Arrive in Style!
Grab an Amazon shirt pack and arrive in style on the Study + Serve trip. This shirt pack includes our iconic lightweight long-sleeve for those windy nights on the boat, our brand new ends of the earth shirt, and 3 *mystery shirts for just $30.
All proceeds go directly to the world of JMI, so click below to grab yours today!
**mystery shirts design may vary
A Note from Kelly Minter
The Amazon River is the single most compelling place I’ve been to out of all my travels. While theologically I know the presence of Christ never leaves me, something about being on that vast and mighty River makes me feel closer to God in ways I can’t describe. And God’s vast nature is not all there is. The people of the Amazon are some of my very favorites. I’m looking so forward to this trip because Angela and I will have the great privilege of seeking God with you in one of the most amazing places in the world while serving those whom much of the world has forgotten. I can’t think of anything better than combining The Word and Mission into one unforgettable trip down the Amazon River…with you.
A Note from Angela Thomas Pharr
My dear friend, Kelly Minter, and I are humbled by the opportunity to invite you to come with us to the Amazon. We will serve the Lord there and study His Word together. We will fellowship with one another and be revived by His presence. I wouldn’t dare make lofty promises about this trip, except God will be there. We’ve seen Him do it time and again, a hesitant heart gets on a plane, uncertain about why, only to find out all along, the invitation is from God, because He loves you. I hope you can come!
About the Trip
Join Kelly Minter and Angela Thomas Pharr for a very special event! Experience a week of Bible teaching and mission work, with women of all ages, along the beautiful Amazon river. As we seek God and dig deep into His word, you will have the opportunity to see God’s hand at work through our missions partner Justice & Mercy International, and minister to the people of the Amazon.
Trip Dates: June 11-18, 2022 | Trip Cost: $2,600 + airfare
More details below!
The 2022 Serve and Study Trip is fully booked as of now. If you are interested in applying for the waitlist, please email [email protected].
Explore a Little More
All travel arrangements will be handled by the Justice and Mercy International (JMI) staff. You can also book your own tickets if you prefer. Individuals will fly from their home city to Miami to meet the team. From there everyone will fly to Manaus together in the afternoon. You will arrive in Manaus late in the evening. The flight home is usually an overnight flight leaving in the evening and arriving early into Miami the following morning. No visa is required, just a current passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your return date.
Each day will include daily teachings by Angela Thomas Pharr and Kelly Minter and reflection time on the boat. You will also be ministering in villages along the Amazon River. This may include gathering villagers together for singing, small groups, activities for the children, and visits to individual homes. There will also be opportunities to debrief with the team about experiences and participate in excursions to see all the wildlife and beauty the Amazon has to offer.
Teams will sleep on our brand new triple-decker boat in hammocks with mosquito netting. There are no individual rooms, but rather an open area for all the hammocks. You will be sleeping right next to your friends on the team. It’s quite an adventure and we promise you will get used to it! The boat has several simple individual bathrooms and showers to accommodate everyone.
Throughout your trip, your meals are prepared by our wonderful cooks on the boat. You won’t go hungry, the food is delicious! All our meals are served and eaten on the boat. JMI works hard to make sure all the food and water served is safe for Americans.
The weather on the Amazon River is usually in the upper 80s during the day and mid-70s at night. It is also quite humid. Everyone will get a nice detox from sweating!
JMI has a robust travel insurance policy that will cover everyone on a JMI trip. The policy includes health coverage for team members while in international locations. Please see our FAQs below about purchasing trip interruption insurance (if desired).
The Amazon is a beautiful place with many things to explore. We have a wonderful jungle guide, Milton, who will be joining us. He knows more about the Amazon region than probably anyone. He will guide you and keep you safe. Possible excursions include caiman hunting (searching for little alligators at night), jungle walks, swimming with pink dolphins, going to see the meeting of the waters, searching for other wildlife (sloths, monkeys, lizards, birds) on the speed boat, visiting local floating villages and artisan markets. Excursions will be finalized as the trip gets closer.
Physical Fitness & Pre Existing Medical Conditions
It is inadvisable to attempt a trip to a third world country if you are in poor health. The weather in the Amazon is hot and humid. You will need to be able to get on and off the boat as well as sleep in the hammock for the week. If you have a pre-existing physical condition that requires special monitoring, specific diet or refrigeration needs, or a predisposing fragility to your condition that could potentially deteriorate quickly, please consult your physician and JMI before committing to travel. Taking chances with your health may not only impair your opportunity to enjoy your time away but might also affect the ability of your entire team to accomplish its objectives.
Does this trip require a COVID vaccination or COVID testing?
While we are very respectful of everyone’s personal decision about the Covid vaccine, right now the Brazilian government is requiring COVID vaccinations for travelers 5+ year old. We are asking all participants to get tested (home tests is okay) before traveling as a precaution. Everyone will have to test before returning to the US. JMI will provide this testing.
Are any other vaccinations required for this trip?
At this point no other vaccinations are required for this trip. Some trip participants choose to take medication as malaria prevention. We encourage you to talk to your doctor about what is best for you.
What do I pack for this trip?
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
JMI has a robust travel insurance policy that cover you in an emergency. This includes medical emergencies, emergency evacuations, and kidnap and ransom.
Our travel insurance does not include trip interruption or if you have to stay in country longer due to a COVID quarantine. If you wish to purchase additional insurance we suggest TravelSafe. Please contact them directly if you have any policy questions.
Do I need a visa to travel to Brazil?
To visit Brazil for Tourism, you do not require a visa.
What does the trip cost include?
The price includes a week of Bible teaching and mission work along the beautiful Amazon River with Kelly and Angela! All accommodations, meals, drinking water, boat rentals and excursions are included. Your airline ticket is not included in the $2,600 base cost. However, we will help you book your tickets. Part of your trip price will also go to support the work of Justice and Mercy International.
What happens if I get sick?
We will have a nurse on the boat with us. There are a couple of air-conditioned staterooms reserved for those who get sick. If more serious medical attention is needed we will take our fast boat to the hospital in Manaus.
Is there air conditioning?
The only air conditioning is the breeze off the river and fans. Sweating is a wonderful natural detox. :) Believe it or not it does cool off a bit at night. Our boat does have a few air conditioned rooms in case someone gets sick.
Can I charge my phone?
Yes, there are outlets on the boat you can use to charge small electronics like your phone.
What to wear? - make up, hair dryers etc.
It will be hot and humid. T-shirts, modest shorts and lightweight pants are best. Us veterans usually pass on makeup and there will be no way to blow dry your hair. We’re all family here — come as you are!
What is the group size?
The size of the group may vary. We are hoping to have 35-50 women on this trip.
What ages does this trip include?
We welcome any woman interested over the age of 16. We’d love to have women of all ages join us for this adventure!
About Justice & Mercy International
Justice & Mercy International (JMI) is a faith-based, non-profit organization that exists to make justice personal for the poor, the orphaned, and the forgotten of the world. JMI primarily works in Moldova in Eastern Europe and in the Amazon region of Brazil and we do our work through programs that have the Good News of Jesus at their core.