Build Hope Go Trip to the Rio Grande Valley

March 9-15, 2024
Rio Grande Valley, Texas

This spring break, help us finish the final phase of construction on our Build Hope project. Join the construction team or the cooking team on this Go Trip to Peñitas, Texas, where we’ll partner with Buckner International to provide a house for a family in need.

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At a Glance

Status Open
Dates March 9–15, 2024
Location Peñitas, Texas
Fundraising Goal $500 per person—MUST PROVIDE IN FULL before you leave for the Rio Grande Valley
Contact Missional Living: ml@stonebriar.org
Age Policy Ages 12+ are welcome to join this trip. Children and youth ages 12–17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
Trip Packet Build Hope Rio Grande Go Trip 2024 Packet
Download this informative packet with all the trip’s details for your reference and use.

Go Trip Details

What is the purpose of this trip?

  • To show and share the Gospel with our friends in the Rio Grande Valley area.
  • To complete construction on a home in Peñitas, Texas for the Meza family—the mother, Maria, and her three children: Daniel (18), Brisa (14), and Isaac (6).

What will we be doing in the Rio Grande Valley area?

For this Go Trip, we’ll work in two teams:

  • Our construction team will assemble housing components (previously constructed here at Stonebriar) and add siding, windows, and roofing to complete the project.
  • Our kitchen team will be preparing and cooking three meals a day for the entire team during the week.

Go Trip Details

Build Hope: Rio Grande Valley GO Trip 2024

What is the purpose of this trip?

  • To show and share the Gospel with our friends in the Rio Grande Valley area.
  • To assemble a Buckner home in Peñitas, Texas for a family in need.

What will we be doing in the Rio Grande Valley area?

  • For this Go Trip, we’ll work in two teams:
    • Our construction team will build a home in partnership with Buckner International from the foundation to completion; we’ll use the home components constructed here at Stonebriar and add siding, windows, and roofing.
    • Our kitchen team will be preparing and cooking three meals a day for the entire team during the week.

Who can participate?

  • Multi-Generational: Families (with children 12 years old or older), single adults, couples, and senior adults are all welcome to participate!
  • Ages 12–17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
  • 12 people are needed for the construction team and 3 for the kitchen team.

Dates of the GO Trip: Frisco ISD Spring Break—March 9–16, 2024

  • Saturday, March 9—Travel to RGV (travel not included in cost of the trip)
  • Sunday, March 10—Day 1, build foundation
  • Monday, March 11—Secure foundation and begin installation
  • Tuesday–Wednesday, March 12–13—Assemble home components
  • Thursday, March 14—(Dry-In) Siding, Window, and Roofing
    • Thursday Night—Celebration Dinner with the family receiving the home
  • Friday, March 16—Travel Day (travel not included in cost of the trip)

What is the cost of the trip?

  • $500 per person—MUST PAY IN FULL before you leave for the Rio Grande Valley GO Trip
  • Cost includes: lodging, meals, and all supplies for construction. During our meetings, we will determine if you can bring additional tools for the trip.
  • The cost does NOT include travel arrangements to/from Rio Grande Valley Area—these are your own responsibility to coordinate, and they are not included in the cost of the trip.

How do I sign up to participate?

  • Applications for this trip will collected ONLINE and will open January 2024. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email confirming your registration/application and then you will need to reserve your spot by putting a $100 deposit down for the trip. The email you receive will walk you through this process.
  • Once you receive the confirmation email, please also mark your calendars for the MANDATORY training and equipping sessions as you prepare to serve for the Rio Grande Valley GO Trip.

For more information and details for this GO Trip, please contact:

About Buckner International

Stonebriar’s Partner for the Build Hope Project

Buckner International: Hope shines hereBuckner International is a ministry dedicated to the transformation and restoration of the lives we serve. They are a Christ-centered organization that delivers redemptive ministry to the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life.

In many cases, it can take 15 or more years for families living in the Texas Colonias to build a home on their own. However, with the help of Buckner Family Hope Centers and the Healthy Housing program, this process can be expedited to just a few months. As families develop healthy behaviors and communication strategies through key services, aid, and coaching from Buckner International, they become eligible to receive a home.

When a family is ready, they can apply for the housing program, where Buckner connects churches and groups with families to construct a new home together. Through the Healthy Housing program, families have access to a safe and healthy home, leading to lasting change in the family’s social and emotional well-being. Through a rigid and thorough process, Buckner has found a family who has agreed to participate in the Home Build Program, and we here at Stonebriar get to be a part of giving this family a home to call their own.

Learn more about the mission and programs of Buckner International at buckner.org.

Contribution Schedule

$100 non-refundable deposit due upon approval for trip
March 2024 $400 balance
due before leaving on Go Trip
TOTAL $500

Go Trip Planning and Fundraising Packet
Download this guide to help you plan and raise funds as you respond to God’s call to go on a Go Trip.

About Buckner International

Stonebriar’s Partner for the Build Hope Project

Buckner International: Hope shines here.Buckner International is a ministry dedicated to the transformation and restoration of the lives we serve. They are a Christ-centered organization that delivers redemptive ministry to the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life.

In many cases, it can take 15 or more years for families living in the Texas Colonias to build a home on their own. However, with the help of Buckner Family Hope Centers and the Healthy Housing program, this process can be expedited to just a few months. As families develop healthy behaviors and communication strategies through key services, aid, and coaching from Buckner International, they become eligible to receive a home.

When a family is ready, they can apply for the housing program, where Buckner connects churches and groups with families to construct a new home together. Through the Healthy Housing program, families have access to a safe and healthy home, leading to lasting change in the family’s social and emotional well-being. Through a rigid and thorough process, Buckner has found a family who has agreed to participate in the Home Build Program, and we here at Stonebriar get to be a part of giving this family a home to call their own.

Learn more about the mission and programs of Buckner International at buckner.org.

Missional Living Team

Keith Tyler

Keith Tyler
Lead Pastor—Missional Living
keitht@stonebriar.org

Karen Hawkins

Karen Hawkins
Pastoral Leader—Community Care
karenh@stonebriar.org

Jennifer Whitson

Jennifer Whitson
Ministry Leader—Missional Living
jenw@stonebriar.org

Michelle Flores

Michelle Flores
Ministry Coordinator—Missional Living
michellef@stonebriar.org

Julie Lyon

Julie Lyon
Ministry Coordinator—Community Care
juliel@stonebriar.org

If you have any questions about Missional Living or want help deciding where to start, please reach out to us at ml@stonebriar.org. We look forward to meeting and serving alongside of you.