​Disaster Recovery offers affordable Galveston mission trip and vacation for the whole family


During the week of July 26-31, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) will be hosting its first-ever family mission trip to Galveston Island, where volunteers will have an opportunity to spend mornings on the worksite and afternoons on vacation.

"While all ages and types of people are invited, we wanted to focus on 'families on mission,'" said Marla Bearden, disaster response specialist for Texas Baptists. "Spending time as a family, serving others in Jesus' name, is a wonderful way for any family to spend a few days together, and why not in Galveston?"

During the mission trip, families, as well as church groups and individuals, can help the Galveston community in its continued effort to recover from Hurricane Ike, which swept through the island in 2008.

TBDR has partnered with First Baptist Church in Galveston and Galveston Urban Ministries for assistance in providing housing, assessing community needs and assigning mission projects.

Reverend Nathan Mahand, minister of outreach and education for FBC Galveston, said they are excited and honored to host the Disaster Recovery team. "It's a way for us to give back to Texas Baptists after they gave so much after Hurricane Ike," he said. "Now we're able to house people here who can help the community rebuild."

Disaster recovery work for Texas Baptists actually began with Hurricane Ike through the Church2Church Partnerships program, Bearden said, where Texas Baptists churches partnered with over 75 disaster-affected churches to help them rebuild. Now, seven years later, TBDR mobilizes over 2,000 volunteers per year to various parts of the world.

This summer in Galveston, volunteers will be assigned projects such as VBS activities, construction and repair of homes, lawn mowing and community beautification.

Teams will work each morning from 9 a.m. to noon and have the afternoons free for time at the beach or at local attractions, such as the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens or the Lone Star Flight Museum.

At $120 per person, families will receive meals and housing at First Baptist Church in Galveston for the entire week. Texas Baptist Men will provide shower trailers.

For $75 per person, families will receive meals and may book rooms at one of two hotels listed on the website or find housing on their own, but TBDR personnel recommend early booking as hotels fill up quickly.

For more information, visit the Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery page or contact Marla Bearden at marla.bearden@texasbaptists.org or Gerald Davis at gerald.davis@texasbaptists.org.

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