Q & A Informational Guide for the 2008 Mission Trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

war_119Q: Why is Second Baptist Church embarking on its 2nd mission trip to the Gulf Coast?

A: Much rebuilding remains to be done as a result of Hurricane Katrina which devastated the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005 as well as this will be a time of fellowship together

Q: Who are the sponsoring organizations?

A: Suffield Second Baptist Church Missions Committee under the guidance of American Baptist Churches, USA and Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Q: What work will be done while we are there?

A: Build homes in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region under the direction of Habitat for Humanity

Q: When will the trip take place?

A: Sunday, January 27 through Sunday, February 3 (travel dates yet to be determined)

Q: What are the food and housing accommodations?

A: Provided by Habitat Village, Biloxi, Mississippi; the bunk houses are basic ranch style houses with ample heating, bunk beds and nice, clean bathrooms with hot showers; buffet breakfast, snacks, a hearty bag lunch and buffet dinner are provided by Habitat. There are accommodations to store your own special foods in a fridge or pantry basket.

Q: Who is our volunteer base?

A: We welcome all from the church, friends, and the greater Suffield community with preference given to the church community in the event that enrollment needs to be limited

Q: What skill sets are required of the volunteers?

A: Be willing to do a hard day's work; training and tools will be provided by Habitat for Humanity.

Q: What is the cost of the trip?

A: An initial deposit of $250 will be requested from the volunteers with additional costs anticipated to be covered through fundraising, donations, and Missions Committee supplements (financial assistance is available if needed); final cost for the volunteer is dependent upon total cost of the trip; on the February 2007 mission trip, the total cost per person was $680 with each person asked to contribute $250

Q: What additional commitment is being asked of the volunteer?

A: Attendance at initial kickoff meeting, Pasta Supper fundraiser, pre-trip teambuilding meetings, post-trip debriefing meetings, and presentation to the congregation

Q: What are we asking of those not able to make the trip?

A: Your prayers and support

Q: Is there a registration cut-off date?

A: We will need to register by the end of October so don't hold off in making your reservation!

Q: Who can you register with and who can answer questions?

A: Dave Burnaford, Chair of the Missions Committee at 668-2333 or