Serving With Oso

 

On Mission Team
Matthew 9:37-38: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out the workers into his harvest field.”
Isaiah 6:8: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I.  Send me!”

The On Mission Team exists to provide opportunities for Creekers to be on mission in our community and around the world.  We partner with local organizations and international missionaries to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of our community.

Current On Mission Partnerships:

Richard and Ximena Roseland, Orphanos, Tennessee  Roselands

The Roselands are Creekers who answered God’s call to work with orphans and at-risk children in 2007 through Orphanos, a global orphan care organization.  They first served in Queretaro, Mexico, then moved to Quito, Ecuador where they served for seven years.  Oso Creek has sent teams to lead VBS, hold medical clinics and help with construction projects in the communities that Richard and Ximena served.  Oso Creek, as well as many other individuals, supports the Roseland family in many ways, including prayer and financial support.  In the fall of 2016, Richard, Ximena and their children relocated to Memphis, Tennessee to work in the home office of Orphanos, so Richard is now a missionary to the missionaries who are serving the orphans across the world.  This translates to Richard traveling all across the world to minister to and equip those missionaries.  Ximena is also working at the Orphanos office in the department of financial support.  They are still On Mission, in the mission field and serving their community.  They also still need our support.  Please pray for Richard in his new position as he travels and for Ximena as she takes care of the family at home.  For more information, contact Rachel Wranosky.  E-mail: racheldw76@hotmail.com.

Nate Rubright, Bread College Ministry, Boston  

Bread Coffeehouse exists to serve a community of college students who change their world as they become followers of Christ.  We believe that through radical hospitality we can provide a place that is accessible to those who might not necessarily feel comfortable walking into a church.  For more information, contact Nate Rubright.  E-mail: nate@breadcoffeehouse.org.

The Villa Assisted Living Community

Villa Bible StudyMen’s Ministry hosts a monthly Bible study for the residents.  Every other Thursday morning, one of our pastors leads a Bible study and Ryan Smith leads in worship.  In addition, Creeker families participate in monthly Saturday events at the Villa.  Events include BINGO and other games, singing, crafts, coffee, sweet treats, and spending time with the residents.  For more information, contact Vanessa Garza.  E-mail: vanessa.amy.garza@gmail.com.

 

Church Without Walls for the Homeless                                                                                                      

We partner with CWW, a ministry serving the homeless and low income population in the Flour Bluff area with the Gospel message.  Creekers help provide meals for this ministry through out the year.  For more information, contact Ryan Smith. E-mail:  ryansmith2001@hotmail.com.

Agape RanchAgape Ranch

Agape Ranch is an organization that works with orphans and vulnerable children in Nueces County.  They provide high quality foster care in South Texas by supporting and equipping foster and adoptive families.  Currently, there are over 30,000 foster children in Texas, over 17,000 in paid foster care, rest in kinship placements.  Over 3,000 children are orphans and awaiting adoption.  Agape Ranch supports and equips foster and kinship families through the city-wide respite care program, babysitting, backpacks for the new school year, adoption match events in efforts to help create forever families, and much more.  Agape Ranch is currently working to develop a high quality fostering community.  Upon completion, 18 homes and a community center will exist for the purposes of high quality foster and orphan care  Please pray for Agape Ranch as they take care of God’s orphans and vulnerable children in our state, work with foster and adoptive families, and fund raise for the development of the fostering community.  http://agaperanch.org

For more information, contact Susan Klaus.  E-mail:  susan@agaperanch.org

Basketball Ministry

Basketball Ministry came about when a couple Creekers decided to get in shape and used basketball to do it.  After a few months of being out there, it became an opportunity to minister to the kids and to share the love of Jesus with them.  Today, there are about 15 teenage boys that attend weekly.  They hear a devotional, share about their lives, play basketball and have come to depend on the consistency displayed by  Creekers who show up.  For more information, contact Rafa Berio.  E-mail: E-mail:  Rafaelberio@yahoo.com.

Ecuador

Mission trips to Ecuador began in connection with missionaries Richard and Ximena Roseland, who work for Orphanos.  Through the years, these trips have evolved into a two-part effort, covering several different communities and involving construction projects, medical clinics and Vacation Bible School.  Some time is spent in a town outside Quito called Yaruqui, where David Lopez and his mom, Betty, have focused their efforts on teaching the children from the surrounding communities about Jesus.  It is Vacation Bible School year round!  They have a passion for telling the Good News and for the children, so they want to improve the learning facility.  This included adding bathrooms in the summer of 2017 and may also include other improvement projects in the future.

The other part of our time is spent in and around Misahualli in the jungle.  Oso Creek has developed many relationships there over the last four years that continue to grow.  We partner with the Department of Health, directed by Jeremias Tapuy, and with Pastor Yulier Licea.  We plan to continue to work alongside them to support them as they minister to the people of Ecuador.  Please consider how you can join in the efforts to reach the people of Ecuador and support the missionaries who are daily living out the Great Commission.

Yulier Licea

Pastor Yulier Licea, his wife Ainiuris and their son Samuel live in Misahualli, Ecuador, on the Napo River.  He works for Jungle Kids for Christ and is the pastor of Iglesia Emanuel in Misahualli and a second church in Pununo.  These churches also have life groups that meet during the week.  Pastor Yulier regularly spends a great deal of time traveling through the jungle to visit unreached communities, many of which have a strong practice of shamanism and witchcraft, where he shares the Good News even to those along the way, including bus stops.  Pray for Pastor Yulier as he ministers to the people in the jungle; for him and his family as they are far from the rest of their family in Cuba; that they will continue to receive the spiritual and financial support they need.  For more information, contact Rachel Wranosky.  E-mail: racheldw76@hotmail.com.

IMG_0120

 

Do you have an On Mission opportunity that you would like the On Missions Team to consider?  Here are some guidelines:

 

Our primary desire to is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in all that we do.  We will partner with organizations or events that allow us to share the hope of Jesus with those that we serve.  We will share the Good News with compassion, love, and gentleness.  We want to establish long-term relationships with those in our community and around the world.  We very much pre

fer serving opportunities that allow us to establish an on-going relationship.