Jeff and I were sitting on the shore of Lake Kivu in Rwanda when the idea struck. What if we created a new kind of short term trip to give our readers a chance to visit our partner ministries themselves? Even better, what if we added in an element of action and adventure to sweeten the deal? Even better, what if we had the team raise money to help WND along the way?

The trip participants would have their eyes opened to the world, our partner ministries would get new volunteers and supporters, and World Next Door would become more financially sustainable. Talk about a win/win/win!

By this point, our wheels were spinning and our hearts were racing (although this second part may have been due to the copious amounts of coffee we were drinking… we were on a coffee plantation after all). Think about it. One part vision trip, one part adventure, one part fundraiser. We’d call it the World Next Door Pilgrimage. And it would be AWESOME.

That was last March. Now, just 11 months after the idea was born, we are ready to make it happen. Our first Pilgrimage Trip is coming up soon, and you can be a part of it!

Volcanos, Corn Tortillas, and Hope

For our first Pilgrimage Trip, we’ll be headed to Santo Tomás Milpas Altas, a small village in rural Guatemala, to visit WND’s newest partner ministry, Saber y Gracia (“Wisdom and Grace”), a Christ-centered school bringing hope to impoverished families in their community.

The trip will be April 30-May 4, 2014. You can get specifics at our new Pilgrimage page:, but let me give you the big picture:

Our team will spend some significant time in the school, doing home visits, and learning at the feet of their incredible leaders. We’ll also get a great taste of authentic Guatemalan culture and food (hand-made cornflour tortillas, anyone?). But to top it all off, we’re climbing an active volcano.

You read that right. We will be climbing Pacaya, a volcano that may even allow us to see lava. Add that to the jungle zip-lining we’re going to be doing with the Saber y Gracia teachers, and you can understand why I’m excited. This trip is going to be a BLAST.

Joining the Team

Long story short, we want YOU to consider being a part of the team. What do you say? Up for a little adventure?

To apply, fill out the form below and we’ll give you a link to the application. Applications are due February 21, 2014. That’s not a lot of time, so don’t wait too long!

If you have questions, please let us know. Email and we’ll do our best to clear things up. Looking forward to climbing a volcano with you soon!

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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