“I’d love to go on an overseas mission trip someday, but…
…I don’t have the time or money for one of those challenging trips to Kenya or Poland.”
…I wouldn’t want to go without a family member accompanying me.”
…the language barrier concerns me.”
…I’m not sure it’s safe.”
Well, I’m glad to inform you that “someday” has come! RCC’s newest mission destination, the Dominican Republic (www.gomin.org) checks off all those boxes. It’s a true cross-cultural experience, but more accessible, affordable, and family-friendly than our other options — though those destinations are still fantastic, by the way. RCC’s first mission trip to the D.R., which will take place within the next year, is open to adults and teens. Whatever your age or skillset, you can make an impact and have a life-changing experience with God and His people.
Interested? I invite you to attend one of these no-obligation information meetings:
Sunday, April 23 at 12:30 PM
Monday, April 24 at 7:00 PM
Day 3 in the Dominican Republic was humbling!
Our guide, Tim, introduced us to the founder of Go Ministries, Brook Brotzman. We toured the present clinic, a small house structure. And then walked to the site of the future four-story med clinic, currently under construction.
It was exciting to see 100s of children playing and learning at the school!
Breakfast was with the Lincoln Christian University baseball team, who are in the DR helping with baseball clinics for children, helping stabilize a church building and playing a few teams along the way. GO LIONS!
At the end of our day, the only thing we could talk about was The Hole — a place where the people live beside a river. There are only two words we can use to describe our experience: humbling and convicting.
Only hours from now we’ll climb on the plane and say goodbye to the physical DR. For myself, a piece of it will always be with me.
We are in day 3 in the Dominican Republic, and the weather has been amazing. But what is more amazing is what we have seen and experienced! GO Ministries is a multifaceted endeavor to share the love of Jesus with the people of the DR.
We have stepped into a clinic, churches, nutrition program, seminary and a huge sports program that’s meant to focus on developing character first. Unfortunately, though, there is no hockey!
We hugged a lot of people! And we’ve seen some life changing places. I wish you could be walking beside us! Kathy, Mike and I wish you all well! Thanks for your prayers! And we can’t wait to have a chance to sit with you to tell our story!
RCC’s stated mission is “meeting people where they are and helping them follow Jesus.” We try to do that in our everyday lives, especially by praying for one. It’s a simple strategy that puts us in alignment with how God might want to use us each day to reach out and love others. Maybe, though, you’ve been wanting to do more… If so, here are two opportunities you may want to pursue!
workcampNE Mission Trip
July 9-15, 2017
workcampNE is a week-long service-based mission trip designed for high school students, college students, and adults to connect with others in order to reach out to those in need. Students and adults from several churches come together for a time of serving, worship, and connection. Projects include painting, roofing, deck building, cleaning, etc. I’ll be leading this year’s trip to Springfield, VT, so feel free to contact me with any questions!
To learn more about the ministry of workcampNE, check out their website at workcampne.com
Kenya Mission Trip
July 18 – August 2, 2017
RCC is heading back to Nairobi, Kenya, to serve another two weeks in the Mathare Valley slums with Missions of Hope! By simply coming and opening yourself up to service during this week, you will experience God working in tremendous ways! The first informational meeting is Sunday October, 30, immediately following the 11:30 worship gathering at RCC. Feel free to contact Steven and Gail Martin, trip leaders, with any questions (their contact info is in the RCC mobile app on the event page for this trip)!
To learn more about the ministry of Missions of Hope, check out their website at mohiafrica.org
BONUS: Serve at SST on October 29!
Mission trips are great, and we will always do them here at RCC, but it’s also important for us to serve those right in our backyard. Serving Salem Together is all about that! This year, our Grow Groups are heading out together on Saturday, October 29, to serve others by raking leaves, cleaning gutters, and doing minor home repair for our neighbors. If you’re not in a Grow Group yet, please contact Andy Glass to get placed in a group for SST 2016!
Rockingham Christian Church is planning to send a mission team to the Dominican Republic next year! The dates are February 25 through March 4 (NH school break week). The team will be partnering with an excellent ministry called Go Ministries.
This will be a multi-generational experience; anyone middle school or older is invited to apply. Parents and their children are especially encouraged to participate together. All applicants will be asked to go through a screening process to assess readiness.
Interested? If so, plan to come to one of our informational meetings:
Sunday, July 17, 1:30 PM or Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
Meanwhile, please indicate your level of interest to any RCC staff member.
workcampNE 2015 is almost here!
On Sunday, July 26, 2015, a group of 18 high schoolers and six adults from RCC will begin a week of service in East Providence, RI. This mission trip has become an annual thing for RCC Students. In fact, it is one of the events that most excites our students. They love going to serve others in the New England area with workcampNE! This year will be the first time we are serving in a more urban setting, though, and I’m excited to see what God has in store for us.
