We encourage members of Houston’s First to participate in the worldwide missions movement. To make that possible, we have an established process for joining a mission team or project.
Once a decision has been made for you to join a specific team, you will receive an email from FOCUS Missions that provides you with a link to be on the team. This is where you will electronically sign waivers and complete your paperwork for your upcoming trip.
We encourage every person to own a passport. The passport cost and visa fees are not included in your team overall cost unless otherwise noted. You can apply to a team prior to securing a passport. If you own a passport, please review it to make sure you have plenty of blank pages (a minimum of 4-5 pages when traveling internationally with multiple stops). Also, verify the expiration date of your passport is six (6) months beyond the date of return to the United States.
If your trip leaves in eight (8) weeks or less and you have not applied for a new passport, please contact the Missions staff or team leader for information on how to expedite your passport.
All team meetings are required unless providentially hindered. Attendance at these will usually be on a Sunday following morning church worship services. These are led by the team leader.
All trips are to be financially solvent. Therefore, a budget is approved prior to any mission trip or project. A budget generally consists of airfare, lodging, transportation, food, insurance, supplies, and gifts. All mission trips are faith projects and everyone is expected to raise their own support. The Missions staff has a fundraising booklet consisting of guidelines and recommendations on how to raise support for a mission trip.
The outreach strategy in Brazil is different since most of the unreached people in Rio are wealthy. Many people are either enslaved to idol wealth or they practice “Spiritism.” We will work with our partners in the field to reach a neighborhood with activities that collide with their daily lifestyle — beach volleyball/tennis, stretch classes, and Bible study. This trip also offers exposure to church planting in multiple sub-cultures of Brazil. You will learn how to do life-on-life ministry seeing the same people throughout the week.