Come help us finish fundraising! We will hold an Open House event March 29-31 at Rockville Christian Church’s youth building. Shop our Mission Store of handmade jewelry and home decor, participate in a wrap bracelet make-n-take workshop, buy baked goods and get some great thrift shop finds to support this ministry. We’ll also have information about what we do with all this time we spend in Poland and, of course, a jar for straight up donations.
We welcome contributions of homemade goodies for the bake sale and can definitely use some help setting up Thursday morning and cleaning up Saturday after we close up.
We hope to see you there!
We are grateful for all of our many supporters – those who continuously pray for us, those who take the time to encourage us, those who donate supplies for camp activities, those who do their gift shopping through our mission store, those who help us with fundraisers, those who drive us to and from the airport, those who take care of our cat and mow our yard, those who make sure we come home to food in our fridge, those who come to serve along side of us, those who give financial gifts outright. We are blessed by your efforts to help us do what God has led us to do, and we pray God will bless you in return.
Sometimes, the task of saving and raising $9000 every year can be pretty consuming. I can truthfully say I don’t spend any time worrying that the funds will be there. God always provides, and if there would come a year in which He didn’t, we know that would mean He has a different plan. But we know we can’t just sit back and tap our foot waiting for people to give. In fact, there is ministry to be done in the very act of fundraising. So we spend the 11 months of the year we are here in the US working toward that end. Sometimes, it wears me down. Last Sunday, I’m ashamed to admit, a couple of dear friends had the misfortune of seeing me in the midst of a little frustration moment as I’ve been planning fundraisers to carry out over spring break.
Today we received word that a check arrived in support of our ministry – a rather large check from someone Ben knew well back in high school and I have only met once. Two other families have given generous financial gifts to send us to this mission field. Combined, these gifts total $2350. I’d have to make 195 wrap bracelets, about 83 hours, to raise those same dollars through mission store sales! I don’t want to diminish gratitude towards those who have bought from our mission store. Those sales have raised $2638 this year! But I am feeling an overwhelming sense of thankfulness towards these families who have just purely followed God’s leading them to give abundantly.
We still have a ways to go to meet our basic need for this mission ($1385 at the time of this writing). But there is a light at the end. I hope that our spring break fundraiser (watch for announcements!) will close that gap, provide additional funds we can use to give Ukrainian refugee children scholarships for camp, and allow me to shift gears from fundraising to really preparing for the work God has called us to do. Is God leading you to be a Sender? I promise you will be blessed for your obedience and role in spreading the gospel. Financial Support Page
Gift giving season is upon us. The shopping, commercials, and decorations have arrived too early in my opinion. I’m a firm believer in Thanksgiving having the attention it deserves, the attention we need to give it. But that soapbox aside, the Christmas Bazaars are here and The Journey Back Mission Store will be open for your gift-giving needs. Which brings me to another thing I’ve become passionate about… shopping local small businesses, handmade and nonprofits – “Shop Small” as they say. When you choose to buy gifts from people like us, you’re giving big.
Your gift means even more to the recipient because it is unique, handmade and carefully designed.
Your gift means something to us – you’re supporting our mission, helping us do what we love to do and what we believe we’ve been called to do.
Your gift means something to the Holocaust survivors, Ukrainian children, camp and churches who will receive our message of love and hope.
Isn’t that better than growing the bottom line of a big company? I’ll admit that a number of my gifts this Christmas will come from Walmart and Amazon. But where I can, I’ll be shopping small, and I hope you will too.
The Journey Back Mission Store will be set up and well stocked at these great local events:
You can preview and even claim your goods online by clicking here, but we will have a number of items only available at these in-person sales. Come see us!
My mom has been hard at work in her farmhouse kitchen again this year to support our 2018 mission. We have over 300 jars to sell, enough to cover the cost of two plane tickets if we sell them all! New this year… The Sampler! Get a variety pack of 4 oz jars for just $15! A perfect gift!
This is what is missing from your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners!
