Yesterday a hugely destructive tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma taking many lives and leaving many people homeless. As most of you know a large part of what we do at Mission U-Too is disaster relief, both in our own communities and to those around us. It has been a tough month for disasters and it doesn’t look like it is going to get any better anytime soon.

We are packing up tomorrow and heading to Oklahoma to serve and offer support to their community. We need your help and we need your prayers. As we prepare to head up for the next few days here are a few ways you can practically help:

  • Donate Food – We need burgers, buns and all the fixings. You can drop off donations in Llano, Bastrop or Round Rock today. Contact Jonah at jonah.beyer@feedtheneed.org to get the exact locations and times.
  • Volunteer – Not only do we need food to serve, we need people to help serve. We are looking for some more people to come with us to Oklahoma tomorrow when we head out first thing in the morning, or on Monday. If you would like to go with us, please email Jonah at jonah.beyer@feedtheneed.org today.
  • Pray, Pray, Pray – We need you to pray for the families affected as well as the first responders, but also pray for Mission U-Too and the leadership that God would use us and show us where He wants us when we get there.

As Mission U-Too continues to grow, we encourage each of you to pray about how God wants you to get involved to be His hands and feet. As much as we want you to join us and help us with this trip to Oklahoma there are many needs at home in our own communities throughout Central Texas. So get involved, let God use you to share His love. Be willing to go and give yourself up to follow Jesus.

Our prayer is that you would be inspired by the journey God has commissioned us at Mission U-Too to be on, and that it encourages you to start out on your own journey of following Christ. It’s not about Mission U-Too or anything we are doing, it is all about God and His Kingdom.

We appreciate your prayers and support as we travel to Oklahoma, as well as your support throughout our communities here in Texas. We love seeing how God uses so many people to further His Kingdom.

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by Chas Winckel, Round Rock Site Coordinator

I was talking with Jonah and Christy Beyer the other night after we had unloaded from our trip to West, Texas.  We had spent 3 days and nights working with the victims, volunteers and families from the fertilizer plant explosion.  I thanked them for introducing me to Mission U-Too.  I told them if I had not met them I would be rested, clean, smelled good and probably have watched all of the events from the comfort of my living room.  However, I did meet them and I was exhausted, filthy, smelled bad and had one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

We served between 1800 and 2000 meals over those three days and met many people from all over the state and country.  Texas sure did turn out and support the folks from West.  The town of West has about 2500 people and during this disaster there were maybe 10 times that amount of people.  This is a very tight knit community and they are either related or have been friends for a long time.  Most of them that we talked with knew everyone that had died.  The lifeblood of a small Texas town is generally its High School and the sports that are associated with the school.  West lost its football field, gymnasium and other sports fields.  This devastation will last for a long time.

There were times during the last couple of days that I could see visible wounds from some of the victims.  When a lady came through our food line with multiple cuts all over her body it was easy to feel compassion for her and the trauma that she had been through. We have become such a visual society that sometimes we forget to look at the inner pain and hurts that these people are feeling.  With the out pouring of help all around the city sometimes you wonder if you are doing any good.  You wonder if you are supposed to be there.  Did I hear God about coming here?

Mission U-Too’s mission is to feed people physically and spiritually.  The physical part with the help of all of our volunteers and donors is really the easy part.  The difficult part is to feed them spiritually while they are going through this.  I was talking with one of the volunteers while I was there and we were talking about joy and that the joy had been removed from the town.  I believe that Mission U-Too was sent to help put Joy back into the town.

Isn’t that just like God to use a borrowed trailer, borrowed grills, weekend cooks with no beds to lay down at night and donated food and water to bring Joy to the City of West?   Our presentation when we talk with everyone is we are not affiliated with any church or religious organization, that we just want to be “The Hands and Feet of Jesus.”

I talked with Shelley today to follow up and see how they were doing. She is the coordinator of the town that had set up everything at the fairgrounds.  They had just been to the first viewing and said that the viewing and funerals were going to be going on for the next 10 days.  She expressed how much we had meant to her and the town and that she didn’t realize how close you can become in three days’ time. Shelley said that all of the food vendors were gone now but that she missed us the most because we put our hearts into the people by praying with them.  She had said that we brought Joy to them.  We talked about our next trip up there and then as I hung up the phone I realized that we had truly become, “The Hands and Feet of Jesus.”

Mission U-Too accomplished, but I really am excited to be exhausted, stinky, filthy and fulfilled again by the people of West, Texas.

Thanks for Helping Us Help Others,


Chas Winckel started serving with Mission U-Too in 2011 with the Bastrop Fires. After a year of God put it on his hart to get more involved with Mission U-Too, him and his wife Laurie started our Round Rock location and serve as the site coordinators.

by Jonah Beyer, Mission U-Too President

The Mission U-Too team has made it back home safely but our hearts are still in West. As many of you have heard a fertilizer plant exploded last Wednesday afternoon. Jason and I began to make plans for Mission U-Too to provide relief immediately that evening. By Thursday evening we were on our way to setup and do what we do, feed people physically and spiritually.

