"Cultivating a servant's heart to help those in need and to show God's love to all"
Supporting ATTACK POVERTY - FRIENDS OF NORTH RICHMOND
Holy Cross has partnered with Friends of North Richmond and Attack Poverty to assist a family who are very much in need of our help with essential repairs to their home.
There will be four teams:
Team Members will meet at Holy Cross at 7:00am each morning for group prayer time and reflection (7:00-7:30am). We will pray, share, encourage, and then load supplies and food/water. Then we'll travel to the work site or the Friends of North Richmond office, unload and began work each day.
For more information on how you can participate, please contact Denise McKee (email@example.com) or Scott McKee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Slideshow with pictures of the home worked on last year.
JULY 11 - 13, 2013
Click here for a slideshow video from the August 2012 mission trip in Bastrop County.
Who is Hearts in Motion? A non-profit Christian organization of volunteers that has worked in Guatemala for over 20 years, taking surgical, clinic and construction teams, creating day care/ nutrition centers for preschool children, and educating fire and rescue personnel.
Who can go? The trip is open to adults and youths. If a child attends under age of 14, a parent must accompany him/her on the trip. Other adults and youth have joined our team in past years from other areas of the U.S. Maximum group size could be between 50 and 75 people. Ages of volunteers have ranged from teenagers to senior citizens. There is an application process to ensure the safety of the group.
What do I need to go? Travelers will need a passport and current Tetanus shot. Review your plans with your personal physician to determine whether you need additional shots for traveling to Central America. Travel expense will be $1000 per person (see below) plus airfare, and includes meals, hotel accommodations, in-country transportation, and construction costs. HIM has stringent rules relating to our safety and their continued relationship with the Guatemalan and Zacapa governments.
Do I need to have any special skills to be a part of the team? No, just a willingness to work, be flexible, and excited about serving others. Skills which are helpful (but not required) are:
Medical, dental and emergency medical professionals are required to provide appropriate credentials. If you are skilled in carpentry, construction or other similar fields, please let us know of your interest in utilizing your expertise in special projects.
What will travel entail? The first Friday is a travel day. Air travel will be approximately 2 1/2 hours from Houston IAH to Guatemala City, followed by a 3-hour bus ride to Zacapa, a region of Guatemala northeast of Guatemala City. The Houston team returns to the States 9 days later on Sunday. In-country travel while participating in projects during the workweek will be by bus, van, or SUV.
Where will we stay? Hotel de Atlantico in Rio Hondo, Zacapa, is a nice hotel with a large pool but "tepid" showers. On the last day and a half, while on R&R, we will stay in a nice hotel in Antigua, where we can site see, shop and relax before returning to the States.
What will we do in Guatemala? Plans have not been announced. Past years we have constructed playgrounds, benches and tables for schools, prepared school foundations, helped with health clinics, painted murals, remodeled a hospital kitchen, painted and finished a rehabilitation center, and hosted vacation Bible school ("VBS"). Each morning we have prayer time before breakfast for worship, fellowship, prayer, debriefing and singing. Evenings are spent swimming, relaxing and fellowship. R&R in Antigua will provide opportunities for site seeing and shopping.
When do I have to make a commitment? Deadline to commit and deposits ($500) are due in early May. A traveler's final payment of $500 + cost of airfare is due by the beginning of June. It is understood that deposits and/or payments may be covered in whole or in part by sponsorships. Shortly after making your initial deposit and commitment in May, you will be notified as to how flights will be arranged. We hope to make group reservations, but you should also be prepared to pay for your airfare (about $800).
How much will it cost and where will the money come from? Estimated costs per person are $1100, not including airfare, which has been about $800 per person the past few years. From Houston we fly United Airlines, so a donation of air miles to cover airfare can be quite beneficial, cutting your individual costs. In preparing for the trip, travelers may also wish to bring their own funds for shopping in Antigua and for snacks not included in meals.
Fundraising activities are planned and all travelers are urged to assist in these activities, even if they plan on paying their own way.
Travelers are encouraged to seek sponsorships from corporations and individuals to assist in covering personal costs. We want to make the trip affordable. Each traveler should contribute a minimum of $500 towards his/her costs, obtain a donation of free air miles towards the purchase of his/her airline ticket, or secure sponsorships. Sample forms are available for sponsorship solicitation.
What can we do to support the trip if we cannot attend?
For more information, contact:
Andy Muddimer, email@example.com or Diane Kurtz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hearts in Motion, Information@HeartsInMotion.org; or through its website, http://www.HeartsInMotion.org
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