Tuesday Morning 12 of us have got up and out way before sunrise (or in some cases, never even went to bed) and started on our way to Honduras to serve on the mission field for 10 days.  For some of us, this is a familiar adventure back to people and a place that we have grown to know and love. For others, it is an entirely new and perhaps a little scary adventure into the complete unknown. Either way, I have full confidence that God is leading us into something incredibly meaningful and, for some, perhaps even life-changing.  

The first time we assembled a team to go to Honduras, we had no idea what we were in for. No, really, absolutely NO idea.  We did not understood how it felt to instantly love a place and people that we had never even met before.  We didn’t know that the faces of true poverty and true prosperity could be seen in the same beautiful children playing in the dirt streets of the slums.  We were able to experience these things in a remote orphanage and on the streets of a big city with beautiful kids we couldn’t even talk to, who often kept themselves occupied playing with what we here in the States would consider trash.  And it was life-changing! 


One thing we did know was that we were in the perfect center of God’s will.  We did know that God wanted us to go.  And we had prayerfully struggled over where to go and what God wanted us to do there, and we were doing it.  Although we’ve seen so many more things since then, met so many more people and experienced things we never thought (and perchance never hoped) we’d experience, I feel no differently about this mission today.  God has ordered our steps, and is in full control.  For that reason, we go with boldness and with confidence - like warriors with a quiver full of arrows, and we know that we do not labor in vain (Psalm 127). 

We thank you all for your unwavering support for this mission and we would like to offer the opportunity for you to go with us in some small way.  We plan to post regular team updates during our time on mission and hope that you will “Like” our team page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/trustwithoutbordersmissions/ or follow us on Instagram @trustwithoutborders_twb so you don’t miss out on any of what God is doing in and through us in this amazing place. 

Although our hearts and minds will be turned toward the mission before us for the next 10 days, there are a couple of things coming up that I don’t want to neglect to mention:

A few weeks ago Rock Church was the host church at the new Wednesday night Summer Outreach Concert series at Salisbury Beach.  Coming up on August 9th, we will once again be hosting, but the concert that night will feature Rock Church Amesbury’s own worship team!  The concert starts at 7pm, but generally there are folks gathering there by 6pm to get seats, enjoy the beach and some good company.  We’ve been working pretty hard to make this outreach event impactful for all who attend so I hope you’ll put this on your calendar and come out to support our team and have a great night of outreach and worship!

Summer Day Camp is coming up fast!  The week of August 14-18th we will be running a full day summer day camp from 9-4 at our Plaistow location.  Last year was such a great time of connection with the kids and families, but it is a lot of work so we need your help!  Our theme this year is HERO CENTRAL, and you can be a hero too by volunteering any time during the week or ahead of time or afterwards in the evenings with set-up or other administrative tasks.  We’d love to have you!  There will be a volunteer meeting coming up on July 31st at 7pm at our Plaistow campus so I hope you’ll put that on your calendar and let me (jon@rock-church.org) know that you want to be a hero too!  


God bless,

Pastor Jon Howard


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