The Concorde Travel Fund aims to help young Irish Presbyterians (18-25 years old) finance their travel overseas for short-term service so that they might learn from and contribute to the life of the wider church.
Any young person applying:
a) Must be a member of a Presbyterian congregation;
b) Must be aged 18-25 years old at time of travel;
c) Must be travelling outside of the British Isles;
d) Must not have previously received a grant from the fund; and
e) Will be expected to produce a short report on their trip which should be submitted to the CCLW Office within 6 weeks of their return. This report, or parts thereof, may be used by PCI to promote short-term overseas mission and/or the Concorde Travel Fund.
Full details of the eligibility criteria and forms for both individuals and congregational teams are available below:
Information for applicants
Grants Panel Guidelines
Application Form for individuals
Application Form for congregational teams
Deadlines for applications in any given year are: 31st March and 30th September.
2017 Mission Trip to Torcy, France – Craig Burton, Ballycrochan Presbyterian Church
I used my Concorde Travel Bursary Fund towards going on a mission trip to France this summer. These are my experiences and thoughts of my time in Torcy.
We underwent training at the church with the rest of the Operation Mobilisation team on the first weekend. We then took part in a number of activities throughout the week. This included the distribution of leaflets which contained the gospel and an invitation to a barbecue and talent show at "Une Nouvelle Eglise" on the Saturday night.
We also did questionnaires on the streets in Torcy about how secure people feel in this time of high alert due to terrorism (we then linked this to how we get our security in Christ). This was pretty tough and really challenged our French but we prayed that God would help us understand the people and he definitely answered our prayer. We had some really interesting conversations with people about God!
We also got involved in a Kids Club in the afternoons. On the first day there wasn't much of a response and not many children came, we even got firecrackers thrown at us. But one child in particular came along almost every day and we got to show him how to read the Bible! He is from a Muslim background but we are really praying that he will remember what he has learnt. We sent him away with a book about Jesus and made contact with his family too.
A small group of kids turned up for the rest of the week but we were encouraged by their enthusiasm and some of them had never heard the story of Jesus so clearly explained before (see photo above). Some parents watched on too.
Overall we had a challenging week which has reminded me of how spiritually dry France is; it is only 1% evangelical Christian. Sixteen new people came to the barbecue (see photo below), which was actually really encouraging for the church. We really need to pray for France and I hope to go back again! Thanks for your support, both prayerfully and financially.