“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:19

How Can You Serve Internationally Right Here In Waco?

JAN 15 | EVENING OF PRAYER | 5:30 PM | THE VENUE

First Woodway’s Missions Ministry expectantly opens the doors of The Venue for an Evening of Prayer! We extend this invitation to our church family to come and pray for our many 2023 mission trips. Let’s pray and ask God to:

// Lead our efforts in travel and the work to be done before, during, and after each trip // Prepare the hearts who God has called and continues to call to go
// Meet the needs of our US and International partners

JAN 29 | GLOBAL PARTNERS LUNCHEON | 12 NOON | THE VENUE

We will be hosting World Mission for lunch and an informational session on how our partnership with them is making an impact. This lunch following the second service is free and open to everyone. Please RSVP and join us in The Venue!

FEB 6 | FIRST MONDAY PRAYER AND FASTING | SHERMAN FAMILY IN ENGLAND

“So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.” – Ezra 8:23

The faithful and fervent prayers of His people are very much able to move the hand of God. The response of God to our prayers is an incredible thing – and we’ve seen and experienced this first- hand through our partnership with several missionaries and their families around the world. We invite you to fast and pray for our following mission partners this Spring:

Mar 6: Mission Efforts in Chile; Apr 2: Garsee Family, Thailand; May 1: Tate Family; Jun 5 LSESD Lebanon Partnership

Trips for 2023 

God 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 across the ocean or south of the border, we are ready to share God’s love with others.

*Prices may change slightly depending on airline cost 

Cambodia | February 16 – 25, 2023
Cost: $2400
Team size: 6-10
Deadline to sign up: November 13, 2022
Join us for a new trip to work with the Ecklunds at Hope International School in Phnom Phen, Cambodia.  We will be helping lead a kid’s club program for the primary students.  If you love children, come be a part of sharing the gospel to children from around the world! 

Chile |  March 2-10, 2023
Cost: $2500
Team size: 12-15
Deadline to sign up: November 27, 2022
Once again, we will be working with the Temuco Girl’s Home.  This will be a fun trip spending time investing in the lives of the girls who live there along with completion of some work projects.   

LSESD- Lebanon |  June 22-July 1, 2023
Cost: $3100
Team size: 10
Deadline to sign up: March 12, 2022
This will be the first time we send a team to work with this organization.  We will be doing a kid’s club in a strategic location along with many other ministry opportunities. This trip will also include an opportunity to visit the cedars of Lebanon.   

Dominican Republic with South Texas Children’s Home | July 25- August 1, 2023 
Approximate cost: $1800 adult and $1450 child (2-18)
Team size: 15-20
Deadline to sign up: April 16
We will travel to Santo Domingo, DR to work alongside the local STCH team.  This trip covers a broad skill set! We need people to work with children in orphanages and minister to house parents. If you have skills in construction, sewing, teacher training, ESL, medical or dental, this trip is for you. Even if you don’t have skills, you will be trained. 

Southern Asia | September 20-30, 2023 
Cost: Approximate cost $2500
Team size: 6
We will be working with pastor A in his home country to serve alongside him as he shares the gospel. The focus of this team will be to encourage our brothers and sisters by serving with the gifts God has given us. We will be serving in a large city and in a village.

 LSESD-Lebanon | Early December 2023
Cost: approximate cost $2300
Team size: 10
Deadline to sign up:  September 3, 2023
The purpose of this trip will be to work with special needs youth and parents. If you have experience with special needs or are a special needs parent, this trip is for you!  There was once a stigma connected to special needs children in Lebanon but thankfully, Nabil Costa (head of LSESD) changed the country’s way of thinking after calling his special needs son a blessing on national TV.   

 

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 Participant 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.
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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