God quickly directed us as to where He wanted us to be so He could use us. That location was being setup right in the middle of the fairgrounds where the people would come to drop off supplies, volunteer and victims would come to get things they needed.

As hard as these disasters are I love to see how God uses things like this for His good. It took me a minute to see how God wanted to use us on this trip. You see, we have responded to five disasters now and each one is a little different and we learn a lot. This one was no different. Midway through the first day I begin to ask God how do you want to use us here, there is so much help and stuff coming in I don’t want us to be in the way. He showed me that with our experience He wanted us to be patient and consistent. That is when He began to use us. He put people in our path that we were able to counsel, coach, mentor, guide; as well as in the next few days being able to be a listening ear for many of the victims. He also allowed us to serve alongside some of the new members to our team that serve in some of the other communities.

There are a lot of people that needed us to continue to pray for them. People like Shelly who is trying to juggle being a point person and helping coordinate things with the distribution center, while working with people she knows who have lost family and losing family herself. Jimmy who is a fire fighter that witnessed one of his friends getting killed by the explosion. These are just a couple of the many different stories of the people from West.

God also used us to share the Gospel with many people that have come to help; from volunteers showing up, to organizations that specialize in different areas of disaster relief. I was blown away by how many people were there with a servant heart but are not believers and they wanted to know why they felt the way they did. It is because Jesus has called all of us to serve, though many have not connected it to the fact that this is the way He made us.

We are already working to plan our next trip to West to help as they move from emergency response mode to rebuild mode. This is where you guys can continue to help us and the town of West.

  • Pray – Continue to pray for the town of West that lives would be changed for Jesus and that those who are Christ followers would be strong and be there for their family and friends.
  • Donate – Make a donation so we can provide relief with a hot meal and the message of Jesus.
  • Prepare – Look for opportunities to serve with us as we plan future trips to West and when the next disaster strikes.

Thank you again for all of your support. We are so blessed and look forward to seeing how God will use us next.

P.S. See some of the pictures from our trip.


Jonah Beyer has been serving Mission U-Too since 2010 and is the President of Mission U-Too. His family lives and serves in Bastrop, Texas.

Send Jonah a note at jonah.beyer@feedtheneed.org.

 

The town of West was devastated when a fertilizer facility exploded yesterday. Homes, apartments, business are gone, over 100 injured and an unknown dead. The devastation is huge for this small town.

Part of Mission U-Too’s ministry and heart is Disaster Relief. We know God has called and equipped us to go and serve people displaced by these disasters. We provide a meal, listening ear, encouragement, prayer, and most of all share the message and love of Jesus.

So a couple of us are heading up tonight to assess where we can be most effective and to see where God wants to use us. As with all disasters we are not sure what it all will look like, but the one thing we do know is that we need your help.

There are 3 ways you can help:

• Give – We need monetary donation for food and supplies
• Connect – If you know of anyone that can help serve or bring needed resources once we get setup have them contact us.
• Pray – Most of all, we need your prayers for the people of West but also that we would be focused on God so He can use us how He wants.

The last few years, God has called us to serve in several different communities including one of our own that have been devastated by disasters. God has used us to provide over 40,000 meals in these times of need and it’s been powerful to see how God shows up and we can’t wait to see Him show up here too.

We will keep you updated on our journey and let you know more specific needs once we arrive.

Thank you and God bless,
Jonah Beyer
Mission U-Too President

by Christy Beyer, Mission U-Too

Helen has been going to Mission U-Too Round Rock ever since we started. Helen has 3 boys and 1 girl. She’s married and lives in a trailer park. Her husband works off shores and comes home a few times a month. Helen caught my attention the first day I saw her. I sat with her family to get to know them more and to tell them about Mission U-Too. Helen has a huge heart for others. She will give her last egg in the refrigerator for someone to eat.

Helen had a rough up bringing. She shared stories with me that I couldn’t quite relate to because I never experienced what she did. She also ran away from home at a young age and lived on the streets. She even sold her body for money. She tells me “if I need something I know how to get it.” Helen got caught up in drugs and was running from God. Now Helen has a home and a family that loves her and a husband that treats her like his queen.

God brought Helen and her family to Mission U-Too to teach me a few things. One was don’t judge! All of my thoughts about her were negative and my thoughts were not even true. I saw a person on the outside and not on the inside. I am quick to judge people and the bible tells us God is our judge. The other lesson I learned was to love them where their at. I can’t change a person but Jesus can. Immediately because of me judging her I had a cold heart towards her.

