The USA Mission Experience is a trip that gathers a group of women from across the country to a region of the United States to meet with local partners, learn about their history and culture, and participate in worship and mission opportunities. The USA Mission Experience equips women with an understanding of the existing ministry of the church in the area as well as the challenges faced by women and children living there. Participants serve as ambassadors for the region during two years of itineration following the experience.
The USA Mission Experience and Global Exchange take place in alternating trienniums.
2023 USA Mission Experience to Arizona and the Border Region
“I am with you and will keep you wherever you go” (Gen. 28:15).
During this faith-deepening and relationship-building trip, the group will visit partners in Phoenix, Tucson, and the Arizona–Mexico border, focusing on immigration and refugee issues, violence against women and children throughout the immigration process, and challenges facing indigenous people living in Arizona. Participants will experience learning, accompanying, and serving, with signiﬁcant time set aside for reﬂection, conversation, and prayer as we encounter deep hurt as well as hope.
The trip will include stays at the Franciscan Renewal Center near Phoenix, the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, and a local hotel in Agua Prieta, Mexico. The group will worship with local congregations, join a weekly vigil at the Arizona–Mexico border, and visit with mission partners such as Frontera de Cristo (a Presbyterian border ministry and 2021 Thank Offering recipient), and Café Justo (a fair-trade coffee cooperative).
The application window for the USA Mission Experience has closed. Stay tuned for details.
To ask a question or to learn more about the USA Mission Experience, contact Cheri Harper.