1315 N. 15th Street, Waco, TX, 76707

 May 2017 – E-News – “hands on compassion”  <

“Summer is just around the corner and we’re scrambling to be sure there are once again the best opportunities to empower the poor and motivate the middle-class to get engaged in the lives of others.” We’ve also entered one of the most important efforts of our ministry to fund the present and future of the next twenty-five years of our ministry. There are several ways listed below for you to engage with us as a participant or volunteer. I hope you will seriously consider how to make this summer your best ever!”   Jimmy Dorrell, Executive Director

Jimmy Dorrell, executive director



Kick-Off Celebration- Thursday, May 25, 5:00-6:30pm, World Cup Café

Capacity/Capital campaign seeks to raise funds for priorities over next three-five years

Over the past month, our staff, board and friends have met with over 300 individuals and families to listen to their opinions about our work, our dreams and the potential to increase our ability to empower those in our local community and in three very poor global communities. We listened to those folks who are homeless and to those in powerful leadership positions in Waco. In all those venues, there has been an emerging list of the projects and needs that have risen to the top that we all seem to agree cannot be ignored in the next years of our ministry. Mission Waco Mission World has never before entered a capacity/capital campaign to ask so boldly for funds. We’re really not asking for ourselves, but for those we serve. To empower the thousands we reach costs money and this giving effort, scheduled over three to five years, is designed to address the needs above. Many of you are regular and generous donors, while others have not yet given to this ministry. Would you seriously consider this giving request for the Next 25 years, donating on top of what you currently give? Every dollar impacts live and even small regular donations mount up over time.




 “SEEK” Benefit Concert to Raise Funds- May 21, 3:30 @ MCC

High school student hopes to raise $1000 again for MW urban children to learn to swim

Do you enjoy classical music? Phoebe Park hopes so. For the second annual The SEEK Benefit Concert will be held on May 21, at 3:30 pm in the MTA Theatre at MCC, featuring State finalists and professional artists. All donations and prayers will be gladly accepted and put forth to good use in the funding of the SEEK Program. The SEEK (Swimming, Enabling and Empowering Kids) program works with the Mission Waco Kids Camp during the summer to provide life-saving swim lessons for free, that combine fun and water safety education. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children, especially for minorities, and the SEEK program is working to eradicate this issue. Come out and support the SEEK program and also be blessed with wonderful music!

Youth Job Training Classes Ramp Up for Summer

16-24 year olds get help finding a job with benefits while being trained

For an urban teen or young adult who has never worked, there are lots of anxieties and roadblocks that can prevent them from employment. For over twenty years, Mission Waco has helped lower-income youth get connected to the work  in a proven, three-phase program that teaches pre-employment work maturity skills, provides 60 hours of paid job experience, and helps them find a job. New classes beginning soon. Contact Mission Waco (254.753.4900) or email <>.  We’re ready to help.


Mexico City Mission Exposure Trip- July 1-7 

Join us for eight life-changing days serving the poor <> 

Ever wanted to go serve in another country and be exposed to the joys and challenges of our global friends? For 30 years, Jimmy and Janet Dorrell have been taking groups to one of the world’s largest cities to meet and serve some of the most amazing folks you could ever meet. Go with them this July 1-7 to serve orphans, widows, and others and celebrate in a church there that will bring new insight into your own spiritual journey. See details at the link above, but decide soon!


Local Sponsors Changing Lives for Haiti Children

$228/year gives a child hope through education

Ryan and Ashley Laschober already have kids, but they have continued to “add” more children in their lives through Mission Waco Mission World’s annual sponsorships of Haitian children who want to go to school. They are part of an incredible list of Wacoans and others who have committed to be sure “their” kids get to attend school. See how you can change a life: <>

Poverty Simulations Changing Lives

One weekend can change you! <> 

Over the last thirty years, 24,000 participants have spent 42 hours seeing life from the other side. They have come from all of the U.S. to experience poverty, seek to understand God’s heart for the poor, and consider how they can make a difference in their own community and world. And now we waiting on you to join this life-changing experience. See cost, details  and FAQs at the link above.

Summer Programs for Children & Youth

Sign up soon. SOME PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE; Apply at Mission Waco office, 1315 N. 15th

1. Creative Arts – (costs vary)

  Dance Camp-June 26-30 

  Music/Movement Camp- July 24-28

2. Theatre Performance- $120      

    (includes lunch, snack & t-shirt)

  July 10-14 (children K-5th grade)

  July 17-21 (youth 6th-12th grade) 

3. Visual Arts– (costs vary)

CHILD: June 6-8 & 13-15 (ages 9-11)

  July 18-20 & 25-27 (ages 4-5)

  August 1-3 & 8-10 (ages 6-8)

YOUTH :June 6-27 & July 11-18 

(Tues; 4:00-5:30)

4. Summer Day Camp (child)

   June 5th-July 13th

5. Summer Day Camp (youth)

   June 5th-July 20th

6. Resident Camp (child) July 17th-22nd

7. Resident Camp (youth)   

June 12-17 (7th-8th); July 10-15 (9th & up)

8. Youth Job Training Program

9. Youth Trip to San Diego- July 22-29


Aquaponics & Rainwater Systems Now Installed; Solar& Composting Soon

By June, Mission Waco’s project, located next door to the non-profit Jubilee Food Mkt, 1505 N. 15th St, will begin growing produce, fish, and crawfish in water, in a unique aquaponics patent pending system called ECSIA® (Environmentally Controlled Sustainable Integrated Agriculture). In addition, there is a 3000 gallon rainwater catchment system, a commercial composter and 36 panels of solar energy that supply the power for the project. Urban REAP’s staff will not only maintain the system, but help train others about the importance of sustainability and stewardship of our own resources and ways to reduce waste and consumption. A significant portion of this project comes through a grant funded from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. Urban REAP is featured in a Sun Club® blog that can be found on <>. Additional funding has been received from Baylor Philanthropy Class, Northland Church, and the Seth Dorrell Memorial Fund.

Class Returns to Waco this Fall- Register Soon

Want to understand God’s mission for your life? This Fall- Sundays, 6:00-9:00pm

Contact Katy White for details. <>; Class Begins 8/27/17  Register soon

Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you. In it, you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world, from the urban streets of America to the rain forest and deserts of distant lands. A fantastic array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences that will open youreyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know Him. Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.