The dates of the “2022 Summer Trip” have been set. Team members should arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, as we will have dinner at 5:00 and a meeting afterwards to discuss what to expect on the trip followed by a devotional. Our work days will be July 4 through July 7. We will try to visit the nursing home July 8 and departure is July 9. Departure can be any time earlier if you are unable to stay the entire week. A current passport is REQUIRED to cross the border. A Passport Card is much less expensive to buy than a traditional passport.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the Summer Trip is $250. This fee covers almost all of the team member meals, and ALL of the supplies we purchase to serve in Mexico, such as medications, building materials, beans, rice, and dog food. We need to collect the cost of the trip by June 20 so that we may begin purchasing the supplies.
Where do we stay?
All team members stay at our team house in either Progreso Lakes or Mercedes,Texas. This summer’s trip looks as if it could be larger than usual, so we may house the men at one house and the women at the other. We will know more towards the end of June.
What to Pack
The weather in the Rio Grande Valley is no different than Oklahoma weather…hot and humid. You will most certainly need a hat/cap and plenty of sunscreen! You should pack mosquito spray as well. Cooling towels and neck bandanas can also be a life saver during those hot days. Instructions on how to make them can be found online, or they can be ordered on Amazon. We wear scrubs or T-shirts with crop pants or shorts. Due to the culture in Mexico, shorts need to be slightly above the knee. Tank tops should not be worn for the same reason. Athletic shoes are a must, or cushy soft sole shoes. Each of the homes have washers and dryers available for use. We try to combine loads and wash each evening.
Each morning the team will leave the houses around 6:15 a.m. so that we can cross the bridge into Mexico early. It is a 25 minute drive to the crossing bridge, and then another 10 minutes to the PCFP Clinic In Reynosa. We will then load the cars/pickups with all the medications and supplies needed for the day and travel to the location where we will be working. It is then another half hour to unload and set up our work stations. Crowds begin showing up by 8:30 a.m. to be seen by our doctors. Those that may be doing manual work projects either at the clinic or at churches will follow the same schedule, as we always cross over and back as a group.
How do we get there?
If you choose to fly, there are three airports that fly into the Valley…Harlingen, Brownsville or McAllen. If you drive, it is roughly a 12 hour trip. Enter the following address into your GPS system: 1111 Moon Lake Drive South, Progreso Lakes, TX.
If you have any other questions, email us at: [email protected]