The Road

2021 Global Mission Opportunities

About

The Road is our global missions program at Faithbridge, and is among the most substantive opportunities of growth, impact, and development we offer to students, adults, and families. We believe mission is a lifestyle, and that each “Goer” is called to be a Kingdom-difference maker. Join the journey!

The 2021 Season + COVID

We passionately believe that, though the pandemic has disrupted our typical methods and plans, our mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we live out the Gospel never changes.  How we go about this mission safely and effectively has been our most prayed-over endeavor this pre-season, and will continue to be a daily priority throughout 2021.

Within the 2021 season, we do intend to travel to a limited number of partnering sites throughout the U.S. We will, however, have an abundance of appropriate safety measures and requirements for Goers traveling with The Road.  In addition, a detailed safety protocol and response plan is being developed to support the opportunities we have to serve to the best of our ability.

2021 Student Opportunities

Check out the 2021 student journeys below, and apply by January 31st!

  • HUNGER
    5th Grade

    Hunger Journeys launch 5th grade students into The Road as they serve on day trips in our community, working with local food and outreach partners to meet needs while developing a "hunger" for mission!

    DATES

    Hunger 1 - June 7 - 11

    Hunger 2 - June 14 - 18

    Hunger 3 - July 19 - 23

    COST

    $200

    PARTNERS

    As day trips, the daily schedule for the Hunger journeys will vary. They will be serving directly with Houston Food Bank, other local food pantries, Meals on Wheels, Kids' Meals, and Northwest Assistance Ministries.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    These journeys are DAY TRIPS from 8am-5pm. Students will meet at Faithbridge in the morning for a study and briefing, then head out into their daily schedule. They will return to Faithbridge to debrief the day and be picked up by their parents.

  • HOUSTON
    6th Grade

    Houston Journeys send 6th grade students on mission to the Houston community on this day trip. Working with Faith Center, Harbor Christian Academy, and Tuttle Neighborhood Library (our local outreach partners) sixth-graders will meet needs of our community downtown, while further growing their missional heart!

    DATES

    Houston 1 -- June 21 - 25

    Houston 2 -- June 28 - July 2

    Houston 3 -- July 12 - 16

    COST

    $250

    PARTNERS

    Students will have ownership over bits and pieces of ministry planning with each of our ministry partners. This will include helping with the summer camp for Faith Center and Harbor Christian Academy's elementary aged kids.Our teams of goers will also assist with various work projects to support these ministries.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    These journeys are DAY TRIPS from 8am-5pm. Students will meet at Faithbridge in the morning for a study and briefing, then head out into their daily schedule. They will return to Faithbridge to debrief the day and be picked up by their parents.

  • GALVESTON
    7th Grade

    Galveston Journeys provide the next level of stretch for our goers as they serve on their first overnight missions journey a short distance away from home. Students will serve under the umbrella of Galveston Urban Ministries (GUM), assisting with their ongoing work projects and ministry efforts.

    DATES

    Galveston 1 -- June 27 - July 3

    Galveston 2 -- July 11 - 17

    Galveston 3 -- July 18 - 24

    COST

    $700 // Fundraising Supported

    PARTNERS

    Galveston Urban Ministries, also known as GUM, is planted in the heart of an under-resourced community in Galveston. They labor for Kingdom restoration across the neighborhood they serve. Their ministry is multi-faceted and includes community outreach, kids' programming, service projects, a community grocery store, among many other ministry efforts! Our 7th grade teams will partner with GUM by running a few weeks of their kid's summer camp and assisting with work projects in the community.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    These journeys are OVERNIGHT TRIPS. Students will stay at GUM's team housing facility, which is equipped with a full kitchen, boys and girls full bathrooms, common space, and floor space for sleeping arrangements.

  • LUBBOCK
    8th Grade

    Students in 8th grade will get to serve in Lubbock as we partner with Lubbock Impact and Lubbock Dream Center. They will also get to the opportunity to serve with a mobile-VBS-bus-ministry, Kingdom Come Ministries!

    DATES

    Lubbock 1 -- June 6 - 12

    Lubbock 2 -- June 13 - 19

    Lubbock 3 -- June 20 - 26

    COST

    $800 // Fundraising Supported

    PARTNERS

    Kingdom Come Ministries brings the gospel to the next generation through bus ministry. Kingdom Come Ministries is a non-profit ministry based in Lubbock, Texas. Their vision is to encourage kids to experience Jesus in their own communities through a weekly mobile bus ministry. Through prayer, evangelism, and outreach, Kingdom Come Ministries seeks to bring together local children's ministry leaders to begin praying for like-minded purpose and revival. We will serve with KCM by running VBS/Sports camp ministry in 5 local parks across 5 weeks.

