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Friday
Aug172018

A month to remember...

The past month has been a whirlwind of events and trips, but through it all God has been faithful and provided many opportunities for Small World Connections to move further up and further into our mission to connect a Timothy culture in the Church.  Here are a few updates and things to look forward to in prayer...

As you might remember our Go Team Coach to Africa Steve Waggoner and our Summer Intern Jack Ressler were both part of a team that went to serve in Uganda.  They had a great trip and were able to serve both our orphan ministry partners and our refugee ministry partners.  Here is a thank you letter from Jack that covers both his internship experience and the time in Uganda....

As summer comes to an end I would like to take some time and thank everyone for supporting me. It has been a crazy past few months, whether it has been helping out at the different resale shops, planning for the Unite Fest, or getting ready for my trip to Uganda I was always busy with something. 

As a whole, this summer was a great experience for me moving forward.  I learned a lot of things that go into running an organization like Small World, and how long of a process it is to put together an event the size of Unite Fest.  My main role for Unite Fest was helping get the backline equipment for the artists coming into town.  It was definitely a unique experience to intern for Small World and I met tons of amazing people along the way.  I can’t thank the staff enough for letting me join them for the past few months.

The other big event of my summer was traveling to Uganda to serve on a mission trip for a few weeks.  I joined a team from the Delevan area, most of which had traveled there before.  While over there I spent a lot of time hanging out with kids at the schools/places that Juna Amagara kids were located.  This included helping run a program called “Doing Sports Gods Way.”  During the program we ran soccer drills for the kids and talked about verses like Colossians 3:23, which talks about doing things God’s way and not man’s way.  Another big part of the trip was spend visiting and encouraging refugees.  Many of which came from the war-torn Republic of Congo.  It was during our time hanging out with these refugees where I realized that even though I traveled to the other side of the world to help others, those I came to help were helping and encouraging me just as much as I was helping them.  I got to see many close friends while in Uganda as well as make many new ones during this crazy adventure
 
I could easily write a book about all the adventure that came along with this summer, it’s definitely one that I won’t forget.  And none of it would have been possible without your support.  Thank you so much for this opportunity!
 
Jack Ressler

 

God Sized Event!

As Jack mentioned in his letter, Unite Fest was a big undertaking, but one that gave us many chances to see God show up!  After hosting 40 plus booths, many musical acts and special speakers we were all completely wiped out.  The fact that it poured down rain right when it was time for our headliners to start performing brought us into even more prayer. Finally, after the whole shindig was moved indoor to a local church we were still there cleaning up the sound system and God gave us a little reminder that He has things under control! 


It was awesome - we look forward to seeing where God takes the festival next!