Kolkata India

Age Group:
Adults - 18+

Trip Availability:
Fall, Winter & Spring

Trip Duration:
10 Days

Why you should serve

The need in India

Location: Kolkata, India

India is a country in dire need both physically and spiritually. More than 99% of the population is unreached; they have never heard the truth of the gospel. The largest red light district in all of India is found in Kolkata - women and children here are at-risk simply because of where they were born. We believe only the gospel can bring light into this darkness. Join us as we partner with nationals on the ground who are already doing the work of loving their people through church planting and rescue initiatives.

Ways to serve:

Our local ministry partners are providing ongoing support for survivors of sex trafficking. Help us show them the love of Christ by praying with them and preparing devotions and/or music to share. Teams can also have fun with them by bringing card or board games or preparing a team building activity.

Children are a big part of our ministry's focus. Teams will have the opportunity to love and serve children through VBS-type activities in the red light district and at homes for rescued or at-risk kids (think games, Bible stories, crafts, songs, etc).

* Teams are responsible for bringing necessary craft supplies and should budget appropriately.

A local seminary is training native Indians in the Word of God. These men will likely become pastors, teachers, leaders, or missionaries. We welcome teams who are able to teach seminars to these eager students. If you're unable to teach a seminar, the students would also benefit from things such as team building activities.

Our local ministry partners have started an after-school program in the Red Light District for children of sex workers. The goal of the ministry is to develop relationships with individual children so that they can be monitored and hopefully kept out of the sex industry. Volunteers are able to support this endeavor by providing homework help.

There are many local churches in India who are regularly sharing the gospel with their communities. Help us assist their efforts by hosting a VBS or a community outreach event. Participate in a church service by sharing your testimony, or ask in advance what else might be helpful.

We know that many children living in orphanages around the world are economic orphans rather than orphans in the traditional sense of having lost both parents. Our child sponsorship program is proof that we aim to keep families together by alleviating some of the financial burden that many families around the world face. While all of this is true, it is also true that there are children living in orphanages or group homes who deserve to be held, played with, and offered the hope that comes from knowing that there is a Heavenly Father who loves them unconditionally, if we cannot bring about the change that would reunite them with their families.

Week at a glance

Sample Schedule

Below is a basic schedule for the week. However, we expect great things from God on our trips, so that means approaching each day with flexibility in order to achieve His will for the trip.

Each morning, we ask that trip participants take some time to be quiet by themselves. Serving internationally can sometimes be exhausting and overwhelming and we think it's a good idea to spend some time gathering your thoughts and talking with God as you prepare for the day.

In conjunction with team leaders, our staff will lead a time of debriefing, next day prep, and a short devotional each evening. Whenever possible, we suggest that teams come prepared to lead worship as it's a great addition to the evening meeting. Please let us know if you have anyone who sings or plays guitar on your trip so that we can coordinate this ahead of time.

  1. Travel Day

  2. arrive in Kolkata and check into hotel

  3. morning church & evening church service

  4. services opportunities throughout Kolkata and North Bengal

  5. rest, shopping, touring

  6. service opportunities in Kolkata

  7. travel day

The Details

Duration:

10 days (2 travel)

Travel:

Fly to Kolkata

Housing:

Hotel

Meals:

Indian & American cuisine

Recreation (May Include):

Elephant ride, tourism, market shopping, temple, zoo


Vaccinations:

All international travelers should research the area they are visiting. Please Click here for India vaccination information and consult with your primary care physician or a travel clinic at least 4-8 weeks prior to your departure to make decisions that are best for you or your family members.

Trip participants should be up to date with vaccinations common to those living in the United States, such as tetanus and measles/mumps/rubella.

Please strongly consider getting recommended vaccines when traveling to India.

Lodging:

Teams will stay in a hotel with all of the modern conveniences. Please note that two nights will be spent on a night train traveling to and from North Bengal.

Food:

Breakfast and dinner will be eaten at the hotel or at a restaurant - often, American food choices are available. Lunch will be eaten wherever the team is doing ministry for the day. Lunch will most often be authentic Indian cuisine. The cost of any meals eaten in an airport will be the responsibility of the trip participant.

Clean, safe drinking water is available at all times.

Transportation:

It is each participant's responsibility to get themselves to and from the airport in the U.S.

Upon arrival in India, all transportation during your stay is included in the cost of the trip. The team will also be accompanied by local staff at all times.

Important:
All passports must be valid 6 months past the dates of the trip.

SPECIAL NOTE: Visas are required for travel to India. Obtaining the visa, and all costs incurred, is the responsibility of each trip participant.

Dress Code

What to wear

Men must wear pants at all times. Women should wear long pants or ankle-length dresses/skirts at all times. Women's shoulders must be covered as well. Please refrain from wearing any tight-fitting clothing.


Join Us!

If you would be interested in going on a trip with us to India, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you within 24 - 48 hours. If you are the trip leader, you can help speed things up by giving us a count of the people that will be in your group. For faster service, give us a call at 267-544-5016.


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