Now, Helen and I talk every Saturday. We hug each other, and I pray for her and her family every Saturday. Helen no longer lives the lifestyle I thought she lived. Her heart is changing and God is going to do something in her life that no one can understand. I already see Him working in her because she is no longer a negative person. She’s become very loving and has opened up to me about her struggles and finances. Now she can say that all my bills are caught up even our trailer payment. She doesn’t know how it all happened, but I do. God is working! I’m excited to see what God is going to do in her and her families life and also how God is going to use her to teach me.

Helen also serves with us. If she’s not out talking to people she will be serving. Her children are also getting involved in serving the food. My heart is full of joy watching them serve their community!


Christy Beyer is Jonah’s wife and serves by his side every week she helps with mentoring the women and family’s that Mission U-Too touches.

Send Christy a note at christy.beyer@feedtheneed.org.

by Jonah Beyer, Mission U-Too President

I am excited to tell you about our new Bastrop location. This makes seven locations for Mission U-Too as we continue to grow and the vision continues to catch; feeding people physically and spiritually.

The idea for the second location started back last summer after we moved the Bastrop location. When we moved we lost some of the folks that use to come every week. We had an opportunity several months later to serve over by the Boys and Girls Club which is just North of downtown and we saw a lot of familiar faces. As Rebecca and I were out there serving that night, we started talking about the need for another location in that area. We began to talk and pray about it and I started telling some people within Bastrop to start praying for the second location.

It’s probably been about 6 months or so that we have been praying and talking about it. Now to see it actually starting to happen and how God is lining everything up is exciting.  What’s really cool is as we continue to mature at Mission U-Too Bastrop (the first location), and grow spiritually; we have been able to really reach out to the homeless folks in the community along with the church we partnered with.  It’s really awesome to see how God has brought us together to continue to reach out to the Bastrop community.

While there’s still a need on the North side of town we will continue to serve Monday at our South location and now Sunday at our North location. I’m excited to get over to the North side to start serving every week just to see how God is going to move in these people’s lives. There are so many folks over there that are lost, hurting, kids without parents, women that have been abandoned by their husbands and are going through a rough time, drug problems, addiction, alcoholics, and the opportunity to go in and serve every week and continue to build relationships with these folks.  It was powerful when we started praying about it and I didn’t know how we were going to start the second location, until God answered our prayers.

About 6 weeks ago I sat down for a meeting with somebody at a coffee shop and a gentleman walked up to me who I have never met before and was like “hey you’re Jonah.” I said “yeah” He said “I’m Tim and I have heard a lot about you” he sat down with me and we started talking a little bit. He began to tell me how he wanted to get more involved in helping with families that are struggling and to teach them life skills. As we started talking more I just felt led to share with him about starting a second location over in the North end of Bastrop by the Boys and Girls Club and how great the need was. As I started telling him, he just melted and I asked him what was going on. I could see the excitement that was building. He began to tell me that him and his wife a few years prior had moved a couple of blocks away from the Boys and Girls Club and felt led to penetrate into that neighborhood. Right then I knew this was the person that we have been praying for. We started talking more and when he left the shop he immediately went over to his church and gained their support in helping support Mission U-Too with bringing in some volunteers and donations.

So come join us this Sunday March 17th as we start serving ever Sunday at 4:30pm at the new location.  This will open up all kinds of opportunities to engage the kids and the parents, with bible studies, Sunday evening service, and activity for the community.  We can’t wait to see what God does as we’re able to start penetrating into this neighborhood with Jesus that is so unchurched, unreached and hurting. I’m excited for this new adventure and I look forward to seeing some of you guys get involved. I love you and hope you have a blessed rest of the week.


Jonah Beyer has been serving Mission U-Too since 2010 and is the President of Mission U-Too. His family lives and serves in Bastrop, Texas.

Send Jonah a note at jonah.beyer@feedtheneed.org.

By Chas Winckel, Round Rock Site Coordinator

Three quick stories from Mission U too. A little girl jumped out of the truck and was headed toward the serving line. She had a hop in her step and a smile on her little 20 month old face. Her Dad wasn’t walking with the same confidence. You see, this week his employer had cut his hours by 30%. His check was small and was spent paying his electric bill. His dilemma was heat or groceries! Not only did we feed him but we also sent him home with some food.

Another lady came and got a hamburger. She was by herself. I sat down at the table to talk with her. She was grateful for the food. We talked a little bit longer then she asked if she could bring her neighbors over here to eat. She thanked us when we said “of course”, and then left and came back in a few minutes. She brought 5 children over and said that their mother didn’t cook a lot on the weekends and that they usually didn’t eat.

