A week ago floods ravaged through some parts of Austin, devastating homes and putting many lives on hold. The hardest hit area was a poverty-stricken neighborhood in the Onion Creek area.

For the past week the families in this area have received little support, many don’t have insurance and have no idea how they will recover. Families have been living in their ruined houses trying to make do, but because of safety hazards they are being turned out of their own homes and don’t have any place to go.

Today the Mission U-Too team is packing up and heading over to Austin to offer support to this community. We need your help and we need your prayers. Here are a few ways you can practically help:

Donate – We need burgers, buns and all the fixings. Contact Jonah at jonah.beyer@feedtheneed.org or 832-524-5614 if you can help with this need. We also need financial donations.

Update: These are some items we are currently in great need of—Pancake mix, Eggs, Tortillas, Cheese (shredded and sliced), Butter, Lettuce, Pickles, Onions, Buns (hotdog and hamburger).

Volunteer – Not only do we need food to serve, we need people to help serve. We are setting up right in front of the Onion Creek neighborhood off of East William Cannon near Crossroads Christian House—5201 E William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78744—and will be there until Sunday. If you have any questions please contact Jonah at jonah.beyer@feedtheneed.org or 832-524-5614 today.

Update: We are now set up in the neighborhood of Onion Creek at 7444 Onion Creek Drive if you want to come and help us serve.

Prayer – Pray, pray, pray…we need you to pray for the families affected by the flooding as they are assessing the damaging and figuring out their next steps. Also pray for Mission U-Too and the leadership that God would use us to share His love.

We appreciate your support as we serve the community of Onion Creek in Austin. We know that God will show up.

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by Christine Farquhar, Mission U-Too

I believe it has been difficult for me to give my testimony because of the impact that Jesus has made, not only on my life, but my entire family’s life, through Mission U-Too. I see things much different than just a single encounter with one person or one moment. I have been honored to serve at Bastrop South, Bastrop North, and Round Rock location’s.  I have served with disaster relief efforts in both West, Texas and Moore, Oklahoma. I also assist Mission U-Too in some of the many administrative operations that take place.  Therefore, I have seen first hand how Mission U-Too works with integrity, covers every decision in prayer, and does not waiver from the word of God.  I could end my words with this being a testimony.

I am one of Mission U-Too’s biggest advocates.  I love what and who it stands for, Jesus Christ!  In Mark 2:17, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  I never thought about this scripture much, until serving alongside with Mission U-Too. Another verse that come to me is “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” Luke 9:23.

These two scriptures are really talking about me and my life currently.  I found out that I am the sick and the sinner!  I need Jesus’s healing and I need to take up my cross daily to serve Him.  When I moved to Bastrop in June 2012, I saw the need for a “Mission U-too”; unfortunately,  it was for my own selfish gain. I wanted to fix and help people in my own power.  What I learned, is that I am a tool and witness, to be used for the  gospel of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the only one that can fix and heal people, but ultimately their Savior!  That means I have to take up my cross daily. You might ask, “What is your cross?” I define this as my pride, arrogance, selfishness, judgmental attitudes and the list goes on.

I was asked in November 2004 if I would sell everything for the ministry of the Gospel.  My answer at that time was I do not have enough faith; therefore, Lord give me the faith to sacrifice everything. In September 2013, my family placed our house and everything that goes with it for sale for the ministry of Jesus Christ.  At this point, nothing has sold, but I know in my heart that whether it sells or not Jesus has me in the palm of his hands.

I have learned through the ministry of Mission U-Too that its not the material things that we own that gives us true joy, hope, faith, peace, and most importantly love, but it is the God who loves us enough to sacrifice His entire life on a cross.  He abandoned heaven to come to earth, so that he could become like you and me.  He loved us so much that he came to earth to have a wretched body, so we would understand that Jesus knows what its like to be human and everything that comes with that: emotions, stress, hurts, losses, etc…

How can I not sacrifice everything for someone who loved me that much?

How cannot I not sacrifice everything for Him when He is the only one that will never leave me nor forsake me?  This world has nothing in it that brings me true and pure unconditional love as the Love of Jesus Christ!


