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.

Click below to read through our short-term frequently asked questions:

Short Term Trip FAQs

Due to the changing environment surrounding COVID-19, Austin Ridge has canceled or postponed many of our short-term trip opportunities for 2020. The safety and security of all our short-term missions teams is extremely important to us. If you're looking for a way to serve during this season, please refer to the COVID-19 Response page for the most up-to-date serving opportunities. We hope you will join us on an upcoming short-term trip very soon!


Reynosa: Men's Ministry Trip 2020

Trip Dates: October 15 - 18
Trip Leader: Ellery Buchanan (email) Paul Rudzitis (email)
Trip Cost: $300 adult/teen (ages 14 & up)
Application Deadline: October 11

Mandatory Team Travel Meeting: Sunday, October 11; 12:45pm at BC Campus - Bldg. B 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.**

Join Austin Ridge Men's Ministry for the fourth annual men's trip to Reynosa, Mexico! This fall, we will spend three days with our ministry partner, Rio Bravo Ministries School & Orphanage, working on various construction projects on the property grounds. It will be a great chance to get to know other Ridge men and serve alongside this incredible ministry. This trip is open to men at all of our Austin Ridge campuses. Ages 14 & up are welcome. 

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!


Reynosa: Thanksgiving Family Trip 2020

Trip Dates: November 25 - 29
Trip Leader: Doug Lawyer (email)
Trip Cost: $400 adult/teen (ages 14 & up) / $200 (children 13 & under) / $1,200 maximum cost per family
Application Deadline: November 15

Mandatory Team Travel Meeting: Sunday, November 15; 12:45pm at BC Campus - Bldg. B 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 summer 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!

Registration for this trip will open August 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 2020

Trip Dates:
 October 14-25
Trip Leader: Dave Birkey (email)
Trip Cost: $2,400
Application Deadline: September 1

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.

Register for this trip here! 




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

Trip Dates: Spring 2021 dates coming soon! 
Trip Leaders: Glenn Gordon (email) Don Dumbacher (email)
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. 

If you're interested in this trip, please contact trips@austinridge.org for the most current information. 




Dominican Republic: Summer Family Trip

Trip Dates:
 2021 trip 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.