“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Missions

As a church, we see ourselves as missionary by nature. Mission does not reflect merely what we do; it reflects who we are. We are participants in God’s mission. We want to invite you to be the church together with us, called and sent to bear witness to God’s redemptive reign.

On every continent, God is moving, working to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18-19). We are called as Christ’s body to join him in his work. We want to invite you to come alongside us as we use the words we have and the deeds we can enact to declare the love and Lordship of Jesus among all the peoples of the world.

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Missions Advocacy Teams

There is a new way to get involved with missions at First Woodway! Join an advocacy team!

Advocacy teams are simply small groups of people who gather to learn, pray, and actively support the work God is doing in specific regions of the world.   Each team will meet on a quarterly basis to get updates from the field, stay connected with partners in a region, and actively engage with our strategy for reaching the unreached in each area.  Our plan is to have advocacy teams for each region we have partners and/or send teams.  This includes:  North Africa / Middle East (NAME), Central Asia/Europe, The Americas,  South Asia/East Asia.  Pick a region and join us for an Advocacy Team meeting!

Advocacy Team Meetings

Central Asia/Europe: Sunday, March 26 @ 5:00 pm in Room 210

The Americas: Sunday, April 9 @ 5:00 pm in Room 210

South Asia/East Asia: Sunday, May 7 @ 5:00 pm in Room 210.

 Middle East Refugee Team  |  September 28 – October 8, 2017  |  Cost:  $2600  |  Sign up by: August 1
The displaced peoples of the Middle East are at a crossroads.  War and unrest have forced them to leave everything that is familiar.  It has unearthed deep questions about life, faith, and truth. While we do not claim to have all the answers, we can walk with them in the process of discovery. As followers of Christ we can help meet physical needs while being sensitive to sow Gospel seeds.

If you have a heart for people or passion for the broken, this trip is for you. Regardless of your age or perceived skills, you can make a huge difference in the lives of refugees.

East Asia Collegiate Ministry Team  |  Christmas Break 2017  |  Cost:  $2600  |  Sign up by:  October 18
Students in East Asia love to practice English, learn about Western culture, and hang out with Americans.  They’ve seen our TV shows and know our music, but most of them have never heard about Jesus Christ.  Spend a week building relationships, drinking flower tea, and talking about the things that matter most.  If you are willing to build relationships and share your life with students, then you will thrive on this team of 4-6 people.

Interested in learning more about a trip?
International School Teacher  |  Central + East Asia
January-June 2017 {or} August 2017-June 2018
Are you about to graduate from college or looking to take a semester off?   Are you retired and interested in serving for a short time overseas?  Our partners in central and east Asia have a consistent need for English speaking teachers in a variety of subjects.  Some of these are paid positions and some will need to raise own support.  You can do this!

Collegiate Worker / Church Planter  |  Manchester  |  January 2017-July 2017 {or longer}
Manchester is a city with enormous potential.  Our partners are looking for an intern or mid-term worker who would help them disciple students, strengthen churches, and provide assistance in planting a new coffee-shop church.

Hands-On Collegiate Worker  |  East Asia  |  June 2017-December 2017
Join an amazing team sharing the Gospel on university campuses through English clubs, cultural exchange programs, sports clubs, and one-on-one relationships.  First Woodway has a strong partnership with folks in this city of 12-14 million.

Volunteer Coordinator  |  Middle East |  6 months-2 years
Volunteers are a key element in advancing the Gospel among refugees in the Middle East.  As a volunteer coordinator, you would help short-term teams carry out long-term strategies with our partners on the field.  This is perfect for a retired couple or young family.

Interested in learning more about a trip?
Contact the missions office for more info on these opportunities. 

Teacher (Science, Math, Social Studies) – Central Asia
Language Student/English Teacher/Disciple Maker – East Asia

2017 Family Trips

Spend your summer vacation making an impact while spending meaningful time with your family. These stateside trips work with churches in leading Backyard Bible Clubs and sports camps, plus community outreach and performing light construction/repairs. Specific dates and details will be added soon.

Pecos, NM  |  July 1-7
Taos, NM  |  July 15-21
Buena Vista, CO  |   July 14-21  CLOSED
Palmetto, GA  |  July 21-29
Steamboat Springs, CO  |  June 16-23
Beeville, TX  |  July 2017
Manchester, England  |  July 28-August 4

Interested in learning more about a trip?
Mission Waco Health Clinic
At the Mission Waco Health Clinic, we strive to treat the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the working poor and homeless while serving as a bridge for getting our patients long-term help.  We see folks with no insurance and no other options for health-care access.  We need medical professionals!  Are you a Doctor? Nurse? NP? Dentist? Dental Hygienist?  We would love to give you more information about this much-needed ministry.  Contact: Leigh Saxon  leighsaxon@hotmail.com or 254-855-2479

Neighboring Lights – Halloween Edition  |  October 31
Halloween is a perfect opportunity to actively get to know your neighbors.  Many families will come to you!!  So, host a neighborhood gathering in your driveway.  Take time to greet families and hand out drinks, hotdogs, candy, or simple Gospel centered notes.  Use the holiday as a natural bridge to love your neighbor.

