It started as a joke, but the slogan “Keep Austin Weird” has been with us for a few years now—and it shows no signs of going away. Austin is an anomaly in Texas. In a state where bigger is always better, Austin likes to keep things more a bit more down-to-earth. If you take a Wonder Voyage to Austin, you’ll have the chance to see a busy city with local pride, unique people, eclectic neighborhoods, incredible live music, and tasty food – all in the heart of Texas hill country.
A missions trip or pilgrimage to Austin also provides us with more than the chance to experience a unique destination in our own backyard: our trips to Austin focus on serving the “Least of These” through local, grass roots organizations that carry the vibe of the city and a passion for other people. Whether you’re from Texas or not, Austin will show you something new.
- Take time for solitude and silence at a local cathedral.
- Consider your own story as you listen to a local historian describe the story of this colorful town.
- Participate in a worship service with a local congregation or visit local landmarks.
- Talk a stroll in Austin’s people-friendly downtown.
- Explore a different kind of cathedral: the Cathedral of Junk. It’s out-of-control yard art!
- Try one of the many strange (and excellent) restaurants that the city has to offer.
- Collect and distribute food at a local food pantry.
- Work to clean up and restore one of the city’s older neighborhoods.
- Prepare and serve meals at a homeless shelter.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- Day 1 – God Sees the Heart
Welcome to Austin, a town that is really “in the middle of it all.” Whether in geography, politics, music, or education, Austin is right in the center of the focus in this part of the country. When we think about our journeys of faith, we need to remember that it is God’s desire to be the center of our focus. We will take to the heights and we will look to God’s creation as we think about perspective. As we embark upon this adventure together, we will focus on the way that God sees us, and the way we see ourselves. Every evening this week we will take time to discuss the challenges and triumphs of the day.
- Day 2 – The Hands and Feet
One of the best parts of the Christian life is the privilege of being Christ’s hands and feet in the world. Each day this might look different, but each day the chances are there to be “love in action.” Today we will be His hands and feet as we serve a local organization that serves as a resource for the hungry by providing food and grocery products, nutrition education and social services outreach. After we work, we will explore the center of the city where the State Capitol stands. As we live out our day to day lives, it is important that we know what or who is at the center.
- Days 3 & 4 – Feed My Sheep
When Jesus said to Peter, “Feed My sheep,” the implication was that feeding people was more than just about food; feeding should be done with compassion, love, and dignity. Today and tomorrow we will be focused on doing just that as we work with a local feeding program. This program was started by a local church for the purpose of addressing the needs of the chronically homeless. As we serve, we will keep the idea of feeding His sheep in the center of our minds and hearts. Our evenings might take us for some refreshing fun at a local park, perhaps even a bit of local music, or an after-dark adventure that gives us a whole new perspective on this one of a kind town.
- Day 5 – The Least of These
In Matthew 25, Jesus reminds us that in serving and loving others, we are serving and loving Him. A life that is centered on God must include selflessly serving others. We will spend part of our day today near the center of downtown working with a ministry that feeds the hungry. What are we doing to serve and love the “least” in our lives? In what ways could we feed, clothe, welcome, and visit others in both the physical and nonphysical sense? Our afternoon will take us for some exploration time in the re-gentrifying area of South Congress where we will see the funky side of Austin. On our final evening together we will take time to celebrate with a special meal, a time to share our stories from the week, and a final time of worship and prayer.
- Day 6 – Staying in the Middle of It
It is time to say our goodbyes to the city of Austin. All week we have focused on putting God “in the middle of it all.” As the team departs, they do so with our prayers that God will remain the center of their focus.
Legacy in Austin, Texas
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.