Part of the mission statement of The Rock is to support “Mission Beyond Borders.” Below, you can learn about some of the missionaries and projects we support in order to help fulfill that mission.
The Rock’s Guatemala Mission Team
Gabino Barrera is a member of Santa Cruz Lutheran Church in Amatitlan, Guatemala. He is attending an online seminary course through the Lutheran seminary in the Dominican Republic. A shared commitment from The Rock, St. John, and Word of Life Lutheran churches will offer him a stipend to work with the church leaders in his local church while completing his studies. He will be assisting in leading online prayer groups that occur several times per week as an initial project. The Rock is also supporting the general work of the church which has continued online in a variety of ways during the pandemic.
Pastor Dr. Elry Orozco and his wife, Liz, serve Santa Cruz Lutheran church, medical clinic, and community of Amatitlan, Guatemala.
These gifts help meet some immediate physical needs and also hope to be an encouragement of the ongoing support of the body of Christ until a mission teams can share time in ministry in person. The Rock Lutheran church had a mission team scheduled to serve in June 2020, but was unable to travel due to COVID-19. The trip will be rescheduled as soon as it is safe to travel.
Ethan and Amanda Hutton
Serving in Costa Rica with Mission of Christ Network.
Ethan and Amanda Hutton, along with their two children Aubree and August, serve as missionaries in Costa Rica. They live in Esterillos Oeste, where they are present in their local community. As relationships develop over time, opportunities arise to intentionally share the hope that we have in Christ Jesus.
Serving at Stronghold Cambodia with Mission of Christ Network.
Ashley will be sharing the love of Christ with her students through teaching English as well as participating in other ministry efforts to build relationship in the community. She invites you to join her in God’s mission through your financial and prayer support, as she shares the love and hope of Jesus to children in Cambodia.
Sarah Kanoy has completed her time serving in East Africa with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and returned to the US.
Serving in Taiwan with Mission of Christ Network
Hannah started serving in Taiwan in 2015. She has worked in elementary, middle school, and high school settings sharing the love of Jesus with all her students and colleagues, both American and Taiwanese. Hannah is excited to take on more projects to help with the missionary team in Taiwan, both at Concordia Middle School in Chiayi and the surrounding community of Chiayi, Taiwan. She will get to see over 400 students and witness to them about the love of God.
Rev. Fungchato and Kalia Lo
Serving in Thailand with Mission of Christ Network
Fungchatou (Fung) and Kalia were born in Laos to two non-Christian families. By the grace of God, their families eventually made it to America and became Christians. Currently, Fung, Kalia and Mercy are serving the Lord in Thailand. Fung’s primary ministry is to improve the theological training that is currently going on with the Hmong pastors and leaders in Southeast Asia, where there are over two million Hmong still don’t know Jesus. He also provides support and discipleship training to the local Hmong Christian congregations to do outreach, start new ministries and plant more churches. Kalia’s primary ministries will be to assist an organization called “South East Asia Christian Services” by providing leadership and Christian education to the students and staff at Ban Hmong’s Hope Center, and initiates a deaconess training program for the Hmong women while finishing up her doctoral study in Higher Education from the Bethel University.