Saturday, July 20 – Friday, July 26


Might God be calling you to join people from West Campus, City Church and Iglesia in ministering to neighbors in need in late July? Our team will be hosted by Rio Bravo Ministries and will focus on three things:  working on facility improvement projects, interacting with & encouraging orphans living on the ministry compound, and ministering to Haitian refugees off-site. We may also run a 3-morning Vacation Bible School program through one of Rio Bravo’s local, partner churches.

Rio Bravo runs four care homes for orphans as well as two Christian schools for underprivileged kids, and participates in various other outreaches throughout the area. You can find out more about the ministry on their website or on their Facebook page. Looking at some of the videos posted on their Facebook page will give you a good perspective.

Be encouraged and inspired by these participant testimonies from the 2023 trip:

Location & travel

Reynosa is just across the border from McAllen, TX. We’ll stay on the ministry compound, the same location as the four care homes and one of the Christian schools. We will fly into McAllen and be shepherded across the international border by the ministry director. Updated passports are suggested; however, a certified copy of a birth certificate, together with a photo ID, is an acceptable alternative form of ID for crossing the border.


All travel, especially international travel, involves some risk. All ministry, in fact, involves an element of risk. That said, the risk-level of this trip is low compared to many other international opportunities, and compared to the inner cities of our largest US metropolises. We can assure participants of this trip’s general safety because we will be working with a well-established ministry, begun 30 years ago, which has a very good reputation and is well-respected (and to a degree protected by the locals). The ministry director, Ray Hansen , will personally lead us across the border. Additionally, he or one of his assistants will always direct and accompany us when off-site (when we leave the compound).

Who may participate

Any professing Christian or seeker (someone exploring the Christian faith) aged 16 and up is welcome to apply. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We are encouraging entire families to participate and anticipate that a number of younger adolescents will also be part of the team.


The cost for the trip is $875 per participant; a trip deposit of $250 must be raised by June 1 in order to hold your spot, and the balance of what is not raised through team fundraisers must be supplied by July 10. As noted above, fundraising coaching and assistance will be provided.

Commitment / expectations

You will be expected to participate in the group fund-raising efforts as well as to attend at least two of the three planning & training meetings leading up to the trip. You’ll also be expected to do daily personal devotions during the trip, participate in all required trip activities, and humbly submit to the trip leadership regarding direction and decisions.

How to sign up

Please indicate your interest by emailing or texting the trip director, Pastor Markus Jeromin, and filling out the trip application which you'll find by clicking the button below. Application deadline is April 15.
 If you have any additional questions please reach out to Markus at 269-808-4287 or at