PVUMC Youth Mission Trip 2018

JULY 22-27, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the PVUMC 2018 Senior High Mission Trip will be to Houston, Texas, to assist with the hurricane relief effort. Hurricane Harvey smashed into the coast of Texas in late August 2017, immediately creating one of the largest natural disasters in the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina.

Our mission trip to the Houston area will focus on helping families whose homes have been flooded and left for ruin. This is a construction/manual labor-focused mission trip. We will be gutting homes, cleaning, framing, drywall work and more. This is an incredible opportunity for people to mobilize to help their neighbors in a time of great need when much of people once knew has been covered with flood waters and swept away.

We will be partnering with Experience Mission, a missions organization that works with local leaders to identify authentic needs within the surrounding community. We've worked with Experience Mission during our 2015 trip to Black Mesa, Arizona, and we found them to be a solid organization to work with.

Due to the cost of airfare and the high cost of construction materials, this year's mission trip registration cost will be $450/person. 

Dates: Sunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27, 2018
Cost: $400/student
Eligibility: Students graduating 7-12 grades (2017-2018 school year)
Registration due: January 31, 2018 ($225 deposit due)
Payment due: April 1, 2017 (Remaining $225 due)

Frequently asked questions:

Q: What is the lodging going to be like?

A: We will stay in a local church. Our team will sleep on the floor and should plan to bring a light air mattress or a mat. We should plan to bring light bedding or a sleeping bag and a pillow. There will be showers provided, though we should be prepared for "camping" showers. Our site will have electricity, but as of September 2017 the work site was experiencing periodic power outages as the city power grid was being repaired.

Q: What will we be doing during the day?

A: Our 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 local partners with whatever projects they deem the most important. Initially, the need to gut houses is a top priority to avoid mold setting in. As houses are gutted we will jump in to help the rebuilding process.

Q: What will a typical day look like?

A: Below is a sample schedule, provided by Experience Mission:

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

Q: What does the $450 registration fee include?

A: All meals, sleeping accommodations, local ministry options, airfare and a local sightseeing or recreational activity are included.

Q: What is NOT included in the $450 registration fee?

A: Spending money, offering at local church services, and/or optional recreational activities. We generally advise each student to bring $25-50 for the week to cover incidental costs, though this is not required.

Q: What kind of food will we be eating?

A: Mission trip food is generally pretty typical American food: burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, mac n' cheese, tacos, etc. Experience Mission also provides an ample amount of snacks and safe drinking water for everyone. We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions.

Q: What kind of transportation will be using?

A: We will be flying to Houston from Phoenix on Sunday, July 22, 2018, and then moving to 15-passenger vans throughout the week. We will be flying back from Houston to Phoenix on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Q: What are the deadlines?

A: Registration deadline is January 31, 2018. A $225 deposit is due at that time. The remainder of the total cost ($225) is due on April 1, 2017.  If you are unable to place the deposit or make the payment on time, please don't hesitate to contact us - we're super flexible and can probably work something out.  We also have limited funds available for scholarships, etc. Don't let money get in the way of this trip!

Q: What else should I know?

A: All students participating in this trip will be required to participate in the annual Youth Mission Dinner and Auction fundraiser on March 25, 2018. Let's be real here: this fundraiser is the reason we're able to offer a $850 mission trip at a cost of only $450/person.  It is crucial that everyone pull their own weight with this event - this includes preparation, implementation, and clean-up. Failure to raise the appropriate funds may result in an increase in registration cost.