At Rockhills, we serve globally to provide clean water, and by supporting organizations that equip missionaries to serve around the world.
At Rockhills we’ve committed to making a difference. Helping communities create sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene programs is one of the best ways we’ve found to do that. Why? Because the water crisis affects poverty, women, health and education—and for us it’s a spiritual issue. 783 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water—that’s 1 in 9 of us. Great progress is being made globally, but whole people groups are being overlooked—it’s the poorest people with the least political power that continue to suffer, and these are the people we are called to serve.
Our other focus in global missions is equipping missionaries, and we support several organizations that work towards that goal. You can read about the organizations we support below.
Each summer Rockhills sends a group of men to Honduras with IMPACT Water. IMPACT exists to build clean water systems for impoverished villages in remote areas of Honduras, and to enrich the spiritual lives of its U.S. volunteers and the Honduran villagers it serves. Thirty years ago, pastor (and Rockhiller) Mark Smith led a small group of men from San Antonio, Texas deep inside the Amazon jungle to build a sustainable water system in a remote Huaorani village. This was the group’s stated purpose, but God had a far greater purpose in mind.
As the men toiled amidst the heat and humidity, they underwent a spiritual renewal of sorts–and it would not only change how they viewed the world, but also how they viewed themselves.
Burdened by the need for clean water in remote villages, and passionate to help men grow in their faith, Mark transitioned from his pastoral position and began leading water projects full-time in 2008.
Since then, over 200 men have served on IMPACT’s Honduran trips, laying over 181 miles of pipe and providing water to nearly 6,200 people in 24 remote villages. For more information on Impact Water, visit impactwater.org.
Center for mission mobilization
The Wurpts family began attending Rockhills Church in 2008, and in 2011 Rockhills launched them to Arkansas to serve at the Center for Mission Mobilization headquarters.
Malachi is the Technology Director at the CMM where he leads a team responsible for building the infrastructure to support global mobilization teams. He develops and maintains web applications, online training systems, financial and database systems and enjoys serving missionaries with their technology needs.
Emily uses her education in child development to homeschool the Wurpts’ four children, serving as a Classical Conversations tutor, and serving foster families. She is also occasionally called upon as a subject matter expert for the family mobilization ministry at the CMM. Malachi and Emily share a heart for welcoming international friends and serving in children's ministry.
You can find out more about the Center for Mission Mobilization at mobilization.org.
missions in nepal
Rockhills supports a church in Nepal that meets and worships in a culture that is not friendly to Christians. They also rescue women from the sex trade and teach them life and job skills. For their protection, we will not provide many specifics here on our website.
youth with a mission
Zach Gibson is the son of Rockhillers Stephayne and Rick Gibson. Zach and his wife Meganne have a passion for missions, families, and discipleship. They are both on staff with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Tyler, Texas, where they are involved with the discipleship of college age students as well as whole families. The discipleship training consists of a three month lecture phase on the YWAM campus and a two month outreach phase throughout the world. Zach says “It is our conviction that if we can help others hear and know the voice of the Lord, then He will direct them to where is best, sometimes helping to shape vision along the way.”
For more information about Youth With A Mission, visit their website at ywam.org.