    Lubbock Impact is a non-profit that has renovated 4 floors of building space to serve the community of LBK through a food, clothing, medical treatment, dental care, social services, bible studies, and worship services. Our teams will serve at Lubbock Impact 3 mornings a week, working to complete renovations, sort clothes and donations, and prepare food services!

    Students will also partner with The Lubbock Dream Center. They have a mandate from God to establish His Kingdom through compassion ministries that meet basic, natural needs in the lives of people in our community. As life's needs are met, we believe hearts will be opened to the message and power of the Gospel, and true transformation will take place. Each day, teams will serve at the Dream Center by sorting clothes, prepping meals, serving hundreds of people through the lunch line.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    These journeys are OVERNIGHT TRIPS. Located in the heart of downtown LBK, First Christian Church serves as an incredible housing and ministry partner. Student teams will have a floor to themselves, multiple rooms, a full kitchen, locker room showers, and a full court gym for recreation and ministry prep!

  • ALABAMA
    High School

    Our Alabama site will provide the opportunity for high school students to spend their time serving in local neighborhoods through providing labor-intensive interior and exterior repair work. In addition, they will facilitate and run a sports camp with the YMCA!

    DATES

    Alabama -- June 6 - 19

    COST

    $1800 // Fundraising Supported

    PARTNERS

    Authentic Renovation Ministries is a faith-based ministry on a mission to ARM: Assist families, recruit churches, and mobilize the community of Tuscaloosa.

    The Benjamin Barnes Branch YMCA is all about embracing lives into their community. Located in the heart of Tuscaloosa, the YMCA provides a platform for community outreach and service through health and fitness, camping, childcare, development, sports, and teen impact.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    This journey is an OVERNIGHT TRIP. Team will stay overnight at a local church in Tuscaloosa. Note that the ALABAMA team will be driving.

  • Local 1 Week Journeys
    High School

    These two journeys will each partner with a Houston-based organization to provide a week of ministry for elementary-aged students in our own city! Additionally teams will with service projects to support the organization that their team is partnering with.

    DATES

    Mega Sports Camp - June 20 - 26

    Spring Spirit - June 27 - July 3

    COST

    $700 // Fundraising Supported

    PARTNERS

    Mega Sports Camp is a week of Christ-centered summer programming which has historically been run by our friends at Bridging for Tomorrow. Our student team will be taking over the reins of this amazing ministry opportunity and adding a Road flair. This team will create a sports camp that ministers to the kids that Bridging for Tomorrow serves throughout the year.

    Spring Spirit is a baseball ministry that provides club level sports programming for kids that otherwise wouldn't have that opportunity. Their ministry extends far beyond discounted sports. They have a vibrant Friday Night Live church service that brings in parents and families of the kids they serve. They also offer life skills classes and bible studies to the kids in their program. Our Spring Spirit team will be running a VBS for their elementary-aged kids.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    These journeys are OVERNIGHT TRIPS. The Mega Sports Camp team will be staying at Faithbridge in the new Student/Road building! The Spring Spirit Team will be staying in their team housing facility.

  • ATLANTA
    High School

    The Atlanta journey serves with Restoration Atlanta (RATL), and is an incredible opportunity for students to engage in highly relational ministry in the heart of Georgia.

    DATES

    Atlanta -- August 1 - 7

    COST

    $1350 // Fundraising Supported

    PARTNERS

    Restoration Atlanta was created to help redefine local missions in the city. The leaders of RATL (pronounce rattle--as in Ez 37:7) were not interested in starting another mission opportunity in the city for those in the suburbs to drive in, drop off, and drive away--creating a transaction-like experience. No, their desire was to create an environment where being with was valued over doing for--which in turn would lead to transformation for all.

    The mission of RATL is to create urban ministry environments that foster God’s restoration, building the Kingdom within and through His children. Their goal is to bring individuals from all walks of life together for a unique and interactive mission experience, where both physical and spiritual restoration are received by all. They believe ministry and worship that unite young people from disparate socioeconomic backgrounds will inspire transformation and advance the Kingdom in Atlanta and beyond.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    This journey is an OVERNIGHT TRIP. The Atlanta Team will stay at Solomon's Temple, the women's and children's homeless shelter which RATL opperates out of.The team will have their own corridor with their own bathrooms and team space. Staying on site with RATL gives goers the eye-opening and immersive experience of "being with". This unique experience is a Road staple that goers love!

