Don’t miss opportunity to Embrace Boston

by Gabrielle Diepenbrock, BSCNC Communications
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 6 yrs old

Despite experiencing the Great Awakening during early American history, New England is a place that has very little gospel witness today.

In September, a team of women will travel to the heart of this region to share God’s love and grace in the city of Boston, sponsored by Embrace Women’s Missions and Ministries.

Every other year, Embrace organizes a mission trip to Boston to share the gospel in the city. The trip is open to ladies in college and above. This year’s trip is scheduled for Sept. 10-13, and the application deadline is Friday, May 1. More information and application materials are available at ncbaptist.org/embracingboston.

Donna Elmore, who has served on multiple mission trips, encourages those considering the trip to trust that God will provide and go.

“Be flexible and pliable in God’s hands,” Elmore said. “It will change your life.”

Elmore said she hopes to return to Boston this year and is excited to “share God’s love in a very spiritually dark area.”

In New England alone there are more than 1,000 towns without an evangelical witness. The need for the gospel is great, and Boston lies at the strategic center of the region. Approximately 4.5 million people live in metropolitan Boston, yet only 3 percent consider themselves evangelical.

Ashley Allen, director or Embrace, said that New England is a challenging but rewarding ministry location. While Boston has a rich church history, many old church buildings are now used as bars and apartments.

“While there are a lot of challenges, there are many people who are seeking and trying to put pieces together,” Allen said.

During these mission trips, women on the team are able to step out of their comfort zones and build genuine relationships with people. Allen said some of their most fruitful ministry happens organically when the ladies show the love of Christ to those around them.

This year, Embrace will be partnering with Curtis Cook and the congregation he pastors at Hope Fellowship Church. The mission trips are a great opportunity to serve church plants and to be extra hands and feet as they minister and spread the gospel.

Paula Rogalski, who has also served on numerous Embrace mission trips, said she hopes those who have never gone on a mission trip will decide to go.

“Just do it,” Rogalski said. “If you talk yourself out of it, you’ve talked yourself out of a wonderful opportunity to let God use you and stretch you in ways that will bring you closer in your walk with Christ.”

The theme verse for this year’s trip is Mark 16:15, which reads: “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’”

The trip costs $650, which includes airfare, missionary insurance, lodging, ministry expenses and ground transportation. More details are available at ncbaptist.org/embracingboston or by contacting Ashley Allen at aallen@ncbaptist.org.