by Jonah Beyer, Mission U-Too President

AR TornadoAs many of you know this past spring we had the opportunity to travel to Arkansas after tornadoes ripped through several small towns destroying them. From there we went to Pensacola, Florida after flooding wiped out parts of their city. You may remember seeing my posts about how God moved in all kinds of ways as we served a hot meal and a listening ear to those in need.

Something else very special took place on this trip as well, you see one of the guys who went with our team found life in Christ. Brian and Erwin Cooking in FloridaBryan was not a believer when we left, but as we went out in obedience to what God had called us to do, God became very real to Bryan and began to show how big of a God He is. Jesus also became very personal and intimate to Bryan as God used the four of us to present the gospel in multiple ways during the trip.

By the end of the trip, Bryan made a decision to give his life to Jesus, and the next couple of months Jesus has continued to use us to encourage and teach Bryan what it means to follow and have a relationship with Him. We have had multiple opportunities to take Bryan out into the communities and experience Jesus moving in people’s lives. Bryan continues to serve as we provide a meal and the Gospel each week at our sites.

Brain Baptizing his girlfriendRecently, we were visiting in Jason’s garage and realized we had access to a portable baptismal that he was storing. This lead us to a conversation about having a baptism service at one of our Mission U-Too locations as a way to witness and give people the opportunity to be baptized. As we talked about it Bryan jumped right in requesting to be the first one! So this past Monday night we had the opportunity to baptize Bryan in front of the people who come every week to our Bastrop South location. Then we witnessed Bryan baptizing his girlfriend! What an awesome testimony and act of obedience this showed. I and the other members of the team can’t wait to see what God does next as we continue to point people to Jesus.


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.

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by Jonah Beyer, Mission U-Too President

A week ago Sunday, we watched the news as tornadoes began to rip through the Midwest. Immediately we had volunteers calling and texting asking when are we leaving? So Jason and I begin to discuss whether or not this was a storm Mission U-Too should respond to. As we were discussing, we were determining how far we go with the resources we have.

Being Obedient

The past three years we’ve been responding to disasters to provide hot meals, a listening ear, and hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. We have been able to learn more and more every time we go. Each disaster is different and unique. That’s the reason why Jason and I sat down and analyzed all the details that we knew about our previous experiences and capabilities. We struggled with whether or not to go, because it was further than we have felt we could be most effective. However deep down inside we felt God telling us to go. We have to obey and listen to Jesus commandment.

Disaster Relief 2014-5So we went! We started to assemble everything we would need and organized a team. By Monday afternoon we were on the road to a little town north of Little Rock, Arkansas. We drove through the night and Tuesday morning we arrived to a town right off the freeway called Mayflower. It’s where we saw the first signs of the tornado that ripped through and continued north.

We stopped at a convenient store to take a quick break. We randomly engaged in a conversation with the clerk, and she told us about all the areas that were hit and then continued to tell us about one area in particular that needed help back in the woods. It was a small little community in the middle of nowhere, so we headed down the path to search for the community. We did not find it, so we headed north to a town that we had intended to go to originally.Disaster Relief 2014-19

We pulled into a community that had so much devastation and already had a lot of people helping out. Our team attempted to set up in multiple sites and for whatever reason it just didn’t feel right. As we stopped at one site after another we kept getting pushed away. So we got back on the road and found ourselves stumbling across a little baptist church in the middle of the woods. The church received our help with open arms. Our team began to set up and cook and we saw God moving with lots of opportunities to help that local church body as they reached out to the victims and supplied a hot meal and provided a place of hope.

That night we ran into town to get a few supplies and on our way back we realized that the road the lady at the convenient store pointed us down was the community she had mentioned that needed help. It was exactly the spot where we needed to be.

You see, we had our own motives within our flesh. We desired to go into an area that was hit hard and had a lot of devastation and a lot of attention. But our God wanted us where He wanted us; and we didn’t listen right away. However the coolest part is, regardless of whether we listen or not, He still guided us right to where He wanted us to be.

The Spirit Moving

Disaster Relief 2014-22That first day after serving and driving through the night, the team was tired and our bodies where ready to crash but our Spirt was leaping with joy of all that was happening on the trip. We sat down and opened our bibles and searched after our God for what He wanted to teach us. As we shared our testimonies and God’s work with one another, I began to see God move; not just in the people we got to reach out to, but in our team also.

As God continued to move in our hearts, the church member’s hearts, and in the victim’s hearts, we were all filled with joy as we served and loved on those in need. This was even a local community that needed a bilingual speaker to help us communicate with them. Their homes were completely destroyed and members of the church had been trying to connect with the community for several years. God used one of our team members who is bilingual to help make connections as we delivered food and invited them to come over and get some much needed resources from the church.

I watched the members of the church welcome the victims with open arms. I saw God moving in the lives of the people. We built some incredible friendships and I look forward to crossing paths again.

The Journey Continues
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As we were coming to an end with this community Thursday afternoon, the question arose about another disaster in Florida. We were exhausted and tired and were ready to be home. Our team battled with their own flesh, and God said again, Go! He also provided a way for one of our team members, Jason, to fly back to Texas. The remaining four of us continued on this journey that God had for us. So we headed to Pensacola, Florida where flooding occurred all over the city.

Our team pulled in Friday morning looking for a place to set up. We really didn’t see anything right away so we showed up at a church to talk to them about the need in the local community. The community they mentioned was a community where the church members lived, and the flooding prevented the church’s disaster relief team from responding right away to the needs of others in the community. As we went out into the community we saw people working and food being served. We asked God to show us where He wanted us because the needs were already being met there.

Disaster Relief 2014-102As we drove around town we spotted a small apartment complex of about 80 units half of which were underwater. It had been three days since the flood and we were the first to arrive on the scene for the people from the apartment complex. We began to set up and cook burgers while others were visiting with some of the people. They accepted our team and we saw the disaster and they continued to endure and receive. They shared their hearts and problems the community was facing. Some were saying the community is very poor, I don’t have much, I don’t have insurance, there’s no where to receive help. It burdened my heart.

Our team began to pray together and feed them. As we began to serve, one of the first families that walked up was a lady named Joy. She asked if I could pray with the family. Immediately Joy broke down and was weeping. They were trying to pick up the pieces that they lost. The next people who confronted me was a gentleman with his daughters and grandkids and I asked how they were doing. He told me that he lost his wife two years ago to the day! He is trying to stay strong for his girls and asked if I could pray for him. He immediately broke down in tears.Disaster Relief 2014-108

As we continued to love and serve in this community God also brought to our attention several other communities that needed support as well and sent several of our guys to deliver some boxes of meals.

We continued to serve in these communities and God began to remind us and convict us that none of this was about us; that it was all about Him. We began to ask ourselves how will these needs be met when were gone. God showed us that we had to point these people to Him, we had to get out-of-the-way so as they asked us where were from and who we are with, we would simply tell them Jesus Christ. The people began to feel God’s presence and we were able to pray for them. Then they knew they could trust God and us. The next day Salvation Army and Red Cross finally arrived as we began to pack up our trailer. Salvation Army assured me they would help give out vouchers for clothing and help with other resources these families needed. As we pulled out of the community I was reminded of a verse in Proverbs that says to be the voice for those who can’t be a voice for themselves. (Proverbs 31:8-9 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.)

Out of the Spotlight

Disaster Relief 2014-61These locations Christ placed us at were tucked away and out of the spotlight. As we searched for where we needed to be we thought we needed to be somewhere we can make a large impact in the way of numbers. Especially because of traveling so far, and the capability we had to feed. That is not what God had in store for our team. He wanted to break down our pride and selfish desires. He still trusted us enough and guided us to the perfect spots where we could make the biggest impact. The only reason why the entire trip happened the way it did, was because myself and the team allowed God to have full control and to guide us on this journey to the places we needed to be. God continued to teach us to walk in humility. The trip was not about us, it was about His glory and His love shown to His people.

Please continue to pray for Mission U-Too and how God might be leading you to get involved in your community. So that His name would be made know!

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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.

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Our Mission U-Too team has made it safely to Saltillo, Arkansas. Check out this video for an update from their first day serving.

Thank you for continuing to pray for our team as they serve food, lend a listening ear, and share Christ’s love to the people affected by this devastating tornado.

Mission U-Too can still use your help to be prepared for the next time disaster hits. To give simply click the button below and designate your gift to disaster relief.

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This weekend tornadoes pounded Oklahoma, Iowa, and Arkansas, killing 16 people and leaving hundreds homeless. And more storms are on their way.

These devastating storms remind us that tornado season is in full swing. Tornado season is typically March through the end of May in what is referred to as Tornado Alley. During these months, Mission U-Too is on high alert and ready to get on the road at moment’s notice to provide some relief to people displaced by these disasters.

This weekend’s event is no different. Mission U-Too is packing up a team and will be heading up to Mayflower, Arkansas, one of the towns that were the hardest hit, this evening.

Thankfully we are prepared for this disaster. But as tornado season continues on and with hurricane season around the corner, we need your help to be prepared for whatever disaster may strike next.

We need prayers for safety, provision, and for the people devastated by these disasters. And we also need financial donations that we can rely on when we have to move quickly in a time of disaster.

Can you partner with us and help Mission U-Too prepare to provide disaster relief by giving a gift today? Any amount you can give, whether it is $10, $100, or $1,000, will help us be prepared and quickly serve devastated communities across our nation.

We also appreciate you keeping our team leaving for Arkansas in your prayers this week. They will be serving food to many hurting people directly affected by these storms. Pray for safety and for comfort for those who have lost their homes and maybe even a loved one.

Again, we are so thankful for you, our Mission U-Too family, and for your support in our weekly communities and in times of disaster. We know God will show up big.

To make a donation today, simply click the button below and designate your gift to disaster relief. Thank you so much for your support, now and in times when disaster strikes.

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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 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 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 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.

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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.

You may have noticed Mission U-Too has been getting around lately. In April we headed to West, Texas after a fertilizer plant exploded and took out a good portion of the town. And in May, we headed up to serve the community of Moore, Oklahoma as they began the recovery process from a deadly tornado that ripped across their town.

As Mission U-Too serves every week in local communities across Central Texas, we are also preparing to respond in a time of disaster. We have a cooking trailer that we can load up with food and supplies and a core team that is willing to go at moments notice so we can head out when disaster strikes.

As we move forward and better prepare for more disasters, we need your help. We need prayers for safety, provision, and for the people devastated by these disasters. And we also need financial donations that we can rely on when we have to move quickly in a time of disaster.

Can you partner with us and help Mission U-Too prepare to provide disaster relief by giving a gift today? Any amount you can give, whether it is $10, $100, or $1,000, will help us be prepared and quickly serve devastated communities across our nation.

Simply click the button below and designate your gift to disaster relief. Thank you so much for your support, now and in times when disaster strikes.

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 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 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.