The Bible teaches that it is the duty and privilege of every Christian and every congregation to share the good news of grace to the very ends of the earth. It is the duty and privilege of New Hope Reformed Church to be able to support and encourage those who endeavor to make disciples of all nations as commanded in the scriptures (Matt. 28:19-20). In His final days on earth, after His resurrection, Jesus commanded us to make disciples in every nation, baptizing them and teaching to obey all that He has taught us. To that end, New Hope Reformed participates in and supports mission works near home and around the world. The missions we are currently supporting are discussed below.
Scot and Carol have served in Madrid, Spain since 1998 as Christian educators at Evangelical Christian Academy, a school for missionary kids. They have served in many roles at ECA: teaching, business administration, construction project manager, dorm parents, recruitment, hospitality, headmaster. In addition to their work at ECA, the Mussers have been involved in church planting in the town of Camarma de Esteruelas. It is the only Protestant church in the area of 30,000 people. Scot has served as an elder and Carol has served as Sunday school superintendent.
Scot and Carol returned to Spain in December 2013 to begin service with Resourcing Christian Education International. Their vision, as noted in their latest prayer letter, is to see the "evangelism and discipleship of Spanish youth through Christian education" and to "develop a culturally sensitive, self-sustainable, reproducible model of Christian education for Spaniards." LIFE School, the outworking of the last few year's labors opened in the fall of 2017. The school continues to expand its staff and number of students. Please pray for this work, its influence in local communities, for its staff and leadership. Pray especially for the children and families enrolled in the school that the gospel will go forth and Christ will be proclaimed and many lives discipled.
Scot and Carol are the parents of 4 grown children all who are walking with the Lord and are serving in or have expressed interest in missions. Aaron, married to Katie, ( serving as missionary teachers in South Korea); Lynette married to Will Hazlett, David, and Emily.
Todd and Esther Jones have served faithfully with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 2002 both in the US, Asia and other parts of the world. We are privileged to be one of their prayer supporters, lifting their work regularly before the Lord. Todd and Esther have four children Caleb, Alethia, Bentley, Danielle, and Sophia.
From wycliffe.org: "Effective IT support on the ground in each African region is essential for the work of Bible translation. Todd works with IT Specialists that serve in various African countries to help them respond to challenges. This involves project work and/or consulting services. He also helps organize IT technical training events each year including the follow-up application of content. Through consulting and training efforts, Wycliffe builds IT capacity in each African region, thereby removing barriers for progress in Bible translation."
The Pregnancy Help Center in Richmond, KY exists to help women and their children (both born and unborn) who find themselves in financial, emotional and or spiritual need. We partner with the center regularly our prayers, volunteer service, donating items needed in the center's Baby Boutique and participating in the Baby Bottle Blessings, Golf Fore Life and the Night for Life Banquet annual fundraisers.
One of PHC's central programs is the Earn While You Learn program. As part of PHC's parenting program, EWYL allows parents to receive weekly counseling, and participate in parenting classes. Parents earn 'baby bucks' which they can spend in PHC's boutique, a beautiful room filled with toys, clothes and all the baby items any parent could need. You can support the EWYL program through our "Donate an Item Ongoing Baby Shower". Place a baby item (new or gently used) in the gathering basket near the church entrance way. We will deliver to PHC when the basket is full. In the same area of the church, you will also find baby bottles-pick one up to participate in this year's Baby Bottle Blessings Campaign. Fill your bottle with change, cash or checks (made out to PHC) and return to the church. Thanks!
Pregnancy Help Center
Todd and Esther Jones Wycliffe Bible Translators
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child (a ministry of Samaritan's Purse) is an ongoing mission project that is fun and easy to take part in. We gather gifts and items for children of various ages-goodies, toys, school supplies, toiletries and even handmade dresses and pack them into boxes. The boxes we pack are shipped (with prayers and love) to OCC's shipping center and are sent around the world to children in need. Those children receive gifts and learn about the greatest gift-the love of Christ.
This year we packed our shoe boxes early (in July) and will hold them to be shipped out in mid-November. When they are shipped they will be sent with labels that allow us to track the boxes and learn about the area in the world where they are delivered. Please pray that God will prepare the hearts of the children who will receive the boxes to hear and believe the gospel.
It is never too early to prepare for next year's boxes. If you purchase items ahead they can be stored at the church building until our next packing party.
Suggested Gifts For OCC Shoeboxes
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
TOYS: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch,® toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky,® etc.
HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
OTHER: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)
PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out- of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.