We are T.J. & Rochelle Scott and Family
So in Christ, we who are many are one body, and each member belongs to one another
– Romans 12:5.
This verse was brought to life during our first mission trip from the USA to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua in 2009.
Since then, we have focused much of our time raising a blended family of six children in the USA and working in secular jobs, while at the same time, leading a bunch of mission trips (both through our NJ-based church and subsequent personal trips). We now reside in Florida, yet still have pledged our spiritual and financial support to several families on Ometepe, through full-time, resident missionaries and the use of online resources to communicate, evaluate and monitor our progress.
We have witnessed the full spectrum of joy and grief through the lives of those impacted by our commitment. These experiences have strengthened our faith in Jesus, and reinforced our calling to a permanent ministry, initially starting on a part-time basis. One Body Global Ministries (“OBGM”) is what resulted from this calling.
Part of living our fullness in Christ includes constructing a permanent presence on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua on land we already own to serve the countless needs of the impoverished men, women and children in Nicaragua — and just steps away from other full-time missionaries.
One overwhelming need on Ometepe is for locals to learn English. While on our 2017 visit to Ometepe, we and three of our children worked in a classroom with 30+ students who were eager to listen to our voices and to learn English. This NOW is a key pillar offered by OBGM.
Another immense and urgent need in Nicaragua is to provide food and medical assistance. Since the sociopolitical crisis that arose on April 18, 2018, the number of people living at the poverty level (defined as living on $2/day) has exploded and continues to grow. Our ministry provides rice, beans, oil, sugar and coffee to some of the poorest families in three local communities of Santa Cruz, Madroñal and Sintiope.
Finally, now that peace is restored on Ometepe. We also host small teams from around the globe to engage in relationship with those we serve, as well as serve as volunteers in the year-round programs such as the English classes and food distribution.
Over the years, Rochelle has worked for both for-profit and non-profit organizations, and with start-up companies. She now dedicates a significant portion of her time operating OBGM and teaching yoga in Cocoa Beach, FL. TJ has been working in the medical and pharmaceutical community for approximately 30 years.
During the next phase of their lives, they want to serve the impoverished communities, especially children in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua by leveraging their decades of professional experience with the heart of Christ’s unconditional love. Their approach to the year-round programming in Ometepe focuses on shared responsibility and partnership with respected locals in the communities they serve. The long-term goal of each program is to build self-sufficiency in the community while deepening a personal relationship with Christ. They ask for your prayers and support.
TJ holds a Master of Science degree in organizational leadership and change management from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Rowan University. Rochelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership from Jefferson University.
TJ and Rochelle are active members of the First United Methodist Church in Cocoa Beach, FL.