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Our Missions Commitment

Our missions program is a measure of both who we are and how much we care about the people of the world. Jesus commissioned us to reach out to local, state, and international needs in His name. With His commission in mind, we plan our support for mission causes using several criteria: intention, involvement, and impact.

  • First, supported individuals or organizations must be fully committed, capable, and called to their work. There must be an intention to change the world for Christ.
  • Second, our members need to be involved in the work we support financially. We invest our time and our hearts, not just our financial resources. For each mission, a chapel member is assigned to serve as its liaison, with the responsibilities of staying in touch with the mission, assessing its needs, and reporting those back to the appropriate sub-committee.
  • Third, we regularly follow up to ensure that the missions' efforts we are supporting are, in fact, making a real impact.


African Mission Trip
Jack Horn (pictured in left photo, on the right)


Video
Missions & Ministries,
Part 1


Video
Missions & Ministries,
Part 2



Missions Committee Purpose, Responsibilites, Administration, and Policies & Procedures




      
ission  Mission Committees are Calling
 oment  November, 2017

The Chapel has three sub-divisions in the mission committees.  They are Local, Education and Global/National.  Any committee member will tell you the time spent working on any of these committees is very rewarding.  You get first-hand knowledge of what the Chapel's mission programs are doing in God's Kingdom.

The Local committee is led by Becky Watkins, Education is led by Peggy Mitchell and Global/National is led by Vicki Thompson.  You can check the website for the various missions currently being supported by the Chapel.  On the home page of the Chapel website, www.whitebluffchapel.org, click on "Get Involved with Missions" and there you can view all of the missions the Chapel supports.  You can also see some of the history of events and the current liaison/sponsor as well.  Each mission supported requires a member of the congregation be a liaison between the committee and ministry.

At this time there are openings for new members in all three committees.  If you find that God is calling you to join in a worthwhile endeavor, contact any of the committee chairs listed above.  They will be happy to talk about the missions they support and how you can become part of their team.


      
ission  Nepal Missionary Trip
 oment  September, 2017

by Ron Roberts

I was talking with my wife on a Sunday evening a few months ago explaining how I felt I needed to go on a mission trip. This is something I've wanted to do for some years, but it was now really weighing heavy on my heart.  Oddly enough the next morning I was asked by a local friend, Perry Auten, if I wanted to go on a mission trip to Nepal. I've never been asked to go on a mission trip before.   The good Lord amazes me all of the time, but occasionally He simply blows my mind.

I'm not sure who said it, but I've recently seen a quote that says "every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor". I realize that this doesn't mean everyone needs to go to a 3rd world country to evangelize.   A person can very simply be a missionary in his or her own town and in some cases, in his or her own house.  I'm not sure why I've had an urge to attend a mission trip out of country. I assume part of it would be the adventure, but the thought of helping to bring Christ into someone's life that has never heard of Him is overwhelming.

Needing some advice on the mission trip, I asked Terry Cosby about it so he looked up Christianity in Nepal on the internet and told me this point in time is actually called the Golden Age of Christianity in Nepal.  I know the good Lord blesses us all with different abilities and talents and I truly believe it's not only to help others, but to help with the Endeavor of spreading the gospel.  I've never considered myself very talented in any area, but have been able to keep myself somewhat physically fit. This particular mission trip is called an extreme mission trip based on the fact we'll be reaching people in an extremely remote area that is very difficult to trek. They are at higher elevations in the mountains than your typical mission trip, which are normally 3-5000 feet.

Michael Greiner, one of the trip coordinators, came by our house one Sunday evening a few weeks ago to discuss miscellaneous gear that I will need. As we were talking, he mentioned approximately 2 1/2 years ago he was on a mission trip in Nepal near Kathmandu. He asked one of the locals, as he was pointing up the mountain "who ministers to those people"?  The gentleman said "nobody; no one has ever considered it due to the extremely rough terrain, there are no roads, only walking paths not to mention the higher elevation", which is between 65-8500 feet.

Taking this as a challenge, he established a plan with East West Ministries to develop an Extreme Mission Trip Group to reach these people.  Michael has made quite a few extreme trips now, taking people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. He mentioned two billionaires and one retired NFL football player. As he was explaining the physical nature of the mission trip, he highly suggested getting in shape for this type of trekking.  He said everyone who has made the trip, including himself, will get completely exhausted because it is so unlike anything any of us have ever done.

