|Location||On the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida|
|Language||Spanish 66.75%, English 25.45% Haitian Creole 5.20% French 1%|
|Religion||Catholic, 61%, Jewish 14% Other 16% Baptist 9%|
|Climate||Semi-tropical climate is free of extremes in temperature|
|Population||408,568 (approximately 5.5 million in metropolitan area)|
|Ethnic Groups||Hispanic 64%, African American 20%, White non-Hispanic 16%|
|Motto||Gateway to the Americas|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Meals provided, local restaurant experience||Meals provided, local restaurant experience|
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Prior to the trip, you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, group t-shirts, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once in Miami, you will receive three meals a day, sleeping accommodations, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.
Airfare/ground transportation throughout the trip, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation.
English, French Creole, French, and Spanish are all languages you might encounter on your trip.
Yes. We take extra precautions and lay down strict ground rules to ensure safety. Crime occurs in Miami just like everywhere else, but we have never had a PPM team experience a major incident of crime. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders in Miami ensures there is always someone looking out for the well being of our teams.
Standard bug repellent is good to have. Miami has its share of bugs (mosquito and ants mostly), as does every tropical environment, however, the chance of experiencing anything dangerous is very slim. In the unlikely event that one of these creatures is encountered, our staff is well-prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.
On PPM USA trips, each group is responsible for their own transportation. You may either drive your church vehicles or rent from the airport.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) is less busy and generally easier to navigate than Miami International (MIA), but as the price of flights fluctuates between them, either airport is fine to fly into. Please be in communication with your PPM trip consultant as you make your travel plans.
Praying Pelican Missions will provide safe food to eat and safe water to drink. In places where plumbing is suspect, PPM will provide purified water to drink.
Yes. There will be a time set aside to buy souvenirs on our Wednesday afternoon of recreation as well as our Monday night outing.
Since we work with international communities even while in the U.S., we strive to provide meals that reflect the heritage of those groups. This means there is a good chance we will be sampling Haitian and Jamaican cuisine along with Floribbean, which is a blend of Latin, Caribbean and American flavors.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Miami
Miami is the fifth largest urban area in the country and is seen as a significant "multicultural mosaic" where many of the varied inhabitants retain and celebrate their unique cultural heritage, giving Miami a distinct Latin-Caribbean flavor. Recently, about 21% of families and 26% of the population was living below the poverty line, creating a sharp contrast between the visible wealth of the city as a whole and those struggling to make ends meet. In 2012, Forbes Magazine named Miami the "most miserable city" in the U.S. due to the housing crisis that has caused large numbers of residents to lose both jobs and homes. On the bright side, the city and surrounding area have vibrant communities of Haitian, Jamaican, and Cuban immigrants, among many others, and both worshiping with and serving with folks in these churches is a delightful taste of the cultures they proudly represent. In the Miami area alone there are 220,000 Haitians and 70,000 Jamaicans.
Miami was hit hard by the housing crisis in recent years, but has been bouncing back and continues to grow. Many large U.S. companies are headquartered in or near Miami and over 1,400 multinational corporations have their Latin American headquarters in Miami due to the close proximity and ease of travel. The area is also big for television production generally, a center for Spanish-language media production, and draws many artists shooting music videos and films. Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami are among the world's busiest cargo ports. Tourism is important industry, as more than 38 million visitors are drawn into the city annually for finance and business, conventions, the beaches, festivals, and other events. The National Hurricane Center and headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command, responsible for military operations in Central and South America, are located here. There is also an industrial component to Miami’s economy, especially with stone quarrying and warehousing.
Miami was hit hard by the housing crisis in recent years, but has been bouncing back and continues to grow. Many large U.S. companies are headquartered in or near Miami and over 1,400 multinational corporations have their Latin American headquarters in Miami due to the close proximity and ease of travel. The area is also big for television production generally, a center for Spanish-language media production, and draws many artists shooting music videos and films. Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami are among the world's busiest cargo ports. Tourism is important industry, as more than 38 million visitors are drawn into the city annually for finance and business, conventions, the beaches, festivals, and other events. The National Hurricane Center and headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command, responsible for military operations in Central and South America, are located here. There is also an industrial component to Miami's economy, especially with stone quarrying and warehousing.
The wide variety of cultures in Miami also means a wide variety of food; the combination of Latin, Caribbean and American based food created the unique "Floribbean" cuisine of Southern Florida (embodied in the fast food world at places like Pollo Tropical). Certain Cuban dishes, such as croquetas, Cuban espresso, medianoche and the Cuban sandwich, have become common Miami staples.
Miami is home to four major sports teams - Miami Dolphins (NFL), Miami Heat (NBA), Miami Marlins (MLB), and Miami Panthers (NHL) in addition to several collegiate teams. The Port of Miami is aptly named "The Cruise Capital of the World" and has been the busiest cruise/passenger port in the world for over a decade.
The Tequestas flourished for over one thousand years before the Spanish claimed the area that became Miami in 1566. A Spanish mission was constructed soon after, and Fort Dallas was built in 1836, becoming a fighting site during the Second Seminole War. In 1896, Miami was incorporated as a city, largely thanks to wealthy citrus grower Julia Tuttle's push to extend the Florida East Coast Railway to fledgling community. The 1926 Miami Hurricane and the Great Depression slowed growth in the area, but when the United States joined WWII, Miami played a significant role in the battle against German submarines which led to subsequent growth for the area. During the end of the 20th century, Miami and its metropolitan area became an important international center, nicknamed "The Magic City" for its incredible growth of just over one thousand residents to 5.5 million in only 110 years.
Christianity is the predominant religion, but the percentage of the population who affiliate themselves with a religious congregation is significantly lower than the national average.