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.
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Due to the changing environment surrounding COVID-19, Austin Ridge has canceled or postponed most of our short-term trip opportunities through the summer of 2021. As travel and countries open up more in the coming months, we hope to have updated information for our upcoming trips!
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
Trip Dates: Spring 2022 dates coming soon!
Trip Leader: Dave Birkey (email)
Trip Cost: $2,400
This short-term opportunity is a great chance to work with our trip partner, House of Hope, who does outreach and discipleship among Muslims in the port city of Marseilles, France. You will have opportunities interact with North African refugees and better understand how to engage with those from a Muslim background. The team will also help with minor construction projects on the property grounds. We hope you will return from this experience with a better understanding of Islam as well as a passion to engage in relationships with Muslims here at home. This trip is suited for those with a heart to serve and a desire to learn more about Islam.
If you have any questions about this trip, please reach out directly to Dave Birkey.
Dominican Republic: Summer Family Trip
Trip Dates: Summer 2022 dates coming soon!
Trip Leader: Jeff Rutter (email)
Trip Cost: $2000 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. Children welcome, ages 8 & up. For additional information, check out the Makarios Group Trip Packet here.