Our coordinator told us that each one of us will have a personal interpreter. They are typically Nepalese people that have become Christians, but normally live in the lower lying areas.  We'll be walking from 10 to 15 miles a day carrying our own supplies and they want us to keep our backpacks under 30 lbs.  We may occasionally come upon some electrical power, but very seldom.  Water is everywhere due to the mountain streams, but needs to be filtered. They said even some of the locals with us will get sick due to drinking the unfiltered water. Again, the terrain is very rough, only paths here and there, and due to years of building terraces for water flow and to help with erosion, there will be times we'll trek for miles up and down 18" to 30" tall terraces.

We will be leaving on October 23rd and returning November 2nd of this year. I'm not sure of the route we will be taking, but the coordinator said it will take approximately 2 1/2 days to get there.  We will begin the mission trip somewhere near Kathmandu and will be in the mountains for 5 days. I'm not sure of the logistics, but as we are trekking up the mountain, we will split off at different times to visit individual houses (I believe he said we'll be looking for roof tops of some sort) and occasionally we may come upon a small village. He told us our mission will be to deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the individuals and/or families we meet.   When we mention Christ, there is a great possibility they will have no idea who or what we're talking about.  In describing how East West Missionaries approach these mission trips, he said we will be the advanced team or initial contact and then sometime later, a second and possible third team will arrive to help solidify their commitments to Christ.

I ask for your prayers to help keep the team safe on our trip and allow us the courage necessary to spread the Gospel and to be successful in converting the people we encounter. I realize I am nothing more than a conduit and the Holy Spirit will take control, if the people are willing, once we've initiated the conversations. I want to thank the Chapel for the gift of funding this trip and ask for additional prayers for the personal donor who has made another mission trip in the future possible.  This opportunity is extremely humbling to me, but this will all be done for the glory of God and I am proud and honored to be part of it. Mark 16:15 "He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation".


      
ission  Missionary Report from
Truth Encounter Mission
 oment  August , 2017

The Global/National Mission Committee led by Vicki Thompson receives requests, usually from Chapel members, to entertain accepting a mission to support.  Once they receive a request, certain information is required along with completing an official application for the committee's evaluation.  Once received a dialog is initiated to further investigate the mission to ensure they meet the Chapel's requirements.

Earlier this year Bill Campbell asked that the committee consider sponsoring Truth Encounter Ministries.  The head of this ministry is Dave Wyrtzen.  Dave and Bill have been close friends for a number of years.  Bill was able to obtain all the necessary information the committee requires to review and consider sponsoring this mission.  You may recall that Mr. Wyrtzen gave a sermon earlier this year.

The committee agreed to give Truth Encounter a $1000 extra blessing gift for specific use for their Kenya Bridge School project.  The Global/National Mission Committee will continue to gather information from Truth Encounter Ministries to determine if they will become an ongoing mission WBC will help support.

You can read the missionary report to better understand this mission.



      
ission  Mission Sunday at White Bluff Chapel
 oment  February, 2017

Missions have been an important part of White Bluff Chapel's stated objectives from its beginning.  Sunday January 22 the service was dedicated to a better understanding of how and why missions are supported.

It was great to see Pastor Terry in Chapel giving the pastoral prayer. 

The special music by Mildred Jackson and all songs were appropriate for the day's message.  Mildred sang one of her own compositions and was accompanied by Bill Campbell, Chris Whisenand and Dwayne Redding all on guitars with Donna Spotts on the piano.

Vicki Thompson, Chairperson of the Global/National Missions committee conducted the service with a sermon dedicated to the Chapel's mission program.  It explained how missions are accepted and that the responsibility of that mission is to provide regular reports of their activities and successes along with how the money provided by the Chapel is used.  A Chapel member is assigned as liaison for each mission the Chapel supports.  The liaison establishes communications along with follow-up and verification of the mission's progress and confirms that the mission continues to be worthy of the Chapel's support.

During her sermon Vicki had planned to show a video that indicated why the Chapel places so much time and effort with mission work.  The White Bluff Chapel Mission Program video is available for viewing online.

