Camp Calvary Arkansas/Oklahoma is set up and ready for volunteers and we've got homes to serve at!!  If you're interested in learning more about joining us, click here.  There is also a volunteer availability calendar on that page. If you're interested in financially supporting Calvary Relief, click here.  

To read our 2018 Review, please click here. To stay up to date with what we're doing, please see our Facebook account and/or our newsletters, links are above.  Please pray that wherever we are and whatever we do, we'd be diligent as we share the love of Jesus with those around us in a tangible way.  Please remember to keep us in your prayers and especially that we'd grow in our relationship with The LORD and draw others to Him in all we say and do!  Curt & Mary Jo

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There are many areas of service needed when we respond to a disaster.  There are no unimportant jobs or unimportant people, it is a team effort.  There is always something for everyone to do.  Galatians 3:28, There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  While we work hard and sometimes long hours, everyone gets plenty of rest and is well fed and we all have a blast!  As a team, while everyone can work at their own pace and take the necessary breaks that each individual feels they need, we try to stick together as a team throughout our time together. 


A typical day consists of an early rise and shine where personal devotional time is encouraged.  We then eat breakfast and have team devotions together.  Our focus is never about the work, it is all about Jesus!  As we each grow in our walk with the Lord the natural outcome is that we will serve others when we love God and love our others.  Therefore, our times of morning daily devotions are treated as the most important time of the day and are usually an hour to an hour and a half long.  Often times our devotions are accompanied by worship so if you play guitar, bring it!  After devotions we start our day of serving others and we either take our lunches with us or have them brought out to us in the field.  We also bring healthy snacks and plenty of water to drink.  We don’t encourage too much sugary snacks or energy drinks.  Everything in moderation, if we eat right and drink plenty of water, our bodies will operate much better as they are intended to.  Once the work day is complete, we head back to the barn where we get cleaned up and ready for dinner.  We try to get together and debrief our day every evening, have some personal time, group time, etc, depending on how our day went and what the day ahead looks like.  


We need to remember that the time we have to serve is short and while we’ll never get all the work that needs done completed, we need to keep our focus on personally becoming more like Jesus, staying true to the task at hand while making sure that we are getting the rest and nutrition that we need.  We also need to remember that most of you will only be serving alongside of us for a few days to a week and therefore any sacrifices you have to make will be short and sweet and may even fall under the category of taking up your cross daily!! 


Before we begin any type of work, we require homeowners to fill out documentation.  This includes a Liability Release/Work Order form specifying exactly what we are going to do.  We also require that every volunteer fill out a liability release form before participating in any relief related activity or service.  The "Liability Release" forms must be signed in our presence with the exception of anyone under 18 coming to serve without at least one of their parents or legal guardians. The underage team member's "Liability Release" form must be filled out and signed by the minor and at least one parent or legal guardian in front of a notary and notarized as such.  Unfortunately there are no exceptions to this rule and the minor will not be able to serve without it.  No one serves and no work is done, no exceptions, unless this is completed.  We will also conduct a general house keeping meeting and go over basic "Disaster Relief 101" with each team prior to any service being done, even if you have joined us before. 


As with anything that God has called us to do, we are to do it to His glory and in an orderly fashion.  This requires leadership and while we may not always agree to what our leaders are telling us, we need to remember that God has called us to unity in Him.  There is a time and a place to bring up disagreements and we need to exercise good judgment in this area. 


We welcome any and all teams, families and individuals to join us, but all need to be willing to come under our leadership and guidance.  No matter where we are serving or where we are staying, volunteers are essentially coming to serve in the ministry that The LORD has given us to be good stewards of.  The way we believe that The LORD has given us to oversee Calvary Relief needs to be respected just like we respect a church or ministry that we visit or serve at.  We typically are in the field for long periods of time and you may only be here for a few days, so please keep this in mind.

We also ask that you respect us and realize that we are serving the Lord here full time, usually 60+ hours a week and we need our rest!  Unfortunately we don't allow teams to come in to the camp after hours (9 PM) and/or leave during the middle of the night (quiet time ends at 6 AM).  We realize that things do happen as you are traveling and this may require you to check into a hotel before arriving or before your intended departure and thanks for your understanding in this matter and putting others above yourself (Philippians 2:3-7).   Depending on where you land we may be able to provide transportation to and from airports if you are flying so check with us before renting.  If your flight arrives or departs after hours, you will also need to check into a hotel in order to not arrive/depart in the middle of the night.  Typically quiet time is from 10 PM -6 AM local time with no exceptions.  We also do NOT serve on Sundays.  If you are in camp on a Sunday, you will be on your own for all meals, etc for that day, but we will attend church together.  This will need to be discussed/approved in advance.  We do allow teams to arrive and depart on Sundays, but this will need to also be discussed/approved in advance.


We offer safety training and on the job training if there is anything you’d like to learn to do while we’re doing it! 


We never allow members of the team to go off on their own, as Jesus sent out the disciples in twos, we will follow His example.  We also want to give the different teams the ability to spend time with their respective groups if they so desire, we just ask that you abide by any particular regulations set up by the camp and/or location we are responding at and keep us informed of your intentions, preferably have our acceptance and know of your whereabouts while with us.  We request that the bulk of your time be spent with the group and/or your work team in order to promote unity in the camp and community. 


There are many costs associated with this type of work, as with any ministry.  We ask that any funds you wish to donate to those affected by the storms, be given to us to distribute as we deem necessary, this includes any monies you wish to give to the owners of the camp/church we are staying at.  Often times there are bills that have to be paid by Calvary Relief for where the teams are staying such as electric bills.  There is also a cost for food, snacks, water, etc.  There are also many ministry expenses incurred by Calvary Relief such as fuel, tools, equipment, supplies.  We are just like any other short term mission trip that you may take.  Each trip will be a little different so please contact us in advance to discuss this.  Recommended donation is $75/person/week but please do NOT allow money to keep you from serving The LORD alongside of Calvary Relief.  If The LORD is calling you to serve here then He will provide for you to do it!  We only post this amount because people are always asking us and this is a very minimal fee for all that is provided by Calvary Relief and doesn't cover any of the "field" work.  Of course you are always welcome to donate more so that we can do more to help more! 


We travel with a trailer loaded with tools to do most of the work we will be engaged in for all of the volunteers serving with us.  There may be other equipment and/or tools needed and we can discuss this prior to your arrival. 


If you are interested in joining us then send us an email by clicking here.  We usually respond within 24 hours.


We require that each potential team member read through and fill out the "Relief Trip Expectations" form below. Please open and print a copy for each team member.  As a team leader you will be asked to verify this has been done and then it will be your responsibility should any issues arise.


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