Colonia Missions


The development of Texas colonias dates back to the 1950s.  Using agriculturally worthless land, developers created unincorporated subdivisions with little or no infrastructure.  Housing is primarily constructed by residents using discarded wood, cardboard or other materials - usually lacking electricity, plumbing and other basic amenities.


For more than 135 years, Buckner International ( has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry.  In 2002, Buckner International began to provide innovative programming to support vulnerable children and families living in poverty in the colonias along the Texas/Mexico border (


It is our tenth year working with Buckner International in the Penitas Colonia. Each year, beginning in 2011, over 230 Woodlawn regulars have joined one of the teams to use their gifts and abilities to impact the Penitas Colonia. This is your year to be a part of the Colonia Work Project!


This summer’s mission project, June 13-19, is open to adults, families with children, college-age adults, and high school students who have completed the 9th grade. Children/Students younger than 9th grade will serve on the Children's Team with one of their parents.

Work Project Teams

**Limited spots available for each team**
  • Building Team
  • Children's Team
  • Food Service Team
  • Sewing Team
  • English as a Second Language Team
  • Computer Skills Team
  • Transportation Team


Team meetings will provide training as well as opportunities for teams to plan and prepare.

  • Sunday, March 1 in the Fellowship Center at 12:00 PM (lunch provided)
  • Sunday, May 17 in the Great Hall at 12:00 PM
  • Individual teams will schedule additional meetings as needed.


Team members will leave Saturday morning, June 13, from the Woodlawn campus parking lot. The group will return Friday afternoon, June 19.


Colonia Work Project team members will be housed at Melody Lane Christian Renewal Center ( Families with children will have their own private rooms. 

Individual Cost

  • $285 total if $50 non-refundable deposit paid by February 2.
  • $325 total if $50 non-refundable deposit paid after February 2 while spaces are available.

Immediate Family Cost

  • $570 total if $100 non-refundable deposit paid by February 2.
  • $650 total if $100 non-refundable deposit paid after February 2 while spaces are available.

*Cost includes lodging, transportation on buses, meals & trip costs while on site. Cost does not include meals while en route on June 13 & 19.

Final balances are due May 3!

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Your gift toward our $18,000 goal will help build a house for a deserving family who lives in the Penitas Colonia, provide supplies for each of the teams and also provide partial scholarships to help teenagers, adults and families go on this summer’s trip. Make checks payable to Woodlawn Baptist Church.  Indicate on your check that your gift is for the “Colonia Work Project.”


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