The Ends of Earth Regional Team has the specific responsibility to call out those in our congregation with passion for ministry outside the state of Virginia. Our three main partners are listed below. While on mission we find ourselves serving in a variety of ministries: construction, children's camps, leading Bible study, planning field trips, singing/playing concerts, crafts & cooking. We will continue to train, equip and send people into the world to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Joining in God's work is always an adventure at the Ends of the Earth. We hope you join in soon!
Ends of the Earth
The Family Tree
Since 2007, HRBC has partnered alongside our friends in Enderly Park in urban Charlotte, NC. The leaders at The Family Tree are excited about this journey with us. They love to share about their vision of building relationships and sharing the love of Jesus.
Children come from broken or abusive homes. They are often left to plan meals, supervise siblings and maintain the home on their own. The Family Tree home provides safe, nurturing environments where children can experience the love of Christ. Neighborhood adults often need a listening ear, or an encouraging word. They will find both at The Family Tree.
Over the course of our partnership, we have worked alongside this community to learn from one another. We have participated in community meals, an annual Share Day, Vacation Bible School, and more. One of our more largest projects was the conversion of an old garage into a clubhouse. Through a grant from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) and lots of manual labor, we were able to convert this garage into a valuable ministry tool. The young people love being in that space that they take ownership of, and they diligently show up with books in hand in the afternoons to get some assistance, as well as to play games and do some crafts. The Family Tree is so grateful for the tremendous gift that this space has been to their ministry.
To learn more about the The Family Tree ministry and subscribe to their blog, visit their web site.
Owsley County, Kentucky
In late 2009, the EoE team discerned God’s call to become involved in ministry in Owsley County (“The OC”), identified by the CBF as one of the twenty poorest counties in America. We have spent time with local pastors Jerry & Susie Lacefield and Wayne & Dianna Elliott learning about the community and its people, and hearing about how we can minister to their needs. We also work with Paula Settle, CBF's Together for Hope missionary in that area.
The Food Place provides regular food assistance to the people of Owsley County and the Clothes Closet provides clothing for those in the community. Both Food Place and Clothes Closet depend heavily on volunteer labor and contributions.
Although Owsley County has some ministries in place, any talent can be used! Not unlike many ministries in Richmond, we are always welcome to visit with senior adults, interact with the local youth groups and help in the school. Ongoing repair/maintenance of homes is always needed. Those physically unable to travel to Owsley County are encouraged to provide/prepare supplies for mission teams, collect items (food, clothing, housewares, school supplies). As you volunteer your time, skills, and ideas, HRBC will develop its own missions personality and presence in Owsley County!
While on mission, we traditionally stay at the Emma Quire Mission Center. The First Baptist Church of Frankfort bought the old Goodman Motel to house mission teams and move the Food Place to the ground floor. They have a kitchen with 2 refrigerators, a stove, washer and dryer, an ice machine and basic cooking utensils. There are picnic tables and a grill under a shelter for outside dining.
Slovakia - Jon & Tanya Parks
In 2012 we established a partnership with a young family from Virginia who became CBF missionaries in the summer of 2012 in Kosice, Slovakia! Jon and Tanya Parks and their two young daughters visited our church in June 2012 as part of our Life is Mission summer program. In 2013, we sent our first team to explore ministry possibilities with the Parks. Our commitment to these missionaries includes the following:
- Commit $3,000 per year for three years. This will be covered with a portion of our Christmas International Mission Offering and also by money budgeted in the Ends of Earth line item.
- Covenant to pray for and with the Parks as they minister to the Roma people. The Parks commit to pray for us as well.
- Short term mission projects – probably one a year.
- Possible administrative support.
- Building lasting relationships with missionaries and people they serve with!
To receive regular updates from the Parks ministry, please subscribe to their blog.