ABOUT US

We strive to be ministry pioneers, pressing forward into places that most churches do not go. With our biggest desire being to connect with young adults and see their lives transformed by knowing God. We do this through offering activities around community building, spiritual development, and missions.

ADDRESS

Epworth League

W1008 Froelich Rd
Sullivan, WI 53178

 

Ken Rheingans, 

ministry director

ken.rheingans@epworthleague.org

(414) 807 - 3193

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texas spring break missions trip

a unique mission trip for young adults to
serve others, build a community, and grow in their faith
THE MISSION

When Hurricane Ike hit the Gulf Coast of Texas in 2008, we felt like we had no choice but to help. Sixty-seven younger and older adults joined us that year in the spring of 2009. And thus, this annual trip, and one of our favorite times of the year, was born! 

Since 2009, we have taken hundreds of young adults and college students down with one goal in mind - to serve His people. Each year it becomes more evident that what happens down in Texas goes much deeper. Lifelong friendships are established, people are reconnected, or connected for the first time, to God, questions get answered, memories are made, and we grow together. 

So yes, at the heart of this trip is service. But during this week, young adults also get to meet new people, grow friendships, experience life-firsts like swim in the ocean, get away from every day busyness, and intentionally grow in their faith and as a person.

QUICK INFO

March   7 - 14, 2020

March  14 - 21, 2020

March 21 - 28, 2020

Three weeks to choose from.
Come for 1, 2, or all three weeks!

Surfside Beach, Texas

small beach town
just southeast of Houston

$240 per person

per week

covers food, lodging,
activities, T-shirt &
transportation in Texas

be a part of something bigger this spring break

 

TYPES OF WORK

 From local churches to food pantries to even City Hall of Surfside Beach, the work sites and projects can vary greatly from day to day. The work sites and projects change from year to year too, depending on the work that is needed. We have established good relationships with many organizations and people over the years though. The types of work you'll do typically fall between one of these four categories:

  1. HURRICANE RELIEF

  2. CONSTRUCTION

  3. COMMUNITY

  4. ENVIRONMENTAL

PAST WORK PROJECTS

REBUILDING HOMES IN REFUGEE COMMUNITY

As one of our larger projects last year, we helped begin the rebuilding process for homes and greenhouses that were destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

BUILDING WHEELCHAIR RAMPS IN HOMES

In the last several years, we've teamed up with a local organization and their carpenters to build and install wheelchair ramps in homes of people in need. 

BUILDING TRAILS AT WILDLIFE REFUGES

Over the years we have  established a great relationship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We have helped with a number of projects in the local U.S. wildlife refuges. This year we expect to build new trails and a range of construction projects.

CONSTRUCTION OF A CITY PARK

One of our larger projects this past year was landscaping of a city park including the installation of a fitness path.

 
HOUSING & TRANSPORTATION
Call a beach house home for the week! 

We rent big beach houses along the Gulf Coast. These houses can sleep up to 25 - 35 people, so you get the chance to build and grow your community and get to know new people as you prepare meals, hang out, and live together for the week! Did we mention the ocean is basically  in your backyard too? 

Road trip down with friends! 

We do not offer transportation to and from Surfside Beach; most young adults choose to carpool together though.
If you are not a part of a group though or in need of transport, let us know, and we will do
our best to connect you to
a carpool or caravan.

PACKING LIST
  • Work clothes

    • no tanks or short shorts allowed at work sites​

    • must be okay to get paint on or get dirty

  • Closed toed work shoes

    • must be okay to get paint on or get dirty​

  • Beach towel

  • Swimsuit

  • Water shoes (like flip flops/sandals)

  • Sunscreen & bug spray

  • Sweatshirt or light jacket (gets cool at night)

  • Extra tennis shoes 

  • Outfit for church + Galveston

  • Water bottle

  • Games & other free time activities

  • Flashlight (if wanted)

  • Bible & journal (if wanted)

DO NOT PACK:   shower towels or bedding (those are provided)

 
SCHEDULE OF THE WEEK
saturday arrival

4:00 PM         check-in begins

6:00 PM         dinner as a group

8:00 PM         welcome & orientation

9:30 PM         free time

sunday funday

​  9:00 AM      breakfast in houses

12:00 PM       worship service in Houston

  2:30 PM       free time to explore Galveston

  6:30 PM       dinner as a group in Surfside

  7:30 PM       group game / activity

  8:30 PM       first night of worship

  9:30 PM       free time & games

monday - friday

7:00 AM      sunrise meditation (optional)

7:30 AM      breakfast in houses​  

9:00 AM      at work sites

3:00 PM       free time in Surfside

6:00 PM       dinner as a group

7:00 PM       worship

8:00 PM       small group discussion(not Fri)

9:30 PM       free time & Games