faith sharing travel team
SOS's primary call is to be a Ministry of Presence not a Ministry of Presents Our primary focus is in developing a long term relationship of mutual trust and respect with the indigenous Maya.
Sending Out Servants (SOS) faith sharing travel team...if in Houston, TX; Texas City, TX; or Cherry Hill, NJ —travel to share your presence with the Maya
Would you like to meet your Maya sisters and brothers in Christ who live in the mountainous communities of Guatemala?
Would you like to experience the daily life and struggles of an indigenous Maya man, woman or child and learn from them the blessings of a simpler life?
These are some of what SOS Travel Team members experience during their seven to eight day mission visit.
Two to three SOS mission trips are scheduled each year. Teams are comprised of approximately 20 people of diverse ages, backgrounds and parishes.
• Primary, all missioners must have a missionary heart —with attitude of servant and flexibility.
• One should be in good health so as to meet the demands of a busy schedule, high altitude (6500 ft), bumpy roads, and reasonable amount of walking, sometimes on inclines.
• Youth must be sixteen of age or older
• It is helpful, but not required, to be able to speak Spanish since the Maya speak a dialect of Quiché. However, we always have a great need for bilingual team members to serve as translators from English to Spanish
• One does not have to be Catholic to participate in a Travel Team but are encouraged to fully participate in every aspect of the mission experience which includes prayers, evening Mass and reflection times.
• Be committed to the Mandatory Team Formation Meetings and the mission process itself.
Joining an SOS Travel Team involves a number of personal responsibilities and commitments. To learn more about these, visit General Travel Information section for details.
To join a Faith Sharing team, first please review the General Travel Information section to obtain pertinent details before submitting a SOS Pre-Application Form. Applicants are placed on a Preliminary Team Roster and will be contacted to set up an interview.
team formation meetings...
There are approximately four to five Mandatory Team Formation meetings held usually on Sundays in the mission participating cities. Meetings are for:
• becoming culturally and spiritually prepared
• being introduced to SOS mission entry protocols for entering indigenous communities
• covering the "nuts and bolts" of the trip such as packing lists, safety protocols, airport logistics etc.
• being assigned to an element of the mission activity you will be involved in while on mission.
• being commissioned and sent forth by the faithful to serve Our Lord and His people.
• attending a three hour mini-retreat to refocus on the spiritual nature of the mission.