North Central Ohio District Church of the Nazarene
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

June 30 - July 7, 2018

Encuentro 2018

a NCO NYI sponsored Mission Trip

Our team will be serving in the country of Guatemala, based out of Guatemala City. We will be partnering with local churches to provide VBS programs and sports clinics to the communities.  Light construction projects are planned, and church planting will take place in the area.


  • Check out all of this information.
  • Like our NCO NYI Facebook Page:
  • Like our Encuentro 2018 Facebook Page
  • Get as many people to the informational meeting on Saturday, September 16 for an ALL DISTRICT MEETING @ 2:30 p.m. to be held at the Bucyrus Church of the Nazarene (2165 State Route 4, Bucyrus, OH) where the District Teen Quiz is held.  I will go over all this information (additional information) and also answer any questions to the best of my knowledge. 
  • We will fly out of the Columbus or Cleveland airport (most likely in groups) and return on Saturday, July 7 to the airport you left from
  • You will provide your own transportation to and from the airport when leaving and returning.  Details will be available closer to departure date.

Housing: Centro Cristiano de Convenciones Guatemala will provide housing

Who can go:

  • This is designed to be an intergenerational mission trip. 
  • All children under the age of 14 require a parent/guardian to go. 
  • If you are entering 9th grade, your parent does not need to be present.



  • Registration must be submitted to Stephen Zirkle with a $200 non-refundable BUT transferable deposit.
  • Registration will be handled through Stephen’s office staff.
  •  All registrations must be received prior to March 1, 2018.
Westlake Parkside Church of the Nazarene

Attn: Stephen Zirkle
23600 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake OH  44145

Make Checks Payable to NCO NYI or preferably PAY ONLINE!

Cost: about $1900


All checks made payable to: NCO NYI and mailed to Stephen Zirkle at the address above.

All ONLINE payments made through

  • Create a user and make sure that you designate your payment as “Encuentro 2018"
AUGUST 1: $200 non-refundable/but transferable (to same gender) WITH your application to Stephen Zirkle at the above address
OCTOBER 1: $200

DECEMBER: $200 – Registration PRICE increases to $2000

FEBUARY: $200 – Registration PRICE increases to $2100

MARCH: $200 – Registration CLOSED (transfers only)

APRIL: $200

MAY: ALL trip costs paid in FULL

  • We MUST make full registration payment by December 1.
  • We MUST have your plane ticket deposit by ADD DATE WHEN KNOWN
  • Fundraisers—All funds will be raised by you or through your local churches 

Spanish Translators:  we need fluent Spanish translators.  Those who can speak Spanish and translate into English will be VERY MUCH appreciated!  You do not need to know Spanish, but we highly encourage you to train & equip yourself to know a little.  We will provide some materials and apps to help you along the way.

Meals: You will provide meals on the way to Guatemala and on the way home.  All other meals are provided.

Typical Schedule:

SATURDAY: Travel, Settle, Team Devotions


  • Brunch @ 10 a.m.
  • Glorious A Dios Service
  • VBS / Construction Projects / Church Planting @ 12 noon
  • We will be working alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We will be flexible and work with the church for all needs we are capable of meeting.
  • Dinner with Host Church
  • Worship
  • Team Devotions @ 10 p.m.


  • Excursion
  • Evening Celebration Service

SATURDAY: Departure

Equipping Times: There will be scheduled equipping times that are NOT OPTIONAL.

  • July – NMI/NYI Convention: Informational Meeting
  • September 16 @ Bucyrus Church of the Nazarene @ 3 p.m.
  • March/April = most likely an already scheduled district event

In preparation for the Mission Trip:

  • Reading: some will be supplied. 
  • Please research Guatemala and the work of the Church of the Nazarene there.
  • Devotions: continue to prepare you heart and mind through specific times in the Word and in prayer.
  • Be open and pray hard for this mission trip!  God is going to use you and change you!!! 

Special Note:

PLEASE feel free to e-mail or call me at anytime if you have questions:

PHONE: 440-333-3998 (church)

PHONE 440-799-5947 (cell)

I don’t think I forgot anything.  Once you register and I receive your email, I will pass along information as it becomes available.  Our main form of communication is the NCO NYI Facebook Page for postings and EMAIL!  

This is my personal disclaimer: If I did miss something, you can e-mail or call me to let me know.