Austin Ridge provides a number of opportunities to participate in short-term trips throughout the year. These trips are selected with the express intent of helping our church family see cross-cultural missions work firsthand. All trip participants are selected through an application process.

Read through our short-term frequently asked questions:

Short Term Trip FAQs



Reynosa: Thanksgiving Family Trip 2019

Trip Dates: November 27 - December 1
Trip Leader: Doug Lawyer (email)
Trip Cost: $400 adult/teen (ages 14 & up) / $200 (children 13 & under) / $1,200 maximum cost per family
Trip Deposit: $50 per person/family due upon registration (Please remember, we are not able to provide refunds due to IRS regulations.) 
Application Deadline: November 10

Mandatory Team Travel Meeting:
 Sunday, November 10; 12:30pm at BC Campus - Bldg. Cafe
**At this meeting, we will discuss all travel logistics, border crossing, and trip safety. If you do not attend this meeting, your group cannot travel with our team.**

This trip is open to all families at all of our Austin Ridge campuses. We will spend four days this Thanksgiving enjoying our friends in Reynosa, Mexico! Our team will serve at the orphanage & school at Rio Bravo Ministries, helping with construction projects, leading fun activities and discipleship times with the children of Rio Bravo.

TRAVEL SAFETY! We take your safety very serious, if you have questions or concerns regarding any of our Reynosa trips, please reach out to your trip leader and/or the missions office. We have also put together Reynosa FAQs for safety and travel information, we hope you will find this page helpful. 

Click here for more general information about all of our Reynosa Trips!

Register for this trip here!

Registration for this trip will open August 1.


Reynosa: Medical Trip 2020

Trip Dates: February 28 - March 4
Application Deadline: February 1
Trip Leader: Ellery Buchanan (email)
Trip Cost: $250 per person

This trip is specifically designed to address some of the medical needs of the people in Reynosa, Mexico and the surrounding communities. If you are a medical professional, we encourage you to join our team this year. We also need folks with no medical education or background to assist with administrative duties. The medical services we hope to provide include:

  •   Dental care, including cavity repair, extractions and screening
    •    Eye care and distribution of glasses 
    •    Hearing care and testing 
    •    Diabetes screening 
    •    Physical exams 

TRAVEL SAFETY! We take your safety very serious, if you have questions or concerns regarding any of our Reynosa trips, please reach out to your trip leader and/or the missions office. We have also put together Reynosa FAQs for safety and travel information, we hope you will find this page helpful. 

Click here for more general information about all of our Reynosa Trips!

Register for this trip here!

Registration for this trip will open November 1.


Pader Community Church: The Women of Pader

Trip Leader:
 Holly Williamson (email
Trip Cost: approx. $3,500

Ridge member, Holly Williamson, first visited Pader in 2013 and was drawn to the isolated, lonely, poor, and untrusting women she met there. She felt led by God to help these women improve their bead-making skills and create income for their families by selling hand-made jewelry. Holly travels to Pader three times each year - spring, summer, and fall - and is always looking for other women who would like to travel with her. The results of these trips has been seen in the number of Pader women involved in this project (growing from 30-100 in the last 3 years), and seeing their self-esteem grow as they understand God's love for them and are able to provide food and school fees for their children. If you have questions, please reach out to Holly. 

Holly typically takes three trips per year to Pader, so if you're interested in learning more, please email her for more details on this ministry opportunity.


House of Hope: Muslim Outreach  

Trip Dates:
 TBD
Trip Leader: Dave Birkey (email)
Trip Cost: $2,600
Application Deadline: TBD

This short-term trip opportunity will be hands on, helping with construction repairs. at House of Hope, a facility used for outreach and discipleship among Muslims in the port city of Marseilles. You will have opportunities to interact with refugees from North Africa and learn how to engage with those from a Muslim background. You will return from this experience with a better understanding of Islam and a passion to engage in relationships with Muslims here at home. 

This trip is suited for those with “handyman” skills and have a heart to serve, along with a desire to learn more about Islam.

If you have any questions prior, please reach out to Dave Birkey.





East West Ministries: Men's & Women's Refugee Ministry

Upcoming Trip Dates: April 25 - May 4 2020
Trip Cost: $2,850

Join a group of Austin Ridge men & women going to Athens, Greece this Spring. Our team will interact with and share the love of Christ with those who’ve been displaced from their home country. This is a great opportunity to experience first-hand the life of many Muslim refugees and join in the timely opportunity to share Christ with this often-receptive-to-the-gospel group. This trip will be led by East-West Ministries, a respected mission organization dedicated to disciple-making among the spiritually dark places of the world. 

All aspects of this trip will be managed by East-West Ministries. 

Apply for this trip here!
 




Dominican Republic: Summer Family Trip 2020

Trip Dates:
 June 20-27 
Trip Leader: Jeff Rutter (email
Trip Cost:
Approx. $2000 per person
Application Deadline: February 1

Join us this summer for a short-term family trip to the Dominican Republic serving our ministry partner, Makarios, whose mission is to cultivate a cycle of hope and opportunity while breaking the cycle of poverty in the Dominican Republic through Christ-centered education, community programs, and relationships that empower. Our teams typically spend the days helping facilitate vacation bible school activities and soccer camps as well as participate in community visits and relief projects. This is a great opportunity to introduce your family to cross-cultural missions work firsthand. Children welcome, ages 8 & up. For additional information, check out the Makarios Group Trip Packet here.

The application will open September 1. If you have questions, please reach out directly to Jeff Rutter. 
Apply for this trip here!