The 2019 Christian Church of Northern California-Nevada Regional Mission Trip will be to Puerto Rico, April 14-20. As most of us know, Puerto Rico sustained a direct hit by Hurricane Maria in September 2017, while they were still recovering from Hurricane Irma, which hit the previous month.
Because the island is much poorer than the mainland of the U.S., the residents have had a very difficult time rebuilding. Many people still live in damaged and substandard homes. Our hands-on labor and presence on the island provide evidence of our love and support to the people of Puerto Rico.
The basic cost, charged by the Disciples Office of Volunteering, is $300. There will some additional costs (still to be determined) charged by the Region. Participants are responsible for their own airfare and other incidental costs. The participants will be housed in the mountains, near Barranquitas, in bunkhouses at Camp Morton (an outdoor ministries site).
The Disciples of Christ have a very strong presence on the island, with more than 100 congregations. There is a need for people who have construction skills and those who can speak Spanish. All participants will meet at the San Juan International Airport, Puerto Rico, by 2:00 p.m. (local time) on Sunday, April 14. They will return to California on Saturday, April 20. Participants do not need a passport to go to Puerto Rico as it is part of the United States.
Registration forms were not available as of the press deadline, but you can check the mission trip page of the Region’s website, j.mp/ccncnMT19, for forms and lots (really, lots) more information. People interested in going should also contact the Regional office; a sort of group orientation meeting in being planned for March.