Following the service, in the Fellowship Hall Bill Burris spoke with those interested in knowing more about the Chapel website and finding information about each mission.   



      
ission  Thank You Notes From Missions
Supported by WBC
 oment  September, 2016

Wee Can Know


Recently the website displayed several thank you notes from those receiving Financial Aid from the Chapel.  At this time we have several thank you notes from missions supported by WBC.

Global/National supported missions Wee Can Know, Cross International (funding for Casa Bernabe) and Brian Firle with Athletes in Action (AIA) forwarded their thanks for the support they receive from the Chapel. Additionally Sandy Creek Bible Camp is a mission Local Missions supports.  Larry Roskow, Sandy Creek Bible Camp Director, sent his thanks for the Chapel's support and a note describing the effects of the May flooding and the amazingly short amount of time it took to make the camp ready.

Athletes in Action


Cross International


Sandy Creek Bible Camp


Sandy Creek Bible Camp




      
ission  More Notes And Thanks For Chapel Support
 oment  April, 2016

White Bluff Chapel's effort to touch and energize the youth of the Whitney school system and local area is handled by Educational and Local Mission Committees.  Through the scholarship program, teacher appreciation day and the college and career day programs it is evident that much success is being made.  Education Chair, Peggy Mitchell and members of the committee look for ways to provide support for Whitney's youth.  They invest a lot of time and effort to make a positive impact on our youth.  Bob Buckner, member of the Local Mission Committee sponsors the Sandy Creek Bible Camp.  The Chapel's sponsorship also provides support to the youth of our area.



We continue to receive thank you notes from scholarship recipients with praise for the mentoring program.  The following items are letters and photos from the youth we support to attend the Sandy Creek Bible Camp, appreciation for the sponsorship to assist the Science club with travel expenses to San Antonio for the UIL competition and a thank you from two counselors for the Chapel's efforts to host the annual College and Career Day event.

Sandy Creek Bible Camp #1 of 2
 
Whitney High Science Club

Sandy Creek Bible Camp #2 of 2
 




      
ission  Annual Missions Workshop Well Attended
 oment  February, 2014



Pat Griffin, Chair of the WBC Missions Committee, presided over the annual Missions Workshop that was held on Saturday, February 15, 2014. She reported that several Trustees and most of the committee’s 41 members were in attendance, including their two newest members, Dottie Briggs and Kay Miller.  The group broke into three sub-committee Mission Groups (Local, Education, and Global/National) to discuss plans for 2014 before coming back together for the main meeting.



In looking back on 2013, Griffin reported that $222,100 had been spent on missions, amounting to 45.6% of total expenditures of White Bluff Chapel.  She explained that this included the regular budget, designated funds and Extra Blessings.  Since two large amounts (a $50,000 gift to scholarships from LWF and $13,000 in disaster aid to West) were included, it may not be possible to repeat that percentage.  However, 2014 is starting off very well with $30,000 of Extra Blessings to spend.  Griffin expressed the Mission Committee’s thanks to the generous members and Trustees of White Bluff Chapel and challenged the committee to use the funds wisely.

Reports of upcoming activities were given by each sub-committee chairperson.  Steve Rimby, a missionary we help support to the Hindu people, will be coming and filling the pulpit on March 16.  Everyone is invited to a dinner to meet him on March 15 at a dinner at the Thompson’s lake house.  For further information contact Vicki at vtthompson@gmail.com. Elyse Short also reported on a new local ministry to women, called Rose of Sharon.  They are hoping to provide short-term housing to women being released from prison.  We were asked to pray for the ministry and will be kept informed as it progresses.

The Missions Committee was given “Praise and a Probe” by Pastor Terry Cosby.  He praised them for their efforts, but warned them not “to grow weary of doing good.”  Cosby cited an article showing that missionary work in a country results in better government, literacy, and health, even many years later.  Those with a heart for missions who would like to join in some of the committee’s activities should contact Pat Griffin at ppgriffin@yahoo.com.



      
ission  Origins of the 4 L's
 oment  February, 2014

Note: This group no longer meets.

In Terry’s blog of February 5, he very sensitively gave us insights into the recent decline with Alzheimer’s that Betty Fritz has experienced. But more importantly, he highlighted the contributions that Betty has made to White Bluff Chapel since well before its inception.

