Eastern Europe 2019

Since 2014, we have sent teams to Albania to participate in Cru’s high school summer camp, in which Cru staff and volunteers engage with young people through evangelism, teaching, games, coffee meetings, and discipleship. Following these camps, the local Cru/church leaders maintain relationships they have built through the summer camps and continue to evangelize non-believers and disciple believers throughout the rest of the year. In addition, team members can continue to grow these relationships after they return. We currently send three high school teams to the cities of Tirana, Elbasan, and Korça.

In 2016, we began sending a team to work with Cru Albania’s young professionals ministry, which organizes and executes seminars and events throughout the year aimed at evangelism and discipleship of working professionals. Team members have an opportunity to assist with the planning and execution of a seminar, become friends with and share the Gospel with young professionals (like The Porch crowd), host a retreat, and build relationships with Cru staff.

In 2018 we sent our first teams to Hungary and Poland. The Poland team is currently in Phase I of launching Re:generation Recovery curriculum in Poland, the first ex-US site for that program. Currently there are about 50 people in the Warsaw area working through the steps and mentoring participants.

The 2019 team will join the participants for commencement and be tasked to (1) continue to train local leaders and (2) work with local leaders to launch the next 12-step groups.

In 2019 we are sending a new team to the Albanian city of Shkodër, where team members will host an academic camp and retreat. The team will meet with college students and have opportunities to share the Gospel. Cru Hungary will be finishing their month-long “Speak Out” project when our team arrives to strategize on reaching young Hungarians. In 2018, the team engaged in city-wide evangelism in Pëcs and hosted an English camp with a Gospel presentation and opportunities for local follow-up.

Dates

Team Travel Dates Country Ministry Area Key Activities
Sat, Jun 22 – Mon, Jul 1 Albania College Academic camp, retreat
Fri, Jun 28 – Mon, Jul 8 Albania High school Summer camp
Fri, Jul 5 – Sun, Jul 14 Albania High school Summer camp
Sat, Jul 6 – Mon, Jul 15 Albania Young professionals Speaking, seminars, retreat
Fri, Jul 5 – Sun, Jul 14 Poland Regeneration Recovery, group launch, leader training
Sun, Aug 4 – Mon, Aug 12 Hungary Mixed English camp,

Fundraising

We use fundraising as the primary way to fund our trip. Fundraising is a great way to allow others to partner with you, and God can use the fundraising process to help you trust Him. God has always faithfully provided the funds needed for past trips.

  • Training and support in how to fundraise will be provided at team meetings.
  • $3000 total estimated fundraising goal, which includes:

    • Plane tickets (~$1400-1900); in-country/operational (~$1000).
    • $200 deposit due Thu 3/14 (will go towards fundraising goal).
  • Mile Marker #1 (Fri 5/10): Team member expected to have raised ~$1500-$1900
    Individuals under target personally responsible for gap.
  • Mile Marker #2 (Fri 6/14): Team member expected to have raised $2000
    Individual responsibility to be reduced proportionally according to total team fundraising performance
  • Mile Marker #3 (Sat 6/29): Team member expected to have raised full $3000

Estimated Personal Expenses

  • $200 deposit due on Thu 3/15 (will go towards fundraising goal).
  • $5 for book that we will read as a team prior to trip.
  • $15 for team t-shirt.
  • $20 for miscellaneous costs for gifts and supplies in-country.
  • Potential funds to meet fundraising progress markers if short of targets.