Rethinking Missions

As Christ followers, we have been called to carry on the mission of Jesus. The question that we should be wrestling with is how to engage well in this great commission in a way that fosters long-term impact, even in the context of a short-term trip. The BridgeBuilders program was created to train disciples of Jesus to do this well, especially when crossing cultures. The experience is designed to combine the service component of a typical mission trip with training that will equip participants to have a greater impact in whatever context that God calls them to. Bridge-Builders provides a reciprocal program where participants and locals are mutually enriched. We place a heavy emphasis on listening to and learning from the community as we serve alongside our neighbors. We like to say that it's more than a mission trip; it is an opportunity to deepen your relationship with Jesus, while joining in the work that God is already doing in our community.

Lasting Impact

Service opportunities are always solidified around a month prior to a group's arrival. Every project is carefully selected to meet the needs of the community that are present at the time of a group's stay. Daily service projects include serving in local churches and para-church ministries, working with youth outreach programs, various revitalization/demolition projects, community beautification, serving in local schools, tutoring, etc. Our groups can leave knowing that their service made a lasting impact in this community, and we are confident that their time here will be just as influential for them as they return home.

 
 

 Service-Learning

Bridge-Builders trips have a unique emphasis on both experiential and formal learning. Participants are given the opportunity to listen and learn from the community as they join in on the work that God is already doing in this community.

We end each day with a lesson taught by our staff, seminary professors, and local pastors. Topics cover poverty, discipleship, culture, reconciliation and long-term community development.

The current challenges in our community didn't happen overnight, or without reason. As groups tour the neighborhood, we discuss the history of the community, and how that history should be used to find appropriate solutions in our community and in their own.

we discuss the history of the community, and how that history should be used to find appropriate solutions in our community and in their own

find appropriate solutions in our community and in their own find appropriate solutions in our community and in their own

 

Contact Us

ADDRESS: 3435 DIXIE DR HOUSTON, TX 77021

TEL: 713-660-1860 | BLAKE@FORGEFORFAMILIES.ORG

 

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