trips Exist To Enhance The Ministry’s Model Of Partnership
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Church Trips Are Based On Healthy Poverty Alleviation Principles
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Church Trips Are Part Of A Long-Term Educational Experience

What Are Church Trips Like?

Sample Itinerary

While each Church Trip is unique, here is an example of a typical schedule:

Day 1: International travel and arrival in field country
Day 2: Orientation, welcome and tour of Compassion child development center and partner church, home visits
Day 3: Service opportunity (example - Vacation Bible School with the children, light church construction project, etc.)
Day 4: Worship service, fellowship with church and Compassion center leadership
Day 5: Service opportunity continued at the Compassion child development center
Day 6: "Fun Day" with sponsored children
Day 7: Farewell at church, country office visit, final debriefing
Day 8: International travel and arrival in United States

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Church Group Facilitator

Learn about the Group Facilitator’s role and get tips for a successful Church Trip!

Church Group Facilitator Information >

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Traveler Information

Everything you need to know about your trip – from preparation to returning home!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Find the answers here to help you prepare for your trip.

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“The entire experience exceeded expectations in all aspects. This was my second trip to Burkina Faso with Compassion, and like my first trip it reinvigorated my heart for child sponsorship, the in-country work of Compassion, and most importantly, bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth in fulfillment of the Great Commission.”

— Burkina Faso trip traveler

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Meet the Church Trips Team

Learn more about the team making church trips possible.

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Country Specific Travel Facts

Find traveler information and facts for Compassion countries.

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Group Traveler Resources

We have complied a list of resources to help you prepare for your trip.

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