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 and early 2021. 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!

Rio Bravo Ministries: Reynosa 
We hope to be able to offer our medical missions trip, spring break and summer trips in 2021. We will bring you more information as soon as it is available. 

Trip Dates: 2021 trips coming soon!
Trip Leaders: Doug Lawyer (email) Ellery Buchanan (email)
Family Trip Costs: $400 adult/teen (ages 14 & up) / $200 (children 13 & under) / $1,200 maximum cost per family

Our Reynosa family trips (Spring Break, Summer & Thanksgiving) are open to all families at all of our Austin Ridge campuses. We typically spend four days enjoying our friends & ministry partner at Rio Bravo Ministries. Our teams serve at the Rio Bravo orphanage & school, assisting with small construction projects around the property; in addition to, leading fun, family friendly, activities and discipleship times with the children of Rio Bravo.

TRAVEL SAFETY! We take your safety very seriously, 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!

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

Trip Dates:
Summer 2021 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.

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:

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 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.