Join PraiseFest Ministries, Inspiration Cruises & Tours and their guests for another unforgettable Missions Cruise
The past two years have been a tremendous test of patience and perseverance for PraiseFest Ministries and the Cruise with a Cause team. As you all know, we have been working diligently to bring the first cruise ship to Haiti in over 30 years. Much progress has been made. The leaders in Haiti have worked very hard and in April of 2013, Haiti was granted its license by the International Port Authority to once again receive passengers. This in itself is an enormous step of progress for Haiti.
However, at this point no cruise line is ready to take one of their ships into Port-au-Prince. That puts us in a position where we need to make an important decision on our future direction. We still passionately believe we have been called to take Cruise with a Cause to Haiti, and we are in no way giving up on this vision. We believe that it will happen in the future and will be taking steps in the months ahead to work toward making this a reality.
In the meantime, we know that so many of you want to take your families, youth groups, churches, choirs, ministries, etc. on a Cruise with a Cause. Our last mission to Jamaica back in 2011 saw 21,142 people make public and confirmed decisions to follow Christ. We knew immediately that we needed to put together a follow up mission to Jamaica. We put the follow up mission on hold because we had to focus so much time and effort on Haiti. But now we believe God has called us to fully pursue the follow up Cruise with a Cause to Jamaica while at the same time working toward making a mission to Haiti a reality in the future.
We are starting the process of putting the next Cruise with a Cause together to go back to Jamaica in June 2015. We have seen the impact that a follow up mission can make through our previous efforts in The Bahamas. Now everyone in Jamaica knows about the Jamaica PraiseFest. The schools and school leaders better know what to expect and will be better prepared. We will also be expanding our efforts there by adding a construction mission, a medical mission, and a few other various humanitarian projects that allow us to minister and reach even more people.
We need your help by being involved! This past week I shared our intention to return with the Christian leaders in Jamaica. They have called me numerous times over the past two years asking when we will be back. Click here to view a letter from the leadership in Jamaica showing their enthusiasm for our return. They said that when we first started the PraiseFest mission in Jamaica, they prayed that 60,000 souls be brought into the Kingdom in Jamaica. They believe that when we return, by working together with the guidance and impact of the Holy Spirit, we can see that prayer answered.
Begin to pray about your involvement in the next Cruise with a Cause to Jamaica in 2015. We would love to have you join us on this exceptional missions cruise experience.
TIMOTHY BARNABAS MINISTRY LEADER’S CONFERENCELed by Dr. Johnny Hunt, you will experience one of the premier conferences in the country for ministry leaders for 20 years. Pastor Johnny hosts Timothy Barnabas schools all over the United States and even internationally which are all filled with people and filled with the Holy Spirit. Pastor Johnny offer teaching and encouragement for those at all levels of ministry leadership. Learn from Pastor Johnny’s more than 35 years of ministry experience.
GREATER WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE CONFERENCEOne of the biggest parts of Cruise with a Cause each year, join Debra Morton for her Greater Women of Excellence Women’s Conference. This year’s guests include Martha Munizzi, Dr. Bridgette Hilliard, Dr. Patricia Bailey-Jones, Kari Jobe, Tamela Mann, Dawn Raley, Julie Wells, Dr. Teresa Hairston, and more.
MEN OF RECKLESS FAITH CONFERENCEJoin Pastor Jim Raley who will lead our Men’s Conferences on Cruise with a Cause this year, Other guests include :The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, Russ Taff, David Mann aka “Mr. Brown”, “The Total Package” Lex Luger, “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff, Bishop Michael Kelsey, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Bishop Daryl Brister, Pastor Danny Chambers, and more.
APOLOGETICS 101 WITH JOSH MCDOWELLWhat do you believe and why do you believe it? Josh McDowell has been in ministry for more than 50 years and is known as the worldwide leader in teaching Apologetics. His ministry started while he was doing research to disprove Christianity. His findings led to the writing of the book Evidence that Demands a Verdict. Josh will teach you what he has learned and offer proof in the validity of the Scriptures and in the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is the only way to Salvation. If you have a desire to share the Gospel with more conviction and to be able to back up your beliefs with evidence, this is the conference for you.
INCM CHILDREN’S LEADER’S CONFERENCEThe International Network of Children’s Ministers will be offering incredible training conferences for those who are leaders in Children’s Ministry. Join INCM President Michael Chanley and Fellowship Church Children’s Pastor Mike Johnson in several sessions that will teach and encourage you to make a greater impact with the next generation. The INCM will also offer a certification course for a small fee for those who wish to be certified in the area of Children’s Ministry.
SOUND THE TRUMPET WORSHIP LEADER’S CONFERENCEJoin Internationally known worship leader, Dr. Judy McAllister, who is bringing her annual Sound the Trumpet Worship Conference to Cruise with a Cause. Dr. McAllister brings more than 20 years of experience in leading worship for churches and an entire denomination along with a diverse ensemble of worship leaders will teach, encourage, and offer their insight on different aspects of corporate worship. If you are a worship leader or have a desire or calling to be a worship leader, you will want to be a part of this conference on board.
