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Distant Islands - To The Ends Of The Earth


This expedition was birthed out of the dream of taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to the most distant parts of our planet which is described in the book of Isaiah as “the islands”.

Isaiah 42:10
Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands and all who live on them.

In Isaiah there’s a call to the distant parts of the earth to give a respectful attention to the statement of the Lord’s work, and to assure people that His salvation would be extended to them.

Therefore, the Distant Islands expedition will mainly focus on island nations in great need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and where existing believers are in need of encouragement and proper discipleship.



Using every mode of transport available, the Distant Islands team will circumnavigate the globe in eight months.  Starting in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, they will travel around the world through more than 10 island nations ending back in Jeffreys Bay on the 27th of November.

Possible countries include:

Sri Lanka
Penang (Malaysia)
Papua New-Guinea
Hong Kong
East Timor
The Philippines
The Solomon Islands
And more…

Follow this link to see a possible Distant Islands itinerary:

Possible itinerary for Distant Islands 2016


Who can apply?
* Christians with a heart for the nations
* Eighteen years and older
* All nationalities are welcome,
(although we do expect participants to be on a conversational level with English)
* Individuals as well as married couples
* Enter as an individual or as a team (5 to 6 people)

When is the next Distant Islands journey?
The journey will start on 10 January 2016.
Participants must be available from 08 January 2016 – 27 November 2016

(Successful applicants can request their very own copy of "We have come this far by Faith" - the official Global Challenge Expeditions Documentary)
*If the participant is under the age of 18 year when the travel commence, we will need an unabridged birth certificate, an affidavit from the parents giving permission for the minor to travel and certified copies of the parents' identity documents.

Costs involved:
We have sought to respond to the economic differences of our potential students through a sliding scale depending on average income levels of the nation you come from. We have found this to be the fairest way to address economic differences.
We base our charges for GCEX Journeys on our budgeted expenses and by taking into consideration the national average Per Capita Income (PCI) of 208 countries.

These countries are assigned to one of three categories based on the PCI. They are:

Category A – Countries or territories with a PCI between US $0 - $10,000.
Category B – Countries or territories with a PCI of more than US $10,000

For a complete list of countries and the category they are assigned to, please contact our office.

The sliding cost scale for participation in Distant Islands 2016 will be as follows:
Category A country of income - R 89 000 (ZAR, Brazil, etc.)
Category C country of income - R 108 000 (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc.)
Click here for currency converter.

*PCI categories will be allocated according to your country of income in the year prior to your participation.

NOTE: Costs may change without prior notice due to fluctuations in exchange rates. See terms and conditions

The above costs include:
All expenses for your entire journey, like: travel, flight tickets, food, lodging, ministry expenses and all other planned activities.

The above costs do not include:
Travel to and from the start and end of the journey, visas, travel insurance, communications, entry into unplanned sights, spending money, etc.

Global Challenge Expeditions encourages a lifestyle of simplicity and participants will have to be willing to, in every situation, choose the cheapest way of transport, accommodation, etc.

A more complete budget and financial guide will be available to successful candidates.

How do I apply and what happens there after?
* Step 1 - Complete the Quick App below
* Step 2 - Submit Application
* Step 3 - Give time for us to respond to your application

One of our staff members will assist and guide you through the rest of the application process.

Once you have been accepted into the selection process you will have to fill out a longer Second Application and also pay a non-refundable admin-fee of R200.

Successful candidates will receive an Official Members Guide with all the information needed to prepare you for an awesome adventure around the world. We can assist you with your fundraising as well.

Successful candidates can request their own copy of "We have come this far by Faith"- the official Global Challenge Expeditions DVD Documentary. Just contact our office.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2016 Distant Islands Journey!


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Global Challenge Expeditions Trust
Registration Number: 066-651-NPO
Street Address: 11 Tulip Street, Jeffreys Bay, 6330, South Africa
Postal Address: PO Box 1064, Jeffreys Bay, 6330

Telephone: (+27)42 293 1511
Fax: (+27)42 293 2964

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