A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
Mission Trip for Hurricane Harvey Recovery: April 5-9, 2018
Victoria, Texas, Area
April 5-9, 2018
The North Texas Conference is leading a disaster recovery mission trip to the Rio Texas Conference region and greater Victoria, Texas, on April 5-9, 2018. We hope you will be part of the undertaking and come away awesomely blessed by what Christ does through, and to, you.
$90 covers nine meals and snacks and $10 per night per person facilities lodging fee. Make check payable to FUMC Rockwall. Note “April 2018 Rio Texas mission trip” on the memo line of the check. Send to name and address above.
25 persons, at present. No one will be counted as part of team until his/her registration and trip fee have been received. Once the 25-person limit has been reached, a waiting list will be established on a first come, first served basis. If interest prompts, we will attempt to have an increase in our team size approved by the Rio Texas Conference disaster recovery leadership.
A link for registering is provided at www.fumcrockwall.com/hurricaneharveyrecovery/ or persons may register directly with Clay at the contact information noted above.
Required forms for filling out are available via link at riotexasresponse.org/forms/ or at the First UMC Rockwall link above. Needed forms are Skills, Medical-Liability, Emergency Contact, and Mission Trip Covenant. THE MEDICAL-LIABILITY FORM WILL NEED NOTARIZING. At riotexasresponse.org/forms/, open the two links under the caption “Each VIM team member.”
All trip participants must have passed a background check administered by their local church or the Center For Missional Outreach of the North Texas Conference. The background check should not be more than one year old (not taken prior to April 5, 2017). All required forms and proof of background check are due to Clay by March 15, 2018. All materials can be mailed or scanned/emailed.,
Rio Texas Conference requires that for adult mission teams, 2 out of every 8 participants need to be MinistrySafe trained. Persons interested in this April 5-9 trip are strongly encouraged to take the MinistrySafe online training. Express interest and register to do so with your local church staff or with Rev. Andy Lewis, Director – Center For Missional Outreach (email@example.com). Once trained, please send a copy of the training completion certificate to Clay.
FUMC Victoria at 407 N. Bridge St., Victoria, TX 77901; dedicated rooms in the church for cots and air mattresses; six available showers; full-size commercial kitchen and dining/meeting facilities. A very good set up for teams. WE WILL TAKE A FULL-TIME KITCHEN MEISTER/CHIEF COOK. The Team will eat well! Persons with special dietary needs or health concerns, plus persons of vegetarian or vegan practice, will certainly be respected and have their needs/concerns fully addressed to their satisfaction.
Given that team members may come from across the geographical area of the North Texas Conference, the travel approach both to and from Victoria will be by private vehicles, carpooling or caravan where possible or desired. The goal will be to rendezvous at First UMC Victoria on the evening of April 5.
Going home on April 9 will be as individual vehicles head for home across the Conference. Fuel costs per vehicle will be an out of pocket expense by those persons riding in the specific vehicle, as mutually agreed upon. Team members are encouraged to seek travel/fuel cost support from their local congregations.
Anticipated types of work, and tools to be brought by team members:
As with any disaster recovery trip — Early Response or rebuild — it generally is the case that a final defining of specific projects may not be fully known until arrival in the stricken community; however in Victoria, expect a combination of Early Response type work (roof tarping or stabilization, sheet rock tear out and mold mitigation, perhaps some chain saw work) and rebuild type work (basic carpentry, sheet rock installation, taping and bedding, painting, perhaps some flooring installation).
Tools, therefore, as you may have them: your preferred hand tools, work gloves, breathing masks, ladders, chain saw (if you are certified to operate a chain saw in a disaster setting), sawhorses, extension cords and power strips, pry/crow bars, battery powered drills and drivers, sheet rock bits, tape and bed tools, box knife, circular saw, chop/mitre saw, perhaps a framing nail gun or screw gun, measuring tape, straight edge or T-square. Tools will be discussed in greater detail at a pre-trip team meeting to be set for mid-March. Ice chests/coolers will also be needed.
Opportunity will be available for other types of servanthood volunteering while on the trip, including kitchen assistant as needed, morning devotional giver, Sunday worship planner/leadership, project team leader and/or safety person, group recorder/photographer/listener. Players of musical instruments are welcome to share their talents!
Thank you for prayerfully considering this April 5-9 North Texas Conference disaster recovery mission trip to the Rio Texas Conference region and greater Victoria. I hope you will be part of the undertaking and come away awesomely blessed by what Christ does through, and to, you. Be praying for this trip, its Team, and the many future undertakings and trips of our Conference to the people and areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
For Christ, and neighbor,