FAQ - Ysleta Mission Trip for 2009
When do you go?
This year we are going Feb 21-28th. The mission is open year round, but
we have traditionally gone in late winter or early spring to avoid the hot windy
weather that the desert is known for.
Where do we stay?
We stay on the mission grounds in El
Paso Texas. Their campus is made up of several buildings and we sleep in the
dormitory building. There are several rooms that have 3 to 5 bunk beds per room.
The dorm also has a lounging area with a TV and there is also a kitchen and a
laundry area. The men’s and women’s bathrooms have three showers each. They
provide towels, washcloths, pillows and bedding.
What do you do for food; do we have to cook our own meals?
You can choose to prepare your own food
in the kitchen but we have always taken advantage of the expert skills of Rita
who prepares delicious food for us. For $85 per participant she will feed us 3
meals a day Sunday through Friday. Saturdays we are on our own to find
What does it cost?
$335 plus airfare to El Paso is the
quick answer to that but read on for greater detail.
Is a passport required?
A passport is nice but until June 1st
2009 you will only need a certified birth certificate and a photo ID that was
issued by a government agency, such as a driver’s license to re-enter the USA.
What kind of work do we do?
We have typically worked on a building
project. The first three years we built houses and the fourth year we worked on
a Church expansion project. Last year we did smaller projects due to the size of
the crew. This year we will be building a house again. The work is done in and
around Juarez Mexico. YLM is located very close to a border crossing and we
travel by van to our site.
How much building experience do I need to participate?
None! The only thing that you need is a
willingness to learn something new. Six years ago, I (Marilyn Thompson) knew
nothing about building and now I have many useful skills that I have learned “on
the job”. The mission employs a very nice man that oversees our work and gives
us guidance. You will never meet a more patient man!
What about tools?
The mission does have some tools but
they are not usually the best quality available. Typically we use their circular
saw, large levels and other large tools that would be too hard to bring, and we
bring our own basic tools like a hammer, utility knife, tape measure, carpenter
pencils, torpedo level, pliers, nail apron and or a tool belt, eye protection
and gloves. We will also bring a cordless drill and other tools that we are
particularly fond of.
What is the typical house that we build?
We build a 12ft. by 24ft. house on a cement slab that the owners provide. The walls are made of 2x4s (24 inch on center) and covered with Celotex or other sheathing board. The roof is flat with a slight incline for drainage. We use 2x8 boards for joists and cover them with plywood, tarpaper and rolled roofing. The inside gets wired for electricity and we drywall it. The out side now has a vertical siding, in the past it was stucco. There are two rooms, two windows and a door.
What is the typical schedule at YLM
On Saturday, our group flies to El Paso and is picked up at the airport by the mission staff and brought to the mission grounds in El Paso and we settle in. Usually a run to Wal-mart or the local grocery store is made to get snacks or anything that someone forgot to bring.