SERVE: GLOBAL DISASTER RESPONSE

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. . . .
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12b)


MTW missionaries are responding to the refugee crisis. You can help!

DISASTER RESPONSE OVERVIEW

MTW’s Global Disaster Response ministry responds rapidly to calls from around the world to bring medical care, counseling, and construction assistance in times of disaster. In this ministry the hardships are real, it’s sacrificial service at it’s toughest, but the investment is life changing and eternal.

We work alongside national churches, church planters, government officials, and other international NGOs to meet the needs of the victims, both physical and spiritual. By connecting with church planters already in the field, we hope to use the opportunity to strengthen church plants or establish relationships that may evolve into church planting.


GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

Your gifts make a tremendous impact on communities devastated by a disaster. We work alongside partner churches to provide help in the wake of a disaster, ministering to believers and the local community both physically and spiritually. Thank you for generous heart to meet these critical needs.

View Disaster Response Projects

Caribbean Disaster Response

Reach out to the victims of devastating Hurricane Matthew to help them rebuild and recover.

Help Refugees in Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and other people groups risk their lives to start new in Europe. Regional MTW missionaries are aiding in the crisis.

Help Believers in Gaza

Help believers in Gaza by sending financial relief and medical support to believers—Palestinian and Jewish—caught in the crossfire.

2017 TRAINING

October 3–8, 2017 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Location: Gospel Fellowship Church (Valencia, PA) outside of Pittsburgh, PA
To apply, please contact response@mtw.org

Global Disaster Response Training is a week long course comprised of classroom time and in-the-field, hands-on learning. Volunteers are trained to work safely and effectively in unstable and dangerous environments and to serve those suffering from shock, pain, trauma, illness, and dislocation.

DISASTER RESPONSE TRAINING

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COMMON QUESTIONS

How to join the ministry
How do I apply and become part of the disaster response ministry?

The process: 

• Fill out the DRM application (online form coming soon)

• Attend and successfully complete MTWs Disaster Response Training (usually held in the fall and spring)
• Participate on a high-risk rated MTW trip
• Keep required immunizations up-to-date (info on specific immunizations will be given at training)


For more information on Global Disaster Response, contact response@mtw.org

Finances
How are the trips paid for?

How are the expenses covered?
All of our volunteers have a support account and raise their own support for responding with the team

How much is a typical trip?
That really depends on location and transportation. Airfare increases with distance and will probably be the greatest expense. Teams usually plan on bringing their own lodging and food. 


What about insurance?
MTW provides supplemental emergency evacuation insurance. so you must have your own insurance. We can help guide you in this.
Trips and Teams
How many trips and which team will I be on?
How many trips are there each year and is there enough time to raise support?
We usually only respond to four disasters in a year. You may participate as much as you are able. Many volunteers raise money beforehand so they are ready to go at a moment's notice.

How are the teams comprised?
Teams are usually made up of different specialties but we do often have teams that focus on one aspect. 

Would I be considered an MTW employee?
No, you are not considered an MTW employee. You are an MTW volunteer.


Can I join the team as part-time/full-time or is it just as needed?
After becoming part of the team, you will be contacted after a disaster occurs to see what your availability is. Teams are then put together depending on need following the particular disaster. Every team make up is different. Just because you are available, does not necessarily mean you will be on a team right away.

Training details
What is the training like?

What will we learn at the Disaster Response Training?
We teach on over 40 subjects over the course of the training, some purely theological, some purely practical. 

Is the training hard?
No, but it is intense. If you can dig a ditch, pull a rope, walk a couple miles, sit still in class, open a can of beans, all in one day, you can do this

I am partially disabled/ have a medical condition. Can I participate in the training?
Often yes. The training simulates a real disaster. You need to be mobile and able to work. Crutches or canes can work. Wheelchairs and walkers do not, as you need to be able to hike in serious woods. You need to be able to help with basic living tasks (cooking, camping). Any medicines need to viable/stable at room temperature. Any medical equipment has to be un-powered or self-powered. You need to be honest with yourself and the staff about your capabilities and needs.

I am pregnant. Can I come to the training?
Actually, yes. We have had several women take the training in early to middle stages of their pregnancy. You still have to sleep in a tent in the field and participate as much as possible. Please contact us to discuss your situation. Note: If you are pregnant, you will not be able to participate on a disaster response trip.

How to serve
How can I be involved?

Medical
Are you a health professional? Medical Teams open the doors in many fields. We work alongside national workers to provide needed medical care after a disaster has occurred. We have the capabilities to set up acute care and mobile clinics, make "home/tent" visits, and provide community health education.

Administration
Are you a person with good organization and administration skills? When a disaster team hits the ground, the team is eager to get on with the mission of the first medical clinics, assisting with construction or counseling. In the administrative function you will help organize for water purification, food procurement, and meal preparation. The team members for serving the camp, the Aide-de-camp (ADC) and lay persons are focused on coordinating all the responsibilities necessary to keep the team healthy. These roles are the most important ones on the team. Often these people have unique opportunities to be ambassadors between the team and those the team serves.

Crisis Counseling
Are you a counselor or a pastor? It is crucial that crisis counseling occur as soon as possible post-disaster. We provide group and one-on-one counseling for men and women. We provide onsite seminars in practical crisis counseling for pastors, elders, and deacons of affected areas and provide the counseling tools for them to minister to their communities.

Engineering/Construction
Are you a TECCH (technician, engineer, contractor/construction, handyman)? We need hands-on tradesmen and professionals to fulfill vital roles during a disaster. Roles include assessing, constructing, and maintaining our relief camps, revitalizing damaged structures, and building new disaster-resistant homes and community buildings. We need gearheads to support our ground vehicles and geeks to keep our communication equipment operating smoothly. These specialties place you in the position to provide expertise that supports our work in the field and opens doorways for sharing the gospel message.

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