GET FIT & STAY FIT WITH LEX LUGER & NIKITA KOLOFFHang out with two of the leading Christian health and wellness gurus. Lex Luger & Nikita Koloff, both former wrestling heavyweight champions offer insight on getting healthy and staying healthy. Along with a few other special guests, Lex and Nikita will teach and challenge you to become the best you that you can be with a Biblical look at being healthy.
GENERAL CONFERENCESAdults – Experience the teaching and preaching of a diverse group of some of the leading pastors and speakers in the Christian world. You will be taught, encouraged, and challenged from the Word of God on our way to Haiti, and we will celebrate together on the way back.
Young Adults & Singles – Whether you are a single or married young adult, these conferences will be perfect for you if you are between the ages of 18 – 35. We will have break sessions for singles and couples. Young adult leaders from across the United States that specialize in ministering to this age bracket will teach, encourage, and challenge you to live your life with maximum impact.
Students – Bring your youth group or youth choir. Make Cruise with a Cause your senior trip or entire school trip for 2013. On board the ship, students will be taught, trained for the mission, and ministered to by some of the leading student ministers and speakers in the world.
Children – Cruise with a Cause offers a unique approach to a mission trip in that families with children can participate together. On board the ship, we offer top notch children’s conferences that will teach your children while they have a whole lot of fun at the same time. Expose your children to a mission trip while they are still children.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up for a particular mission opportunity?When you book your trip, you will have the option to select your mission opportunity. Space is limited for each selection so the sooner you book your trip, the more choices you will have. For specific information on each mission opportunity, please go to our mission page here.
Do I need experience in missions trips to be involved in the mission?No experience is necessary and there is something for everyone. Although a few of the mission opportunities request experience, the majority of the projects are open to anyone. One of the great benefits of this trip is that Cruise with a Cause is a good option for Christians who have not previously done missions work. We’ve seen thousands of people lead others to Christ for the first time on Cruise with a Cause. Mission training is available on board the ship for those who want more knowledge prior to serving.
If I am interested in leading one of the mission teams, what do I need to do?We have several opportunities for people to lead one of the teams. If you are interested, please email us at Missions@PraiseFestMinistries.com In the subject line of your email, please list the category of the mission.
Are there any specialty needs for the mission?Yes, we do need people who specialize in the following areas:
- Church Leaders: including pastors, children’s leaders, missions pastors, teachers and evangelists.
- Medical Professionals: including optometrists, dentists, chiropractors, general practitioners and nurses.
- General Contractors: including those with experience in building and painting.
- People with experience in ministering to inmates, drug addicted people and handicapped people.
- Translators that can speak clear English and French Creole.
Can I bring my children? Is there an age requirement for the mission?Yes, Cruise with a Cause is a family friendly mission and your children can definitely participate. For guidelines regarding children involved in the mission opportunities please click the link below. There will also be some incredible programming on the ship for children during the cruise and also during the mission for the kids that stay on the ship while we are in Haiti. These are led by some of the leading Children’s leaders in the United States.
Are the casinos open as they would be on a regular cruise?No, we charter the entire ship and we actually convert the casino into a Christian bookstore where our artists and speakers sell their products.
Are there opportunities for sponsors and/or vendors on the cruise?Yes, we do offer sponsorship opportunities for the mission and some very limited vendor space.
How can I support the mission in Haiti?There are four ways that you can support the mission:
- Go with us on the trip.
- Get your church or ministry involved in promoting the trip to put a team together.
- Help us raise the funds to cover our mission expenses. The mission expenses to make this a success are estimated at $380,000. We are starting from scratch and need your support and participation. We are asking every family who books the event to give a one time donation of $20. Every $20 will get us in front of 60-65 people to minister and share the Gospel. We are asking every church to donate $500 to the mission. Included in the missions budget are the laptops for the schools and the water filters for the communities we visit. For more information on helping with this, please go to our SUPPORT THE MISSION page here.
- Please remember CWAC in your prayers. We have a huge opportunity to change lives in Haiti.
Will there be follow up so that this mission makes a long lasting impact?Absolutely, the follow up planning efforts are already underway. The retention rate (people who accepted Christ and are connected with a church) from our previous CWAC trips has been very high, and we want that to continue. We use this mission to help develop hundreds of long term relationships with the churches, ministries and people that go with us. We want this mission to make a long term difference.
Will I be able to meet the artists and speakers on the ship?Yes, we just ask that you respect their personal time. When you see them walking around the ship, feel free to stop and introduce yourself. We have three suggestions:
- Do not approach artists and speakers while they are having a meal with their family.
- Please keep conversation to a minimum unless asked otherwise. Remember that there are hundreds of people who also want to talk to them.
- Please reserve picture taking with artists for the planned Meet and Greet events.
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