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World Mission Offering Results

Apr 08, 2021

Houston's First raised a record $2,628,946 to support missionaries through the World Mission Offering!

— Houston's First

We did it, Houston's First family!

Once again, the Houston's First family came together to show our church's support for missionaries who are sharing the Good News of Jesus in Texas, the United States, and around the world!

The World Mission Offering — given beyond our regular tithes — is an annual offering received by the church. Our goal in 2021 was $1,400,000 with the funds to be given as follows to missionary-sending organizations:

  • International Mission Board$1,000,000
  • North American Mission Board$300,000
  • Southern Baptists of Texas Convention$100,000

Originally set for Sun, Feb 28, our day of giving was rescheduled due to the devastating winter storm that struck Texas in mid-February. While we turned our attention to help those impacted by the storm, we set Sun, Mar 28 — Palm Sunday — as this year's day of giving.

When the donations were tallied, the Houston's First family had given $2,628,946 — surpassing our goal by more than $1,200,000 and setting a new record amount for this annual offering. Those funds came from 2,820 donors (individuals, couples, or families) — and included 433 first-time givers who had never given to Houston's First before!

  • NOTE: On Easter Weekend, Pastor Gregg announced that $2,407,398 had been raised. However, over $220,000 came in that day and in the days after Easter — leading to our new total of $2,628,946. Praise God!

Where do additional funds go?

As planned in advance, these additional funds will now be distributed to different ministries and causes that are passions of Houston's First:

  • Faith Center-Spring Branch Remodeling — $250,000
  • Scripture Translation — $200,000
  • Legacy 685 Adoption, Foster, & Orphan Care — $100,000
  • Church Planting in India — $90,000
  • Human Trafficking Initiatives — $60,000

What about the even more additional funds?

If you add it up, you'll see that our church family generously gave even more than what was needed to cover those additional projects! So, what will happen with the remaining funds — over $500,000?

Church leaders are praying and seeking direction on where God would have us direct the additional funds. There are numerous ministries and causes that Houston’s First is passionate about, and we are so fortunate to have a generous church family that enables us to provide financial resources where needed!

"Even after a challenging year when we often had to 'do church' differently and when our church members had obstacles to overcome in their own lives, the Houston's First family once again rose to the occasion," said Pastor Gregg Matte.

"We've talked about the importance of being united as a church whether we were on campus or online. This year's World Mission Offering is a clear example of how we as a church are truly better together when we rally behind a cause. When our faith leads to action, the Houston's First family can have a difference-making impact with ripple effects around the globe and for all of eternity as lives are changed for the Gospel."

Beyond the WMO

The World Mission Offering is just one way that Houston's First supports missionaries and missional endeavors throughout the year. Here are just a few of the other ways our church family is committed to advancing the Good News:

  • The Great Commission Fund (our annual operating budget) has $4,500,000 designated for Missions thanks to the ongoing generosity of the Houston's First family.
  • Between $10,000,000-$12,000,000 is processed by our Missions team on an annual basis, including budgeted funds as well as designated donations such as contributions raised by members of our short-term mission trips.
  • In a non-pandemic year, Houston's First typically sends out nearly 30 teams on short-term mission trips to over a dozen countries on five continents.
  • Houston's First supports over 100 family units serving as missionaries in nearly 40 countries around the world.
  • Our Missionary Care team trains church members on how to serve as Missionary Care Contacts, connecting members, families, and Life Bible Studies with missionaries so they can provide them with prayer, connection, and encouragement.
  • Our Missionary Care team also supports global workers through international and local retreats, counseling and debriefing, housing and transportation needs for returned workers, and Home Group — a Bible study for returned workers in a small setting in the Houston area.


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