|Location||North America - Midwest|
|Religion||Christian (Protestant, Evangelical): 74%, Catholic: 22%, Other non-Christian faiths combined (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, etc): 5%|
|Climate||Humid Continental (4 distinct seasons). Cold, snowy winters and beautiful summers|
|Population||410,000 (Minneapolis) 3.7 million (Twin Cities Metro)|
|Ethnic Groups||Caucasian: 86%, African American: 6%, Hispanic: 5%, Asian: 4%|
|Motto||"L'Etoile du nord" (French for "The Star of the North" (1861 adoption- appears on the State seal)|
|Statehood||May 11th, 1858|
|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 (with air beds) in churches, community centers, etc||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Meals provided||Meals provided|
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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 the Twin Cities, 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.
Beyond English, the main languages spoken in homes are Spanish (198,000 speakers), Hmong (54,000 speakers); and Somali (37,000 speakers)
Yes. We take extra precautions and lay down strict ground rules to ensure safety. Crime occurs in the Twin Cities 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 the Twin Cities ensures there is always someone looking out for the well being of our teams.
There are no insects in Minneapolis that you wouldn't also find in most places within the Midwest.
On PPM USA trips, each group is responsible for their own transportation. You may either drive your church vehicles or rent from the airport.
Minneapolis - Saint Paul (MSP)
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 if so desired.
A variety: American, Asian, and other cultural meals. We'll feed your team well!
Only if you have severe dietary restrictions such as major allergies like poultry or gluten. In cases such as those, it's wise to bring appropriate snacks to supplement your diet for the week. Although we try to cater to the needs of each of our individual team members, it's a good idea to bring snacks as well.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Minneapolis
The Twin Cities is a culturally diverse metropolitan area rich in history and culture. The area is abundant with rivers, lakes and waterways. Often recognized as one of the best cities to live in, and well known as appealing to the outdoorsman, over 3.5 million people call the metro area home. A strong job market, coupled with the tradtional "Minnesota nice" attitude attracts immigrants to the area who are looking to settle in a stable, strong economy. Rural Midwest farm land lies just outside "the Cities," urban living is popular in both the heart of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and suburban American families call growing cities like Maple Grove, Woodbury, and Blaine home.
Climate: Humid Continental Climate (4 distinct seasons)
Food: An exciting mix of American cuisine and ethnic cuisine. Food trucks have become popular in recent years.