LATEST NEWS

We finished our final project in Moffett, OK.  We'll continue to base here while we take care of some much needed maintenance, get some rest, as we seek The LORD to see where we will serve Him next.  Click here to view the video from our last rebuild in Moffett.

To read our 2019 Review, please click here. To stay up to date with what we're doing, please see our blog 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

Who We Are

We are missionaries and our mission field is in areas that have been hit by a natural disaster.  We mostly respond to disasters in the USA, but have responded worldwide in the past.  We are connected to and work with several fellowships, ministries, and individuals around the country who do the same.

Whenever a disaster strikes, we immediately begin praying to see how the Lord is directing us to get involved.  Sometimes our role is just to pray, and other times it is to respond and all points in between.  Since we live full-time in the field, we fulfill our commitments before we move on.  We don't jump storms! 

When led by the LORD, we go in and work with local fellowships/churches and others in the area to help with the relief/recovery efforts.  We offer many years of experience in disaster relief/recovery so that the local church body can be free to continue doing what they normally do, as well as to be able to deal with their own disaster-related issues.  This also allows the local body to Spiritually minister to those affected by the disaster as the relief work takes place. 

While in the field we begin to form relationships with locals.  Some of them are residents that have been affected by the storm and some are locals who just want to volunteer but don't know how, when, where, etc.  We also begin to form a relationship with the local church body that teaches the Word of God.  As we spend more and more time in one area we make many friends and we can better help point them in the direction of a local church that can help disciple them.  Once we leave, the local church body is responsible for the follow-up ministry/discipleship--this is the remnant that God uses once the door is opened to new ministry.

Anyone who wishes to join the work teams is more than welcome!  We love working alongside local volunteers.  We just want to be Jesus's hands and feet and share His love with others in order to bring more people into His kingdom!

We are ready to roll with a truck and trailer loaded with tools and supplies that are commonly needed in disaster relief/recovery.  We can typically tool and employ about 50 volunteers a day during the initial/clean-up phase of recovery, but only small teams when rebuilding.  Click here to view our trucks, trailers and a few old pics from when we first got started!  

As missionaries, we come in as volunteers and expect nothing in return from you or anyone that we help.  We have been trained in Biblical Crisis Counseling.  We also work with our county and city government to help with many other aspects of disaster preparedness.  Feel free to contact us with any and all questions concerning how you can be involved with us as we follow the LORD and His will for our lives!   If you're interested in joining us, see the Join Us page by clicking here

We are not funded by any particular church, organization, government or individual.  We rely on The Lord as He uses people, churches and organizations to allow us to serve Him full time in the field.  For more info on how you, your church or organization would like to donate to Calvary Relief one-time or on a monthly basis, click here.  Of you can just click here to donate directly to us.

What God Has Done

The hurricane season of 2004 bombarded Florida with several storms beginning with Charley.  We prepared for Charley to hit our area, but it just missed us.  We then started to help those who had not been so blessed.  We spent the next few months rebuilding after Charley, as well as preparing for, taking down from, and/or cleaning up from several other storms that came our way.  It seemed that God was working in our hearts to start a relief ministry.

The next season came, and once again the Lord led us to help those who had been affected by storms. The following year was a quiet one, but nonetheless we were prepared.  Then, early in 2007, tornadoes struck Central Florida, and the Lord sent us, along with our supplies, into battle.

About the same time that the tornadoes hit, Curt lost his job. This came as a bit of a shock since we were sure that God had directed him to take this job a year before.  We did not know what God was going to do with our lives, but it turned out that He was preparing us to become more involved in disaster relief.  God then enabled us to start our own business, which gave us freedom to lead the ministry full-time, while still meeting all of our personal financial obligations.  God is good and we were able to pay off all of our outstanding bills except our mortgage and normal everyday bills! 

In 2011 Mary Jo quit her job and we began staying in the field longer.  In 2013 we realized that we could no longer operate our business in a Godly way while being in the field for long periods of time so we closed the doors and are relying totally on God to meet all of our financial needs.  We are currently praying about what we should do with our home in Sarasota and so far we've been able to rent it to cover our mortgage, insurance, taxes, etc.


What God Is Doing

As we began moving forward in the relief ministry, the Lord started opening up more and more doors to serve and to connect with others who have the same heart.  We joined up with several different ministries, churches, and individuals who are also called to disaster relief and learned a lot from them.

When a disaster hits we contacting local churches and individuals we may know to see what their needs are.  We then begin to pray to see what The LORD may have us do.

We have been called to respond to several different disasters worldwide in the short time since God placed us in this ministry full time.  We have been blessed beyond measure as we have heeded the call of God on our lives.

Our (God's) Vision

God has given us a vision to ENCOURAGE the CHURCH, DISCIPLE BELIEVERS, and SHARE the GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL with others, wherever we may be.

Our Mission

As we go into an area that has been affected by a disaster we immediately survey what needs to be done.  We are interested in helping people begin the recovery process both physically and Spiritually.  We begin by giving them a huge push in the right direction when they feel as if there is nothing that can be done!  We end up in places that are off the beaten path and not where everyone else is going.  We try to help as many people as we can, as quickly as we can when we’re doing first response right after a storm should we arrive then.  Numbers are NEVER our goal!  We are interested in getting everyone we can moving forward and at the same point in the process, which typically means, no rebuilds, remodels, etc at first. We can also help folks with any FEMA and insurance issues/questions.

Since our goal is to build relationships with locals and the local church, we try to get commitments from local churches before we head in.  We don’t want to move Camp Calvary for less than 3 months, but desire to be involved long-term and usually end up staying for at least a year.

This leads to rebuilding/remodeling homes.  Curt acts as the general contractor and utilizing funds from FEMA, insurance, grants, etc, we’ve been blessed to be part of many homes being rebuilt without any cost to the homeowners!

Most importantly, we want to take the time to listen to and talk to those affected by the storm as The LORD opens the doors to share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Like Jesus, our desire begins with building relationships with people.  We seek out local Bible teaching churches in the area and then join our new friends with these churches so that the seeds that The LORD allows us to plant are properly watered and can grow as God brings in the harvest!

What God Has Next

God has given us many warnings in His Word about what we are to expect in the end times. He has called us, as Christians, to be prepared in season and out of season.  If we don't heed the call He has given us, we will be held responsible when He calls our lives into account!

Please pray for us to continue to follow God's lead, to have the faith and courage to walk through all the doors that He opens, and to rely on His wisdom and strength.  Pray for your church and the church body to get involved in this ministry.

If The LORD puts it in your heart to start a relief ministry in your church or community, or just to get involved yourself, please contact us to further discuss this work.  Just stepping out in faith yourself could spark a ministry that God can use to reach a hurting world.

A Personal Note

We are available to speak to your church, small group, or to groups specifically interested in disaster relief.  We can facilitate an interest meeting, a discussion and Curt can even teach a Bible study in a small group setting or from a pulpit.  We can also speak to your congregation with a little about our ministry and then have an open house after the service, whatever you need!  If you are interested in hearing more about what we do, please contact us by clicking here.  Above all else, please keep us in your prayers as we continue to seek The LORD and His direction for our lives.

LORD Bless,

Pastor Curt & Mary Jo Hencye