(pictured our 5 older kids, us, and Casey’s father)
Welcome! We are Casey and Hope Holencik. I am a missionary pastor with Village Missions and we have recently relocated to northern California from Washington. We have 6 amazing kids, our Brain, he’s 10, Buttercup-8, Caveman-6, Tarzan-4, Wrigly who just turned 3, and freighttrain is 1 and number 7 is due in August! They make us laugh, drive us batty, and show us daily how blessed we are to be parents and gives us another glimpse into God’s love and plan for us.
I (Casey) did my undergrad at Multnomah University in Oregon, and then my Masters at Crown College in MN. I strive to be a good husband, father, pastor, and reach those around me with God’s love and truth. #preachtheword #lovethepeople. I love baseball, football- go Notre Dame! Love all things spicy, esp. when it’s wrapped in a tortilla. Ever since watching Julie and Julia with my wife, I hold out hope that someone will read my blog and then send me hot sauce… just a subtle hint!
I (Hope) get to run around all day with our crazy blessings. We homeschool, make messes, fun, and as much from scratch as we can. All I need is the bible, family, essential oils and a good recipe or two. And I was a Cubs fan before it was cool!
As a family, we love playing games together, dancing around the living room, water fights outside, and reading books on the couch.
Our ministry is in a small town of Bangor, CA.
Our 650 person “postal designated area” not quite town of Bangor, Ca is nestled in the Butte Mountain foothills. Very dry but pretty horse country, illegal pot farms, and homesteading area doesn’t have a stop light, but a post office, fire department, 100 child k-8 school, feed store and corner store. We are famous for our Mennonite bakery and fires. Our tiny but mighty church, after a time of subsisting, is really branching out and reaching the community with Christ’s love, meeting the many needs of the people due to fires, loss, and other small-town issues.
Some ways to pray for our area would be our growing relationship with the school kids and teachers, VBS this summer, and other possible children’s outreach. Our CDI class is growing as well and are encouraged by how many genuinely want to study the bible, especially women. There are not many community events to meet people in an organic, easy way, so we often just try to strike up conversations where we can. Please pray for more places and opportunities to get to know those we haven’t met. We are encouraged that after being here 2 years now that people are seeing we care and are here to stay and are calling Casey more often. We love our community here, come visit and get a fruit turnover at the bakery!
If you are interested in hearing more about our ministry as Missionary Pastors with Village Missions, Hope and I sat down and had a conversational interview about rural ministry, domestic missions and some of the unique challenges and opportunities for those as well as fundraising.
You can listen below