Houston, Texas
Mission Trips

Be the hands and feet of Jesus in a community recovering from the devastation of a large scale natural disaster.
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Community Overview


AGE GROUP:
8th Grade & Up

January 6 - April 6, 2019
May 19 - August 16, 2019

COST: $395-$435/person
(6-Day Trip)

Houston, Texas is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. and more people means more need. The people of Houston also experienced one of the largest natural disasters in recent history when Hurricane Harvey smashed into Texas in August 2017. Over a year later, thousands of families are still recovering and attempting to rebuild their lives.

Mission trips to Houston, Texas are a practical way for you and your team to meet real needs on the ground. Jump in on hurricane rebuilding projects ranging from flooring to painting, drywalling, and more. You’ll also have time to slow down, build relationships, and engage with homeowners, local ministries, and church partners to meet the greater needs of Houston beyond the damage Harvey left behind.

We invite you to join us this Fall, Spring or Summer as we continue rebuilding lives in Houston through disaster recovery and community development—a holistic opportunity to join God in his ongoing work in this city.

Want to preview mission trips to Houston? Check out EM Vision Trips for prospective team leaders.

 
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Mission Trip Details & Logistics

Houston Trip Information

Trips to Houston will have a mixed focus on hurricane rebuilding and outreach through our local partners. Summer trips will have opportunities to help in kids club, work with outreach programs, as well as meeting the physical needs of families effected by Hurricane Harvey through construction and rebuilding.

Trip Activities

Work Projects

Teams will serve local residents who have been impacted by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. As the relief gets underway Experience Mission plans to help our local partners with whatever projects they deem the most important. As homes are gutted we will jump into rebuilding which will primarily focus on drywall and flooring.

Leaders will skill are required for all trips if possible. We would prefer to have 1 skilled person for every 7-8 people.

*Experience Mission works closely with local leaders to identify work projects and ministry opportunities that address authentic needs within the community. We ask that you come with a servant's heart and willingness to adapt to the unique qualities represented in each location. Opportunities can vary significantly from one week to the next. Your team may work at one location or serve at multiple locations each day. Due to the nature of helping rebuild after a disaster, we cannot confirm your specific daily activities until your team arrives.

Typical Schedule

AVERAGE SPRING DAILY SCHEDULE

Day 1
3-6pm - Groups Arrive
5pm - Leader's Meeting
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Orientation Meeting
8:30pm - Team Time (a time for your group alone)
10:30pm - Lights Out

Day 2-5
7:15am - Breakfast
7:45am - Devotions and Quiet Time
8:15am - Group Prayer
8:30am - Teams leave for Sites
12pm - Lunch
3:30pm - Finish work for the day
4pm - Break and Clean-up
5pm - Leaders meeting
6pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Free Time/Team Time

Day 6
7:15am - Breakfast
7:45am - Cleanup/ Packing
8:30am - Send Off

AVERAGE DAILY SCHEDULE - SUMMER 2018

Each morning, there is time set aside for devotions and quiet time. Experience Mission has devotionals/journals that are available for purchase or teams can supply their own. This is a valuable time and we strongly encourage all team members to spend it with God, journaling their thoughts and experiences as the days unfold.

Our staff will lead a time of debriefing and a short devotional in the evening (what we call "Evening Gathering") and it is always a great addition to have musical worship. Our programming does not include musical worship as we can't guarantee that our staff will have this ability. Please let us know if you have anyone who sings or plays guitar on your trip so that we can help to coordinate the musical aspect of worship when able. If teams aren't able to help in the area of music, it may not be a part of the trip.

Day 1
3-6pm Groups Arrive
5pm - Leader's Meeting
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Orientation Meeting
8:30pm - Team Time (a time for your group alone)
11:30pm - Lights Out

Day 2-5
7:15am - Breakfast
7:45am - Devotions and Quiet Time
8:15am - Group Prayer
8:30am - Teams leave for Sites
12pm - Lunch
3:30pm - Finish work for the day
4pm - Break and Clean-up
5pm - Leaders meeting
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Evening Gathering (as a whole group)
8:30pm - Team time

Day 6
7am - Breakfast
7:30am - Cleanup / Packing
9am - Pictures and Good-Byes

Lodging, Food & Transportation

Lodging

Teams in Texas will stay in a local church. Teams will sleep on the floor and should plan to bring a light air mattress or a mat. Team members should plan to bring light bedding or a sleeping bag and a pillow.