  • K180 Experience
    High School

    The K180 Experience is a street evangelism crash course that allows goers to grow in their faith and learn practical evangelism tools. The team will be stretched outside of their comfort zones as they put their evangelism training to the test locally, right here in Houston.

    DATES

    K180 Expereience -- July 25 - 31

    COST

    $700 // Fundraising Supported

    PARTNERS

    K180 is an evangelism ministry based out of London. They specialize in street evangelism training and have weekly outreach initiatives on the streets of London. Gareth Hides, longtime friend of the Road and K180 team leader will be hosting zoom trainings for our team on the ground in Houston each morning. Teams will then go out and put their training into practice in the afternoon.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    This journey is an OVERNIGHT TRIP. This team will stay overnight in the new Student/Road building.

  • MEMPHIS
    High School

    God is doing big things at our high school missions site in Memphis! We will be partnering with ministries who serve elementary kids, help with local neighborhood cleanup, and serve the homeless.

    DATES

    Memphis -- July 11 - 24

    COST

    $1800 // Fundraising Supported

    PARTNERS

    We will be partnering with UBFM (Urban Bicycle Food Ministry). They have a heart for the homeless community and serve them food that is delivered on bicycles! They use this as an opportunity to establish and develop relationships while praying with those in need. In addition to our homeless outreach, students will engage with the local community of youth through sports camp/VBS ministry.

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    This journey is an OVERNIGHT TRIP. We will be staying at St Matthew's United Methodist Church right outside the city of Memphis. Note that the MEMPHIS team is driving.

Season Timeline

  • Missions Kickoff Jan 17 | 4pm and 7pm
    Join us as we kickoff the 2021 student missions season in style! You don’t want to miss Student Missions Kickoff, where we’ll reveal all of the 2021 journey opportunities for students! Plus, we’ll do it with a little…shall we say…flair!

    We'll have two showings, back to back, to accomodate as many people as possible while maintaining social distance.
  • Application Day Jan 31 | 8am - 4pm
    Student Application Day is the deadline for all 2021 student journey applicants! Both the student applicant AND a parent/legal guardian must be present to turn in your application (due to signatures and detailed information needed).
  • Reveal Day Feb 7 - 5pm
    Team lists will be posted online as student applicants will discover where God is sending them in 2021!
  • Goer Orientation Feb 14 -online at 2pm
    Tune in online to discover valuable information about the missions season and your specific journey!
  • Work Crew Weekend 1 - High School Feb 19-21
    Select high school teams will serve overnight at Carolina Creek Christian Camp! These formative weekends are the perfect way to build relationships while planning for your mission ahead.

    Check your applications closely for your journey's assigned weekend, as they are mandatory!
  • Work Crew Weekend 2 - High School Feb 26-28
    Select high school teams will serve overnight at Carolina Creek Christian Camp! These formative weekends are the perfect way to build relationships while planning for your mission ahead.

    Check your applications closely for your journey's assigned weekend, as they are mandatory!
  • 7th/8th Grade Training Feb 28
    7th and 8th Grade training day. Experience team building, discovery, ministry planning, and mission preparation.
  • High School Training Mar 7
    High School Grade training day. Experience team building, discovery, ministry planning, and mission preparation.
  • 7th/8th Grade Training Mar 28
    7th/8th Grade training day. Experience team building, discovery, ministry planning, and mission preparation.
  • High School Training Apr 11
    High School training day. Experience team building, discovery, ministry planning, and mission preparation.
  • 5th/6th Grade Training Apr 18
    5th/6th Grade training day. Experience team building, discovery, ministry planning, and mission preparation.
  • High School Training May 2
    High School training day. Experience team building, discovery, ministry planning, and mission preparation.
  • 5th/6th Grade Training May 16
    5th/6th Grade training day. Experience team building, discovery, ministry planning, and mission preparation.
  • Missions Sendoff May 23
    All 2021 missions teams will be prayed over and commissioned by the body of Faithbridge as we prepare to GO!
  • Teams Launch! June 6 - Aug 7
    Let the summer missions fun begin! Various teams will go out each week during the summer.
  • Missions Celebration Aug 13
    All summer teams gather together as we worship and celebrate the work God has done this season!