Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Efforts

We have set up a page with the latest in Mission U-Too’s Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts. Please check there for the most up-to-date information regarding the needs we have as we kick it into high gear to serve our neighbors affected by flooding and other devastation from Harvey.

Mission U-Too is working on assessing the situation and preparing to jump in where we can. Right now, we have a small team providing food and a listening ear at the Smithville shelter for those who have been evacuated in the Bastrop area. We will continue to provide support as long as it is needed. As for other areas, we will continue to monitor where we might be needed, but right now everyone’s safety is a priority.

Currently, the biggest need is for donations. Please consider giving to help Mission U-Too serve those affected by this disaster. Click on the button above to give today.

 

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Prayer Request: A New Place to Live

A few years ago Mission U-Too helped a local guy, Allen, get into a trailer. You might have heard his story before, but we wanted to give you a little update on his current needs.

Allen was homeless living on the streets of Bastrop. His story is a bit unique because Allen doesn’t have a drug or alcohol issue. He was on the streets because his adopted mother and father had passed away, and Allen wasn’t able to inherit the house that was left for him. Allen was taken care of by his adopted parents because of his disabilities. He was left to fend for himself and made a bed wherever he could find a place to rest his head.

He came to Mission U-Too hungry and angry. As we started building a relationship with him, we taught him how to budget, helped him find his identity, and did much research on finding him a trailer. Allen was able to buy his own trailer with his saved money. The trailer was an old FEMA trailer that is now no longer livable. Recently he’s been staying in a motel or at a friend’s house. We are currently looking into resources and other places/trailers that he can afford and get the help and assistance he needs for long term.

If you could be so kind and pray with us for a new place for Allen to live, and that we as a community can come together with resources that would get him the help that he needs. As we pray for Allen remember this verse: “Greater love has no one that this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.” (John 15:13) Help us get the help that Allen needs!

Pray With Us: Living Water

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
‭‭~ John 4:13-14‬

It’s mid-July and summer is in full force. And it’s hot.  Like stay inside in the a/c all day and drink lots of water and eat lots of popsicles kind of hot. I imagine that’s the kind of day we find in the story about Jesus and the woman and the well. It was mid-day and hot, and Jesus was thirsty. Seems simple enough that he would ask the woman who was fetching some water to give him some as well. But what we might not realize is that a Jewish leader asking a Samaritan, let alone a woman who was by herself, for this favor was a big fat cultural blunder. But Jesus set rules aside, he wanted her to know who He was.

The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:9-10)

They continue their conversation, the woman skeptical as to who Jesus is. But in the end Jesus reveals who he really is to her. The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” (John 4:25-26)

All the woman was doing that day was minding her own business and getting herself some water. But unexpectedly, Jesus showed up, and I am pretty sure her life was never the same again. One of the things I like best about this story is that Jesus continually reveals himself to people that society would deem ordinary, or even more, outcasts.

Mission U-Too is there to serve food and water to anyone who needs it…ordinary, outcast, or even extraordinary. But our heart’s passion is to share the love of Christ. We want people to be fed a meal, but ultimately we want them to know Jesus, to be changed by Jesus. No matter who they are.

We hope you will join us in praying for those that come to Mission U-Too are changed by the truth and love of Jesus Christ. That He is revealed to them.

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Meet a Volunteer: Al

Al was born in a little town of south Texas where he was raised as a migrant worker. He moved to Bastrop, Texas at the age of 13 and graduated from Bastrop High School. He joined the Air Force right out of high school and served our country. When he completed his time he moved back to the area and married his wife, Debbie. Al retired from the Travis County police force after 22 years, and 2 1/2 years with the State of Texas. 

Al heard about Mission U-Too from a friend  who asked him to come and serve with him. It’s now been 2 years since Al has been serving. He went to the Bastrop North site and helped out with serving on the line and saw a really important need to reach out to folks. He said, “I had no idea what ‘Mission Youtube’ was or did. I fell in love with the needs to serve the community I was raised in.” For a while until Al became familiar with Mission U-Too’s name, he would call the ministry ‘Mission Youtube,’ as some still do. 

Al is currently serving at two sites. He’s a Site Coordinator at our Stony Point location and is currently filling in at our Bastrop North site. Al served our country well, and is now serving his community well.

Al was a bit optimistic about serving at the Stony Point site, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy since he knew many of those who he serves in the capacity of a police officer. But because of the people’s change of heart in Stony Point, they are now building a trust with Al.

What stirs Al’s heart at the site is the look on some of the folks faces that come through the line. Especially the children and their excitement to know someone is cooking a hot meal for them. He mentioned, “Some of the ‘grown ups,’ the look of despair replaced by a smile, a handshake or a small prayer and being able to walk away with a little help without any questions is a beautiful sight. It’s a different atmosphere every week.”

“Mission U-Too has made me understand and realize how blessed I am. It has allowed me to share what little I have with a group of individuals that genuinely care about the community of Bastrop and Stony Point and to see the need to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, our Savior.” Al is continuing to learn what it means to spread the gospel and carrying out the Great Commission. Al share’s John 3:16 with those he serves For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” We should never stop understanding that God gave His only begotten Son so we may have everlasting life.  We only give of our time for Mission U-Too…He gave His Son.

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A Pledge Update

Check out the video above with the latest updates from Jonah Beyer, Mission U-Too’s President.

The past couple of months, we have been talking about and asking people to partner with us financially each month. Our ask is simple: Can you commit to giving $20 each month?

The ask might be simple, but the impact is huge. When you give $20 a month, you are allowing 10 people to be fed and reached for the Gospel every month. That’s 120 people you are impacting each year, just from giving $20 a month.

On average each community needs $2,500 in monthly pledges to cover all costs. So we set the goal for $20 monthly commitments from 125 people from each community so all our costs are covered and we can focus on pouring into the lives of those who come to Mission U-Too each week.