Christine Farquhar started serving with Mission U-Too in 2012 at our Bastrop South site. She quickly connected with the ministry because of her heart for the homeless. Not only does she serve at our different sites and disaster relief through out the country but also with administrative duties for the organization.

Send Christine a note at christine.farquhar@feedtheneed.org.

by Christy Beyer, Mission U-Too

As a Mission U-Too volunteer I find myself trying to make everyone around me happy. My heart breaks for those who are hurting. I myself, have dealt with a lot of hurt and pain, and currently I am still going through a tough time. I have a beautiful friend that God has put in my life and her name is Viola.

Viola is a Mission U-Too volunteer at our South Bastrop location. She’s a beautiful loving lady and she always tells everyone to “trust in the Lord no matter what your going through, because our God has already been through it.”

In a world where most of us get beat up to one degree or  another, many people come out of these beatings with a problem in being able to  trust anyone else – ever again!

Our neighborhoods are no longer as safe as they used to be. Bizarre, random,  and senseless type crimes seem to be on the increase with all of the shootings that have occurred in the world; at our high schools, and now in our churches and in the courthouses themselves with the latest round of senseless tragedies that have  just occurred.

All of us, to one degree or another, have been wronged in some way throughout  the course of our lives and Mission U-Too encounters people that have gone through these tragedy’s. I find myself not worrying about myself and problems when I’m serving, but really deep down inside I’ve never gotten over the anger and hurt from so many. Viola has given me a different perspective on life and that goes along with the bible verse  Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

As a result of the curse of Adam and Eve that is still in full operation on  this earth, there is always going to be a certain amount of wrongs that we will all have to put up with – no exceptions! Nobody comes out of this life unscathed with all the people who have chosen with their own free wills to live this life  on the dark side.

However, for Christians, no matter how badly you have been beaten up in your  past, the one thing that you cannot have affected is your ability to trust in your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and our heavenly Father. As a result of the  beatings that some of God’s people have taken over the years, some of these  people have literally lost their ability to even trust in God Himself.

Mission U-Too provides many opportunities for people to get involved in our communities and neighborhoods. Allow your self to be a servant of Christ and the hands and feet of Jesus and serve your people. Be a listener to ones whose life is in shambles. Give a hug to those that are broken. Take a hot meal to a family in need and always put your trust in Christ first and He will lead you on the right path.


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.

As we enter into the Holiday season Mission U-Too feels the needs of our communities more. So many families around the world struggle with the Holiday season approaching and finding themselves in more of a depression mode than a normal day. As the bible tells us in Matthew “man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”.

We need to put our trust in our Savior knowing that He is all we need and we need to share that with others. As Christians we need to make ourselves available to others. Join us in praying for our communities. Pray for God’s divine intervention in your life as to where you need to serve this Holiday season.

Mission U-Too has many opportunities for you to join us, not just for the Holiday’s, but also for spreading the gospel and going out and serving in your community. As you pray for where you need to be serving consider praying with those around you. We need to be the light of this broken world, especially in times like this; as the government is pulling back on funds, so many of those that are on welfare or food stamps will go hungry. Right here in our own back yards!

The bible tells us to give to His kingdom. Not only does that mean your time, but that also means your finances or stuff that is sitting around that others could need. Giving with a givers heart can win a person to Christ. Are you that person? God is calling us believers to step out on Faith and trust in the Lord with or money and our hearts.

Mission U-Too is a non-profit who exists to feed physically and spiritually. We need your help in supporting this mission as we move forward spreading the great news. Now is the time friends, to take the next step and pray, serve and give. Consider and believe in our Ministry; join hands with us to make a difference. Another avenue of missions involvement is generous giving of the money God is blessing you with.

by Christy Beyer, Mission U-Too

You always here people say “don’t judge a book by the cover.” When I was younger I never understood the meaning of it. Actually I never understood the meaning of it until I became a Christian. Giving my life over to God and knowing that He sent his one and only son to die on the cross for me and not just me,  for all of us. I had a heart change for people, for myself, for the way I lived my life and for God. I made drastic changes in my life and am still making more changes.

