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"Cultivating a servant's heart to help those in need and to show God's love to all"

 

 

HOLY CROSS Summer Mission Week - June 13 - 17, 2016

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:

  1. Construction  Team
  2. Food/Drink Team
  3. Materials/Trash Team
  4. Gardening Team

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 (dmckeehis@aol.com) or Scott McKee (smckeehis@aol.com).

 

Slideshow with pictures of the home worked on last year.

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Past Years

Bastrop County Wildfire Relief Mission Trip

JULY 11 - 13, 2013

Bastrop Mission Team - Aug 2012Holy Cross Missions Ministry is planning a two-day work trip to Bastrop County from July 11 - 13, 2013, to assist in the rebuilding effort for those who lost homes in the 2011 Bastrop County wildfire. The team will depart Holy Cross on Thursday afternoon, July 11, and return Saturday evening, July 13, after the evening meal. Faith Village in Smithville, Texas will provide dormitory-style accommodations and all three meals each day. Work assignments may include exterior or interior painting, trim work, or other building projects as assigned. The team will work Friday and Saturday, and return to Sugar Land following the Saturday evening meal.
 
A planning and information meeting will be held after Worship Service on Sunday, July 7th. Please plan to attend this meeting if you would like to be a participant on this trip. Adults and youth are encouraged to attend. Any questions?  Contact Jessica Lykins at gracette17@yahoo.com.
 
Forms can be downloaded by clicking on the title of each form below:
 
 
 
 
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 Click here for a slideshow video from the August 2012 mission trip in Bastrop County.

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Some history about the Bastrop Wildfire Disaster:
 
In September 2011, Texans watched as 1670 homes and 34,000 acres burned in Bastrop County. Forty-three families from Calvary Episcopal Church, Bastrop, lost their homes, including the rector. Today, new construction is beginning, but there are still stark reminders of the past. What was once a beautiful, forested escape is now a landscape of blackened, leaf-less trees, rising up from a gray, barren ground. BastropFire1The Episcopal Diocese of Texas immediately responded in the days after the fire. EDOT raised more than $100,000, including $17,000 in gift cards for fire victims. Those funds were instrumental in helping families that had lost everything with essential needs.
 
The mission has now shifted focus to rebuilding homes, and faith-based organizations across Bastrop County are teaming up to begin the effort. The Diocese's Texas Episcopal Disaster Relief and Development (TEDRD) started a partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to start "Faith Village," a housing center for volunteers located in Smithville, Texas. Faith Village provides housing for around 40 volunteers in a building donated by Smithville Baptist Church.
 
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Mission Trip: Guatemala with Hearts In Motion 

Click here to view slideshow of photos of previous Guatemala Mission Trips

 

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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:

  • Persons who are fluent in speaking and understanding Spanish;
  • Physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants, especially those in family or ER practice, to assist at medical clinics;
  • Emergency medical personnel -- EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters -- may assist in training Guatemalan "Bomberos" or firefighters in emergency procedures;
  • Dentists and dental hygienists may conduct routine exams, extract teeth, and perform decay prevention treatments at clinics.

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?

  • Donations: We are collecting hand towels; children's, women's and adult vitamins; toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, and travel-size soap, shampoo, combs, and hair brushes); sunglasses and reading glasses; and white twin-size sheet sets for the Zacapa Hospital. We will also collect new or gently used children's clothing and shoes (all sizes and ages, but especially sports shoes and sandals). Please review the Guidelines for In-Kind Donations for clarification. We welcome monetary donations, matching grants, etc. Deadline for in-kind donations is July 1st.
  • Sponsorships and Volunteering: You can help in the administrative areas for the trip, volunteer to help with fundraising, and sort donations. We also need financial sponsorship to help with construction and travel costs.
  • In preparing for the VBS experience, we need leadership and will have workshops to pre-plan the curriculum. We welcome the assistance of experienced VBS leaders, and will appreciate Spanish-language music books and CDs of Christian children's music.

For more information, contact:

Andy Muddimer,  muddimer2@slb.com or Diane Kurtz, dianekurtz@me.com

Hearts in Motion, Information@HeartsInMotion.org;
or through its website, http://www.HeartsInMotion.org

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