Between Journeys

Greetings From Kołobrzeg

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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

Preparing for the Journey – Fundraising Update

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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


(click here to see an up-to-date and interactive fundraising graph)

Good News!

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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.

Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

Christmas Gift Sale – December 3

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Our first gift sale of the year was a success and we are excited to offer another opportunity to come do your Christmas shopping with us!  On December 3 our Mission Store items will be on display at the Christmas Bazaar at the Rockville Elks Lodge.  Products include my handmade Jewelry and shadow boxes, Ben’s paper art shadow boxes, Anna’s burlap garland, my mom’s amazing farmhouse preserves, crocheted scarves, head-warmers, baby hats and doll clothes by Janet Fahey, and a few cute signs by Leslie Shaffer.  You won’t want to miss it.

All proceeds help us get back to the mission field this summer so we can serve and love as many people as we can.

Let us know you’re coming in our Facebook Event Posting!


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Christmas Gift Sale – November 13

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Come do your Christmas shopping with us! On November 13 our Mission Store items will be on display at the Tri Kappa Arts & Crafts Bazaar at South Vermillion High School. Come look through items in person and pick out perfect gifts for people you love – gifts that give more! All proceeds help us get back to the mission field this summer so we can serve and love as many people as we can.  The fun begins at 11:00 AM and continues through 4:00 PM.  Don’t miss it!

Mark your interest in the Facebook Event Posting to see updates of items available!

Farmhouse Preserves Now Available!

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12314638_887496601347182_8454843953829510628_oMy mom has been hard at work in her farmhouse kitchen and has made available her famous preserves to support of 2017 mission trip.  With every bite on a fresh biscuit, comes with the added satisfaction of knowing you supported a good cause!

Limited quantities available.  Hurry!  They won’t last long!
Post a comment or visit our Contact page to stake your claim! 

Apple Butter
Apple Jelly
Peach Jam
Blackberry Jam

$6 each
3 for $15

There are lots of other great finds available in our mission store.  Do your gift shopping with us!


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It is such a powerful thing when the church family comes together to lay hands and pray over one another.  Makes me tear up every time.  Thank you, Rockville Christian Church, for sending our family and the 13 members of the Brazil Amazon Boat Team out to make disciples with your financial support, encouragement and prayers.