Cross-Cultural Learning Experiences

 CCLEs (formerly called 'short-term mission trips') are ways for you to learn from ministry partners serving in different cultures. These inter-generational missions learning teams help you step outside of your routine to learn and serve alongside one another while building friendships through service. Is this your year to take a faith-sized, cross-cultural risk?

All participants will complete an application and are required to attend the Missions Training Retreat, May 19-21, 2017.

To apply for a CCLE, please email your completed application directly to the trip leader of the trip you are applying for; further instructions are listed in the application.

Questions? Contact Avery Langille.


2017 Adult & Family Trips

All applications are due by Friday March 3!

2017 Adult CCLE Application

2017 Family CCLE Application

Adult Trips


Little Samaritan Mission Dental | April 21  29
Leader: Sue Leach

A team of dental professionals and ministry workers will provide free dental care in schools in poor, rural Moldovan villages. While the dentists work, the ministry team will present a gospel message to children and teachers in the public schools where we work. What a great opportunity to serve both physical and spiritual needs!


Life Giving Water | June 29  July 8
Leader: Craig Miller

Life Giving Water International will receive a ministry team in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador to help the 120 families in the rural Kichwa community of Sanancahuan build their water system.  The team will be staying in rustic quarters in the community at an altitude of over 11,000 feet, working mornings on building the water system, and afternoons holding a Vacation Bible school event for the children.  Bruce & Cherith Rydbeck, long-time Grace Chapel missionaries living in Ecuador will host the team. 


Hope for the Children of Haiti | July 27  August 5
Leader: Carrie Tibbles

This summer we will be traveling to Haiti to partner with Hope for the Children of Haiti, an orphanage and school in Port-a-Prince. While there we will have a wonderful opportunity to connect with the 100 children who live there and the staff that care for them. We will be doing their routine yearly health screens, vaccinations, and medical physicals.  We will do a number of facility improvement projects including ensuring the water supply remains clean and healthy. The team will also do a vacation bible school with the kids and community building activities to encourage and support the staff. 


Jesus Savior Church Deaf Ministry | July 20  August 4
Leader: Buddy Shephard


Little Samaritan Mission Face of a Child | October 20 – 29
Leader: Sue Leach

Join the Face of a Child team for our 15th year of sharing the gospel and distributing packages of school supplies, clothing and toiletries to at-risk children in Moldovan villages. A heart for the poor, love of children, and a desire to share God’s amazing love are the only requirements for this trip. It is a heart-warming and life-changing experience. 

family trips


World Servants | August 6 – 12
Leader: Don Vinh and Loretta Chou

Our team of families will be traveling to Tecate, Mexico, just an hour over the border from San Diego. We will be serving the Rancho San Juan Bosco Orphanage where many of the boys come from abusive homes or who were living on the streets. We will be working together on construction and repair work for the orphanage, and spending quality time and sharing Christ's love with the boys who reside there. This is an introductory CCLE trip for families with children age 8 and up.


Grace Church in Amman and World Relief | July 2 – 10
Leader: Sarah Blumenshine and Josh Blumenshine

Go beyond the current political debate around refugee resettlement and learn from people at the source of the crisis. The Church is alive and well in Jordan, and stepping up in incredible ways. Participants will receive cultural orientation and learn about the history of conflicts in the region. We will visit with families and hear their stories. There will be opportunities to assist with children's programming and other ongoing ministries, depending on the makeup and interests of the group. This trip will be highly relational and participants will be practicing ministry of presence. Come prepared to be stretched and amazed at what God is doing! Then consider applying this knowledge in service to and with refugees who have made their way to greater Boston. Recommended for families with children ages 14 and up.

2017 Student CCLEs

Student Ministry CCLEs

Informational Documents

Check out this Discipleship and CCLE informational packet to find out what's in store for you this summer.  Please take the time to read through this entire packet before deciding what you would like to participate in. If you have any questions regarding the summer opportunities for students, please contact Emily at .

Now that you've read through the info packet, do you mind telling us what you are interested in? Click here to let us know. Please note this is not a commitment. This just helps us plan ahead in order to give you the best experience we can.

Have you filled out the General Permission Form for 2016-2017? If not, you can find it here!

101 Introductory Learning Experiences (all interested students are welcome to apply)

The Boston Project or CSM, for middle school students, July 9-14, $700
The Philly Project, Philadelphia, PA for 8-12th grade students, July 9-14, $550

201 Intermediate Learning Experiences (for students who have completed a 101 CCLE or at the discretion of the student ministry staff)

The Potter’s House, Guatemala, July 16-23, $2,000
World Servants, Dominican Republic, July 22-29, $2,300

Summer Camp (open to all students)

Middle School, Camp Berea, July 16-22
High School, Hume New England, July 17-22

CCLE Application

Click here for the online application.*
For a paper copy of the entire application, click here. Please note are only receiving online applications through Managed Missions (link above.) Any applications received as a hard copy will be returned.

*All families are required to fill out the Parent and Student Commitment Form as part of the application process. This document can be found here.