House Build Trip Deposit Due 12/13

1mission_4We’ve been talking for a number of weeks about our upcoming Spring Break House Build Trip with 1MISSION (March 28 – April 2, 2016). We had a good turnout for our information meeting that took place a little over a week ago. We are now nearing the deposit deadline of December 13. That will give us a good idea of how many are planning to participate and will allow us to begin firming up travel plans.

I posted some general information a couple of weeks ago regarding our Information Meeting.  That gives a general overview of our schedule, travel plans and approximate cost. If you haven’t had a chance to look at the Information Packet, it is available to view and download on our church website.

Here are some other facts about what we will be accomplishing through our build trip.

The family we will be serving has already volunteered over 200 hours to their community. These hours have included building houses for their neighbors, volunteering with local organizations and participating in community development programs.  A few weeks before the trip we will receive a family biography which will include information about the family.

We will be working alongside local volunteers and community members who have come together in cooperation to improve their community.

Here’s a fun fact for you:  We won’t use any power tools! Why? The house construction is a community project involving
inexperienced people of all ages. The goal is to involve everyone in a fun and safe manner.  So, if you are intimidated by the construction process, you can rest easy knowing that you won’t have to mess with power tools.

The House Build Trip will be a new and unique experience.  It is open to high school students and older.  Check out the information and feel free to make contact if you have questions.

House Build Trip Info Meeting – 11.22.15

1mission_2Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but we are looking ahead to Spring Break and our House Build Trip with 1MISSION. The trip is open to High School students and older and we’d love to take a group from Wilmington to Mexico to build a home for a family there.

We are having an Information Meeting on Sunday, November 22 right after the morning service in our Student Center. It’s a great time to come hear more information, ask questions and get a better idea of what is involved in the trip.

Here’s a quick overview of the trip and some important information::

 

Schedule of our Trip (Monday, March 28 – Saturday, April 2, 2016):

Mon: Fly to Phoenix / Drive to Rocky Point
Tues: Build Day One
Wed: Build Day Two
Thurs: Build Day Three / Visit Families
Fri: Beach Day
Sat: Drive to Phoenix / Fly Out

Total Approximate Cost of Trip: $1,200

Cost breakdown:
– $320: includes all food & accommodations once we arrive at Rocky Point
– $700: round trip airfare from Columbus, OH, to Phoenix, AZ (current approximate cost)
– $100: van rental while in Arizona/Mexico

Once we know how many will be traveling with our group and lock-in both airline tickets and van rental, we will have a more accurate cost. This also includes some margin for extra expenses as we prepare.

Information on Traveling to Mexico

Students under 18 only need a birth certificate and a notarized cover letter included in this packet. This is based on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (U.S. and Canadian citizen children under the age of 16 (or under 19, if traveling with a school, religious group, or other youth group) need only present a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship. The birth certificate can be original, photocopy, or certified copy. http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/whti_state_factsheet.pdf)

What About Fund Raisers?

We have some plans already in the works to help our group raise funds for the trip. We are scheduled to provide concessions for a karate tournament held at WCC on January 23. All the funds raised from the tournament will go toward the cost of this trip. We will once again be providing concessions for our Upward Basketball season. We will encourage each group member to help with both of these efforts.

The meeting will cover this information and more.  Join us to find out how you can serve in Mexico this Spring Break.

1MISSION Campaign Update – House is Built!

ortiz barajas familyIf you are from the Wilmington Church of Christ or have been keeping up with my posts, you probably know we were raising funds to build a house for the Barajas family in Mexico. I received some good news this week: their house has been completed!

The above picture shows the family with the keys to their home. If you gave toward this project, THANK YOU! What a great work to be a part of. You can read more about the family on the 1MISSION page.

Here are a couple more pictures:

ortiz barajas family 3

ortiz barajas family 4

Spring Break House Build Trip Info Meeting

During Spring Break, 2016, our high school students and adults have an opportunity to travel to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and help build a home for a family in need through 1MISSION, a community development organization giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house by serving their community. Recently I posted some information about the trip and wanted to follow that up some further details.

An information packet is available, which breaks down the anticipated cost of the trip and gives information regarding our schedule, housing, travel, etc. While the packet won’t answer every question, it will provide the basic information for those interested in the trip.

One of the big concerns about traveling to Mexico is safety.  While there are some dangerous areas in Mexico and you should always be aware when traveling out of the country, the area where we will be traveling is safe for travel.  1MISSION has hosted numerous groups and recently hosted 400 students who built 13 homes for families.  Also, 1MISSION just celebrated their 400th home being built!  They have a lot of experience in the area where we will travel and will provide us with good information so we are safe.

Another concern with a mission trip is cost.  Flights out of the country are not cheap and we are doing our best to keep costs as minimal as possible.  Currently, the estimated cost of the trip is $1200.  For our WCC students and adults, a portion of the trip will be underwritten by a generous gift given toward missions.  At least $300 will be available for each WCC student and adult who wants to go on the trip.  Also, we have fundraisers planned to help defray the cost.

We will have an Informational Meeting on Sunday, November 22, immediately following our morning services.  Anyone who is interested in hearing more about the trip or asking specific question is invited to attend.

We do have a deadline set for the trip.  In order to make plans and secure air travel and other details, we are asking participants to make a $50 deposit by Sunday, Dec. 13. That will help us know how many are committed to the trip and we can move ahead with details.