The progress we have made in less than two months is so encouraging. Currently, we have raised 60% of our overall goal for our six communities. And some individual communities are over 75% funded! Just check out the progress from each of our communities.

 

 

Our goal is within sight, but we still need your help to reach it!

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up to give monthly, it’s not too late. Or maybe you are giving monthly, but you are able to give more. Any amount helps us to continue to serve our local communities and spread God’s love.

Simply click here or the button below to sign up now.

Are you in?

Pray With Us: Seeking Comfort

I must admit, I am a creature of comfort. From my thermostat to my shoes I like to be comfortable. I spend my money on objects which I believe will bring comfort and spend ample time in the comfort of Nexflix-landia, mindlessly “resting.” I’ve made my faith easy, dangerously so. I’ve found myself denying the prompting of the Holy Spirit because it was outside of my comfort zone. My time with Jesus takes second to my rest.

I was recently convicted when I came across this verse:

“And a scribe came up and said to him, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’”
~ Matthew 8:19-20 (ESV)

The saving grace found only in Jesus is absolutely free, but it is not cheap! It even costs us comfort.

Do you find yourself seeking comfort at the expense of obedience in Christ? Has your faith become comfortable? Please join me in prayer.

Lord God,
Thank you for the peace and comfort found in you! Thank you Jesus that you sacrificed your comfort for me. Lord, help me to surrender my comfort for the sake of absolute obedience. Show me where I can find comfort in your presence, and not earthly distractions. May my life be used to your glory. Amen.

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Summer Volunteering

School is out and summer has officially begun! Summer is an excellent time to serve with Mission U-Too, and we’d love to have you and your family join us at one of our site locations.

Simply swing on by and hop on the line to serve with us. We set up an hour before each feeding and need help tearing down afterwards. All ages are welcome to volunteer, however, you must stay with your children at all times.

We hope to see you this summer! Read more

Pray With Us: Staying Diligent

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
‭‭~ Colossians 3:17‬

As school is coming to an end and summer begins, I am rejoicing! This is the first year I’ve homeschooled two children with the third at Bastrop High School, and taught a homeschool co-op class while working. I am more than excited that summer is here. My thoughts have immediately gone to… it’s time to relax, there’s no required homework, and no required teaching. Where’s the beach, the river, and when can I go camping? But in that same moment, I am reminded that it’s not time to lag behind in diligence, but to be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. (Romans 12:11)

Summer is a great time to relax and rejuvenate! However, it is equally important to remember to stay diligent in whatever the activity in which you engage, and do it with all your ability (Ecclesiastes 9:10). “Do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” (Hebrews 10:25) “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.” (Ephesians 6:7-8)

I would like to encourage you this summer to relax and refresh your mind body, and soul, but do so by:

  • Getting into God’s word and building your relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Pray about how you and your family can serve the Lord this summer, and feel free to join us at one of our sites.
  • Plug into your local church serving and encouraging one another.

As you devote yourself to prayer, please continuously pray for Mission U-Too’s staff, leadership, and volunteer’s that God will give them many opportunities to speak about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Meet a Volunteer: Ed

Ed Burns family moved to the Bastrop area in October of 2015. Their first contact with Mission U-Too was when the youth from their church did an outreach at the Linden street location (Bastrop North) which coincided with a Mission U-Too service.

About 4 months later, Jonah Beyer, the Mission U-Too President, came and shared at Ed’s church the vision and how Mission U-Too works. “During that 4 months, I had been spending time considering where my outreach was – and I felt that Mission U-Too was what I needed to get out of my comfortable surroundings and make a difference,” Ed said.

He’s been serving with Mission U-Too for a about a year now. Along the way, his family started joining him.

Here is what Ed said about how Mission U-Too has impacted his family, “I love how the impact goes beyond a weekly impact. We regularly run into the people we have the privilege to serve at the grocery store or around town. It’s not food distribution – it’s reaching out to people and building a relationship with them. Sometimes it’s a conversation, and sometimes it’s the opportunity to pray with someone, and sometimes it’s even more… We’ve enjoyed sporting events where kids we’ve met through Mission U-Too compete or we’ve been invited to their birthday parties. And that doesn’t even include how dear our friends who serve with us have become – extra members of our family.”

Come be a part of Mission U-Too and make a difference, not just in the community but for you personally. “Through Christ inside of each one of us, we can reach out and touch others, no matter how different they are from us. He can make a connection even though we are inadequate to do that ourselves,” Ed mentioned.

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Extra Help in the Summer

As some of you may already know this familiar face and some may not, this is Cyndi. She lives in Bastrop, Texas and sometimes serves with us at two of our sites.

During the summer the need of food is much greater for this single mom of 3 girls living at home. Cyndi’s girls get fed lunches at school and sometimes breakfast. Now that school is almost out and funds are limited, it gets harder to feed a full meal.

“I’m blessed by Mission U-Too and you guys always being there,” Cyndi recently said. “It’s comforting to know where our next meal will come from. There are weeks that I have to go to two or maybe three of your sites to be able to feed my family.”

Cyndi is one of many families that looks forward to a hot meal. With the summer months approaching and school coming to an end, Mission U-Too increases the amount of meals that are being served, while, many times, giving goes down during the summer months.

We are in need of more funds to be able to support more families, especially on a monthly basis. Can you help and commit to giving monthly and help us be sure to continue serving families like Cyndi’s?

And could you also be in prayer for Cyndi’s family? Cyndi just had her third brain surgery to relieve pressure build up in her spine and brain. She had complications with the surgery and is still on bed rest so she can fully heal. Mission U-Too volunteers have been taking hamburgers to her every Monday to help feed her and her family.

Thank you for making a difference.