In the past, we have had a mission trip blog, where we share photos and thoughts from the trip. This year, we have decided to change things up. Instead of posting one blog a day, we will be posting photos and shorter thoughts on our social media channels. So, if you would like to follow our trip, be sure to follow RCC Students on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram.
We will post a wrap-up blog once we get back, and we will have our usual recap video. However, if you cannot wait that long, following/liking us on social media is the best way to keep up.
You can also follow/like workcampNE directly. Here are the links to their social channels:
Please keep our trip in your prayers!
All about Him,
Saturday evening, May 31, at 6:30 P.M. will be a “Night of Worship” in the RCC Worship Center. It will be a focused time for the musical and prayerful outpouring of our hearts in praise and thanksgiving to our awesome God. The hour will include a very meaningful prayer and commissioning time for RCC’s “Team Kenya: 2014,” which includes Jonathan Ciccarone, Melissa Durant, Jen Harmen, Delanie Kneeland, Jeanette LaGrasse, Deborah Marsden, and team leaders Steven and Gail Martin. This team will be leaving on June 28 with nine others from Northpointe and Southpointe Christian Churches, for a week and a half of service with Missions of Hope (www.mohiafrica.org) in Nairobi. We encourage you to invite friends and family members to join us for what promises to be an inspirational evening!
Join us on April 13 for the 2013 “RCC’s Got Talent” and silent auction fundraiser. You do not want to miss this fun event for the entire family. Watch and listen as several RCC’ers display their talents. If you have a talent you would like to share, contact us by April 7.
Located at Rockingham Christian Church.
The talent show will start at 6:00 PM, but feel free to show up and start bidding at 5:30 PM.
Admission is FREE, No registration needed. Silent Auction included! We will “vote” for the talents based on a $1 per vote, so be prepared, if you want to participate in the voting process.
Some silent auction items included:
Bowling gift certificates
Boston Duck Tour tickets
Chunky’s Cinema tickets
Cranmore Mountain lift tickets
Huntington Theatre tickets
iPod Shuffle & iTunes Gift Card
Mel’s Fun Park mini golf coupons
Pats Peak lift tickets
Planet Fitness package w/ 3-month membership
Six Flags tickets
The Sports Museum tickets
T-Bones Gift Cards
2 Lobster Dinners @ WeatherVane
Wheelock Family Theatre tickets
… and MUCH MUCH MORE!
All funds will go to the high school youth group’s mission trip to WorkcampNE in Berlin, NH, this July.
To help us advertise, feel free to print a poster and hang it around town, your workplace, school, etc.
DOWNLOAD POSTER (.pdf)
Our Kenya team left yesterday from Boston, and we JUST got word that they have arrived in Kenya! Please keep praying for them during their trip, and keep coming back to this blog for updates from the team. If you want to share the blog with others, send them to http://www.rccsalem.com/kenyablog.
￼￼It’s that time of year again! The time for flamingo flocking!!
This is a fundraiser done by the youth group of Rockingham Christian Church in Salem, better known as the “RCC Students.” This flocking is done in good spirits and is not meant to cause any trouble. If you are “flocked,” the flamingos will keep their flock in your yard for 48 hours until they mysteriously disappear to another appetizing yard.
We are going to offer you 3 different options for removal. You can participate in 1, 2, or all 3! If you are truly dissatisfied and do not want to participate, we totally understand. But please… DO NOT HURT OR THROW AWAY OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS! Thanks so much!
1. Flamingo Removal: $20
2. To Pick the Next Yard for the Flamingoes to Flock: $15
3. To Never Have the Flamingoes Return: $10
If you would not like the birds to land in your yard at all, you can purchase “flocking insurance” for this season, you can do so by paying $25 at RCC at any time.
Please contact Steve Cullum to have the flamingoes removed within 24-48 hours. The RCC Students thank you for playing along!
**ALL DONATIONS HELP SEND A GROUP OF RCC STUDENTS TO WORKCAMPNE 2012!**
WorkcampNE creates an environment to deepen teenagers’ faith in God through serving. They assist the elderly and under-resourced by doing minor home repairs at no cost! This year, the group will be heading to the Brandon, VT, area to serve. This is particularly important, due to the devastation many in VT still suffer from the recent hurricanes.
To find out more about WorkcampNE, visit their website at www.workcampne.com. In order to find out more about our trip, you can follow our youth group mission trip blog at www.rccstudents.com/missiontripblog. We will be sure to update it during and after our trip.
Thank you so much for helping us serve others on our mission trip!!