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
We offer safety training and on the job training if there is anything you’d like to learn to do while we’re
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 dontate to those affected by the storms, be given to us to distribute as we deem neccessary, 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.
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
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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