MetroWest Highrockers Serving in Mexico -- Part 2
By Dr. Joe Lee
Last week, we heard from the Turner family about their experience building a home for a family in need in Mexico with a team of people that included Highrockers from MetroWest. While the Turner Team was working on this house, Dr. Joe Lee was with another team of Highrockers in a different part of Mexico with Mision de Caridad.
Mexico Trip Update:
Four days during April break, 18 Highrockers, participated in a medical mission trip to the Mexico side of the Arizona/Mexico border serving the poorest of the poor migrant community. Through Mision de Caridad (www.mdcaridad.org), we provided medical care focused on preventing and treating diabetes and high cholesterol, dental care treating dental decay, vision care providing prescription and reading glasses, and giving preventive care seminars on healthy living. Highrock team included seven teenagers, two college students, and nine adults. Representing Highrock Metrowest were the Lees (Joe and Jacqueline) and the Ohs (Yong and Ethan).
"But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore, remember from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the deeds you did at first;" (Revelation 2:4-5)
Three years ago, when I first heard about the work Jean Sicurella (co-founder of Mision De Caridad) was doing with refugees and migrants on the Mexico side of the border, my heart was instantly drawn to this work and found myself spiritually alive serving this population. In my younger days, I remember being more engaged in on-the-ground ministries and missions whether they be extracting teeth in a mountain village in Honduras, smuggling Bibles into China, or sharing the gospel in Bangkok, Bangalore, and Boston. However, in the past decade or two, most of my ministries revolved around serving in various boards of church, denomination and non-profits. Don’t get me wrong, I still love strategies and helping to grow healthy organizations, but serving mostly with my "head" and not enough with "heart" left me yearning for something more. I realized that in my old faith, like the church in Ephesus, 'I have left my first love.'
In Mexico, treating one hundred patients per day without the comforts of my dental practice at home was physically exhausting yet spiritually rejuvenating. Working side by side with my teenage daughter, Jacqueline, who was helping the medical team (checking for arrhythmia, blood pressure, finger sticks for glucose and cholesterol) was an experience money couldn't buy. Seeing seven teenagers bonding and serving together from 6 am to 10 pm (so tired some fell asleep at the dinner table) yet without any complaint exceeded my expectation. In fact, Ethan Oh, a 9th grader at Highrock Metrowest, commented to his dad that he "really enjoyed the trip...said it was one of the best experiences...looking forward to returning." Doing ministry together intergenerationally and with Highrock church community made hard work enjoyable and helped me to remember 'the deeds I did at first.'
As an act of repentance, I pray this old song by Keith Green, "My Eyes are Dry":
My eyes are dry
My faith is old
My heart is hard
My prayers are cold
And I know how I ought to be
Alive to You and dead to me
But what can be done
For an old heart like mine
Soften it up
With oil and wine
The oil is You, Your Spirit of love
Please wash me anew
With the wine of Your Blood
Written by: KEITH GORDON GREEN
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Worship Songs for Sunday:
Here for You
Christ is Risen
As we continue our series "Switch: Easter Changes Everything", we'll be reflecting on the song "Christ is Risen" by Matt Maher because it so beautifully reflects many of the very real aspects of the Resurrection that can be manifest in our everyday lives. We will reflect on such themes as unity, being free from sin and shame, overcoming fear, and other aspects that the Resurrection can make true daily in our lives when we place our faith in the power and the love of Jesus!
Family Ministry Volunteers
Highrock is now recruiting for volunteers in Kidsrock, Middle School, and High School ministry. For more information, contact one of Highrock MetroWest's Family Ministry Team or email Brian Dietz at Brian@highrock.org.
5th Grade Milestones: The Preparation-
This Sunday: we will have a milestones class for all 5th graders (during Kidsrock/service). Another date for the Milestones class to markdown: May 15th.
Mark your calendars for July 18th-22nd (6:00-8:15 pm), and get ready to make waves! We think it’s possible for kids and volunteers to create a ripple effect that can impact the world around them in ways they will never forget. God put you on this planet to do the same thing—to make waves! Be on the lookout for registration in early May.
Sermon Series and Study Materials
Highrock’s Switch: Easter Changes Everything sermon series is underway. Here is a link to a wonderful set of materials for small groups or individual study.
Ways to Be Involved!
Please send your prayer requests to Foluke Ajayi at email@example.com. The prayer team meets Wednesday evenings to pray for the needs of the church.
MAY 10, 8 PM - The Christian Story Small Group Starts (7 weeks)
Pastor Ryan and his wife, Andrea, will be hosting a 7-week small group in their home in Natick beginning on May 10th. Gatherings will be from 8-9:30 pm, and the group will walk through The Christian Story. You are welcome whether you are brand new at Highrock or a seasoned member. RSVP to Pastor Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY 14, 2 pm. Trail Sisters Walk (and Supper Sisters Returns!)
Please join HRMW women for their monthly trail walks and fellowship this Spring! Dogs welcome. The Trail Sisters Leadership Team: Milway email@example.com, Kathryn Dietz firstname.lastname@example.org, Camille Humphries email@example.com, and Jillian Chen firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a stormy trek through Boulderbrook Reservation in April, Trail Sisters is looking forward to a warm, sunny walk through Noanet Woodland in Dover on May 14th at 2 p.m. Mark your calendars!! We'll meet (and park) at Eileen Wong's to enter Noanet's almost-600-acre landscape from her backyard. The woodland has seen many uses: as preserved space, an early industrial site, and Native American hunting ground. Noanet Woodlands is named after a chief of the Natick Indians, who camped, fished, and hunted along Noanet Brook. Please RSVP at this link for meeting point!
June Supper Sisters Patio Meal, Date TBD
MAY 15, 10 AM. Volunteer Appreciation Sunday!
A time to acknowledge the volunteers to serve us and lead our ministries. Catered SoulFood.
JUNE 5, 11:30 AM. Youth Benefit Concert for Ukrainian Children.
Save the date for this wonderful concert held in the Highrock MetroWest worship center to benefit Ukrainian children. More details to come.
JUNE 12, 10 AM. Milestone Sunday/Confirmation Sunday.
A joyous Sunday worship service of welcoming our confirmation youth into the full membership of the church, baptizing new members, and celebrating what God is doing with our children and youth!
JULY 18-22 - Kidsrock Summerblast!
Mark your calendars for Kidsrock's annual Summerblast event. More to come. Contact KidsRock Director Grace Taber at GraceT@highrock.org for more information.
Resources for Growing Deeper!