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Holly: Missions

Holly Emmerich is the daughter of Rocky Hock Playhouse owners Jeffrey and Gloria Emmerich. She's a graduate of Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC and is a licensed teacher. She became a full time missionary to Cameroon, Africa in October, 2013. Holly worked in conjunction with Wycliffe Associates (bible translators) and initially went to Cameroon as a recruiter/site volunteer coordinator. Shortly after arriving in Africa she was offered a position as a teacher and learning specialist at Rain Forest International School* in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Holly spent four years with Wycliffe Associates and loves serving the Lord in her field of expertise. Before moving to Africa Holly was an actress with the Rocky Hock Playhouse for over 12 years. In August, 2017 Holly relocated to South America and began teaching 5th and 6th grade math, science and Bible at the International Academy of Suriname – a Christian school located in the capital city of Paramaribo, Suriname. To learn more about Suriname you can visit this website: http://justfunfacts.com/interesting-facts-about-suriname

CLICK HERE to read Holly's Newsletters from her time in Cameroon.


I want to bring you up to date on what is happening in my life. I was fortunate to graduate from college a few years ago debt free for which I am thankful. I earned a BS in Special Education. The last few years I’ve been working as the supervisor of a group home for mentally ill adult women. My life is fulfilling, yet, I have a longing in my heart to be on the mission field. I was fortunate to be a part of my parents’ work around the world while growing up. I have fond memories of sharing the gospel through music and drama in Aboriginal camps in Australia, mountain villages in Fiji, ministering to the Maori people in New Zealand, and bringing the hope of salvation to the Armed Forces on American military bases in Spain, Belgium, England, Italy, and Germany. After a lot of reflection, consideration, and prayer I have decided to team up with an organization called Wycliffe Associates.

As part of a great network of over 90 partner organizations around the world, Wycliffe Associates (www.wycliffeassociates.org) is a non-profit Christian ministry that involves people in the advancement of Bible translation. Volunteers, lay people, and missionaries are brought together to help begin the translation of the Bible into over 2,300 languages by the year 2025.

This fall, beginning October 1,2013 I have the wonderful (and humbling) opportunity to begin a new career with Wycliffe Associates. I will be moving to Cameroon, Africa as a full time site coordinator/volunteer recruiter for that country. I will be responsible for visiting various translation sites in the region to determine the needs for missionaries in the various compounds. I will then discern the highest needs cases and begin recruiting missionaries from America to come fill those needs, and help fulfill Wycliffe’s mission. For example, if a translation site is making an effort to provide housing to homeless people, a high need they might have would be to recruit contractors and construction workers. I would then have the task of locating missionaries with these skills and setting plans in motion to get them to Africa. I will have the heavy responsibility of seeing that the immediate needs of the local people are met. By coordinating the arrival and facilitation of missionaries to assist in Bible translation I can do my part to help fulfill the Great Commission as stated in Matthew 28:19... "Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations…"

In order to make all of this possible, I need to develop a team of ministry partners—a group of people like you who will pray for me and give a monthly financial gift to help me be a self-supporting, full time missionary. Together we will be able to assist in Bible translation so that people across the world can know and hold a Bible written in their first language. As you might imagine, raising the necessary funds will be one of my greatest steps of faith in making this career change. Wycliffe estimates I will need a total of $2,600 per month. These funds will cover housing, medical insurance, the extensive amount of travel involved with the ministry, emergency evacuation insurance should my circumstances become suddenly and unexpectedly unsafe, compound security, and other living expenses. The only additional expense is round trip airfare which runs about $2500.

Would you prayerfully consider joining my support team by sending a gift of $25, $50, $75 or more a month? Even a onetime gift would be greatly appreciated as my initial expenses will be high due to the airline ticket I must purchase to "get" to Africa. Of course whatever amount God leads you to send is the right amount. If you are in a position to help you may make tax-deductible donations to my ministry with Wycliffe by going to this website: www.wycliffeassociates.org. On the top right corner it says "Donate now." Click on that then enter my name, "Holly Emmerich", in the search box. My name will then show up. Click on it and you will be taken to a donation page. Very simple! More than anything I need your prayers as I follow the Lord’s leading.

Thank you for considering joining my team to bring God’s Word around the world to people who may never have had a Bible in their own language. I truly believe that if you team up with me we both will have the privilege and blessing of advancing the Kingdom of God. We can’t all go, but we can support those who do with prayers or finances. Jesus multiplied the fish and loaves! He doesn’t ask that we give a million dollars, just that we give what we can and, with His blessing, sit back and watch the miracles take place! I appreciate you taking the time to "hear my heart." May God bless you richly.

If you would like to contact me directly and ask any questions at all, my cell phone number is (252) 340-0226 and my email address is holly_emmerich@rocketmail.com.

Sincerely in Christ,

Holly Emmerich
Site Coordinator/Volunteer Recruiter
Yaoundé, Cameroon, Africa

To download a .pdf version of this letter CLICK HERE.

Click on the links below to read Holly's Newsletters.

