2022 National Mission Trip to San Augustine, Texas
February 20th–26th, 2022
On this mission trip, 28 youth and adults went to San Augustine, Texas. Here is a testimony from one of the youth attendees:
Hi, my name is Jack Danna, and I am one out of the handful of people that got to go on this year’s mission trip to San Augustine. My group, which was made of nine people, were given the task to build a wheelchair accessibility ramp for Mary and her husband. Helping out Miss Mary and her husband certainly left an impact on them as I could see their gratitude towards us through their actions and in their voice every time we talked with them.
During the mission trip, not all we did was work, there were times to hangout and talk. Plus, members of the community came by every now and then to talk and hangout with us and even take some of us out to lunch. Something really cool that happened, too, is that the San Augustine’s local newspaper heard of us and we got our picture taken for next week’s newspaper.
What we also did was every morning and evening after breakfast and after dinner was we would spend time worshiping God and going into deep conversation about our faith. This truly helped me deepen my faith. It gave me that time to just talk about my faith and hear what others had to say too. Every night I would leave these sessions in amazement from the stories that some shared with their experiences with God. Every night I left feeling stronger in my faith and every night felt closer to God. In these sessions I got to spend more time with my friends, and I got to know them on a deeper level. When I signed up for this mission trip, I knew it was going to be worth it. I heard from others how good this mission trip is, but I didn’t know that it was going to be that good. It was a joy to go on this mission trip and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Holy Spirit Parish will run its 7th annual domestic mission trip with our partner, Next Step Ministries, in February 2020. We will return to San Augustine, Texas for the fifth year in support of our long term commitment to help the people in the San Augustine and Broaddus communities. By day, the missionaries have the opportunity to serve God by working to improve the living conditions of the residents. By night, the Next Step Ministries representatives and the missionaries engage in worship and team building activities to strengthen their relationship with God and each other.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates of the trip?
Missionaries depart the morning of Sunday, February 16th and return the afternoon of Saturday, February 22nd.
Who is eligible to participate?
The trip is open to students in sixth grade or older. Each student is required to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. No prior experience is required. All participants must be current with Fingerprinting and Safe Environment Training prior to the trip.
How do I register for the trip?
Online registration dates TBD.
Does everyone that registers get to go on the trip?
Registration is limited to approximately 50 parishioners on a first come, first serve basis.
How much does the trip cost?
The cost of the 2020 trip has not been finalized, but it is expected to be approximately $1,200 per person. This fee does not include Friday night’s hotel room (estimated at $125) and dinner, or any incidentals purchased on the trip. A $500 deposit is due upon. All payments will be made online.
Do the missionaries gather as a group before and after the trip?
The missionaries gather for two group meetings, two Masses, one reception and a reunion. Group meetings are approximately 90 minutes. Although the meetings are not mandatory, attendance is strongly encouraged because it is an opportunity to get to know your fellow missionaries as well as ensure you have all the information you need for the trip.
What are the travel logistics?
Details coming soon.
Where do we stay in San Augustine?
Missionaries sleep in sleeping bags on cots, eat and shower daily at the White Rock Baptist Church in San Augustine. Sleeping bags and cots are included in the trip fee. (Although NSM accommodates missionaries with dietary restrictions, exposure to nuts cannot be controlled given missionaries visit home sites.)
What will we do in San Augustine and on Free Friday?
Monday through Thursday are “work/worship days”. “Work/worship days” include 6 to 7 hours of construction-type work (home builds, home additions, drywall, siding, flooring, wheel chair ramps) at homes or community sites with a project team. The rest of the day is filled with time to worship, socialize, play games or simply reflect with fellow missionaries and members of the community.
On Friday morning we depart San Augustine and head to Dallas. Friday will include lunch and a group activity. All missionaries stay in one hotel, booked by the Mission Trip Team, close to the airport on Friday night. We travel back to the airport in the vans on Saturday morning. (Friday’s lunch and group activity are included in the trip fee. Friday’s hotel room [approximately $125] and dinner are not included.)
Why should I go?
The intent of the trip is to give HSP families the opportunity to serve God together by not only improving homes and buildings in the San Augustine community, but by showing love for the people of these communities by listening to their stories and sharing worship time. The trip presents the opportunity to strengthen your relationship with God, your parent/guardian and others in the parish.
Who do I contact if I have a specific question about the trip?
Please email Kyle Coulter for more details and with any questions you may have.
Helping communities thrive
Gifts of Opportunity for Texas
Build a House Campaign
Holy Spirit just launched our 5th domestic mission trip with our partner, Next Step Ministries. 54 missionaries from our parish traveled to San Augustine, Texas for the third year in a row in support of our long-term commitment to help the people in the San Augustine and Broaddus communities. They worked on a variety of projects from installing drywall and insulation to building porches and repairing roofs, all to improve the living conditions of the residents.
Now we would like to take our support one step further and build a house from the ground up. We recognize that not everyone can travel to Texas, but you can help by donating to our Build A House Campaign.
How does it work?
This summer, a house will be built from the ground up in San Augustine, Texas. All the labor will be lovingly provided by missionaries, so every dollar you donate will go directly to purchasing the materials needed to build the house.
Choose your donation amount and we promise to honor your generosity and use your gift in the most effective way possible. Together, we can make this dream a reality.
For more information and to make your donation, visit:
This Lenten season, give the gift of shelter!