Faux missions mock 
real-life experiences

A cubicle decorated with global goods, from a 2010 event at Clifton Christian Church.

Folks who may be interested in pursuing a mission trip to some far-flung global locale can get a real feel for the experience without ever leaving the comfortable confines of the Grand Valley.

As part of this year’s World Mission Conference at Clifton Christian Church, 615 I-70 Business Loop, set for March 14-16, organizers are planning a full sensory experience about what it’s like to travel to foreign lands — complete with mock airline ticketing and travel, visits to foreign markets, and the chance to sign up for real mission trips or related conferences.

The mock missions begin Friday night, when the church’s old foyer is converted into an airline terminal; passengers check in for their flight, are issued (imitation) passports and boarding passes, and even pass through airport security checkpoints.

“Tickets” cost $7 for individuals, and $20 for families, and boarding calls will happen every 20 to 30 minutes, organizers say. Flights begin at 5 p.m. Friday, and passengers are asked to arrive at least a half-hour before “departure.”

After a mock flight that includes snacks and soft drinks from flight attendants, passengers will disembark the plane and enter the Global Market Place, better known as the church’s gymnasium. There they’ll be bombarded by the sights, sounds and tastes of countries from across the globe — each occupying a cubicle where participants can get their passports stamped in addition to learning about that country’s particular culture.

“The idea is to give everyone a ‘real-life’ cross-cultural experience while at the same time being informed about the various missions supported by the Western Slope Christian Churches,” a flier for the event reads.

Events continue through the weekend, with a Saturday luncheon hosted by Appleton Christian Church, a Saturday evening session featuring a speaker from Iran, and a Sunday evening session that will include a speaker from Colombia.

More information can be had by calling 523-1142.


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