Showers & Bathrooms

There will be showers for your team, however, be prepared for potential “camping” showers. There will be usable bathrooms at the place you stay.

Water

Water to drink will be provided by Experience Mission. In the event that local water is contaminated, we will provide bottled water.

Electricity

There should electricity at the church where teams stay however there may be times of outage as they restore power to the city. Power at work sites will vary.

Food

Experience Mission Field Staff will prepare and serve your meals. Breakfast and dinner will be served buffet style, and your team will pack their own lunches each morning. Team members should plan to bring their own plate, bowl, cup, and silverware for meals.

Transportation

Your team's transportation to, from, and while in Texas is NOT covered by the trip cost. You will need vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry. 15 passenger vans or smaller are strongly recommended as your main mode of transportation. Using a school bus as your main mode of transportation while in this community is NOT recommended.

Local Partners

Bread of Life EM mission teams serve alongside Bread of Life in an effort to end homelessness and improve the quality of life of those in need. They distribute food and clothing, build new relationships, and pray for those living in poverty.
Walking Faith Ministry's "Children Activity Center" Volunteers join Walking Faith Ministry as they visit the homes of local children and share the life-changing message of Jesus. Teams may also help the ministry identify current needs that can be met, both spiritual and physical.
Nehemiah Center EM teams join Nehemiah Center in serving low-income families who are invested in seeking a better future for their children. Praise and worship together, play games, serve food, and encourage inner-city kids to realize their God-given potential.
Catholic Charities EM teams help assemble grocery items alongside Catholic Charities and distribute them to those in need. Extend the loving presence of God, meet a tangible need, and build new relationships with people who depend on local community support.
Houston Food Bank EM mission teams sort food, pack dry food into family-sized bags, assist with meal prep and package hot meals for daily distribution to community locations. Learn new ideas for how to get involved with your local community food bank.



Upcoming Houston, Texas Trip Dates

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If you're interested in bringing your group on a mission trip, fill out this quick interest form! Our staff will be in touch with you shortly to help answer your questions. Also, many questions about trips to this community are answered under Mission Trip Details & Logistics above.

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Registration & Payment

Experience Mission has specific policies regarding registration and withdrawal. Please refer to the document below for specifics.

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INDIVIDUALS

All volunteers on a week-long EM mission trip must be part of a team of at least six (6) people, with at least one team member age 21 or older to serve as the Team Leader. Not part of a group? All young adults ages 18-30 are eligible to apply for EM’s IMMERSION program.

Health & Safety

EM's Health & Safety plan provides the following:

Staff certification: All Summer Staff are certified in First Aid and CPR.

Medical kits: Medical kits that include first-aid supplies for general accidents and ailments are provided for each site. In international locations, we will also carry a Trauma Kit or First Responder Kit. In these remote locations, we will have medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, and Imodium on hand. We make these available to adult team leaders for their sole discretionary use with their team members. EM Staff will not dispense any medications. In our domestic and international locations, we ask that teams supply their own medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, and Imodium as they deem necessary.

Emergency response plan: Based on the severity of each emergency, EM has a plan for appropriate response.

- If a team member becomes seriously ill, they will be taken to a local doctor to receive appropriate medical attention and medications. If they are a minor, their Team Leader along with our staff will accompany them to the clinic. If needed, their parents will be contacted. Their recovery will be carefully monitored by our staff.

- If there is an accident that requires a doctor, but is not life-threatening and does not have the potential to cause permanent damage, Experience Mission staff will locate the Team Leader, contact parents or guardians (providing the injured is a minor) and provide safe but quick transportation to a local clinic.

- In the event that an accident occurs which is life-threatening or has the potential for permanent damage, emergency medical care will be secured and arraignments will be made if necessary, to transport the injured person to the United States as quickly as possible providing they are serving in one of our International locations. In our domestic locations, local 911 services will be contacted immediately. The family will be contacted immediately to assist in guidance for appropriate response.

All medical care is the sole responsibility of the team member. Experience Mission requires every team member to be covered by domestic medical insurance and recommends that team members traveling abroad carry additional international travel insurance to cover any medical needs their domestic medical insurance may not cover.

Experience Mission FAQ

Mission Trips involve many details, and we know you probably have a few questions about EM mission trips.

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