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Mission Trips

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (COVID)

Our staff is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all our teams and partners around the globe. We are prayerfully engaging in US and International mission trips. Each trip has some unique aspects in order to comply with the US and local covid recommendations and restrictions. These requirements are always subject to change. The Missions staff is monitoring these changes closely as we mobilize Houston’s First for missions. One expectation we currently have is that all international mission trip participants will need to be vaccinated. This is not the policy of Houston’s First, but rather the policy of the countries we visit and through which we will transit in these trips.

Trip Details

NYC (WOMEN'S TRIP)


WHEN: May 5–8

COST: $1,100

PARTNER: Queens Church in Woodside


Women of All ages and stages going on mission in New York City. We will be visiting our church partner, Queens Church in Woodside, a residential neighborhood near Astoria. We will be helping them host their third women’s conference. In going to serve, the women of Houston’s First Baptist Church will be forming multi generational fellowship and friendships in hopes to establish organic accountability and mentorship.


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NYC (Summit - Young Singles)


WHEN: May 29–June 3

COST: $1500

PARTNER: Jackson Heights Community Church


Church planting is the DNA of our partners in NYC. On this trip, we will visit Jackson Heights Community Church. This trip is dependent on prayer, focused on evangelism, and intent of exposure to the most diverse neighborhood in the united states— pushing the boundaries of intentionality by sharing your faith through spiritual conversations.


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COSTA RICA (FAMILY)


WHEN: June 4–11

COST: $2000

PARTNER: Tamarindo Church


The trip is designed for families and first-time international trip participants. Team members will participate in a variety of ministry opportunities including children’s outreach, sports camp, mercy ministries, evangelism, and work projects. Come join God with your family in His work in Costa Rica.


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SOUTH ASIA (WOMEN'S TRIP)


WHEN: June 4–12

Cost: $2700


There is a movement of church planting occurring in this region of South Asia. This team will go to strengthen that effort by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus, training local believers to do ministry themselves. The work is in partnership with local leaders who will care for those ministered to and continue in long-term discipleship and church formation.


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ALASKA (FAMILY)


WHEN: July 19–26

COST: $1900

PARTNER: Alaska Missions


Service projects for Alaskan residents who camp on the Cook Inlet beaches at the Keni and Kasilof Rivers during the Heights of Salmon Fishing season. This ministry approach is gentle servant-hood and need meeting through various methods: Kids club, Bounce houses, Prayer walking, Traffic control, Trash pick-up and serving free hot-dogs, water, and hot beverages. We engage this secular forum through servant evangelism. This is "Beach Reach" Alaskan style!


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SOUTH ASIA


WHEN: Sep 24–Oct 3

COST: $3100


There is a movement of church planting occurring in this region of South Asia. This team will go to strengthen that effort by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus, training local believers to do ministry themselves. The work is in partnership with local leaders who will care for those ministered to and continue in long-term discipleship and church formation.


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How to Join a Mission Team

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.

Interest Form

  1. Select an “Interest Form” from the “Trip Details” above.
  2. On the trip’s page, click the “Apply Today” button
  3. Either login or create an account
  4. Complete the application questions provided
  5. Click “Submit Application” when finished
  6. Click “Update My Profile” button when prompted
  7. Complete ALL of the profile questions
  8. Click “Save” when finished
  9. A Missions staff associate will contact you for a phone interview
  10. Once the interview is done, you will receive an email letting you know if you’ve been accepted or not

What to Expect

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.

Purchase Passport & Visa

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.

Team Meetings

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.

Mission Trip Financial Information

  1. All trip contributions are non-refundable.
  2. Team membership is NOT secured until deposit is paid.
  3. Trip participant must be fully funded a week prior to the departure date to attend trip.
  4. If you raised $200 or less over the trip cost, it will be transferred to the general mission trip scholarship fund.
  5. If a trip participant raises more than $200 of excess funds, then the following option are available within 60 days:
    1. Funds may be transferred to another trip team member (prior to the trip departure)
    2. Funds can be applied to another person on another trip.
    3. It can be put into the mission trip designated Scholarship account for your future use.
    4. Funds can be transferred to general mission trip scholarship fund.
  6. Trip Cancellation
    1. If a team member withdrawals from the trip due to personal reasons. The following schedule applies:
      1. If participant withdraws Prior to flights being purchased, your deposit is forfeited but no other funds are required
      2. If participant withdraws after the purchase of flights, then the participant is responsible for the airfare cost.
      3. If team member withdrawals within 30 days prior to departure of the trip then the participant is responsible for the full trip cost.
    2. If HFBC cancels a trip due to non participation or security issues. The Participant’s fund have the same options as listed in section 5.