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 CTEN 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 and our affiliation with Commission Ministers Network to assist us with international credentials, administrative support and fundraising 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. Plans to build a Mission House on this current property are now underway.
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 part of the curriculum offered by our ministry.
Another immense need includes a therapeutic approach to the medical problems of the community. Examples include: arthritis, recovery from trauma & addiction, mental illness (especially depression), chronic back pain and other chronic diseases. We will start a Christian-centered gathering offering physical yoga, fitness classes, community fellowship, music ministry, and prayer at a nearby community center. In addition to preparing healthy bodies, the focus will be on preparing human vessels to glorify the Lord!
Finally, we will host small teams from around the globe at our future residence (or a mission-hosting facility nearby) to participate in classes as well as outreach, prayer and service on Ometepe.
TJ and Rochelle Scott’s faith and biblical understanding comes largely from the Bible, a Catholic upbringing, the Anglican/Episcopal prayer book, and a personal relationship with Christ. For most of the past ten years, they and their six children have been active members of Christ Episcopal Church, in Woodbury NJ. In addition to their service in the mission field, TJ, Rochelle and their six children were active members of other ministries at Christ Episcopal Church Woodbury: the Men’s (Brotherhood of St. Andrew) Women’s (ECW), Sunday School and Youth Group.
Over the years, Rochelle has worked for both for-profit and non-profit organizations, and with start-up companies. She now teaches multiple forms of physical yoga and movement exercise classes at studios, in schools, in libraries, and privately in Cocoa Beach, FL. TJ has been working in the medical and pharmaceutical community for approximately 30 years. They both have a solid understanding of health and wellness, and the role of faith, prayer, study, physical activity, nutrition, and medication in maintaining physical well-being. It is the combination of these things that enable us to better serve the Lord.
During the next phase of their lives, they want to serve the impoverished communities near Santa Cruz, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. They have two pieces of land on the island and are actively planning to build a mission house and a non-profit community property that would be used to provide free services to the local community, while also providing yoga, wellness and fitness classes to tourists to raise funds for ongoing operations and charitable efforts. 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 Philadelphia University.
TJ and Rochelle are members of the First United Methodist Church in Cocoa Beach, FL.