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.

Short-Term Trip FAQs     




Reynosa: Spring Break Family Trip 2019

Trip Dates: March 16-20
Mandatory Trip Meeting: February 24 12:30pm, Southwest Campus 

Trip Leader: Avery Wallace (email)
Trip Cost: $400 per person / $1200 max per family

This trip is open to all families at all of our Austin Ridge campuses. We will spend four days this spring break 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.

Registration for this trip is closed.

If you have questions regarding this trip, or any of our Reynosa trips, please visit our Reynosa FAQs page for safety and travel information. 


Reynosa: Thanksgiving Family Trip 2019

Trip Dates: November 27 - December 1
Mandatory Trip Meeting: Sunday, November 10; 12:30pm, Bee Cave Campus - Cafe 

Trip Leader: Doug Lawyer (email)
Trip Cost: $400 per person / $1200 max per family

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.

If you have questions regarding this trip, or any of our Reynosa trips, please visit our Reynosa FAQs page for safety and travel information. 

Registration for this trip will open August 1.


Reynosa: Bee Cave Students - Summer Trip 2019

Trip Dates: June 22-27
Parent Info Meeting: January 20, 12:30pm Bee Cave Campus, Bldg. C/High School
Trip Leader: John MacTaggart (email) Ellery Buchanan (email)
Trip Cost: 
$400 per student

This trip is open to all of our high school students at the Bee Cave Campus. We will spend four days this Summer enjoying our friends in Reynosa, Mexico! Our team will serve at the orphanage & school at Rio Bravo Ministries, help with minor projects (i.e. painting), lead fun activities and discipleship times with the children of Rio Bravo Orphange & School.

If you have questions regarding this trip, or any of our Reynosa trips, please visit our Reynosa FAQs page for safety and travel information. 

Registration for students will open January 20 through the Bee Cave student ministry page. Parents must attend the information meeting for their student to apply.




Dominican Republic: Summer Family Trip 2019

Trip Dates: June 22-29
Information Meeting: Sunday, March 10, 12:45pm - Southwest Campus Room #114. Lunch & childcare provided.
Trip Leader: Jeff Rutter (email
Trip Cost: 
$1850 per person

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. 

Apply for this trip here! 


Pader Community Church: The Farm Project

Trip Leader:
 Jonathan Patton (email
Trip Cost: approx $3,000

The Farm Project is an area of 15 acres of land in Pader, Uganda, which is providing dignified jobs for members of Pader Community Church through sustainable local business and agriculture projects. The vision of The Farm Project is to not only be a profitable and sustainable anchor of the community, but also to serve as a place where workers can encounter the truth of Christ through intentional discipleship. Current happenings at The Farm include raising goats, growing crops, baking and selling of bread. There are plans to develop a seedling program, to build an irrigation system, and even the hope of developing additional Farm Projects in nearby villages.

The Farm Project typically takes three trips per year to Pader, so if you're interested in learning more, please email Jonathan Patton for more details on this ministry opportunity.


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.


 



Ananias House: Pastor Training & Refugee Ministry

Trip Dates:
 April 4 -14
Application Deadline: January 15
Trip Leader: Heather Moga (email)
Trip Cost: approx. $2,800

This team will be traveling to Lebanon to serve with our ministry partner, Ananias House, among Syrian refugees. While there, we will be assisting Ananias House through training and leadership development, along with visiting refugee families for prayer, and helping make connections to refugees on behalf of our partner. If you're interested in this trip opportunity, please contact our trip leader for more information.

Registration for this trip is closed! 




House of Hope: Muslim Outreach
 

Trip Dates:
 Summer 2019 - exact trip dates TBD
Trip Leader: Dave Birkey (email)
Trip Cost: $2,800

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.

Registration for this trip will open in spring 2019. If you have any questions prior, please reach out to Dave Birkey.




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

Trip Dates:
 April 27 - May 5
Application Deadline: February 15
Trip Leader:
 Amy Taylor (email)
Trip Cost: $2,800

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. 

Registration for the spring trip is now closed. Check back soon, we will have our Athens fall trip dates available soon! 


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