Know Your Why
Transforming long-held beliefs, attitudes and ways of life is a challenge. For more than 30 years, Mission Waco | Mission World has offered opportunities to challenge old myths about poverty and homelessness through service, educational activities, and relational encounters. In this way we aim to help others understand the realities of poverty and respond to the Biblical call to act on behalf of the poor.
Mission Waco invites volunteers to open their eyes to the unseen in our communities. By mobilizing the middle and upper classes in empathy and action, groups can directly impact the Waco community and beyond. We hope to provide a discipleship opportunity to enter into the radical love of Jesus who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Every year, we welcome over 40 groups with about 750 people and 10,000 hours of help. This is the equivalent of over five full-time staff members to help maintain buildings, relate with neighborhood kids and serve the community in other capacities. These groups operate in addition to our regular volunteer base. The work we do would not be possible without our faithful groups!
Thank you so much for considering serving and learning with Mission Waco | Mission World! We would love to connect to learn more about your group and explore meaningful ways for us to partner.
Real Experiences, Real Results—Read Our Testimonials!
“Out of all the places I’ve ever taken students over the last 25 years, I believe I’ve seen more life-impacting experiences with what God did in kids when they were with Mission Waco than anywhere else.”
– Randy Riggins, Rock Pointe Church, Flower Mound, TX
“Our students loved every aspect of the trip… they greatly appreciated the fact that they weren’t just used as cheap labor, but they got to learn the vision and mission behind what they were doing… Many of my students have already shared with me on how this was a life changing experience.”
– Chris Chong, Grace Fellowship Church, Katy, TX
“It’s a wonderful way to educate people about poverty and how we can love our neighbors better.”
– Joy Moton, Memorial Christian Academy, Killeen, TX
“Getting back today and trying to move back into middle-class America has been difficult for me this morning. My heart keeps going back to those beautiful kids on Saturday morning and all the wonderful friends we met both Saturday night and Sunday morning. Once again, God has opened our eyes and our hearts to see that which we often choose to ignore.”
– Diane Whetson, First United Methodist Church, Keller, TX
“The work projects, street camps, and worship services at My Brother’s Keeper have all cultivated a lasting spirit of compassion and generosity in our students and adults.”
– Rev. Christopher A. Knepp, Regents School of Austin, Austin, TX
Plan your group’s experience!
We invite groups of all ages from far and near to come stay with us! If you register for our overnight experience, you are sure to learn, serve, and grow. Check out our testimonials above! Want to learn more? Please read the Group Info and Rates document for information about typical schedules, available dates, rates and more! Our training center and children’s center are available for group lodging. We can not wait to welcome you to our neighborhood!
In addition to overnight groups, we welcome groups to participate in one-day service projects! These projects could include cleaning, landscaping, painting, organizing, flyer distribution, simple construction, and special events like the annual Toy Store and Health Fair.
- If your group has special skills or interests, please let us know ahead of time so we can assign you projects that best utilize your skills.
- Due to the volume of groups and volunteers and changing weather conditions, we may not be able to tell you the exact project until a few days before your arrival. However feel free to check in with us at any point.
- Most volunteer service projects will be related to Mission Waco programs and located on Mission Waco property or in low-income neighborhoods .
Finally we created the Day Group opportunity for folks who want the whole Mission Waco experience without staying overnight! This is a great field trip option for schools or community day for local churches. Our day schedule is 5-8 hours, and it includes a service project, learning activity/ tour, and a meal catered by World Cup Café. Check out our sample schedule! Please note, this experience cost $20 per person.
Do you want to help with project costs?
While it is not a requirement, donations we receive to cover the cost of service projects are incredibly impactful. If your church, school, or organization has additional funds, please prayerfully consider an in-kind donation to Mission Waco | Mission World. Your partnership- in service, prayer, and financial support- is such a blessing to us.
Ready to Serve?
If your group is ready to get involved with Mission Waco, please complete the Groups Inquiry form below!
After we have confirmed the date(s) with you, all group participants must complete a Waiver Form(parent/guardian must sign a youth waiver form for those under 18). Then bring the completed forms with you to the assigned site.
Groups staff will work with you to solidify details specific to your trip or project!
Group Numbers: Please confirm your numbers with us about a week before your visit so that we can plan content, staff, and supplies accordingly.
Thank you again.
We are honored you are partnering in the work Mission Waco | Mission World is doing!