Disciples Volunteering is supporting recovery efforts in Texas across Hurricane Harvey’s impact area with plans to have a presence for the next several years. It is difficult to overstate the size and scope of this disaster. Impacted communities stretch for over 300 miles. Nearly 900,000 households registered for federal assistance.
Disciples have been a strong presence in the recovery, as local congregations were highly engaged in early relief and recovery efforts. The Mission Station at First Christian Church, Texas City has been near capacity throughout the year – and the recovery in many areas is really just getting started. Thanks to all who have supported the response, participated through the Mission Station, or be involved in other ways. As needs continue to be met, now is a great time to start planning a fall mission trip – or even begin looking ahead to 2020!
Housing will be as with past mission stations. Sleeping space is provided in a local congregation, you will be required to bring your own air mattress and bedding. Kitchen space will be made available for groups to prepare their own meals. Showers will be on site.
Mission teams with youth must have at least 1 adult for every 5 youth. We cannot accept registration for youth under the age of 14. Some recovery work is restricted, by our partners, to youth 16 and above, so it is possible that younger youth may have to work on different (non-disaster) work sites. If the ambiguity around this reality gives you pause, know that mission partners in Missouri, West Virginia, and Florida are all willing to discuss the possibilities for mixed-age groups (none can receive a middle school only team, but they have some flexibility). You can read about those opportunities here.
Costs for participating are like past responses: $25 /person is due to Disciples Home Missions in advance of your trip as a non-refundable deposit to confirm your registration. An additional $50 / person is the appropriate donation to your host church. In addition, groups that can bring funds to offset the cost of materials used during your week will enable our resources to stretch farther and the recovery to reach more people. A donation of $1,000 / group is suggested and can be sent ahead of time to Disciples Home Missions or brought on-site. If you have any questions about this, please contact Josh directly.
To reserve a week at the Texas Mission Station and assist with recovery from Hurricane Harvey, please fill out the form here.
If you are looking to make a mission trip during a time when the schedule in Texas is full, please consider serving with a community recovering from a low-attention disaster which is also in need of help.