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 | Dec. 27, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 | Cost: $2750 | Sign up by: Oct. 28, 2019
Pray, give, or go to East Asia! We take teams there twice a year — in May and December. Join us as we work alongside our favorite family in the Far East. We will take part in work on university campuses and urban outreach. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to share the Gospel in a place where the Gospel is not welcome but through your actions and words you will have a chance to engage people with the love of Christ. Contact René Maciel at rmaciel@firstwoodway.org or Mark Tate at mtate@firstwoodway.org for more details or to claim your spot!

Chile | March 5 – 13, 2020 | Cost: $2000-$2200 (estimate) | Sign up: Is going on now! 
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. The first week is March 5 – 13 and for both week is March 5-20. Email Terry Graham at tgraham@firstwoodway.org or René at rmaciel@firstwoodway.org for more details, questions you have, or to register.

East Asia | May 17-30, 2020 | Cost: $2,750 | Sign up by: March 23, 2020
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. In a city with millions of people and very few who know Jesus, this is a very important work. As always, we will be spending time with our favorite family in the city- the E Fam. Contact Case Smith at csmith@firstwoodway.org or Mark Tate at mtate@firstwoodway.org for more details or to claim your spot!

Dominican Republic | July 25 – Aug. 1, 2020 | Cost: TBA | Sign up by: TBA
Come be a part of this brand-new mission trip to the Dominican Republic! We will be serving alongside the South Texas Children’s Home ministry. We will especially be caring for children and families on this trip through VBS. There may be some other opportunities to assist with ESL classes, a medical clinic, and sewing classes. This will be a wonderful international family mission trip. Make plans to serve and use your talents as we love and share the gospel with the people of the DR. Contact René Maciel at rmaciel@firstwoodway.org for more details!

South Asia | August 11-23, 2020 | Cost: $2750 | Sign up by: April 15, 2020
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 mtate@firstwoodway.org or René at rmaciel@firstwoodway.org for more details, questions you have, or to register.

Middle East | October 2020 | Cost: $3000 | Sign up by: May 1
After another incredible medical mission trip to the Middle East, we are already planning our next one. We’ll assemble a team of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and even a few non-medical folks to run a clinic for refugees. Our goal is to help meet physical needs, which gives us an opportunity to have spiritual conversations. Peace abounds in this unlikely place, where so many people have lost their homes, possessions, jobs, and family members. In this devastating position, we find many are much more open to hearing and responding to the truth of Jesus. Email Mark at mtate@firstwoodway.org or René at rmaciel@firstwoodway.org for more details, questions you have, or to register.

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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