About 5 years ago, Harold and Sara Edwards moved to White Bluff and joined the Chapel. When Sara heard reference to the 4 L’s, she sought out its founder for an explanation of its name. That took her to Betty Fritz. In response, Betty wrote the following letter to Sara. Not only does it give us valuable history of this unique group’s existence, but it also gives us insight into the clarity of purpose and mission that imbued Betty’s spirit.

Betty wrote:

As many homes were being built and more people were moving into White Bluff, I became aware that many new residents had brought an elderly mother with them. Many of these women did not have transportation since their children were still working. Many did not have the opportunity to get out and socialize.

I decided to approach two older women, Catherine Cuthbertson and Doris Ludwig. Both were active and going strong. We got together at Catherine’s home; she was in her 90’s and lived alone. We talked about organizing a regular meeting once a month for these women.

We searched for the women we knew and many that we did not know. It didn’t take long to spread the word. Our pastor at church, Maurice Martin, allowed me to make an announcement. Immediately Suzie Quiggins and Pat Griffin volunteered to help and in no time we were having 8-10 women coming and now have up to 20 people at our meetings.

One of the events that made 4L’s worthwhile was a little lady in a wheelchair, now deceased, who came to our meeting. We each gave our name and told something about herself. When this little lady said, “I haven’t had any friends since I’ve been here,” an immediate chorus arose, “You have lots of friends now!”

Suzie suggested the title of the 4L’s. We basically have evolved into a glorified tea party, but we also play games, have readings and jokes, and Suzie has arranged to organize trips to various events. Kathleen Copple takes over when necessary and Betty Windle collects jokes for us. We take turns going to different homes. Those who live in smaller homes frequently furnish the refreshments for the day. We are still active and we practice our motto of the 4 L’s: Love, laugh, and live longer.

Betty Fritz



      
ission  The Long Road Traveled
to Help Native American Tribe
 oment 
Individuals Making a Difference


November, 2013

by Jody Yarbro

Our destination was the remote Copper Canyon in Mexico.

Our mission was to provide free dental care to several hundred needy persons, most of whom are indigenous Tarahumara Indians who live in caves in the vast mountainous region in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Copper Canyon is four times larger than our Grand Canyon, and deeper. The Native American Tarahumara Indians are a dignified and reclusive tribe choosing to live apart from modern western civilization. They are excellent weavers who primarily live on beans, corn and their livestock. They live in caves in the winter and move to small log cabins in the summer. Their men are known for long distance running, sometimes going non-stop as far as 100 miles.

To reach our destination we drove one thousand miles in two days, arriving at the Gloria al Padre compound in Cienega Prieta in Chihuahua. We make this trip twice yearly, in the spring and fall.

We had 11 team members from Texas and six from Mexico. In four days we saw more than 400 medical and dental patients, mostly Tarahumara Indians.

One day we treated many children from a local Tarahumara boarding school. The children stay at the school during the week because their families live too far up in the mountains to make the walk every day.

Many of the people we treat walk for many, many hours to come see us. However, one lady told us she lived close by. It took her only TWO hours to walk in from her home.

We support a local pastor and his congregation of Tarahumaras. Nancie and I appreciate your prayer support while we travel on these mission trips.

My next mission experience will be with a team of 49 dental students and six dentists ministering in Jamaica this December.



      
ission  W. B. Chapel Comes to Aid of New Yorkers
 oment  November, 2012

Last week your Missions Committee sent a check for $1,000 to the Infinity NY Church to help with their clean-up projects following the October superstorm. This is an interracial, nondenominational church in the Bronx. While they suffered no direct damage, the congregation immediately organized their members, youth and unemployed from the nearby projects to go into hard-hit areas to help with clean-up. Pat and Jim Griffin, long-term contributors and friends of the pastor, received an email saying they were running out of funds.

Our Chapel decided to answer the request. All funds sent went toward supplies, gas and lunches for the workers. No salaries were involved as all help was volunteered. So far, Infinity NY Church has helped to clean up 60 houses, giving people hope and sharing God' s love with both the helpers and those helped. Our funds will keep them going several more weeks.


