Ethiopia July 2020

Saturday, July 11, 2020 – Sunday, July 19, 2020


July 11-19, 2020
Trip Details

Trip Cost: $1700 + airfare

See Cost & Payment Tab Below for Details


July 11-19, 2020

Team Leader(s)

Donnie Manis

Team Size

12 people max

Registration is now open.

Sign up soon. Space is limited and we anticipate this trip filling up quickly.

This team will spend their time in the capital of Addis Ababa serving with 2 primary ministries. Our first partner is Brighton Academy. Brighton Academy is a primary school started in honor of Brighton Asher Hoffman. He passed away in an orphanage while waiting to be brought home from Ethiopia – but his 76 days of life changed everything for Laura and Tymm Hoffman, who started Brighton Their World, a ministry designed to provide formula and nutrition to babies in orphanages. Brighton Academy exists to provide a solid education, loving atmosphere, 2 meals a day and clean water to the students and families in the Shero Meda area of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

We will also serve with Make Your Mark Ethiopia. MYM Ethiopia is specifically geared toward kids living on the streets and bringing awareness to the need for domestic adoption / orphan care and empowering the poorest of the poor families to care for their children.

This team may also spend time serving with local government run orphanages and ministries to single moms and widows. The focus of this team is to come alongside those working every day in their communities to encourage and empower them to continue doing what God has called them to do.

One of the best parts of an international mission trip is being able to experience another culture. This team will get to experience Ethiopian cuisine, coffee ceremonies and hospitality. Ethiopia is a beautiful country with even more beautiful people. Is God calling you to join us on this amazing adventure? Space is limited so sign up now!

Trip Type
Community ministry and family ministry – our partners in Ethiopia focus on building families and keeping children with their birth parents and reunification whenever possible.

Ideal Demographic
This trip is appropriate for individuals, and groups who are able to handle long travel times, walking, rides on bumpy roads, long days and the difficulties involved in seeing impoverished and difficult conditions. If you are pregnant or think you might be during this trip, please check with your doctor and trip coordinator before planning to travel.

Age Requirements
12 and over with a parent, 15 and over without.

Total Trip Cost
$1700 + airfare
*This team will fly to a major airport such as Washington DC and from there to Addis Ababa. Final total varies depending on team size and flight costs which will vary depending on your departing airport. Flight prices change all the time so this cost varies but as a very general range – flights to Ethiopia in July can range from $1800-$2200. Your exact total trip cost will be given to you after flights are booked. An overnight stay in DC the night before your international flight may be required and if so, we will let you know in advance.

Estimated at $3500 – $3900 total including flights.

Trip Payment Schedule
DUE MAR 11, 2020 – $500 FIRST PAYMENT
DUE APR 11, 2020 – $2200 SECOND PAYMENT (for booking flights)
*If you sign up for the trip past any of the above payment due dates, you will need to fundraise to catch up on those deadlines quickly.

The following items are included in the trip cost:
✓ International airfare plus domestic connections from your home airport (see flight info below for more details on flights)
✓ 3 meals a day on the international portion of the trip
✓ Accommodations based on sharing rooms with other team members (see FAQ page for more info on room arrangements)
✓ In-country transportation
✓ Translator/Guide (if needed)
✓ Trained leader for the team
✓ Visa fee (if any)
✓ ACE Travel Insurance Coverage (medical, liability, travel and security assistance services)
✓ Tipping for guides, meals out, etc.
✓ Administrative costs
✓ Excursion costs (if any)

Costs not included in the trip price are: meals on airport travel days when traveling to and from the US, any additional costs due to deviations, any fees associated with baggage or immunizations, passport, personal shopping money and incidentals such as snacks, additional beverages, laundry, phone calls, film and other personal items. Costs for arts & crafts and other items needed for activities your team takes to do with the children are also not included in the trip cost.

Required Documentation
1. Submitted trip application (with deposit)
2. Current passport that will not expire within 6 months of travel date

Documents Needed (2 weeks from registration)
1. Signed Child Protection Policy & Guidelines document
2. Signed Code of Conduct document
3. Signed Short-Term Mission Trip Guide document
4. Signed Release, Hold Harmless & Consent Form
5. Signed Cancellation Policy
6. Signed Background Check Consent Form
7. Signed Statement of Faith
8. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #1
9. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #2

*A background check will be run on all teams members over the age of 18.
*All documents should be turned in to us within two weeks from the time you sign up for the trip.

Team Member Commitment
I understand that the mission trip starts the day I apply for the trip and agree that, as a part of a Go Be Love mission team, I am committing to being available for conference calls leading up to the trip and reading all emails and materials pertaining to the trip, and responding when necessary. I understand that these communications are needed to maximize the effectiveness of my team on the mission field, to prepare each person for the trip and to build team unity. For some teams, this may include 4 to 8 conference calls leading up to the trip. I understand that a large part of these conference calls will focus on a spiritual preparation and will include doing a pre-trip discipleship study together.

Go Be Love advises all travelers to read the US Department of State background notes on their website. Travelers can also check the latest health information with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention at to get the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations/requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries. We also suggest that all participants consult their physician before traveling abroad.

Paying for Your Trip
Go Be Love encourages our team members to raise support. Once you are signed up for a trip, you can fundraise with all items on the team member fundraising section of our online store, you can send out support letters or come up with your own creative ideas. We use a team member database called Managed Missions that allows you to create your own custom fundraising page. Unlike other online fundraising pages, those donations will go directly into your trip account and will also be tax deductible for your donors. This feature is called Public Profile and we encourage all team members to create one and send the link to your donors who would like to give online. You and your donors can also make tax deductible payments toward your trip total by mailing checks to Go Be Love.

Flight and Travel Info
One thing that sets Go Be Love mission trips apart is that we book ALL flights for all of our team members, including your domestic connections from your home airport. Please list your home airport on your application. For smaller airports, please give several options for airports you could fly from as sometimes our international airline partners may not have options in and out of smaller airports. Please note: because we will be booking all of your flights and connections and because we do so at the best possible price – this does not always mean the best possible schedule. Many times, the international airlines we use are able to offer us domestic flight connections at a very low cost (usually only $75-$100) and therefore, we are offered a very limited class of service. This might mean longer layover times so please be prepared for this in advance. You may find a better schedule online but that doesn’t mean that it was an option within the price range and class of service we were going for. If you have specific limitations on arrival and departure times, you will need to let us know in writing 90 days or more in advance and you will need to be prepared to incur additional costs if your preferences do not fall within the class of service we are offered at the lowest cost.

About Your Leader

Donnie Manis

Ethiopia Team Leader,
Go Be Love International Board Treasurer

Donnie grew up and still lives in Montgomery, Alabama, where a strong network of family and friends helped form the foundation of his faith and commitment to love others in Jesus’ name. He spent 35 years as a volunteer leader with YoungLife, sharing the good news with teenagers through his life and through the message.

His family had a huge role in his commitment to reach out to the children in Africa, as he made his first trip at the urging of his 18-year-old niece in 2010. As he, his niece, and 28 other GBLI team members loved the children in Ethiopia, he knew he would never be the same.

Since then, Donnie has carried the children of Addis Ababa in his heart daily. He is excited about God’s call to go back each year and love them, share Jesus with them, and be an encouragement to those who are called to minister there year round. It is his prayer that God would use him not only to make a difference in the lives of children on the other side of the world, but also to encourage his fellow American believers to find ways to reach out to the children of the world.

Donnie also serves as Board Treasurer on the Go Be Love International Board of Directors.

I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.
I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.

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