SendRelief Cross Cultural Ministry Trip

June 29 - July 5  |  Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL, USA

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Ministry Partner:  SEND Relief

Eligibility: Middle school students, high school students, young adults

Dates: June 29-July 5th, 2024

Cost: $50 deposit. Students will raise all remaining costs.

Deadline to apply: March 24th, 2024

Vision: Sharing the love of Jesus is central to everything we do at Send Relief. Whether responding to natural disasters, caring for refugees and displaced families, fighting human trafficking at home and abroad, supporting adoption and foster care efforts, and strengthening communities facing economic and physical crises, our goal is the same.

Location Detail: While Chicago is a cultural hub full of beautiful parks and pristine beaches, there are enormous physical and spiritual needs impacting its residents. Send Relief is committed to bringing the hope of Jesus to the city in as many ways as we can.


Frequently Asked Questions



Why Chicago?

  • As a church, we believe that an effective cross-cultural ministry trip requires a healthy partnership in the field. Because of this, we have prayed for each location and believe that these are the ministries that God is asking us to partner with and serve.

How are the costs of the trips calculated?

  • Trips are calculated based on food, ministry opportunities, travel, and lodging costs. Budgets will be reviewed with the whole team in detail during team training. We try to keep the cost of each trip as low as possible.

What if I don’t raise enough money or I don’t get it in on time?

  • All participants are responsible for raising funds for the trip. We trust that the Lord will provide the means for each of us according to His will. If participants are struggling to raise funds, the Pastors will set up a meeting with these individuals to determine if trip attendance is wise.

Do I need to send Prayer letters if I can pay for the trip myself?

  • Yes. The primary purpose of prayer letters is to raise prayer support and allow people to partner financially with the ministry. Paying for the trip yourself takes away the opportunity for your friends and family to partner with you.

What do I do with any extra money that I raise?

  • Anyone who gives to the trip does so with the understanding that their money is given to GHCC to be used as God directs. If any extra money remains after the trip, it stays under the authority of GHCC.

What happens to the money if I have raised support and can no longer attend the trip?

  • A letter must be sent to all supporters informing them of your absence. Because support is for the trip, individual donors will not receive refunds.

How many times can I miss meetings?

  • Any unexcused absence is grounds for disqualification from the team.

How do I communicate absences?

  • All absences must be communicated to Pastors by your scheduled interview.

What is the time commitment?

Application Dates:

  • Sunday, March 24th – Applications Due (sign up for an interview slot)
  • March 25th-28th – Student & leader interviews
  • Tuesday, April 2nd – All participants and leaders notified of acceptance by email
  • Sunday, April 7th – Ministry Acceptance paperwork and $50 trip deposit due

Training & Sharing Dates:

  • Sunday, April 7th (5-7pm) – FIRST MEETING
  • Sunday, May 5th (5-7pm) – Training Session #2
  • Sunday, May 19th (5-7pm) – Training Session #3
  • May 21st-23rd (7pm) – Sharing at Kairos/MSM/HSM (Invite supporters, friends, & family
  • Sunday, June 2nd (12:30-2:30pm) – Training Session #4
  • Sunday, June 23rd (12:30-1:00pm) – Team Prayer on the Plaza
  • Sunday, June 23rd (1:00-2:00pm) – Team Meeting
  • June 29th-July 5th – Chicago Cross-Cultural Ministry Trip
Application Process

What happens if I turn my application in late?

  • Late applications will not be accepted.

Do I have to have all the reference forms filled out?

  • Yes, all references are required. Students are required to have three references, leaders only need two.

What if my schedule doesn’t allow for an interview during the allotted time period?

  • A special interview must be set up with the Pastors no later than March 29th.