Peruvian pilgrims leave this week!

After several prep meetings, which included group building exercises, learning more about the place we will visit, discovering something of our own history in the Doctrine of Discovery, going over packing lists and health and safety precautions…we’re almost there!

Pilgrims will leave early Thursday to explore Peru…its people, culture, history, architecture, and discover its realities and challenges while meeting those working in micro-industry and NGOs to support livelihoods and advocate for human rights, a healthy environment and right to health care and education….Buckle up, we’re in for a great adventure!

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Deadline ahead: Mission Exposure Trip – Peru 2016


Thanks to everyone who attended both inquiry meetings, Oct. 20th in Estevan and Oct. 27th in Saskatoon. It looks like there is lots of interest in the upcoming trip to Peru in February 2016.

The Deadline to register and pay the deposit is October 15th. Please send a message if  you need more information or to register.

I’ll post the itinerary in the coming days….

Let me help your group plan a Mission Exposure Trip

Would you like to build a deeper connection within your youth group or congregation? Would you like to learn something about another culture, another country? Or wanted to make a lasting difference in someone’s life? Have you wondered what people believe about God, what their faith looks like and how it is lived out? If any of these sound interesting to you, I can HELP you and your group!

Founder of Pilgrim’s on Purpose, Fran Schmidt has traveled to India, El Salvador, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile, along with several European countries. Fluent in Spanish, she specializes in Central and South America. A Lutheran Pastor, she accompanies and guides faith-based groups/congregations offering opportunities for reflection and debrief as we make sense of issues we encounter as we travel.

Each trip is tailored to your group.

Missional travel (even if you are not a church group) goes deeper into the context/culture in which we travel. You can meet local people, help with a service project, and grow in your own sense of global awareness.

Send a message to talk about your trip today!

Peru Mission Exposure Trip 2016

Save the dates – February 11-22, 2016

Peru: Lima & Cusco

In Lima we will explore the incredible diversity of beauty and brokenness: from the Malecon and parks, shopping, ancient ruins of Miraflores to the outlying areas of the barrios, humble living, and more challenging realities of Peru.

The malecon in Miraflores, Lima

A barrio (Spanish for neighbourhood) in Lima's marginal communities
A barrio (Spanish for neighbourhood) in Lima’s marginal communities

In the ancient city of Cusco, we will learn more about the history and culture, while exploring the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu !

The entrance gate to the ancient city..
Scenic view atop Machu Picchu on a rainy day….
Cusco: Plaza de Armas and the cathedral on the main square
Cusco: Plaza de Armas and the cathedral on the main square

This mission exposure trip will open your eyes and touch your heart as we get to know local Peruvians (and possibly even stay in a Peruvian family’s home!), taste their cuisine, hear their music and see their dances, as we work on a mission project together, learn about the work of NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations), and meet artisans working to sustain their livelihoods. Worship and devotion together, along with daily debriefs afford opportunities to reflect on our travels, visits and all that we have seen and heard!

Travel with mission exposure in mind will transform your vision for travel forever!

More details on itinerary and costs to come….

Iquitos Mission:

…and for the more adventurous, we will travel up to Iquitos in the Amazon jungle for an additional 3-4 days before returning home. There, we will take an Amazon canoe trip, visit an animal refuge and tribal community! And work with members of a local congregation to paint and restore their church building. (*an additional fee applies)