"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." - Acts 1:8

In our Lord's prophetic words from Acts 1:8, we find our mission to take the Good News of what Jesus has done for us to the world around us. It begins with our own area, moves out to our region and those different from us, and eventually moves outward to include the planet we occupy. We are to share Jesus with others.

We do this is through involvement in our local community and region, as well as mission trips that are a part of our mission outreach to the world around us. Our partnership with Amazon Outreach offers opportunities to be first-hand involved with short-term missions along the Amazon river region of Brazil. Yet we also look for ways to be involved in our own neighborhoods and community. We seek to share the Good News by being "missional" in how we live each day: as being on-mission for God.

Contact Ryan to learn more about any of the mission-involvement opportunities listed below, as well as other ideas or teams.

  • Amazon mission trips

    These annual trips are truly life-changing as you minister to the people and villages along the Amazon River area of Brazil. In our partnership with Amazon Outreach (AO), mission teams fly to Brazil, then travel and live on the boats of AO. Ministry includes a number of opportunities, including VBS with kids, eyeglass outfitting, dental and medical, evangelism, discipleship with men and women and more. This "once in a lifetime" trip has turned into an annual mission journey for a number of those on the team.

    These trips are open to all adults and teens.

  • Community - Labor for Your Neighbor

    Being on-mission in our own community is just as important as ministering in Brazil or other parts of the world. Labor For Your Neighbor is one way we do this. This community-wide effort does work projects for people in need in our community and area. From tree-trimming and landscape clean-up, to carpentry and plumbing repairs, help with moving, building wheel-chair ramps and more. We have an annual "Labor For Your Neighbor" day each October in partnership with other churches in Terrell where we spend a Sunday going out into our community to "be a sermon." But the impact of LFYN has grown to be an ongoing ministry opportunity all year long.

  • volunteering in schools

    Our schools represent the largest mission field we have in our community, as well as those that surround us. It's a place to help with needs as we minister to staff, teachers, parents and kids. The opportunities to volunteer include a wide-range of activities, including ongoing as well as occasional opportunities. While we encourage volunteer involvement in any Terrell or area schools, we have a partnership with J. W. Long Elementary called "LEAP" for Long Elementary Academic Partnership. We have a group from FBC who volunteer as "LEAPsters" at Long helping with

    all kinds of needs during the school year.

  • meals on wheels

    Meals-On-Wheels is a great hands-on opportunity to have face-to-face ministry contact with people as you help deliver meals to shut-ins and others in need. Meal delivery options include regular routes, as well as occasional opportunities to help as needed. This community-based program is always in need of additional delivery drivers, and it's a great blessing to be able to drop off a meal, share a friendly conversation, and make an impact in someone's life.

  • friends in touch (FIT)

    FIT is a devoted team from our church who make regular visits to shut-ins and nursing homes to visit those from our church and beyond. Talk with any member of the FIT team and you'll hear of the blessing they receive as they stop by, visit, have Bible study, read, or do a variety of other things that the person being visited is interested in doing. Visit frequency varies, but the blessings are consistent.

  • Laundromat ministry

    This group makes regular visits to a laundramat near the church to meet and visit with people as they do their laundry. Armed with their rolls of quarters, team members find conversations easy to come by as they offer to pay for patrons' washer and dryer needs. From friendly conversations to get to know people, to faith-sharing dialogue that brings people to Christ,

    the power of the stories continues to grow.

  • Disaster relief - chainsaw team

    This team, affiliated with the Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief teams, help with a variety of needs that follow a disaster event. We have a chain-saw team, but have also been involved with meal preparation, mud-out after floods, as well as other activities. This team includes both men and women, and work-team as well as chaplaincy roles.