Purchase here or post a comment to claim yours for offline buying. We’ll also have them for sale and pick up at our upcoming craft fair sales. Final date for purchase is December 15 or while supplies last (you might want to hurry!) Shipping isn’t recommended on this one, but if you’re not local (and willing to risk it) I’ll try to get them to you in one piece! Please add the shipping fee at the bottom to your cart to cover the added cost.
There are lots of other great finds available in our mission store. Do your gift shopping with us this season!
We were grateful for a chance to share with our home congregation this morning. We talked briefly about little roles we have played in God’s big plan but were especially excited to share greetings from Piotr & Nellie Karel. Piotr is the pastor at the church in Kołobrzeg, Poland, and Rockville Christian Church has supported his ministry for several decades. We shared about the tradition in the Polish churches to bring greetings from one congregation to another, just as Paul does in his letters, and then read Piotr’s greetings from Poland. Here is Piotr’s letter to RCC and the slides that accompanied our talk in case you missed it.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I’ve got still in my mind those nice moments with quests from the USA including visitors from Rockville. We are thankful to God for Rachel, Ben and their children and for the opportunity to spend a nice, fruitful time with them. Yesterday I got the message that Ben is going to have an operation. We will be praying for God’s providence for him.
This summertime elapsed very quickly. It was a busy time and there were a lot of good things going on in our church. We had, for instance, many holiday visitors as well we welcomed a youth group from Polkowice. It is a new church that recently has joined Christian Church
Furthermore, I led two wedding ceremonies this summer, either outside the church.
Besides that, we were happy to welcome my brother, Bogumił Karel , who lives in Australia.
Unfortunately, me and my wife couldn’t go on holiday. We were to busy with repairing our leaking balcony in our home. Some things must be simply done.
Every Sunday afternoon I go to the church in Koszalin. Currently, we are in the middle of searching for the new employee there.
In Poland schools start in September. We also began Sunday church school for kids and youth, not to mention about our home groups, which will start really soon I’ve just finished working on materials and references for leaders of those groups. In a week we are organizing a great event, service, on the occasion of 500 anniversary of Reformation Day in the local community center. That Sunday I am going to lead protestant interdenominational service.
I would also like to take the opportunity and express my deep word of thanks to the church in Rockville for many years of prayers and financial support. Brothers and Sisters we still need it. May God bless you big hearts and make it up to you.
All the best to all of you!
Nelli & Piotr
So we just wanted to give a quick update on our progress as we prepare for our 2017 Journey Back to Poland. We have our plane tickets! We are so grateful to all who have given generously and bought from our mission store to help us get over that first hurdle. Now we need to focus on raising the remaining funds needed to cover ground transportation, housing, support for Ostróda Camp and the expenses involved in carrying out the ministry work we are called there to do. We’ll need this money by the end of April. We are still trying to determine the fund-raisers we will do in the coming months to help us reach this goal, so watch for announcements! In the meantime, if God is leading you to be a sender, visit our financial support page for information on how to give. Even more importantly, we ask you to pray, even now, for the work God is already doing and for the ways He will use us. We are able and willing to go, but we believe the Senders are just as important to growing the Kingdom.
2017 Fundraising as of Feb 4
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
This Christmas season, I’ve been thinking about our Holocaust Survivor friends. Several of them are Messianic Jews who have accepted Christ as the Savior, but many of them have not. They have missed this good news. Despite all of the prophecy, I can understand it. It is such a strange way to save the world by our human understanding. I am grateful that we have a chance to spend time with them. We pray that their time in Ostróda might open their eyes to see that this little baby, born in the town of David, is the Messiah. And that changes everything.
We have a little bit of good news ourselves! Through to a few generous donors, mission store sales, and our own savings, we have enough to purchase our airfare for the 2017 trip! It is wonderful to be over this first hurdle before the end of the year. Thank you to all of our Senders. We are so grateful for you.
So let us all be like the shepherds – let us glorify and praise God for all that we have seen and heard.