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Mission of the Month: Rohingya refugees flee to Bangladesh

By Dietrich Gruen, with Lee Wanak

Persecution does not take a day off. Refugees seeking asylum from their murderous persecutors are always on the run. When not running for their life, they are crossing fortified borders and dangerous waters in search of a safe place. Here in the USA, the Church designates one day, First Sunday in November, as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP for the PC); that day Elder Mark Finley led us in prayer. Next month we extend our concern for persecuted believers as we allocate our year-end gifts in the Generosity Campaign, some of which will support one particular group of persecuted believers on the run—the Rohingya refugees.

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The plight of Rohingya people fleeing persecution in Myanmar is captured in several images from TIME magazine. See the photo essay here.

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Mission of the Month: Christmas in July

By Dietrich Gruen


I get to preach on the meaning of Christmas to 25 Muslim refugees, mostly teen boys, in Germany. I never lack for words, but often speak past my word count (1500-2000) or time limit (15-20 minutes). My challenge is also speaking intermittently through a translator. Lots could be lost in translation, and I could lose my audience if I go over time. You readers of this blog (more my forte) are my practice audience; your feedback and prayers are welcome. Several High Point women have provided stuffed Christmas stockings for the 24 boys and 1 girl; for that we are so grateful. During our sports-drama-English immersion camp in Berlin, July 29-August 5, would you pray for this Word to come alive and dwell with us? Thanks.


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Mission of the Month: Yes to Mission

By Dietrich Gruen

This blog post is based on the annual ministry report written by Lee Wanak, the leader of the Global Missions Team, with the goal to link you to specific missions activities and outcomes. It’s exciting to see God’s providence as we both look back and ahead to how he is using High Point Church to reach the world with the gospel.

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2016 Dominican Republic Team Updates!

We have two teams going to our partner community, El Amirante, in the Dominican Republic this summer – an adult team and a student team. Here’s what the adult team has been up to! Check back here for updates throughout the week.

Day 1 Blog about our arrival in Santo Domingo, June 25, 2016

Day 2 Blog about worship and community reception, June 26, 2016

Day 3 Blog about foot-washing, Physical Therapy, laying the proper foundation, June 27, 2016

Day 4 Blog about home visits, VBS, construction progress, concert June 28, 2016

Day 5, Blog about construction, home visits, VBS, Teen BS, June 29, 2016

Day 6 Blog about marriage proposal, baseball, library and more

2015 Dominican Republic Team Updates

DR Team

High Point Church has a partnership through Hands of Hope with the community of El Amirante in the Dominican Republic. This year we had two teams that went – an adult team and a student team. Check out the updates from each day!

Team 1 Updates

July 14: Our arrival in Santo Domingo

July 15: Home visits, medical clinic, construction, community reception

July 16: Home visits, education, VBS, constructing bathrooms

July 17: Prodigal Son & Elder Brother, homes, hugs, happiness

July 18: Foot-washing, community tour, mentoring

July 19-20: We’re heading home from the DR, so what happened in us, what happens next

Team 2 Updates 

July 22: Day 1

July 23: Day 2

July 24: Day 3

July 25: Day 4

Year End Gift Helps Missionary Purchase SUV

High Point Church’s Year End gift continues to impact the lives of many across the globe, and the mission work of Martires Olivero in the Dominican Republic is some of the latest to fall in that category.

Part of HPC’s gift was sent to Martires for the purchase of an SUV for better travel within his ministry to get from community to community (especially for when it rained and the roads were flooded) and for traveling with hosts churches when they came to help from the US.

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