A father of 4 with 2 boys and 2 girls saw our sign for free food and stopped to talk to us. He said that he was a chef and that he would like to help us out when he could. We asked them if they wanted to eat, and after giving them a plate, we talked about where he worked as a chef. He had been laid off almost 4 months earlier and they were juggling to pay bills and buy food. They were so grateful for the food.

These 3 stories touched my heart. You see, these 3 families didn’t look like they needed a free meal. After spending time with them, I realized it wasn’t about the meals at all, but they just wanted to know that someone cared.

By Rebecca Barker, Bastrop Site Coordinator

I haven’t been able to put into words until now how amazing Monday night was. GOD is so good!

For whatever reason(God), I forgot to pick up enough burgers for the evenings meal. So just after we started I had to run and pick more up. I was so impatient, in a hurry to get back. Probably frustrated at the people in front of me, moving slower than I would have liked. But then I saw her, on the side of the road, in tears. I won’t lie, I thought about just driving past her to get back. But something, that still small voice, insisted I stop.

Her name was Sandy and though I spoke to her for just a brief moment in time, she changed my perspective. She was sick, in pain and stranded in our little town. On her way home to Kentucky, her car had broken down and she’d been walking for a couple of days. She had been standing in front of Walmart for 4 hours and I was the first to stop. No one else would even look at her. She needed food and help, but mostly she needed to know that someone cared and that God was listening to her cries for help.

Thanks to a sister in Christ, we were able to give her the help she needed while she waited for family to come get her.

It’s left me in awe of God’s love for all of us and His amazing ability to see and speak to us in any situation. We just have to listen, to be obedient in even the smallest of things. God is glorious!

by Jonah Beyer, Mission U-Too President

The first time I meet Allen he was dirty, stinky, and had quite the foul mouth. I was afraid to touch him and honestly didn’t want anything to do with him.

We had just started Mission U-Too Bastrop and I had no idea what I was about to learn. You see when I first started volunteering I had no problem reaching out to the people who looked just a little different than me. But a man who looked and sounded like Allen, a man I couldn’t see much hope for, I wasn’t super excited to have him around. In all honesty, I was afraid he was going to scare everyone off.

Like I said…I had a lot to learn.

I was clearly not focused on the right thing, and eventually had to face the hard question of why I was really serving at Mission U-Too. Was it really for those in need, or just to make myself feel better about doing a “good” thing?

Allen kept coming around. He even started helping us cook each week. Some might say that Mission U-Too was making an impact on Allen, which it was, but in reality Allen was making a huge impact on me.

Allen cooking burgers at Mission U-Too Bastrop

As God continued to put Allen in my path, I started getting to know Allen a little better. Every week for the next year we just loved Allen for who he was. And we began to see change. And let me tell you, I know this is not anything we could have done without Jesus; it is Him who began to change Allen.

When the Bastrop fires started Allen was ready and willing to serve 24/7. Through serving with him day in and day out I got the opportunity to learn a little more about Allen. I did my best to keep encouraging him and pouring into his life, as did other Mission U-Too volunteers. But it wasn’t until almost a year after the fire before I really started to really understand how Allen ended up on the streets.

When you serve in this environment and capacity it takes time…God’s time…time to build trust, to build a relationship, to let someone know that you really do care for them. It takes a love that is beyond yourself.

One weekend about a year after we first met Allen, we took Allen on a weekend family getaway to Houston. On this trip Allen began to open up a little more. I realized that Allen had not been mentally capable to care for himself throughout his life. In fact, his mother had taken care of him until the day she died. When she died he didn’t just lose his mother, he lost his sense of normalcy and security. At this point his uncle was awarded trust and moved Allen to Bastrop so he could help take care of him. Several years later his uncle developed Alzheimer’s, and with no other place to go or anyone to care for him, Allen found himself on the streets.

So now here is a man in his 60s with mental illness and handicaps that really doesn’t know how or have the real capability to care for himself. A man that was kicked to the curb, and no one took the time to really try and understand him, or even help him.

You see as I trusted God and pushed into Him, He begin to put people in my life to teach me how to love as Christ loves us. When we do this with a desire to praise and serve the Lord without placing judgment on someone it allows God to work. And you get to be a part of something greater than yourself.

Allen now has a place he can call home and people he can call family. We call him family. By asking the hard question and asking for a change of heart in why I was serving at Mission U-Too, God opened my eyes to see past the dirty exterior and really love someone for who they were.

As you truly care for and share the love of Jesus with others, watch as He begins to use you for His glory and His kingdom. You will be blessed beyond anything of this world.


Jonah Beyer has been serving Mission U-Too since 2010 and is the President of Mission U-Too. His family lives and serves in Bastrop, Texas.

Send Jonah a note at jonah.beyer@feedtheneed.org.

Pray for Dean as he is trying to go though a recovery program for the 4th time. Pray that he will stick it out and that he will know that God has a plan for him.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  ~Jeremiah 29:11