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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 – International

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.

What’s Happening Now

East Asia | December 27 – January 6 | Cost: $2750 | Sign up by: November 10
We are currently assembling a team to head to East Asia, December 27 – January 6 to partner with the E family! Our efforts will be centered around the work the E family is doing among college students and in the city. Join us as we minister to their family and sow seeds in a vastly unreached part of the world. Anyone is welcome to join, but space is limited. Cost is $2750 and the deadline to sign up is November 10. Email Mark at or René at for more details, questions you have, or to register.

South Asia | March 8 – 17, 2019 | Cost: $2750 | Sign up by: February 4
There is no place in the world like South Asia. The people, sights, tastes, and heat are remarkable. Even more incredible is the work God is doing there. In a place where the hope of Jesus is rarely spoken and vastly unknown, God is using faithful servants to reap a great harvest. On this trip, there will be opportunities to serve in a school and lead assemblies for kids, do outreach events with youth, and help equip local leaders to reach their neighbors. Email Mark at or René at for more details, questions you have, or to register.

Chile | March 7 – 15, 2019 | Cost: $2750 | Sign up by: TBA 
The mission to Chile over Spring Break promises to be an outstanding time to change lives. The week will be spent at the Hogar Bautista de Niñas in Temuco Chile. This home houses 20-25 girls that are in need of attention, encouragement, and the Gospel. There is no greater investment to be made than to spend quality time and energy interacting with the lives of young people to demonstrate to them the love of Christ. Email Terry Graham at tgraham@firstwoodway or René at for more details, questions you have, or to register.

Interested in Learning More About a Trip?

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.

East Asia  | May 26 – June 5, 2018 |  Cost:  $2,650  |  Sign up by:  March 30, 2018
This adventure to the Far East will be different than any other! Working with the Recreation Ministry at First Woodway, we will be doing sports ministry and outreaches across the city. This leads to many opportunities for Gospel conversations and connections for our long-term partners to build upon. As always, we will be spending time with our favorite family. Contact Case Smith at or Mark Tate at for more details or to claim your spot!

Manchester, UK  | July 27 – August 6, 2018  | Sign up by:  March 30, 2018
Do you have a love for children? Do you want to play a part in what God is doing in their lives? Do you want to see how God is moving in other parts of the world? If you answered “yes” to those questions, please consider joining us as we travel to England to teach kids about Jesus. We will be partnering with two local churches to lead two separate Holiday Clubs (VBS). This will be a life-changing experience that you won’t soon forget! While we would love to see parents/children go on this mission trip, anyone is welcome! College students, post-grad professionals, young marrieds, empty-nesters… we would love for you to be a part of this trip, as well. Contact Barbra at for more details or to claim your spot! (This is a Family & Children’s Ministry Trip. We have room for eight families – 32 people.)

Middle East Refugee Team | September 21 – September 30, 2018 | Cost: $2650 | 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. We are especially looking for those working in the medical field to join us.

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.

Interested in learning more about a trip?
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.

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