God never gives up on us. He wants us to grow and trust Him more. He wants us to confess all of our sins even though they are forgiven. God knew we could never be perfect therefore He is our ultimate judge, not us. We are to not judge others by the cover. The cover of every person is not the truth of what is going on inside their heart. My God made all of us fearfully and wonderfully made despite our looks and the things we wear. He made us all different. He even created us to look different.

Mission U-Too brings many people from all walks of life with or without a relationship with Christ. All of them are different in their own unique way.  For as long as I’ve been serving with Mission U-Too (2 1/2 years), I have had the opportunity to meet different people and build relationships. Because of the turning point in my life and the desire to be a servant, two of those I serve are young men who have Downs Syndrome. These boys are brothers and 10 years apart in age. Even though their communication is not clear, and they look different, they are still children of God. They are made fearfully and wonderfully just like you and me. Psalms 139:14 says “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” I know full well that my two friends have a true heart for God, and they don’t look at any of us differently than them.

When Jaquim and Jonathon came to Mission U-T00 2 years ago, they would patiently stand in line waiting to be served. They would high five everyone, and call them all friends. Everyone is their friend, even God. I love watching their face light up when you ask “how is God treating you?” Their response is “Good all the time.” Wouldn’t you love to walk through life knowing that God is good all the time? These boys can’t read or write well, and most of the time you can’t understand them when they talk, but when they are passionate about Christ and what He’s doing in their life, Christ allows their words to be heard.

I am so thankful for them and the lessons they teach me every Sunday and Monday and now for the past three weeks they are attending our church and going to Youth. They understand that level of the bible. They understand what praise and worship is and they love singing, no matter whose looking at them. They give hugs to everyone, even if they don’t know them. They are also serving Sunday’s with us at Mission U-Too in the food line strategically making everyone’s burger with perfection, love and a smile.

1 Peter 3:3-4 says “your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. instead it should be, that of your innerself, the unfading beauty of gentle and quiet spirit which is of great worth in God’s sight.” Jonathon and Jaquim are good examples of this verse. Like God, they look at the heart and not what your wearing. They know they are fearfully and wonderfully made and never do they worry about what others think.

My prayer, is to all the readers of this blog that they know how much Jesus loves you no matter your sins or your outer appearance, what matters is your heart and your relationship with Christ. Just like my two friends, you also are fearfully and wonderfully made, and don’t allow the world tell you different. Rest assure our God is faithful in His word! The Lord has blessed me with my Mission U-Too family and I pray that wherever you live you GO and find a place in your community that you can share the Good News just like Jonathon and Jaquim, with their smile, high fives and a loving heart.


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.

Bob is at Teen Challenge and could use our prayers that he can kick his addictions and stay on track.

Mission U-Too Round Rock was featured in the Statesman a few weeks ago check out the link and check out what is happening at our Round Rock location. Our Round Rock location started last December and it is a blessing to watch it grow and see how Jesus is using foolish people like us to further His Kingdom.

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by Christy Beyer, Mission U-Too

This was my first time going on a Mission trip. Even though I feel like I’m doing our own mission in our community, right in our back yard, this trip is very sentimental to me. The hearts of those in Oklahoma were hurt and a few that were hardened and a few that was over joyed. Their joy was because of Christ Jesus who told us He will never forsake us. I met a family from Africa that lived in Oklahoma for a few short years and their house was up rooted and lost everything. Even their cars and all the things that were sentimental to them.

Her name is Erica and she has two children name Nini and Delilah. Nini was short for Messiah (Prince) and he was turning 4 years. He sure was a fire cracker with so much energy and love. Delilah was 6 years old and very quiet and shy. I could see in her eyes that she was hurting and was angry. Erica was telling me she had driven by the Mission U-Too site, which was set up at a Nazarene church parking lot and would just drive by not knowing exactly what it was. She told me “I would see all these people over here hugging, eating and having a good time.” She was right but there was also time for tears, prayers and the gospel.

