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Colonia Mission Project

Colonia Mission Project

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - Friday, June 21, 2019

WHAT IS A COLONIA?

The development of Texas colonias dates back to the 1950s.  Using agriculturally worthless land, developers created unincorporated subdivisions with little or no infrastructure.  Housing is primarily constructed by residents using discarded wood, cardboard or other materials - usually lacking electricity, plumbing and other basic amenities.

WHO IS BUCKNER?

For more than 135 years, Buckner International (www.buckner.org) has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry.  In 2002, Buckner International began to provide innovative programming to support vulnerable children and families living in poverty in the colonias along the Texas/Mexico border (www.buckner.org/rio-grande-valley/).

2019 IS OUR NINTH YEAR

It is our ninth year working with Buckner International in the Penitas Colonia. Each year, beginning in 2011, over 250 Woodlawn regulars have joined one of the teams to use their gifts and abilities to impact the Penitas Colonia. This is your year to be a part of the Colonia Mission Project!

Mission Project Teams

**Limited spots available for each team**
  • Building Team
  • Children's Team
  • Food Service Team
  • Sewing Team
  • English as a Second Language Team
  • Computer Skills Team
  • Transportation & Popsicle Team

DEPARTURE/RETURN

Team members will leave Saturday morning, June 15th, from the Woodlawn campus parking lot. The group will return Saturday afternoon, June 21.

HOUSING

Colonia Mission Project team members will be housed at Melody Lane Christian Renewal Center (www.melodylane.org). Families with children will have their own private rooms. 

WHO CAN GO?

This summer's mission project is open to adults, families with children, college-age adults, and high school students who have completed the 9th grade. Children/students younger than 9th grade will serve on the Childrens Team with one of their parents.

INDIVIDUAL COST

  • $285 total if $50 non-refundable deposit paid by February 17th.
  • $325 total if $50 non-refundable deposit paid after February 17th while spaces are available.

IMMEDIATE FAMILY COST

  • $570 total if $100 non-refundable deposit paid by February 17th.
  • $650 total if $100 non-refundable deposit paid after February 17th while spaces are available.

Cost includes lodging, transportation on buses, meals & trip costs while on site. Cost does not include meals while en route on June 15th & 21st.

HOW TO SIGN UP

Turn in a sign up form & non-refundable deposit. Make checks payable to Woodlawn Baptist Church. Final balances are due May 5th.

Click here to sign up!

Children Medical Release Forms

Youth Medical Release Forms

Adult Medical Release Forms

TEAM MEETINGS

Team meetings will provide training as well as opportunities for teams to plan and prepare.

  • Sunday, March 3rd in the Fellowship Center at 12PM (lunch provided)
  • Friday, May 19th in the Fellowship Center at 12PM.
  • Individual teams will schedule additional meetings as needed.

YOU CAN GIVE

Your gift toward our $18,000 goal will help build a house for a deserving family who lives in the Penitas Colonia, provide supplies for each of the teams and also provide partial scholarships to help teenagers, adults and families go on this summer’s trip. Make checks payable to Woodlawn Baptist Church.  Indicate on your check that your gift is for the “Colonia Mission Project.”

See Colonia in Action!

Watch the 2018 Colonia Work Project video:

Colonia 2018 Video

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