The Missions team facilitates White Rock Baptist Church's involvement in outreach and missions by meeting the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of our people in the community, nation, and world, in order to demonstrate God's Love.
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Becoming a sending-church
As we evolve as a church body and move to become a church with missionaries, we understand there is a new level of commitment amongst us to continue to support family who are going abroad. It is very exciting that we have 2 families currently working through the process of entering into full time Missionary service. Our church body will have specific opportunities in the coming months to stand in supporting our brothers and sisters from our midst going out to serve God.
It has been a goal of the Missions Team to focus on sending from within our midst over the past few years both short term missions and now long term missions.
The Missions Team has met and decided to formally commit to be the “Sending Church” for the Blake family with SIM as well as provide long term support from our WRBC Missions budget and support the Jones' as they continue their training in expectation of working in Central America.
Being a sending church goes far beyond providing financial support. This will provide very tangible opportunities for individuals in our church to get involved in supporting these families both now and in the future.
Hands of Mercy April 8 - 12, 2015
This year we had another great group of people headed to a little place south of Ensenda, Mexico to build a house for a family in desperate need of a home. It will be quick trip! Overnight train to Redlands, California, and then spending the day in California building the house in pieces. The walls, floor, loft, stairs and roof parts are all loaded up on a trailer and the group heads to Mexico all in one day. Spend the night in Mexico and bright and early the next morning, head to the build site to meet the family and get their house put together.
It is an amazing experience, and the receiving family helps build their new home along side our team! This part is always such a heart warming experience.
Once built, we have collected a bunch of necessities for the new family to add to their new home. This is where you can help!! We have put out in the Gathering Space tickets with items to buy to help the family start their new life. Simple things as curtains, non-perishable foods, and bedding, etc, are written on each ticket, and we ask you to grab one and drop off the items in the Gathering Space at the church by the designated time!
Many thanks go to the people at Hands of Mercy who have created construction plans and have patient hearts allowing anyone to participate in this process and turned the construction of this house into an easy to follow build! This makes this amazing opportunity available to everyone will to pick up a hammer or work a table saw, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
missions we support:
Operation Christmas Child
Every November we collect boxes. Our church is the collection station for Northern New Mexico. AWANA kids begin this season of giving by decorating boxes and choosing items from the AWANA store to fill the boxes up. All the children get so excited. Each year the kids also challenge the church body to beat them in box count. So far AWANA has won every year! Let's get into the true spirit of giving and change that!
The Lottie Moon offering is gathered during the Christmas season. The money collected is designated to go to world missions. Like Annie Armstrong, we receive a theme and prayer points, spend the week before collection in prayer. Donations are now accepted online in addition to the envelopes available at the time of collection.
Hands of Mercy
Since 2012, during Spring Break, we have sent an amazing, diverse group of people to Mexico to build a house for a family in need. HoM organizes with local pastors in Mexico to find the family in need, the group travels to California to pre-build the house, then they travel to Mexico to finish the house.
In 2014 and 2015 we built 2 houses in one trip. No experience required, just a willing heart!
Every Easter we take a special offering for missions in North America. Each year is a different theme with different points of prayer. We learn of a few of the missionaries we support, their area of work, we pray and we give.
The spring of 2014 we supported a youth in the congregation as she went to Papua New Guinea to work with Wycliffe Bible Translators to spread the Gospel to the indigenous people in their own language. This is just one example, we have many youth, both past and present, involved in mission work throughout the year. Please pray and consider donating financially to help our youth as they step out into the world and spread the Good News of God's love!