Mission of the Month, September 2012

Our Missions at Work

The purpose of the White Bluff Chapel Missions Committee is to develop an effective program of outreach through funding and service opportunities for Chapel members.  The committee is divided into three subcommittees: 

  •  Local
  •  Global/National
  •  Education 

The needs are great, resources are available, but willing workers are needed to match the resource with the need.  Will you be that link? A brochure developed by the Missions Committee, under the leadership of Pat Griffin, is available here, as well as can be picked up in hard-copy at the Chapel.

The brochure gives a short description of each mission outreach program that the Chapel serves. Some of the lesser-publicized programs include:

Local Missions

Adopt an Aunt/Uncle – befriend a local nursing home resident, participate in Chapel hosted picnics and other events.
Providence Hospice of Whitney – provide care for those facing end of life issues; medically, spiritually and emotionally.
King's Kids Learning Center – provide financial assistance for children attending this Christian pre-school at King's Memorial Methodist Church.
Hill County CPS Board – financial funding to CPS, which provides shelter, clothing and other essential items for children suffering from neglect and child abuse.
Overcomers- provide learning materials for programs assisting those with addictions.    

Global/National Missions

US Center for World Missions – helps improve strategic decision-making in the mission field.  WBC supports Steve Rimby's ministry to the Hindu people of Northern India.
Circle of Hope – serves the poor Hmong people of Sapa, North Vietnam through the ministry of Father Nghia Cao by equipping them with job skills and teaching them the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Casa Bernabe –is a Christian orphanage in Guatemala City that serves 150 children from infant to 18 years old. Their medical clinic and school also serves the nearby community.

Education

English as a Second Language (ESL) assists King Memorial Methodist Church in sponsoring weekly classes in English to Spanish-speaking members of the Whitney community.  Volunteers teach and supervise children.
School Volunteers – tutor individual students, help at book fairs and field days, and work in the libraries.
Teacher Appreciation – express the support and gratitude of White Bluff Chapel to the staff in the Whitney Schools by taking snacks to each of the schools annually.


      
ission  Disaster Relief Efforts
 oment  April, 2012

The Missions Committee is pleased to announce that White Bluff Chapel has recently made two donations toward disaster relief efforts. The most recent was $2000 to help the victims of the March tornadoes in the Midwest. The committee made the offering through a large organization, called Operation Blessing, which is a major responder to disasters and was active in clearing damage from these storms.

Earlier, The Missions Committee sent $1000 to a Prison Fellowship ministry for use in Honduras. You may remember hearing about a fire in the Comayagua Prison, where over 350 lives were lost. Our gift made it possible to deliver 500 kits filled with supplies to the surviving inmates and the heartbroken families as they came to identify the bodies. WBC has received a thank-you note for the gift, with a request that we continue praying for the 496 surviving prisoners and the families who lost loved ones.

Please pray for both groups as they serve. Thank you for your generosity in supporting missions.


Mission of the Month, November 2011

Mission Accomplished:
A Year-End Report


by Jean Rose, Chair

When the year 2011 winds down to a close in a few weeks, the Missions Committee will have made contributions to projects all over the world. This year's contributions will have exceeded $154, 383. 

There are seven people on the core Missions Committee. The first four members include Ann McAlpin, who serves as advisor and ex-officio member; Bill Torman, the former chairman; Pat Griffin, also serving in an advisory capacity; and Jean Rose, as chairman of the group.

The other three members of the core committee have provided outstanding leadership as Sub-Committee Chairmen. Sandy Moore leads Education, Sara Edwards heads the Global sub-committee, and Cheryl Robinson directs the Local Sub-Committee.


Each of the three sub-committees has numerous volunteers serving in the area of their passion. In total, thirty-four additional Chapel members have served on the Missions Committee in 2011. Your friends have participated to make this the great, productive committee that it is.

A very special thank you from me to Bill Torman, who has been my mentor throughout this whole endeavor.  He has kept me on track, and given me invaluable advice. 

I have been chairman of this special group for two years, and I thank you for the opportunity given to me to serve. I will miss the challenges it has presented, but I know God has great plans for my successor.

There is a place for you on this Committee -- especially if you have a passion for one of the many areas we cover.  The sub-committee chairmen would love to add your name to their list of dedicated workers.