Way Missions was started in 2000 by Mary Lou Laird and Linda Parker. We
work as partners, encouraging each other and mutually stimulating each
Together we have over 20 years of experience in
the field of
short-term missions. However, we are committed to staying on the
edge" through reading, conferences, and contact with leading
Mary Lou Laird went on her first short-term
missions project at age 42 (a
few years ago!) , became hooked and went off to seminary
(Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) to study missions in order to
other folks like her get involved. She has worked for the past 10 years
a full-time faith missionary with a large short-term missions agency.
She has been privileged to introduce several hundred people to the
Linda Parker is an experienced project leader and
can solve logistical
problems in her sleep! She went on her first short-term missions
to Venezuela in 1994 and was so excited about it that she went on a
project that same year to Guatemala. In 1995 she met Mary Lou and began
working with her on a regular basis. Since then she has led several
projects in Reynosa, Mexico. In 2000 Linda spent a month in Mexico,
scouting for new project sites as well as leading a project. From
she went almost directly to the Dominican Republic and led a large
in Santo Domingo. Linda is excited about New Way Missions' goal of
short-term teams make a long-term difference in the areas they visit.
Mary Lou's strongest skills are research, writing,
logistics, motivational encouragement, cross-cultural
communication,networking and a strong sense of humor.
Linda's strongest skills are planning, training,
leading, praying, money
management and that much-needed sense of humor!
We work well together and approach tasks with an
ability to divide the
work according to our skills. And we are both committed to New Way
with our whole hearts.
We are dedicated to working with you throughout
the preparation process
to ensure that your ministry goals are met and your team experiences
cross-cultural mission in a life-changing way. And, when your project
over, we will join you in giving all the glory and praise to our Lord,
We are firm believers in prayer.If you are excited
about the possibility
of taking a team from your church on a missions project, but doubt that
can get the minimum number of 10 to make up a team, here's our advice:
about it for one week.
Lord to bring to your mind specific
individuals to call and to give you creative ways to spark interest in
missions in your congregation.
end of the week, we're sure you will
have lots of ideas and interested people.Then give us a call and...GO