Missions – October 2015


The Missions Team was so blessed to meet Adrian & Bernardeth Bob-Kelly and their daughter when they visited our church on October 4th. They have not visited churches in the United States for several years. Adrian and Bernardeth serve on the east coast of Nicaragua in the poorest area of an already poor country. They shared that they provide public health and medical services, as well as spiritual and pastoral education, to that population. We discussed the possibility of having a mission trip in the future with a team from our church and they were eager to discuss this opportunity with us. Our team is committed to continuing support for their mission work.

Our team has been working on the Missions budget for 2016. We have been reviewing all of our local and international missions over the past year. We have also been discussing how we as a church can become more engaged with them. How can we actually get to know the leaders of local missions and missionary families well?

In the book Organic Outreach for Churches by Kevin Harney, he discusses this issue. He concludes that it is so much more impactful to support a few local and international missions rather than many. The church can then focus on those few with more dollars and develop a relationship with the mission leaders. He states, “Your congregation will have a deeper sense of being connected to them, and you might even plan a trip to visit and encourage the smaller number of missionaries you support.”  

When the budget is presented in December, you will see that we have tried to focus on a few local and international missions. This was a difficult and painful process as we worked to limit our list and inform those who we decided would no longer receive support from Rockford Reformed Church after 2015.

Take A Frozen Turkey to Church Day! Sunday, November 15

This year Rockford Reformed Church has committed to provide Thanksgiving dinner baskets for 40-45 clients of the North Kent Community Services (NKCS). On Sunday, November 15, we will collect frozen turkeys at church and they will be sent to NKCS. Then on Tuesday, November 17, at 6pm your whole family or life group can enjoy a light meal in the gym and pack all the other food and inspirational material that will accompany the turkey in the basket. This will be a fun evening as we work together packing the Thanksgiving baskets, creating cards for each basket, praying together for those who will receive the baskets and delivering them to NKCS. Watch for more details on what foods we will need for the baskets. If you have any questions regarding these dates and activities, please contact Dave VanderWiere, Dianne Bennett (dianneb49@gmail.com), or Pastor Paul (plbradford@me.com).