Sunday, October 04, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

All Team member are home from Texas Gulf Coast. We had a good trip and worked on two home. Both homes received new exterior painting. One home the water piping was replaced now all the faucets have running water. Several exterior faucets were install. The home owner were gracious and were glad to have the changes that we were able to complete.

We will be posting photos later.

Some pictures and detail on what was accomplished by the team is shown on for dates September 28 - October 3.

Sep-Oct 09 Mission Team

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Thursday - October 1, 2009
Rain, rain, go away let us work on our last day!
With a bookend of rain, our week wrapped up early with a wash out, but not before a great day of work. The group gathered at 8:00 at the house and witnessed a transformation in action. A once plain, wood colored house suddenly brightened up the street with its sunny yellow hue. Within four hours the house was transformed as a first coat was applied. Working side by side with the home owners the crew was joyful in their serving and the universal language of love was spoken in English and Spanish.
This evening, we traveled to Galveston to attend the blessing of a house that was complete. The owners were back in their home. We ourselves were blessed as we gathered with members of the United Methodist Church Disaster Response Team. We were told that this one house was rehabbed by over 40 different teams of different denominations what an eclectic home. The home owners were reminded that although they and their home were being blessed they were being charged to be a blessing. The team has seen that in action at each home we visited this week. God is definitely alive in Texas! After an authentic Texas dinner and a self – guided tour of the island we returned to camp, reminded of God’s love and presence in every breath we take and in every move we make.
The sacrament of Holy Communion closed out an amazing week where devotions focused on music we hear in our daily lives. We were reminded each day that all are welcome in the house of God and that the house of God is all throughout the world. We are all neighbors and we need to do nothing more than serve our brothers and sisters everywhere. All are welcome in this place.

Mission Team Sep-Oct 09

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Today was a beautiful day with sunshine and moderate temperatures. The portion of the team that was painting on the house finished that and start on the home where the plumbing was being done. All the team is now working at same home. The plumbing of the water lines will be completed tomorrow is there are no major hitches. We all went out to eat this evening. The fish was great for those of us who went to the Baytown restaurant . We are looking forward to a good day tomorrow if the not rained out as happen on Monday. The forecast is for scattered thunder showers. The Lord has blessed team in our work.

September – October Mission Team

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September 29, 2009

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory children of the Lord … Today we were up and moving ready to catch up on a little lost time from the rainout yesterday. Many of us were finishing up on an exterior house painting. We are excited to have the experience to see a home coming back together and finally being able to live and enjoy it again as a family and get back to their routine. Some will return tomorrow to put on the last touches or the “icing on the cake” before the whole group moves on to another project. David and Harold have been crawling around and under another home to help a family get the house even closer to being ready to move back in. There is still a lot to be done and the family has been anxious to move from their FEMA trailer. Upon closing the work day we gathered back at camp to prepare for our visit and dinner with Rev. David Green and his family. We were blessed to share life experience and hear stories of their own experiences of last September when Ike swept through. They were gracious to open their home to us and share books capturing the before, during and aftermath of the hurricane. As we close the evening with a drive home we started unwinding from the day’s events. We shared our own thoughts of all the experiences we have been exposed to these few days we shout a “Yeah God” for giving us the ability to share our story and the light of a new day

Cincinnati Mission Team (photo toright) -- Rev. Green & Zoe Grace photo left)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Today was a day may new things. We all meet at a park in San Leon TX with the coordination from UMCOR who is coordinating the work for all the faith based organizations. W e all had on our BLUE PDA shirt. We work on two homes this morning and early afternoon until we were rained out. Most of the team is prepping and painting a home and tow of us were making plans to attach gas and water lines in a second home. We will go back in the morning to continue our work on these homes.

One thing we all found out is that the stories about the mosquitoes in Texas are true.

Presbytery of Cincinnati Mission Team

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Check out the link to the video that is new and give a view of the need in the hurricane relief that is needed in the Texas Gulf Coast. Our next team meeting will be September 13th at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church at 7:00 PM in room 212. See you there.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


This has been a busy time for each of us and so I am sending this reminder to all. We were able to host the Rev David Green and his family here in Cincinnati in July and hear about their experience with IKE. We look forward to being able to help those who are not as blessed as we are at this time. We are now planning for our second trip to help the people of Texas in the Galveston area recover from "IKE".

We will be staying in a PDA camp in Texas City, TX. This camp is located at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Texas City. Texas City is just north of Galveston on Galveston Bay. The major damage areas from IKE were in Galveston and in Galveston Bay.

We will be car pooling as in the past. Our first team meeting will be on August 30, 2009 at Mt Washington Presbyterian Church. Our second meeting will be September 13, 2009 and the third meeting will be September 20, 2009. All the meeting times will be at 7:00PM.

At present we have 15 people who have reserved a space and we expect more at the first meeting. We have only 40 spaces so please let me know so I can put you on the list. We have been invited to have an evening meal at the Rev. Green’s home in Galveston while we are in Texas.

See you all at the MEETING ON August 30, 2009 @ MT. WASHINGTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH @ 7:00 PM.

See our blog site: and check out some photos from our recent trip and pictures from damage from hurricane IKE.