Two international pastors the church supports will preach as part of series
Stemming from Jesus words in the Great Commission, to Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel, Rock Point Church has always emphasized a global vision.
Formerly known as the Gospel Chapel, the church regularly updates the congregation on the work of the ministries it supports abroad. This year, however, the church has invited some of the international pastors it works with to preach in Newberg and showcase how it engages the world over the next four weeks as part of its new Global Impact Sunday series.
We just believe that if you have Gods vision, youll have global vision, so we just want to emphasize that, Pastor Jeff Wells said.
Kicking off the series Sunday will be Davi DeSousa, who is pastor of the 3,500-member Igreja Novia Alianca church in Londrina, Brazil.
Each week Rock Point will present a video of the work begin done at one of the four international ministries it supports, but by sharing his experience of working in southern Brazil in person, DeSousa will give the congregation a better feel for his church and ministry organization.
Rock Point connected to DeSousa through his daughter, Ana DeSousa, a Portland Bible College student who is helping to lead worship at the church.
Theres a lot that the developing nations bring to the plate, Wells said. They have a passion and desire for God that sometimes the American church doesnt carry the fire, as it were. Its really good to cross pollinate and get that life into the American church as well.
In addition to establishing supportive relationships with established international groups, such as with DeSousa and the New Life Compassion Center Association in India, Rock Point has also sent some of its own members to work abroad.
For example, the Oct. 6 guest pastor, Phil Jaquith, left Newberg 26 years ago to found the Fountain of the World church and ministry in Puebla, Mexico. He has helped that congregation grow to about 2,500 people, establish numerous church plants and build an extensive network of ministries in the city of 1.5 million people.
Rock Point also supports member Dan Jaquith, who left Newberg 15 years ago to establish churches in the Philippines.
Gospel Chapel/Rock Point has always had a heart for the world, Wells said. Even the Jaquith clan, theyve had family members that have been in Laos, Mongolia, a number of places in Mexico and the Philippines. Theyve always had a missions heart. As a local church, thats something we believe we need to continue.
Rock Point recruited DeSousa and Jaquith to participate in Global Impact Sundays because both will be attending the Ministers Fellowship International conference in Portland next week.
Rock Point will not host international pastors Oct. 13 and 20, but Wells said he expects to bring at least one to speak in Newberg next year.
Wells said Rock Point has chosen to focus on a small number of international projects to support so that it can build more than just a financial relationships.
A lot of churches internationally, especially in Brazil and Mexico, are developing good ministry individuals now, but theyre still somewhat needful of resources from the United States, both in training and finances, Wells said. If churches concentrate on a few areas, they can have a lot of impact in those places and really help those ministries out.