Erica is a strong believer in Christ. Being raised in Africa with next to nothing she knows how it feels to have nothing. She was a beautiful lady with a wonderful personality and was just looking for a hot meal to eat and someone she could tell her story too, her story about her walk with the Lord. In her exact words she said “So many people around here are so angry and bitter, and I know my God has a plan for me and my family and we are blessed.  We are blessed because we have a God of love.” She continued on saying “we may have lost everything but we didn’t lose our salvation. God never gives up on us.” We hear many people tell us that through our own struggles in life. This time she was going through the struggle and I was there to listen.

Erica shared introduced me to her Mother n Law who had been here for only 2 short weeks. She was here to help with the grandbabies and to visit her son. And then just a few short days later the second tornado came through. Their life was already complete chaos and to be hit a second time at a little house they were renting because of the loss of their first home; again they lost a few things they had purchased to try and start over again. Now they are in a hotel awaiting on the insurance company to release their payment to be able to build another home.

Erica was so selfless and so worried and concerned about everyone else around her. God told her she needed to stop at the Mission U-Too tent to share a word of encouragement. That person was me. The truth she spoke about our God being so loving and that we don’t deserve anything; not even a house; our health and all things on earth that was put here by mankind will one day be released to God or will burn. All we need in our life is a relationship with His son Jesus Christ. The passion that came from her voice gave me chills. I believe God sent me an angel to speak those words to me. I was supposed to be on this mission trip regardless of the pain and discomfort because of my back and hip condition. I needed to be a light and a smile to someone who needed to be inspired and Erica wasn’t there by accident because in return I needed to be inspired too.  We exchanged hugs and kisses on the cheek and her mother n law in her very soft African accent said “May God be with you, every step of HIS journey.” I hugged the children and said my goodbyes and little Delilah whispered to me and said “thank you for being a friend to my mommy and keep praying for us.”

This journey that I am on is the journey my God has put me on, by being obedient to Him and being Faithful in His truth. Mission U-Too was not put in our life just because, it was put in my family’s life for a season and a reason and I’m excited and opened to see where God is taking us next.


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 Jason Bray, Board Member

Those three actions along with Christ choosing to use us is what makes up a Mission U-Too community.  We can accomplish nothing outside of Christ which is why it is imperative that we pray for the unified direction of these Mission U-Too communities.  Only through prayer can Christ use us to soften the hearts of his children that are in darkness.  This is why I have listed prayer first.  Prayer is powerful, and we’ve seen it work miracles in every place Mission U-Too has been.  So I kindly ask that all of you seek Christ on behalf of Mission U-Too to continue shining light into the darkness where ever He would have us to go.

If you have ever been to more than one Mission U-Too location you’ve experienced how different each one really is in it’s own setting.  Tom in Kingsland is an outspoken individual that is constantly praying to bring Christ to those that don’t have it in his area.  Through prayer God even opened a door for him to bring Jesus into jails where they have no choice but to listen to him, awesome;)  This didn’t all happen by chance, Tom prayed, Tom served, Tom gave, and Christ did and is still going to do amazing things through Tom because Tom’s heart is after Christ.

Rebecca in Bastrop is another example of how prayer can change a person to be more like Christ.  Many of us think of serving, what that may look like for ourselves and our families, but then life happens and we get busy and don’t give it a second thought.  Rebecca fought through this battle, and Christ has used her compassion to reach many people in Bastrop.  She used to be the quietest one around Mission U-Too, and now Christ uses her to actually give the bible lesson and pray for countless people that live in that community.

Chas, George, and the families up in Round Rock have shown true expression of faith through the path that God has taken them to be involved with Mission U-Too.  They wanted to see people changed and lives infected with the love of Christ, and Jesus gave them that opportunity to serve in there community.  Now every saturday at a public school they set up and get to develop relationships that Christ will use to redeem people to himself.  Jesus makes it so easy for us to be used by him, and even more so uses us to actually do good!

WE don’t deserve any of this, nor do any of us in Mission U-Too take credit for anything that has happened and will happen.  Through prayer, serving, and giving we are excited to see how Christ will continue using Mission U-Too for his kingdom.  This is an adventure for us, and we would like to ask you to become a part of that journey beginning with prayer, then serving, and giving.