Operation Christmas Child  |  Mid October-Mid November
A simple shoebox filled with toys can make an eternal difference in the life of a child.  Not only does it bless children with joy and hope, it also provides local churches an opportunity to share the love of God.  As shoeboxes are distributed, local church leaders present the Gospel in a fun way and give children a colorful presentation of the Gospel in their own language.  This is a great way to involve the entire family in missions!

The Twelve Trees of Christmas  |  Sunday, December 4
Every Christmas season, the Adult Worship Choir presents a Sunday morning concert in conjunction with a local missions outreach called “The Twelve Trees of Christmas.”  Lined across the front of the Worship Center will be twelve trees, each representing a local ministry that serves the underprivileged in our community. During the service, the congregation has an opportunity to bring forward a gift to place under the ministry tree they would like to help support. View the 2016 Wish List.

One of the most practical and powerful ways to be involved in missions is through prayer.  In fact, we believe that prayer must be at the heart of all our missional activity.  D.L. Moody once said, “Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.”  Therefore, we invite you to join us in praying for the nations in these ways:

Missions Prayer Gatherings
Occasionally we will gather for a special time of prayer or for a special celebration of God’s activity among the nations. Stay tuned for our next prayer gathering.

Harvest Worker Prayer Goals for 2017
This entire year of 2017, we are asking the congregation at First Woodway to pray for more local and international missionaries to be sent out into a ripe field.  Below are the goals that we will be praying for throughout the year.  Be looking for the new prayer webpage that will have a prayer calendar leading us toward these goals!

Goals for International Missions:
·      Short-term missions (up to two weeks) – 100 missionaries
·      Mid-term missions (two months to two years) – 6 missionaries
·      Long-term (two years and on) – 1 missionary or family

Goal for Local Missions:
·      For a person or family to participate in one more local missionary/outreach opportunity than last year.

Harvest Workers:

·      There are 3651 IMB missionaries serving around the world.
·      There 5684 NAMB (North American Mission Board) missionaries serving in the US.
·      It is estimated that there are 51,000 missionaries worldwide.

Harvest Workers Prayer Calendars

January       February       March

Another way you can participate in missions is through giving. 

You may not be aware that whenever you give to First Woodway you are already supporting missions. Eight percent of your regular gifts are used to fund mission work in Texas and around the world through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention.

That is significant!  But why not pray about doing more?  Many of our members contribute to missions over and above their regular tithe. These gifts are used to support our church’s mission partners, help us send teams to the mission field, and fund projects in Waco and around the world. You can designate a gift for missions by indicating your desire on your giving envelope or the memo line of your check.

Financial Support for Trips

One of the most common concerns for those interested in serving on a short-term or mid-term mission team is the cost. It can seem overwhelming to consider paying for a trip that is outside of our normal budget. However, as a body of Christ, we do not want money to be the reason we do not serve on a mission team or share the Good News. We believe that God can and will provide for our needs. It will take some intentionality and hard work, but time and time again God has proven that He is faithful to those He calls. Here are a few suggestions to help you raise support…

Support Team
Perhaps the most valuable part of your preparation for a trip is developing your own support team. This support team is made up of both prayer supporters and financial contributors. The goal here is to develop a team – not just raise funds! We encourage each team member to enlist 5-10 people to pray for the team, team member, the area the team is traveling to, and the ministry on the ground. This is a great opportunity to involved small groups and those who are unable to go on the trip.

Write Letters or Emails to Friends and Family
One of the most effective and proven methods to raise individual support is to write a letter or email to family, friends, and co-workers. There are many people who would love an opportunity to invest in someone they know personally on the mission field. We suggest sending support letters to 40-50 people.

View a sample letter.

Crowdfunding Sites
GoFundMe is a popular one, although there are fees involved that will be taken out of the total amount of money raised. PureCharity is another option, but has fees. Razoo is a free option.

Note: Giving through these sites is not tax deductible. If your donors want their gift to be tax deductible, they will need to write a check to First Woodway, following very specific details.

Keep Security in Mind! If you use a crowdfunding site to raise money for a First Woodway mission trip and your trip is to a location with moderate or high security risk, DO NOT include details of your trip on the page that would jeopardize security for you, your team, or the partners you’re going to work with! That means…

• DO NOT include specific country.
• Avoid words like “mission trip”, “church”, “First Woodway,” etc.
• Keep information on the site vague. You can give details to friends and family by other means NOT attached to the site.
• TURN OFF the option for “Visitor Comments” so that those who donate don’t make a comment on the page like “Praying for your mission trip!” that unintentionally jeopardizes the security of you or others.

Thanks for your interest in one of our domestic or international trips! We are excited to partner with you to share the Good News to the ends of the earth.  To officially register for a trip, complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out a Participation Agreement.
  2. Fill out a Missions Liability Release Form and Background Check Authorization Form.
  3. Submit your deposit (cash or check) to a member of the Missions Staff or to the church office.
  4. A member of the Missions Staff will contact you with required training dates and any additional information.

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CONTACT THE MISSIONS OFFICE     Chris Sammons, Missions Pastor  |  Doris King, Local Missions Director  |  254.772.9696  |  Text MISSIONS to 254.845.7835