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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!

 

 

Your Welcome to the Team Wendy!

We are excited to announce that we have a new assistant manager for our Peoria Heights Helping Hands Resale Shoppe:

Wendy Merdian recently moved to Chillicothe with her husband and daughter from Amman, Jordan. For the last twenty five years she has worked with refugees, as an abuse recovery facilitator, women's right's activist and writer. She is excited to be a part of Helping Hands and serving the Peoria Heights community 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
Jul052018

Connecting a Timothy Culture in the Church

Unite Fest 2018

Please pray for this awesome free festival that we have been part of planning in the Peoria area.  We would love for you to come on July 14th, we still need lots of volunteers, we could use some financial support and we would appreciate you telling others about it!  We really really need your prayer.  Ask the Lord to prepare hearts for the Gospel that will be proclaimed all day long, pray that many will join the family of God that day and that others will turn back to Him as His Holy Spirit moves in the heart of the city.  We are praying for revival and are asking you to pray with us.  Thanks and God bless!

 

The Church

The best part about being involved with Unite Fest has been the opportunity to join together with folks from many other church back grounds and ministries to organize and dream about what this festival can be in the Peoria area.  We have some top level musical artists, seminars all day, kids activities and great food vendors as well as ministry and business exhibit booths.  Seeing this as a day for The Church in Peoria has been very exciting.  Please pray for the final funds needed and consider giving toward the effort through the website:

Also let us us know if you or a group you are part of would consider coming out and volunteering on July 14th.
What to Bring

A few items you will surely want to bring to Unite Fest 2018 one week from today!!!  See if you can identify all of the things you should bring....
we really hope you can make it!

unitefest2018.com

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
Tuesday
Jun122018

Connecting a Timothy Culture in the Church Interns, Trips and Blessings!

We want to focus this month on praises and prayer for some of the great opportunities our staff and others involved with Small World Connections have had to serve internationally and locally.  God has brought some amazing people into our ministry circle with gifts and talents that have opened up new doors and taken us into new areas of ministry.  Please lift each of these up in praise and please be praying for the fruit of each ministry they represent...

Business Intern

We are excited to welcome our first summer intern to Small World Connections.  His name is Jack Ressler and he is a business and economics major at Monmouth College.  Please pray for Jack this summer as he serves our ministry and experiences a variety of business environments, works on several business projects and takes a mission trip to Uganda to help in the development of a business called Free Indeed that is set up as a way to help refugees in Uganda.  His time with us has already been very productive as he has served at all three of our resale shops and assisted the festival director for Unite Fest 2018.  We are glad to have Jack on our team and it is fun having someone we know so well serve with us in ministry!
Africa Go Team Coach in Albania!

One of our staff members Steve Waggoner, who primarily focuses on connecting, coaching and serving our ministry partners in Africa, just returned from leading a trip to Albania.  Now you might be saying, I didn't think Albania was in Africa, and you would be right.  Steve is also a pastor at Cross Walk Fellowship Church in Delavan Illinois.  He was the organizer and leader of a team that traveled to Albania and assisted the church planting effort there through ministry and discipleship training and by helping with a mission business that is providing relationship opportunities as well as helping to fund the church plant.  We are thrilled that Steve has been able to model what we call a Timothy culture in a Africa as well as other continents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Production in Haiti

What a thrill to be able to send our friend Brian Du Pont to serve two different ministries working in Haiti with his creative talents in video production.  In one week Brian was able to shoot video at two locations in Haiti as he traveled on a whirlwind tour.  He blessed a ministry called Jacob's Well whose founder we met recently at the ICOM conference in Peoria and worked with the team he traveled with from central Illinois to serve the orphan ministry they partner with in Haiti.  Brian just returned home a few days ago and will soon be getting to work on editing both videos that we pray will help these ministries communicate clearly their vision to serve others and share the love of Jesus Christ. Thanks for supporting our Video Go Team efforts and please pray that Brian and others like him will continue to use their talents for Kingdom work!

 

Video Production in Mexico

You have seen our Communications Director Chris Brett (on the right) in shots like these before as he has traveled to Africa and India to produce high quality videos for our ministry partners.  Well, the Lord is using him again as he heads out tomorrow to serve our partners Lowell and Sheri Glick in central Mexico.  Chris is joining a team from Chillicothe Christian Church that is heading down to Zacatecas Mexico to install smokeless stoves in a remote village.  We love being able to send staff members with teams that are forming and going for multiple purposes.  Please pray for safety and productive ministry for Chris and the whole team as they serve our mission partners.

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