WHY MISSIONS?

 “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” ― John Piper

 THE GREAT COMMISSION

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earthGo therefore and make disciples of all the nationsbaptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spiritteaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

“…Jesus actually spoke these words.

He spoke with deliberate clarity to every person

who would ever follow Him.

That includes me and you.

What shall we do in response to Him?”

–Steven C. Hawthorne

How will you respond to Him?


Upcoming Short-term Mission Trips:

 

 

Local Missions:

Worcester Refugee Ministry – Launch TBD

Worcester Outreach Main South – 3rd Sundays

Email to learn more.

 

Supported Missionary Partners

Global

BREATH OF LIFE INTERNATIONAL – Santiago, Dominican Republic – Breath of Life assists students from impoverished villages in the DR to have a university education. BOLI provides room and board, books, and spiritual mentoring, while the students are responsible to complete their education and live under the expectations of the program.  As God is transforming the students, a ripple effect has been experienced in the city of Santiago, the Universities, the poor and marginalized, and the church in the DR, for the glory of God. breathoflifeinternational.weebly.com/pray

FRONTIERS – Jesus for Muslims in Mid Asia – Jonah and Jennifer live and serve in an area of the world that has been hostile to the gospel, but despite the opposition and the hardships of living in an unstable environment, they find joy as they tell people about Jesus of the Bible.  To learn more about Frontiers, go to: https://www.frontiersusa.org/jesus-for-muslims

GREATER GRACE WORLD OUTREACH – Brazil – Geraldo Oliveira is the pastor of Greater Grace Church in Belo, Horizonte Brazil.  In addition, Geraldo, Elaine, and their 3 sons lead a mime team to perform street evangelism and sow the gospel message in the city squares.  http://ggwo.org/

NATIONAL EVANGELICAL MISSION– ColombiaLeonel Ortiz is pastor of Labranza de Dios Church in Villavicencio, and is passionate about multiplying disciples, training up pastors, and planting churches.  His wife Bélgica is actively involved in discipling women.  They have 3 adult daughters and 2 granddaughters, all involved in the vision of planting churches.  Learn more about their ministry at http://www.betaniacali.blogspot.com

NATIONAL EVANGELICAL MISSION – Mitú, Colombia –Fabio Cano was discipled and ordained by Leonel Ortiz and is now planting churches among the Cubeo tribe of South American Indians. He and Diana have 2 sons.

OC INTERNATIONAL – Spain – Emilio and Sarah are reaching out into the 10/40 window to bring the story of Jesus to those who have never heard.  They are involved in research, training, videography, and vocational development.

SOS Ministries – Nigeria – Mike Schadt & Gbenga Oni have worked together to make disciples and plant indigenously lead churches in Nigeria.  Mike regularly brings short-term teams to support the work.  http://soshope.org/

SEPAL – OC INTERNATIONAL – Guatemala –Jaime Lopez is the Field Director for SEPAL, a mission organization that serves to train pastors and leaders.  Jaime lays the groundwork for our HBC mission teams that serve in Guatemala.  He and Dora have 3 children.

SEPAL – OC INTERNATIONAL – Guatemala – Luis Gilbert also serves in Guatemala with SEPAL, focusing on training and equipping churches to minister to children.  Luis has a God-given talent as a clown, and together with his wife Dora and their 3 children, has performed all over the country to advance the kingdom of God.  They have begun a new ministry called Seeds of Life to help impoverished children receive an education and vocational skills, while teaching them the Word of God.

http://www.onechallenge.org/go/ministry-fields/latin-america-region/

Wycliffe – Asia – Stephanie and Sid – Stephanie is completing linguistics training in Thailand in order to translate the Bible for a particular people group in Asia, among whom she and Sid will live and serve.  Wycliffe Bible Translators’ vision is that all peoples will discover the Bible for themselves in a language they fully understand.

Domestic

AWANA  – Ken Hoffmeyer – helps churches launch Awana programs by providing leadership training, coordinating outreach events, and teaching families to lead their children well. The goal of Awana is to make lifelong disciples of Christ. Ken and Karen have 3 grown daughters and live in MA. awana.org/

CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMEN’S CONNECTION New England (CBMC) – Ernie Truax is the New England area director of CBMC, an organization committed to develop Christian businessmen to live out their faith in authentic relationship, with the goal of spiritual reproduction.  For guidance in becoming an effective ambassador for Christ in the marketplace, contact Ernie and go to advance.cbmc.com.  Ernie and Joy reside in MA and are members of HBC.   http://newengland.cbmc.com/Home.aspx

CRU – UMass Dartmouth Matt and Rebecca Litchfield are passionate about glorifying God by making disciples.  The lead Cru at UMD, creating a caring community to reach students with the gospel of Jesus Christ, equipping them to maturity, and then mobilizing them to reach their spheres of influence throughout the world. They have 2 children, Noah and Sophia www.cru.org

CAMPUS AMBASSADORS at Fitchburg State U. – Elizabeth Cernoia is all about creating communities where students are transformed by the power of Jesus Christ, relating them to local churches, and training them as servant leaders for Christ and His kingdom.  Elizabeth has 2 sons, Micah and Dylan.  To learn more about Elizabeth, go to www.missionsdoor.org/missionary/cernoia-elizabeth.

CARENET PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER of FitchburgGail Gardner directs Carenet, a licensed medical clinic that provides caring, compassionate counsel to those facing an unplanned pregnancy.  Through pregnancy testing and an initial ultrasound, women are introduced to the developing life within them.  Carenet also provides prenatal and parenting classes, adoption referrals, and a post abortion recovery program.   http://carenetfitchburg.net

CHARLES RIVER CHURCH – West Roxbury, MA – Josh and Becky Wyatt were members of HBC, where Josh was our founding youth pastor, until relocating to Boston to plant Charles River Church in 2011.  They have 3 children, Isaiah, Luca, and Norah.  You can read more about their church at www.thecharlesriverchurch.com

GLOBAL GATES – New York City – Chris Clayman co-founded Global Gates in 2011 with the mission of reaching the ends of the earth through global gateway cities.  They are discovering and implementing best practices for creating disciplemaking movements among unreached people groups, not only in NYC, but also in global gateway cities around the world. Chris and Nichole live in the Bronx with their 3 children.  www.globalgates.info

Young Life – Central Massachusetts – Eric Stoltzfus is the area director of Young Life, a student ministry which seeks to reach public school students in a fun atmosphere with the truth of the gospel. Currently there are three established Young Life clubs in Central Mass – Quabbin Regional, Wachusett High School, and Athol Orange High School, and 2 more forming in Fitchburg and Spencer/Leicester  http://www.younglife.org

*For the sake of security, some of the real names of workers or programs have been changed or omitted.