Friday
Feb082019

Families, Mission Partners and Training!

This month we are asking you to pray for our growing staff and their growing families as well as lifting up the use of a video that we recently produced at ICOM (International Conference on Missions) and to give praises to the Lord for a successful recent mission trip to Uganda. 

The video we are sharing is a series of short interviews with missionaries from around the world speaking from their hearts on the impact of what you are doing right now in connecting with missionaries relationally.  When you pray for us and are interested in what we are doing for the Kingdom you are breathing life into our ministry and our families.  The other video we are sharing is an overview of the trip that our Africa Go Team Coach Steve Waggoner recently took to with a friend from his church to lead important discipleship training with leaders and students  involved with mission partners at Juna Amagara.  Thanks for praying and supporting our ministry.






Staff and Family Prayer

One of the greatest blessings these past few years has been the addition of new staff to help us accomplish our goals at Small World Connections and expand our opportunities to Connect a Timothy Culture in the Church.  After watching the ICOM video that we have included below it was challenging to remember how crucial it is that we also receive ongoing prayer for our families.  There are so many ways that the enemy wants to distract us and keep us from serving the Lord that we must be diligent and ask our friends to lift up our families for protection and blessing.  Here is a list of our staff families that are included in pictures above and we ask that you would pray for each picture and those included in the shot.  Thank you for your commitment to pray for the family of...

Carl Baker-Christophel our Operations Director
Chris Brett our Communications Director
Brent Ressler our Executive Director
Emily Richards our Go Team Director
Rebecca Waggoner our Assistant Go Team Director
Steve Waggoner our Africa Go Team Coach

 

ICOM Video

Please click on the link below to watch our interviews with missionaries sharing their thoughts on the importance of building relationships with missionaries...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlSezZjwlGM&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2ZtGzPTxNpo0pkF78QCsVyf72-aU6RlCDigm5Enm74Kp0b_LPI7P67kGs

 


 

Uganda Mission Trip

Our Africa Go Team Coach Steve Waggoner and good friend Kyle Diekhoff went to Uganda (January 20-29) to encourage and equip a disciplemaking way of life with 250 teachers and student leaders  from the orphan sponsorship ministry of Juna Amagara (amagara.org). During a week long training conference called, "Jesus-like Disciplmaking Friendships " an intentional plan to multiply disciplemakers was developed for the ministry's six care points around the country. Please watch this short video overview of the trip and the impact it had in the lives who attended...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hfIZt1xNY64

 

 


  Your prayer and support allows us to connect a Timothy Culture in the Church by:

  • Planning and facilitating experiences that help missionaries and expose people to their work
  • Encouraging and equipping leaders so that they can follow through on God's prompting to serve a specific ministry
  • Helping leaders recruit and train a team of people as needed to fulfill their vision for serving
  • Breaking down barriers that might keep people from following through on God's call to serve missions
Wednesday
Jan162019

Praises and Planning!

One of the best things about starting a new year in ministry is not only celebrating what the Lord has done, but looking forward to what He is bringing our way.  We have a few awesome praises to share that give us a jump start in 2019 and we want to ask for prayer for a few specific trips and plans we have for the year to come. We would also like to encourage all of you who pray for us on a regular basis to visit our website and see even more of what the Lord is doing as we Connect a Timothy Culture in the Church!
Canton Building Update

One of our big goals is to be able to purchase the front half of the building that we use for our Helping Hands Resale Shoppe in Canton Illinois.  This required a lot of prayer and generous donations to make it a reality as we sought to raise $26,000 for the down payment that would allow us to own our space for the shop and give even more to local and international charities.  Well the Lord answered prayer and we plan to close on the building February 1st! As  you can see from the picture above it is a great space, but does need some exterior work that we will now be able to do as owners of the building.  Thanks for praying and for the generous donations to make this a reality.

 


Great Year for Resale!!!

$234,787


With our first full year of having three Helping Hands Resale Shoppes in three very different communities, we are excited to announce that we were able to share a total of $234,787 with over 120 local and international charities and community organizations!  It is amazing to see what the Lord does when His people come together and serve in their communities.  This is a great picture of what we call a Timothy Culture in the Church!
 
Trips and New Goals

Please take some time and pray for these specific trips that we have planned in 2019 and for a few new efforts we will target this year as well....

Trips planned for:
Uganda
Kenya
Ukraine
Argentina
Philippines
Haiti
Mexico
Liberia

New Goals for  2019:
Two mission trips in the United States
Online video documentaries to encourage serving missionaries
Develop new businesses to help fund mission efforts around the  world

 

Your prayer and support allows us to connect a Timothy Culture in the Church by:

  • Planning and facilitating experiences that help missionaries and expose people to their work
  • Encouraging and equipping leaders so that they can follow through on God's prompting to serve a specific ministry
  • Helping leaders recruit and train a team of people as needed to fulfill their vision for serving
  • Breaking down barriers that might keep people from following through on God's call to serve missions
Thursday
Dec202018

Year End Highlights from Executive Director

This year was awesome.  We have so many new connections and opportunities to connect a Timothy Culture in the Church that it is sometimes hard to keep track of what the Lord has done.  In my role as executive director I get the chance to see most of the ways our ministry is reaching out and furthering the Gospel around the world.  I thought that I might just list my top ten highlights from 2018 and share some pictures that give an overview of the tremendous things the Lord has done through your prayer and support.  Also, please consider giving a year end financial gift.  In past years these one time year end gifts have been a huge boost in helping us cover expenses and taking the ministry to the next level. 

You can mail year end financial gifts to:
Small World Connections
1623 North Finney Street
Chillicothe IL,  61523

Or

If you would like to make a donation online just go to our website listed below and click on the Pay Pal link on the left side of the screen.




 

Year End Top 10 Highlights from
Executive Director Brent Ressler
  1. Eight countries served with mission trips
  2. Organizing Unite Fest 2018
  3. Resale ministries share proceeds with over 120 different charities
  4. Organizing Serve Weekend 2018 in Chillicothe area
  5. Welcoming three new staff members and one business intern
  6. Beginning ministry partnership with Fulfill UR Ministry and developing One Puzzle Hub social media website for missions
  7. Connecting our mission partners through a shared prayer page
  8. Helping several churches develop plans to connect better with missionaries they support
  9. Attending ICOM (International Conference on Missions) in Cincinnati Ohio with our staff
  10. Beginning production of our video training series on what a Timothy Culture looks like in action





 
Your prayer and support allows us to connect a Timothy Culture in the Church by:
  • Planning and facilitating experiences that help missionaries and expose people to their work
  • Encouraging and equipping leaders so that they can follow through on God's prompting to serve a specific ministry
  • Helping leaders recruit and train a team of people as needed to fulfill their vision for serving
  • Breaking down barriers that might keep people from following through on God's call to serve missions