Fist Congregational Church

Guatemala Mission Trip 2019

Guatemala Mission Trip October 12-18, 2019

Living in Traverse City, surrounded by the beauty of Grand Traverse Bay, we can easily become complacent about our accessibility to clean drinking water. Yet, over 700 million people globally are affected by a water crisis and face serious health risks and water related illnesses. Children are especially at risk from contaminated water, preventing them from going to school and struggling with chronic illnesses and even death. The impact on the family and the community as a whole is difficult for us to truly grasp.

Next fall there will be an opportunity to travel to Antigua, Guatemala for an Adult mission trip. Working with Filter of Hope, an organization that has developed household water filters for families living in abject poverty, we will be able to see first hand the difference access to clean water can make. The household filters we will distribute and install can last up to 10 years, are efficient and affordable.

Our team will work with local churches to distribute and install the water filters to villages near Antigua. The purpose of this trip will be to provide a solution for contaminated water sources and to facilitate personal connections for the local church. Most importantly, the team will have an opportunity to share with others the parallels between these filters and the cleansing we all have through the filter of Jesus in our life.

Update from Guatemalan Mission Team: May 16, 2019

Our team would like to provide regular updates leading up to our trip in October. We currently have 13 missionaries signed up to serve the people of Guatemala. There is still time to join us if you feel called. We are able to accept new team members up until July 5th.

Our mission team will be partnering with Filter of Hope, providing water filters to families in need. We will partner with a local church and deliver the water filters to needy families. The mission accomplishes a means to families for much needed clean water and relationships between the family and local church members and our team members.

Our team is looking into ways to help fund both trip expenses and water filters. In the upcoming weeks we will be selling Higher Grounds coffee (Guatemalan, of course) and products from the Vollwerth Meats company. This company is who FCC have previously partnered with - they have generously provided hot dogs during the Great Giveaway.

We would especially request that FCC members be in prayer for our team; specifically that God will use us to further his kingdom and additionally, that those people receiving the filters will know God’s love.

To join or support this Mission Trip:

contact: Marilyn Vlach or Eric Davis

Trip 3 Filters cost $40 each and we will be required to purchased about 5 for every member on the mission team.
One way Church members can contribute is by sponsoring filters and making a check out to FCC with Mission Trip on the memo line.

To Learn More:

Watch the video by clicking here.

Mission Trip