During the Trip - What to Expect
We meet at the Harvest Christian Center in El Paso, Texas, at 2:00 p.m.
1345 New Harvest Place El Paso, TX 79912 915.585.9934
Those who are flying will be picked up at the airport by Missions Ministries and will be taken to the church to rendezvous with the group. We will leave our cars at Harvest Christian Center, load up our personal stuff, load up any donated items, and board the Missions Ministries vans. (The mission has an arrangement in place for leaving cars at the church.)
From there we’ll head to Wal-Mart to grab any last minute necessities like water (and Diet Coke and Oreos) and a few more housewarming gifts.
After Wal-Mart we board the vans again, and we’re on our way. We enter Mexico through the Santa Teresa, New Mexico, border. After the border process we have a 20- to 30-minute drive to the team center. When we arrive at the team center we eat dinner, unload, and get settled.
We wake up early, have devotions, eat breakfast, and head off to the job site and/or clinic. We work all morning, go back to the team center for lunch, and we’re basically finished with building for the day. The afternoon will be spent hanging out, taking a tour of the colonias, helping in the clinic, and/or hanging out with some local kids at an orphanage. Dinner is at the team center.
Same morning as day two, only we finish the home and hold the dedication. (Huge highlight!) After lunch we head off to hold the food outreach at a local church. After the food outreach we eat dinner and then head off to attend a local church service.
We wake up early, have devotions, eat breakfast, and load up. We board the vans and head back to our vehicles in El Paso, tired and happy.
For Medical Clinic Volunteers
When the construction crew heads to the job site, you head for the clinic. The clinic is usually open from 9-5 both days, with a break for lunch with the rest of the team.
The team center is very comfortable. Teams are fed like royalty and are well taken care of by the staff. Each room is large enough to accommodate five people. (One regular set of bunk beds, and a second bunk bed with a larger bed on bottom.) It has a dresser, an alarm clock, its own bath, etc.
Bedding and towels are provided. Soap and shampoo too. The complex of rooms form a square, and in the middle is a common area where teams hang out at night and in the afternoon. There’s also a four-square court, a basketball court, and a playground. It’ll be your home away from home.