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.
WHAT 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/our-work/rio-grande-valley/).
2017 IS OUR SEVENTH YEAR
Each year, beginning in 2011, over 200 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 Work Project!
WHO CAN GO?
This summer’s mission project, June 10-17, is open to adults, families with children, college-age adults and high school students who have completed the 9th grade.
WORK PROJECT TEAMS
- Building Team
- Children's Team
- Food Service Team
- Sewing Team
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Team
- Computer Skills Team
- Transportation and Popsicle Team
- Hope Center Childcare Team
*** Limited spots available for each team. ***
Team meetings will provide training as well as opportunities for teams to plan and prepare.
Team members will leave Saturday morning, June 10, from the Woodlawn campus parking lot. The group will return Saturday afternoon, June 17.
Colonia Work Project team members will be housed at Melody Lane Christian Renewal Center (www.melodylane.org). Families with children will have their own private rooms.
- $285 total if $50 non-refundable deposit paid by February 26.
- $325 total if $50 non-refundable deposit paid after February 26 while spaces are available.
IMMEDIATE FAMILY COST
- $570 total if $100 non-refundable deposit paid by February 26.
- $650 total if $100 non-refundable deposit paid after February 26 while spaces are available.
*Includes lodging, transportation on Woodlawn buses, meals & trip costs while on site.
Does not include cost of meals while en route on June 10 & 17.
YOU CAN GIVE
Your gift toward our $15,000 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 Work Project.”
SEE COLONIA IN ACTION
Watch the 2016 Colonia Work Project videos: