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Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ Acts 8:26

Go South to the Road – Local

The idea “Go South to the Road” comes from the passage Acts 8:26-40. “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” Philip was compelled to go south to the road and there he met an Ethiopian Eunuch reading from the book of Isaiah. Philip was able to explain to the man what the Scripture meant as well as about the good news about Jesus. Later that day Philip baptized him. God has also called us to go south… and listen to the Spirit’s call and direction. He leads us to different places, people, neighborhoods, homes, and settings to share Christ. At First Woodway, we are ready to go wherever God sends us. Whether it be all of the sudden or a well planned effort, we will join together to Go South to the Road.

Vision Statement

Open to God, open to people, open to the world.

1. Open to God – we are open to be led by His Spirit.

  • Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me. 2 Corinthians 2:12
  • But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

2. Open to people – we are open and want to be extended and ready to speak life into individuals.

  • We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 2 Corinthians 6:11
  • Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

3. Open to the world – we are open and available to go and share the gospel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.

  • On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Acts 14:27
  • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

What’s Happening Now

Go South to the Road – Meyer Center | Friday, August 17 | 6:00 – 7:30 am
The Missions Ministry will be cooking breakfast for the homeless. If you would like to volunteer to help please sign up here. [Contact: René Maciel]

Go South to the Road – Reading Mentors for WISD
This year churches are partnering together to recruit hundreds of new Reading Mentors for WISD Elementary Schools. What an incredible opportunity to positively and spiritually impact children in WISD. There are three training dates and you will be required to attend at least one of them. If you feel led to be a mentor, please click here to sign up.
Training Dates:
September 9: Training at Antioch Community Church [505 N 20th St, Waco] 2:00-3:30 pm
September 11: Training at Carver Park Baptist [1020 Herring Ave, Waco] 7:00-8:30 pm
September 13: Training at First United Methodist Waco [4901 Cobbs Dr., Waco] 7:00-8:30 pm

Go South to the Road – Celebrate Health Day at Jubilee Food Market
Saturday, September 8
Join us at Celebrate Health Day on September 8 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Some of our very own doctors (from our church family) will be joining us at this event as we serve the community. At our booth, we will distribute water and fruit and pray with people in need. Sign up here.

Go South to the Road – Madeira Apartments | Sunday, September 9
Go South to the Road at a cookout for our neighbors at the Madeira Apartments on September 9 at 6:00 pm! There will be food, games and opportunities to serve. We need volunteers to join us for a Summer Cookout and Splash Party. Please click here to sign up.

Go South to the Road – Neighboring Lights | All Summer
Neighboring Lights is a wonderful way to connect and minister to your neighbors. It is doesn’t have to be a big effort, just a connection. I hope you will consider how God may want to use you to go…go across the street or next door to be the church, to be a light. Take a look at the ways you can live intentionally in your neighborhood by clicking here.

Go South to the Road – Refugee Ministry: Hygiene Kits To The Border
First Woodway is being called into action by the Texas Baptist River Ministry. We will be collecting these hygiene kits and taking a team down to the border to help with the refugee families in early August. We will set this date soon. Sign up here to deliver kits.  You can also give a monetary gift toward these needs.
Collection Dates For Kits: Now through early August
Collection Place/Drop Off Location: First Woodway Offices – Ashley Giles

Please bring either completed kits (in a clear zip lock bag so contents are clearly seen) or individual items.

Items Needed:
Children’s Kits – crayon box, comb, bar of soap, toothbrush, 4 lollipops, coloring book, 2 laffy taffy, 2.75oz toothpaste, 1.5 oz roll on antiperspirant deodorant, 4 oz. shampoo/conditioner bottle, 2 oz. body lotion bottle, card from your group
Adult Kits – 2 pads (women only), Brush (F) / Comb (M), bar of soap, toothbrush, 2 tampons (women only), 2 oz. body lotion bottle, 1.5 oz. roll on deodorant, 2.75 oz. toothpaste, disposable razor (men only), 2 hand sanitizing wipes, 4 oz. shampoo/conditioner bottle, card of encouragement

Go South to the Road – Caritas of Waco | Every 2nd and 4th Thursday | 9:00 – 11:00 am
We minister in the welcome areas at Caritas every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 9:00-11:00 am. We are needing volunteers from First Woodway to help us. We will engage in conversations and pray with those who come to Caritas seeking help. We hope that these conversations and opportunities to pray with others will lead to sharing the gospel with many. The harvest is ripe to feed and share the gospel. Contact René for more details at

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Apartments Cookouts 
Contact: René Maciel
Several times a year, we fire up the grill and spend a Sunday evening cooking out for a local apartment complex and getting to know others in our community. We provide hamburgers, hotdogs, and chips for the residents. Come and enjoy the food, the fellowship, and conversation with others.

God’s Toolbox
Contact: Doris King
God’s Toolbox’s primary focus is to care for, share with, and serve others through home repair projects. They assist the elderly, people of low income, and the disabled, enabling them to live in warmth, safety and independence.

Prison Ministry
Contact: Betty at 254.744.3679
Men and women from the First Woodway family travel to the Gatesville women’s prison on Monday nights where they spend time with female inmates… sharing wisdom, providing encouragement, and praying together. Try visiting  a couple times to see if this ministry is a fit for you.

Wednesday Night Saints
Contact:  Ken & Wanda Glaze  (or call 254.666.8276)
Each Wednesday night during the school year, 30-40 people receive a warm meal along with a hug and a prayer. These homebound families love the conversation time the most, just knowing someone cares about them. Call and see how you can spend one hour each week to help deliver a meal to someone who is hurting and alone.  Learn more about ways you can serve here.

Caritas of Waco
Caritas of Waco is a non-profit organization that was opened in 1967 to serve the needs of poverty-level individuals living in the Waco-McLennan County area. The mission of Caritas is to “provide urgent support to people in need in our community.” This is accomplished by offering emergency/supplemental assistance in the form of food, clothing and household items, utility assistance, prescription medication assistance, rent and mortgage assistance, emergency lodging and travel. The philosophy of Caritas is to move low income families “beyond hunger to hope” through a combination of urgent assistance (e.g., food) and the case management intervention. Caritas is effectively placing many individuals into employment positions and into vocational training programs through it case management program.

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