Jason Bray would lead worship for the Kingsland location when God put it on his hart to take the vision to Bastrop in2010. Thus begin the actual nonprofit being in two different towns with the same purpose. His family lives in Bastrop, Texas and is actively involved with leadership development.

Send Jason a note at jason.bray@feedtheneed.org.

 

by Chas Winckel, Round Rock Site Coordinator

We have all seen Chuck or whatever his name is.  He is the drifter or the homeless guy.  He doesn’t make eye contact or most of us hope he doesn’t. He doesn’t smell or look good. Chuck, from a life of drugs was missing his entire bottom teeth except for 2 smoked stained stubbed teeth sticking out towards his bottom lip.  His long dirty blonde hair was tied in a ponytail down the middle of his stained Iowa Hawkeyes tee shirt.  He rode up on his squeaky bicycle with that homeless look.  You know the one that I am talking about.  Alone, dejected, ashamed and sure that we were going to judge him.

His first question to me was, “Can I help you?”  You see I was standing outside of the church in Moore, Ok that we have been serving alongside for the past 3 weeks, which the storm had not been kind to us the night before.  It was about 7:00 am on Sunday morning and the storm had destroyed all of the tents. I was feeling alone, dejected, ashamed and sure that he was going to judge me.  With those four words of Can I help you the spirit of God bound us together for the day.  Chuck and I worked together all day feeding the people in need of Oklahoma.  We talked about the stories of life and the will of God and how much God loved him.  I must have told Chuck a couple of dozen times during the day how much God loved him.  It was worth the trip to Moore just to see the change in Chuck and for him to know that Jesus loves him.  Chuck will be helping the team up there serve food and helping out over the next week. Please pray for Chuck to find a job so that he can move on to what God is doing with him.

I noticed him as a large group came up which I thought were coming to eat.  He had on a Phillies cap and introduced themselves as a group from Chicago.  I kidded him about a Chicago guy who was wearing a Phillies hat and asked him how we could help him.  He said that they had brought a group over from Chicago and they had to catch a plane back later tonight and wanted to see if they could help out.  He asked what we do and I told him that we were being the hands and feet of Jesus. He then introduced himself as Rabbi Mason and we stared at each other and then hugged and I said, “Were glad you’re here.”  He then took his team and they delivered meals and cold water out to the neighborhoods.  The lines that are normally there between the Jewish faith and that of Christians were erased for that day and we stood shoulder to shoulder and served God by serving the people of Moore, Oklahoma.

The Budget rental truck pulled up into our parking lot and this boundless energy came out of the truck and the other car that was with them.  Four college age girls had driven from Tampa, Florida to make donations for the victims of the tornados.  They had felt lead after seeing the devastation on the news to help out.  They put up a website and raised over $6,000 dollars and supplies and then drove for 27 hours to deliver it. One of them went to church occasionally and the others were not Christians but their hearts were being turned by God to direct them to Mission U-too.  We had a chance to spend time with them as we all unloaded the truck and then they even served with us for a while. Then they went and bought more supplies for us and even came back the next day to spend some more time with us. They said that this trip had changed their lives and that they couldn’t wait for the next disaster.  Then she looked at me and smiled and said you know what I mean, right?  I did know what she meant.  You see it is very fulfilling to serve.

I drove home on Sunday Evening.  I was tired both physically and spiritually and even though exhaustion was setting in I felt energized by the previous few days.  I have not even touched on the incredible stories of loss and hurts and hopelessness that are felt in Oklahoma now and well into the future. These people have gone through life changing events and it will be a part of their history that will be talked about for years. To experience what Mission U-too is about please consider attending one of our local mission events.  We cook food every week for people in need, the homeless, the addicts and everyone who needs a free meal.  People come and join us at first because of the free food and then they keep coming back for the hugs.

When you feed people physically they start to trust and build relationships around the food table.  Then they become part of a family and that allows us then to sow into them spiritually.

You see we love, because He first loved us.


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.