Reaching People Across the World

At James River Church, our #1 core value is to reach the lost. Planting new churches and investing in missions is an amazing way to reach people and help them meet Jesus! We are so blessed to support 4 church plants as a part of our 2020 Missions Projects. Join us as we continue to champion the cause of the local church by establishing new churches to better touch the lives of people around the world.

4 United States Church Plants

In 2020, we partnered with the Church Multiplication Network to plant 4 new churches across the United States. We can’t wait to hear all of the amazing stories of God’s faithfulness through these church plants this year!

Basra, Iraq Church Plant

In 2019, we funded the construction of a church in Basra, Iraq where the Gospel will be proclaimed and pastors will be trained to share the love of Jesus with the lost. We are so excited to see how God uses this church to bring the message of salvation to the people of Iraq!

US Church Plants

City Center Church

Berkley, CA
Pastor Ray Hudson

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Miami, FL
Pastor Chancellor Dix

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Rio City Church

San Antonio, TX
Pastor Chris Myers

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Discover Church

Decatur, IL
Pastor Noah Upton

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Upcoming Missions Trips

Information for 2022 trips will be added as it becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Missions Trips

Where do I get a passport?

Passport applications can be downloaded from The passport form must be presented and signed in person at an authorized passport acceptance facility. You will need to bring your actual birth certificate and two passport photos.

Do I need a VISA?

Needing a VISA depends on what country you will be traveling to. The mission’s coordinator will take care of getting VISAs if it is necessary.

What if I am not a member/attendee of James River Church?

To go on a short-term trip with James River Church, you do not have to attend the church. However, you do need to complete and pass a background check.

Do I have to attend all team meetings in order to be a team member?

Yes, all meetings are mandatory.

Is there an age and/or physical requirement?

James River Church missions trips are planned for individuals age 13 and older with a guardian. Participants age 18 and over can travel alone. Each trip has a different set of criteria. It is important that we place participants on trips where they will best fit the needs of that trip and our Global Partners. If you have health concerns or issues, please discuss those on your application.

What is the cost of the trip and what does it include?

The cost of each trip varies depending on its location. The cost of most trips include airfare, housing accommodations, ground transportation, meals during the trip, and insurance.

How do I pay for my trip?

Each individual pays for his/her trip on their own, but it is encouraged to send
out support letters to family and friends.

How can family and friends donate to my trip?

Family and friends can donate to your trip online by clicking on the "Apply Now" button on the web page for your missions trip. Then, they can click on the "Can't Go? Give!" button and enter your name into the special instructions box.

Is my mission trip payment tax-deductible?

Yes. Any donations made toward your trip are tax deductible.

How many people usually travel together?

The size of each trip is dependent upon the location. 10-20 is the average trip size.

What type of work will I do on a short-term mission’s trip?

The type of work you will be doing depends on the trip you are going on. Our trips can include construction, medical work, visiting orphanages, and evangelism.

What if there is a medical emergency while on the trip?

If there is a medical emergency, your insurance will cover it.

Is insurance provided?

Yes. Insurance will be purchased for every team member through Assemblies of God World Missions, and the cost will be included in your trip.

What should I pack?

We strongly suggest packing one carry-on bag plus one small tote bag/backpack to avoid any delays at the airports. Please make sure to follow the zip lock bag rules for liquids.

What about physicals, prescriptions and vaccinations?

You can consult with your doctor or go to the website for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at to get advice on what (if any) vaccinations are needed while abroad. Note that our itinerary does not include any overnight stays in a rural area. The group is not out before dawn or after dusk. FFP does not require any immunizations.

If you have glasses or contact lenses, bring along an extra pair. If you have
prescription medication, make sure you bring enough to last during your time
abroad. Make sure to carry the correctly labeled containers so it won’t be mistaken for illegal drugs.

How much money to bring?

The personal money that you bring overseas with you will depend on how much you feel you would like to spend. A recommended amount is usually around $100-$200 US dollars, depending on the exchange rate of the country. Personal spending money will not be included in the cost of your trip.

Is the water safe to drink?

Most trip locations do not have safe drinking water. We provide purified water for all drinking and cooking needs. Please bring an empty water bottle along to fill with safe drinking water we will provide.

How do I know what immunizations I will need?

Every person is required to get the necessary immunization/inoculation for your destination. Please visit the CDC website ( for the most recent list.

Check with your primary care physician and your personal health insurance company to determine cost and coverage. James River Church does not give recommendations for what immunizations you should have.

Missions Faith Promise