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
9/13/13 1/1/14 2/17/15 1/3/16 1/28/17
10/8/13 2/9/14 4/8/15 3/7/16 5/10/17
11/1/13 3/5/14 5/12/15 4/19/16  
12/1/13 4/1/14 6/2/15 6/21/16  
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But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, "How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!                                                                 ROMANS 10:14-15 NLT

To download a .pdf version of Holly's introductory letter from Deborah Bartow, Vice President of Recruiting CLICK HERE.


The Bible in the language of the people:
Local woman to serve with Wycliffe outfit in Africa

By Rebecca Bunch
Chowan Herald
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

EDENTON — A little girl’s dream of becoming a missionary is about to come true for Holly Emmerich of Edenton.

On Oct. 2 Emmerich will be at the airport in Raleigh ready to start a journey that will take her to work as a full-time site coordinator and volunteer recruiter with the Wycliffe Bible Ministry in the African nation of Cameroon.

Emmerich, who is perhaps best known for her performances in Rocky Hock Playhouse productions written and directed by her parents, Jeff and Gloria Emmerich, has also spent the last few years working as a supervisor at a group home for mentally ill adult women.

She gave her final performance in a Playhouse production last month in “Jacob, Prince of God.” Emmerich described the experience as bittersweet.

“It was a big part of my life,” Emmerich said of her 13 years with the acting troupe led by her parents. “I knew I wasn’t going to be in any more shows — at least for a while — that I was beginning a new chapter in my life, and that one was coming to an end for me.”

For her parents, too, there is a sense of joy in the work their daughter will be doing — but it is clear they will miss her.

“I’m trying to imagine what it will be like standing at the airport on October 2 saying goodbye,” Gloria Emmerich said.

Gloria Emmerich, who described her daughter as a precious gift from God, said that her children — Holly also has a brother, Ben, who lives in Minnesota — are the center of her and her husband Jeff’s world.

“Ben lives a long way from us,” Gloria said. “But having Holly fly halfway around the world to work in Africa is harder to come to grips with. Knowing she is in God’s hands is what will get me through.”

Jeff Emmerich noted that Holly was no stranger to mission work, as he and his wife had served in the mission field as well.

“Holly grew up traveling with us when we were ‘road’ evangelists,” Jeff said. “She went with us on ministry trips to Australia multiple times, as well as to New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Barbados, St. Croix, England and to American military bases in Spain, Italy, Belgium and Germany. I think the traditional culture shock most missionaries experience will be minimized (for Holly) because of all that foreign travel and experience.”

Holly Emmerich, who earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Elizabeth City State University, said that all that travel and varied experiences so early in her life had led her to have an adventurous spirit and to be resourceful and creative, as had participating in her parents’ theater productions.

Deborah Bartow, vice-president of recruiting for Florida-based Wycliffe, said that as a site volunteer coordinator, Emmerich would be responsible for identifying new service opportunities to strengthen Wycliffe’s network of translators and partners already at work in the field.

“In a brand-new role, Holly will act as onsite recruiter, reaching remotely from Cameroon to assist, support and encourage new staff in America as they prepare for long-term assignments in Africa,” Bartow said.

Through Emmerich’s efforts, Bartow said, doors will be opened that will result in expanded relationships and a more timely completion of about 80 unfinished Bible translations in native dialects in this highly strategic location.

Holly said that while French is the common language that those in Cameroon share, the goal of putting a Bible in their own dialect is one that has a deeply personal meaning for her.

“In America we take it for granted that we can have a Bible,” Holly said. “We don’t have to worry about being killed just for owning a Bible. My passion is to get Bibles into the hands of all those want one so much that they are willing to risk their lives to have one.”

Her parents say they believe Holly is equal to the challenge.

“Compassion is Holly’s middle name,” Gloria Emmerich said, noting that during middle school and high school Holly raised thousands of dollars for humanitarian organizations such as Operation Smile and the Children’s Miracle Network.

“Gloria and I have been stunned more than once by Holly’s boldness,” Jeff Emmerich added. “She seems so quiet and shy. But a passion for the Lord drives her.”

Holly’s new life in mission work also offers people in the local community the opportunity to be a part of the effort. To live and work in Cameroon for the next two years, Holly will need $2,128 per month in ongoing financial support. Anyone interested in supporting her work is encouraged to visit give.wycliffeassociates.org and make a donation to Holly Emmerich’s ministry account #M10622.

More information about her approaching journey and the community’s opportunity to support her in this important work is available on the Rocky Hock Playhouse website. Holly Emmerich may also be reached by phone at 482-7446.

She said that she is stepping out in faith to make this journey and believing that those who read her story will be moved to help her reach her goal. She likened her effort to the Bible story of Jesus multiplying the fish and loaves given to Him by one little boy who offered the Lord all he had.

“Jesus asked the boy to give Him what he had,” Emmerich said, “and in the end, it was enough. He just asks us to give what we have, and He uses it to bless people. I believe that God will use my work to bless others.”

To download a .pdf version of this article CLICK HERE.