History of Foreign Missions at HPC
In 1992 The Holland Park Church (then Northeast Church of Christ) first began consideration of full-time support for foreign national missionaries. It was felt that this was a much more cost effective approach to Mission work. Holland Park does not send American families to foreign locations for extended periods of time. We do not believe in “micro-managing” our national missionaries. However, our policy does include at least one trip each year to each mission point to review the work and provide help where needed. We do provide guidance on any doctrinal issues. Holland Park requests your prayers for these efforts to further the Kingdom. Click on the flags below for a more detailed view of that countries mission effort. For more information, contact Holland Park at 864 244 7622 or Bob Davis at 864 458 8359.
Two nationals from Honduras were selected after detailed screening of over 20 graduates from Baxter Institute in Tegucigalpa. A 5-year plan was developed to add one additional national missionary in a foreign country each year from 1992 to 1997. The work in Honduras eventually led to the addition of other full-time nationals. At present Holland Park supports 4 nationals in Honduras, one in Choleteca (Luis Castellanos) in the south, one in Siquatepeque (Marco Tulio Castellanos) in the central area, one in La Lima (Arturo Torres) in the north, and Gracias de Limpera (Jesus Aguilar) in the west. In 2010 we began to shift our focus toward developing independent churches in Honduras. To that end we are working with four churches in that country: Santa Rosa de Copan in Western Honduras, Alto del Porvenir, near San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras, Villanueva, also near San Pedro Sula and Nacaome in the Southern part of Honduras.
In 1993 a rather strange request reach our mission ministry. A doctor and recent convert in Lugansk, Ukraine sent a letter requesting some one from our congregation to come over and “teach me more of the Bible”. This kind of request could not be ignored. So, in spring of 1994, a group of 14 members, armed with humanitarian aid and the sword of the Spirit, went to Lugansk to honor the doctor’s request and perhaps teach other interested Ukrainians. About 150, mostly students from the Institute attended our “English classes using the Bible as a text”. The effort lasted about 2 weeks with only two baptisms. A bit disappointed, some in the group promised to return later in the fall. To our amazement, our students had continued to study the material and the Bibles we left with them. In the fall, 14 were ready to be baptized. The church was registered later that year. At present a congregation with it’s own building exists there. Interestingly enough, the first convert in 1994 is the current evangelist and is studying at the Sunset School of Preaching both on line and in Donetsk.
Shortly after the effort in Ukraine began in 1994, a request was received from Zagreb, Croatia asking for support for two single nationals who were working part time for the church there. Their full-time support was started later in 1994. Both men are now married. One (Mladen Dominic) has established a congregation in Varazdin located in northern Croatia. The other evangelist (Vlado Psinko) is located in eastern Croatia in Vukovar where he and his wife have a very popular radio ministry of over 7 radio stations serving Croatia and other surrounding countries.
In 2011, Holland Park became concerned with conditions in Haiti after the major earthquake. Two of our members visited Haiti in July of that year where they were introduced to Hope for Haiti’s Children, As a result individuals from our congregation are now supporting 43 orphans. Plans include the establishment of at least one congregation in the future.