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

An 8.0 earthquake hits Nepal. Your church building is rubble and members are missing. There’s food and water supplied by the military, but what missionary is prepared to help rebuild in a time such as this?

That’s where we come in. MTW’s Global Disaster Response (GDR) team responds rapidly to support MTW missionaries, national partners, and local churches during times of crisis. We’ve worked in the aftermath of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and fires. We listen intently, observe carefully, and then tailor our support to the needs of the field. The GDR team can scale its response: from acting as consultants all the way up to deploying medical, counseling, and engineering personnel.  

Together with our missionaries and their partners, we develop plans that ensure sustainable outcomes, establish the right partnerships, and follow through with resources and support. Ultimately we are ambassadors for Christ, joining local teams in the work of bringing the gospel to the whole world in times of adversity when people are often the most receptive to a message of hope. Will you join us?

PARTNER WITH US

Whether you’re a church or an individual, you can partner with those on the front lines in times of crisis, and impact people around the world in their greatest moment of need. Your partnership will help strengthen national churches and sow the seeds that will lead to future church plants.

Help support MTW with a gift to our Global Disaster Response Ministry.

Contact a GDR rep with questions or to set up a meeting at your church.

View our latest GDR newsletter and current prayer requests.

Attend our training and become certified to serve with our team.

2017 TRAINING

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

Global Disaster Response Training is a week-long course comprised of half-classroom/half-field experience. Every experience during your time at the training is meant to be realistic, from the moment you arrive through the final exercise—an extensive mock scenario where you practice what you have learned. 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. 

Our participants come from various backgrounds. Some want to serve on a GDR response team. Some are missionaries or national partners who want to be prepared to safely host teams in the confusing atmosphere of a disaster. Some simply want to prepare themselves to travel and work in today’s uncertain and unpredictable world. Whatever your reason, we have a space for you.

DISASTER RESPONSE TRAINING

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COMMON QUESTIONS

How to join the ministry
How can I become part of the disaster response ministry?

• Fill out this form to get started.

• Attend and successfully complete MTW's Disaster Response Training (usually held each 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.

Ways 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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