Below is a brief video that shows what a house build looks like.  More information on the trip can be found on the 1MISSION website.  They have a link that provides responses to Frequently Asked Questions regarding serving in Mexico.

Help Build a House in 3 Days

This Spring Break (March 28 – April 2, 2016) our IMPACT students will have an opportunity to partner with 1MISSION to build a home for a family in Mexico. An information packet is now available that gives details regarding the trip, including approximate cost, a basic trip schedule, what to bring, where we will stay, what the house build will look like and general information about 1MISSION.

The plan is to build a house in just three days. 1MISSION has put together a video that shows the process in action.

This year students can spend their Spring Break serving a family in need. Check out the video below and click here to download the Trip Information Packet.

1MISSION Spring Break Build Trip, March, 2016

Last school year our IMPACT Student Ministry helped to raise funds to build a home for a family in Mexico through 1MISSION. We heard about 1MISSION at a couple of youth conferences and decided to partner with them by raising funds.

Next year, over Spring Break (March 28 – April 1, 2016) we are planning to take a group to go on site and help build a home in Mexico. We are excited about the possibility of working hand in hand with 1MISSION to provide safe housing for those in need.

An information packet is available for our IMPACT students and families. We are still working on nailing down final costs for the trip, primarily in the area of travel. Once we are on the field, 1MISSION provides housing, meals and construction tools and materials for the project.

A 1MISSION provides a video overview and more information on their website.

More information will be coming and we look forward to taking a group to help build a home.

Here’s a peek into what the process looks like:

1MISSION Campaign Officially Complete

1MISSION CompleteFor the past several months we have been talking about and raising funds for our 1MISSION Campaign to help get the Ortiz Barajas family into a home.  We are now officially complete!  Our goal was to raise $4000 and through concession stands at Upward Basketball and a karate tournament, through generous online gifts and money given in the “green buckets” on a Sunday morning, we have arrived at our destination.

Thanks to all those from our Wilmington Church of Christ family for supporting our efforts to partner with 1MISSION.  We look forward to hearing how these funds are used to help the Barajas family in Mexico.

 

Finish Our 1MISSION Project – Fill the Green Buckets

1Mission Finish UpWe are in the home stretch of our 1MISSION project. Our goal was to raise $4,000 to build a home for the Barajas family. We are just $900 away from reaching that goal. We have a couple more weeks to get to the goal.

One way you can be a part of our project is to SHARE our 1MISSION Campaign Page Link. Whatever social media outlet you use (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), you can share the link to give people an opportunity to give and be a part of providing a home for this family. Here’s the link: https://my.1mission.org/t/2539/impact. Copy it and share it.

Another way to be a part of our project of course is to GIVE. For our Wilmington Church of Christ family, we have a practical way to do that. For the next few Sundays, we will have green buckets (see below) by the doors of our Ministry Center. As you enter or leave, you can drop extra change or dollar bills into the green buckets. Everything given in the green buckets will go toward our 1MISSION family.

Join in with us to reach our goal and provide a home for the Barajas family!

green bucket

Home Stretch of our 1MISSION Project

1mission_2For the past few months, we have been working on raising $4000 for “our family” in Mexico – the Ortiz Barajas Family. We are now in the home stretch!

To date, we raised $2,500 through concession stands at our Upward Basketball League and at a karate tournament held at WCC. That amount also includes a gift from our KidCity kids. We have also had a couple of online donations which brings our total collected to $3,100 – we are just $900 from our goal.

We have a few more weeks to reach our goal and provide a home for this family in Mexico. Here are Two Things you can do:

1) Give To Our Online Campaign. All gifts that are given go directly toward providing a home for Barajas family through 1MISSION. If we have many individuals give online, we can reach our goal.

2) Share the Link to our Online Campaign. If you are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other social media outlet, share the link to our campaign page. Let you friends, family and followers know how they can partner with us and with 1MISSION to provide a home for this family.

Here is the link to our page where you can donate and also share: https://my.1mission.org/t/2539/impact

If you are able, please give toward building a home for this family.  Take a minute to share it with your followers!

Our 1MISSION Campaign Page is Live!

1mission_2Several weeks ago I posted about how our IMPACT Student Ministry is going to partner with 1MISSION to build a home for a family in Mexico. Good News – our online campaign page is now live!

We’ve been working the past several weeks raising funds through our Upwards Basketball Concession stand.  We missed one week due to snow, but had 7 Saturdays where we sold various concession items.  Our Upward families were very generous as they purchased items and we are almost half-way to our goal!

Now that the campaign page is live, we can continue to work toward the goal of $4,000 to provide a home for the Ortiz Barajas Family in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora Mexico.

You can read more about the family and what they have done to position themselves to build a safe home for themselves.

Click here to go to our IMPACT Campaign Page.

But you may be asking, “Now what?”  Great question!  Here’s what you can do:

1) Donate!  Seems simple, but the campaign page is designed to allow people to go online and give toward our family.  100% of the funds given go to the project and any size gift is helpful.

2) Share the Link to the Campaign Page!  Let people know about our project by sharing the link through social media.  Get the word out to your friends and give them the opportunity to partner with us as we partner with 1MISSION.

3) Grab Some Friends and Do Something!  We did a concession stand.  You can donate your birthday and have people give money to 1MISSION instead of buying gifts for you.  Wash cars.  Offer to babysit for someone.  Every amount given moves us toward our goal.

We are excited about partnering with 1MISSION to build a home.  Help us reach our goal and provide a safe home for a family while we demonstrate God’s love.