For over 100 years, the India Gospel League (iglworld.org) has been ministering to communities in extreme poverty in India. Completely led by Indians, more than 70,000 village churches have been planted in just the last 25 years, and from these, physical needs have also been addressed. IGL works with churches to provide wells, microloans, life center buildings, orphanages, and more.
Eyewitness teams visit several ministry sites to become strong advocates at home for the work happening on the ground. Teams build relationships and see the work on the ground first hand.
Mountain Park Community Church will be taking a team on a trip like this in September of 2016. These quotes are fairly accurate, but we’re waiting on the exact itineraries from the IGL office and will update the price when we get that in the next few weeks.
September 4-17, 2016
Salem, Sri Lanka, and Tour (please note, exact itinerary may change based on feedback from IGL)
September 4 - Depart USA
September 5 - Travel Day (maybe overnight Delhi) IGL India Eyewitness Portion
September 6 - Arrive Chennai, travel to Salem, overnight Salem - meet up with Sam and Pratti Stephens
September 7 - This day we try to take fairly easy to beat the jetlag. Morning walking tour and orientation of Salem Campus, visiting the various schools, hospital, and carmel conference hall. Lunch on-site at Salem. In the afternoon we’ll have some time to look at some local souvenirs, rest, and attend a children’s welcome program put on by sponsorship children.
September 8 - This morning we’ll drive to a ministry site, most likely visiting a completed Adopt A Village program and a completed Children’s project. Along the way we’ll stop for lunch. If there’s time, we’ll visit a local Hindu Temple to help understand the culture of the place and how different the Christian ministry of IGL is from it’s surrounding culture.
September 9 - Today we’ll drive to visit a medical camp IGL helps coordinate and participate in a Leper Feeding with our IGL partners. Once we return to Salem, we’ll visit the IGL offices for a ministry overview and Q&A time with Sam Stephens.
September 10 - This morning we’ll depart Salem for Trichy (Tiruchirappalli). Along the way we’ll visit ministry sites until finally overnighting in Trichy.
IGL Sri Lanka Eyewitness Portion
September 11 - A morning flight from Trichy will take us to Columbo, Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, IGL staff will drive several hours across the island country to IGL ministry sites.
September 12 - We’ll visit the Tsunami affected area and learn about IGL’s response to the devastating 2004 tsunami. We’ll travel to the village sponsored by your church and meet some of the people there, touring the area.
September 13 - We’ll spend a bit of time with the village being sponsored by your church this morning, hearing a bit more of their stories, before departing for Kandy. Overnight Kandy.
September 14 - Fly home to USA OR Choose Cultural Taj Mahal Extension and overnight Delhi
Cultural Tour Portion
September 15 - Tour Delhi morning, visiting the incredible India Gate, Jama Masjid, and Old Delhi Market. In the afternoon, drive to Agra and overnight Agra
September 16 - Sunrise Taj Mahal visit, take a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, drive to Delhi airport and depart for USA
September 17 - Arrive USA
$2,095.00 plus airfare (est. $1300.00-$1800.00)
$650.00 - add Agra and Delhi Tour
Includes: full board meals (less two lunches), lodging, tips, ground transportation, in-country air, visas and mor
Does not include: souvenirs, passport if needed, immunizations/shots if needed, travel insurance
We’ll begin pricing out airfares in late spring early summer. Valerie and Andrew will agree on a flight itinerary and price that work best for the dates and we’ll work with passengers individually to purchase air. If you’d like to use credit card points or miles for airfare, we’ll work with you individually on that option as well.
Andrew W Lyon Travel will be sending out specific visa application instructions for each member of the group this summer. If you do not already have a passport, please apply soon and plan to have your passport no later than June 2015. Each individual will send their passport, passport sized photos, and application to Andrew W Lyon travel and we’ll handle all the logistics, double checking all information and working with our partners at the Indian embassies to ensure the visas are returned with no problems.
$500.00 - February 15
$1000.00 - April 15
Airfare (likely $1200-$1600) - May 15
$595.00 - August 1
*airfare costs fluctuate
90+ days before departure: fully refundable (less $250 AWL Travel service fee)
30-89 days before departure: 50% refundable
29 or fewer days before departure: non-refundable