Missions At Spruce Creek – Our Purpose
The Church at Spruce Creek believes that God is a Missionary God. His purposes in creation, from Adam until the end of the ages are redemptive in their intent. God has been reaching out to all peoples, in all places, in all ages. God now reaches out through His people, the church. He has entrusted us with the good news of redemption and rescue. Thus it is our joy as well as our divine command, to bring glory to God by telling the world of the good news of Jesus Christ.
In order to more completely experience this joy and fulfill God’s command, the Church at Spruce Creek seeks to partner with those serving God in His mission of reaching the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The following brief snapshots of our partners introduce them to you, and provide a link to their web sites. We hope you’ll contact them, get on their email prayer lists, and take the time to know them better.
Missions At Spruce Creek – Our Partners
Roy & Debbie Hodson
The primary goal of SMMM/Camp Nathanael is to win the unsaved to Christ and encourage them in their Christian walk. Emphasis in placed upon constructive, consistent teaching of the Word of God on the level of the age group concentrating on evangelism, discipleship and Christian service. The mission does this in many ways with the intent of strengthening the local churches.
Larry & Debbie Porter
While directing the bus ministry at their home church, Larry and Debbie saw the value of reaching children for Christ while they were young. They began seeking God’s leading as to where they could serve, reaching even more children for His kingdom. Larry was asked by the local Child Evangelism Fellowship director in Monroe County, New York to join their board. While serving on the board, Larry was introduced to teacher training. Realizing that more children could be reached through the training of others, the Porters began to ask God if He would have them serve with Child Evangelism Fellowship as full time missionaries reaching children with the gospel.
Tim & Luce Johnson
Tim was raised in Papua New Guinea, where his father served as a missionary pilot. His family influence and contact with the Navigators helped draw Tim to a decision to commit his life to the Lord. As he continued to grow spiritually, the Lord confirmed his call to mission aviation and, after earning the needed Bible and aviation training, Tim was accepted by Mission Aviation Fellowship in 1986.
Luce is from mid-western Brazil, and also came to know the Lord as her personal Savior through the influence of her family, at the age of 19. Luce earned a BA degree in nursing and continued on for two years of Bible training, before being invited to work with Asas de Socorro, coordinating medical, dental and evangelistic clinics.
Ralph & Sandra Thompson
In partnership with Fellowship Baptist Church of Mombasa, Kenya, where Ralph serves as an elder, the Thompsons have been involved in a variety of ministries including teaching, evangelism, discipleship, counseling, mentoring and leadership training. Through helping to strengthen their local church and partnering with them to plant others, the Thompsons endeavor to make God known among the thousands who have yet to experience the love and power of Jesus Christ. To learn more of the Thompsons’ ministry in Kenya, check out their mission organization, World Venture, here.
Scott & Kathy Watson
Scott and Kathy Watson will support Bible translation from Ukarumpa, in Papua New Guinea. In his role as Security Operations Manager, Scott will oversee the protection of nine missionary sites and facilities located within the country. Kathy will teach high school science classes for missionary children at the Ukarumpa International Secondary School Campus. These important support roles make it possible for missionaries to remain in the field and concentrate their full attention on translating the Bible.
Scott grew up primarily in Florida and Kathy in New York. They met at Long Island University in Southampton, NY, where they earned their undergraduate degrees and were married in September, 1991. They pursued their graduate studies after moving to Boston; Scott earned a Master of Criminal Justice from Boston University and a Master of Education from UMass, and Kathy earned a Master of Biology from Northeastern University. Scott has working the security field for the last 22 years, and Kathy has taught high school science at PCA for the last 12 years, while serving in their local church (Dover Baptist). God has called them as second-career missionaries, to use their professional skills oversees to support Bible translation and make disciples. We invite you to visit the Watson’s mission website here, or you might want to follow their blog here.
Camp Berea is located in Lyman, Maine, 100 miles north of Boston and 35 miles southwest of Portland. The people of Camp Berea have been declaring the good news of Jesus Christ to campers and their families through summer camp and year-round events for families and churches from New England and beyond. Nestled on 130 mostly wooded acres on the shores of Lake Bunganut, Camp Berea’s Maine Campus makes the perfect backdrop for an opportunity to encounter Christ, build relationships and have fun. To learn more visit their website here.
New England Frontier Camp
New England Frontier Camp is an inter-denominational independent Christian organization, located in southwestern Maine on beautiful Kezar Lake. Since 1965 we have offered outstanding, life changing, adventure camping for boys and young men. It offers summer programs for campers aged 6 to 18, Labor Day weekend Family Camp, as well as retreat facilities for groups in the Fall, Winter and Spring. It is the desire of New England Frontier Camp to provide boys and young men with a camping experience that is exciting, memorable and fun and most importantly, life changing as a result of an increased awareness and knowledge of God.
The Operation Blessing of New Hampshire seeks to help needy and destitute families in crisis situations by providing food, furniture, clothing and household necessities in an atmosphere of love and encouragement. These resources are available free of charge at the Center, where caring volunteers are available to assist people with their needs. For those needs that cannot be met immediately at the Center, information goes out to church coordinators and other agencies, describing the specific need. Donations and assistance then begin to flow in and the needs are almost always met. It has proven to be a unique and effective method of meeting the critical needs of our clients on a wide scale.