We've deployed to Jacksonville, NC to help with the relief efforts here.  Please, if you with to come in and help or offer assitance in any way, contact us first so that we can do this in an orderly way, best representing our LORD!  To stay up to date with what we're doing, please see our Facebook account and/or our newsletters, links of each 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.  We're always looking for willing folks to serve alongside of us.  If you're interested in learning more about joining us, click here. If you're interested in financially supporting Calvary Relief, click here.  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 neighbors.  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 max 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.  No one serves and no work is done, no exceptions unless this is completed, wise as serpents and gentle as doves!  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 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 into our house.  The way we run our house needs to be respected and we need to be respected in our house.  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 and respect us and our wishes.  


We also ask that you respect us in our house and realize that we are serving the Lord there full time, usually 60+ hours a week and we need our rest!  This will mean that we don't allow teams to come in to the camp after hours (9 PM) and/or leave during the middle of the night (before 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 pray that you understand.  We don't provide transportation to and from airports if you are flying.  You'll need to make arrangements in advance to provide your own transportation while with us.  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 very few exceptions. 


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 acceptance and 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.  Depending on our arrangement with the camp location officials and things such as meals, there will be a cost per person for anyone wishing to join us.  We will also ask you to donate funds to Calvary Relief to help cover ministry expenses.  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 we will never allow money to keep anyone from serving The LORD alongside of Calvary Relief. 


We travel with a trailer loaded with tools to do most of the work we will be engaged in.  We can typically tool about 50 volunteers a day.  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 and we are in the field as you read through this, then give us a call at 941-915-9560 or 941-374-1607.  If you just want to get more info, training and/or get signed up to join us in the future, then send us an email by clicking here


We require that each potential team member read through and fill out the following paperwork. 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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