Houston Relief Trip
We are excited to partner with our friends at Desert Springs Bible Church to serve affected families and invest in relationships to impact Houston and the surrounding area with the gospel. Here are the details of the trip:
When: March 3rd-11th
What: Rebuilding, Cleanup, & Relational Investment. We will drive down (transportation provided) and will be working with the EFCA churches in the area (Evangelical Free) and will be staying at one of the churches.
Where will we stay?
Volunteers are staying at The Grove, 946 W. 17th Street, Texas, 77008. There are a limited number of bunk beds available; however, not every bunk has a mattress, so we ask all volunteers to plan on bringing an air mattress, single size only.
Are there bathrooms and showers?
There are numerous bathrooms; however, you will need to walk to an adjacent building to reach the bathrooms. There are three showers for each gender. Since there can be a number of volunteers serving, we ask that everyone be willing to take a quick shower to ensure all volunteers can use the shower facilities.
What would you be doing?
Teams will be focused on relational outreach, including spending time with homeowners and neighborhood prayer walks. The physical ministry is focused on home repairs (no specific skills needed).
Where will you work?
Teams will be working in the communities around the greater Houston area, including Cypress, Katy, Sugarland and Rosenberg.
How are meals arranged?
Meals are provided by the host Monday through Friday, and dinner Monday through Thursday. Our teams will arrange their own lunches, snacks and any meals not mentioned.
Would you need to bring your own tools or are there tools for our use onsite?
Either way is fine. We have the tools that are needed for the jobs, but you are welcomed to bring your own tools, especially for specialty work like plumbing or electrical.
What age limits apply?
We prefer that children be 14 years of age or older. If your team asks for an exception to the minimum age, we ask that a parent to be on the team as we cannot provide the level of supervision children need.
What is the cost?
We ask volunteers to invest $250 for a week mission trip (arrive on Sunday late afternoon/leave on Saturday morning). In all cases, volunteers receive a ReachGlobal Crisis Response t-shirt that must be worn at the worksite.
What would each volunteer need to bring?
Clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty; gloves, goggles/eye protection, hearing protection; clothes to wear after the workday; air mattress (single width only please), sleeping bag or blanket and pillow; sleepwear; toiletries, towel and washcloth; mosquito repellent, headlamp or flashlight, and spending money for lunches/snacks/dinner on Friday.
What are the other requirements for the team members?
A desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a hurting community. A volunteer would do best if they are in decent health. For those who can’t physically commit, we need people to talk to and pray with those who were impacted. A hug is 1000 times better than picking up a hammer.
What are the particularly needed skills right now?
Prayer walking, talking to people that you meet, dry-walling, mudding, painting, and flooring. We have our construction supervisors who will show volunteers how to complete certain tasks. We also have staff who will train your team on prayer walking.
When will we leave Phoenix?
Each team member is responsible to arrive at the host church in Houston by Sunday at 7pm for orientation. Some team members may choose to caravan from Phoenix to Houston while others may choose to fly. Teams traveling by caravan will generally leave early Saturday morning
Can I fly there?
Many airline companies offer flights from selected cities. Either Hobby (HOU) or Bush International (IAH) airports are convenient to this site. Please arrange for your own airport pick up and ground transportation.