Know Your Why
Transforming long-held beliefs, attitudes and ways of life is a challenge. For more than 20 years, Mission Waco has offered programs that engage orthodoxy (right beliefs) and orthopraxis (right actions) around the issues of poverty. We aim to destroy old myths to help others understand the realities of poverty and the biblical call to action on behalf of the poor.
By mobilizing the middle and upper classes in empathy and action, groups can directly impact the Waco community and draw on transformative experiences to help inform those around them.
Along with learning comes serving! Every year, we welcome over 40 groups with about 1,000 people and 10,000 hours of help from the various youth, college and adult groups—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.
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
“This experience taught the youth and let them serve in multiple ways. Amazing week!”
– Maizeanne Scarpati, St. Cuthbert Episcopal, Houston, TX
“We believe that you all have an inspiring and moving approach to urban ministry, and look to you as an example and hope for what Skid Row in L.A. could someday develop.”
– Christine Liewald and Brian Coleman, student leaders, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
“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
“What an excellent way to educate youth and adults about systems of injustice, poverty, local and global socioeconomic issues and religious and political issues. The combination of the Poverty Simulation and summer workweek was life-changing.”
– Kathy Pickett, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO
Plan your group’s journey with Multi-Day or One-Day Groups!
Please read the Group Info and Rates for information about typical schedules, learning topics, available dates, lodging/meal rates and more! Our training center is available for group housing. There are two dorm areas, each with 24 bunks, two showers, toilets and sinks. The building also has a meeting room, kitchen, fenced back yard and parking.
In addition to multi-day and overnight groups, we welcome individuals or groups for one-day projects. Groups participate in cleaning, mowing, painting, sanding, construction and special projects like the annual Toy Store and Back-To-School Store.
See Ideas for Service At Mission Waco to see a variety of ways your group can connect with Mission Waco Mission World for serving, learning and supporting our ministry.
- If adult members of your group have special skills such as carpentry, painting, etc., please let us know ahead of time so we can assign them projects that would best use their 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. 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 (cleaning, mowing, painting, sanding, construction or flyer distribution) or in low-income neighborhoods (King’s Club, Street Camp or helping a low-income homeowner).
- Funding some of the service projects or supplies that we use regularly is not required but is appreciated! Here’s a list of ways your dollars or skilled contractors can help: Project Resource Wish List
Street Camp is a 3-day summer camp held at various Waco apartment complexes. Volunteer groups come from out of town to serve at these sites, play games, host Bible studies and do crafts with the children.
Ready to Serve?
If your group is ready to get involved with Mission Waco, please complete the Groups Inquiry form below to tell us about your group, preferred days of service, etc.
After we have confirmed the date(s) with you, all group participants (youth and adults) must complete a Waiver Form. Please distribute these before the trip (parent/guardian must sign a youth waiver form for those under 18), and bring the completed forms with you to the assigned site.
What to bring: Participants should wear appropriate clothing, including shoes that cover their whole foot (no flip flops or slip-on shoes) and no spaghetti strap tops, revealing or tight clothing, or clothing with messages that are not consistent with Christian values. It is helpful if each participant brings a water bottle and work gloves.
Group Numbers: Please confirm your numbers with us about a week before your visit so that we can plan content and volunteer service projects accordingly.