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 Jacqueline Turner.


2017 Adult & Family Trips

Extended application deadline: application deadlines for our Jordan, Mexico, Ecuador, and Malawi teams  and are now due by Monday March 27

2017 Adult CCLE Application

2017 Family CCLE Application

Adult Trips


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. 


World Relief | August 4 – 13
Leader: Casandra Trowbridge

Grace Chapel will be returning to Malawi this summer to partner with World Relief International to provide Alpha training to local church leaders and World Relief staff members.  We will also be focusing on pastoral development and youth development. Additionally, we are given the wonderful opportunity to visit villages to see how God uses the Grace Chapel and World Relief partnership to strengthen local church ministries as well as redevelop villages in multiple ways.  Malawians are resilient and faithful people who will warmly welcome you to their home and hearts, and will share stories of how they see God working in their villages.  

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 Jacqueline Turner.

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.

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