Wednesday
Mar272019

Mission Trip, Resale Ministry and a Festival...God is using it ALL!

This month we are a little late in getting out the prayer update, but that is because we have had a lot going on and wanted to get some of it into this update and share our praises with all of you.  With a great trip to the Philippines, recognition in our community for the ministry of the resale shoppes and plans for our annual festival - we are seeing God move in amazing ways.  It is such an honor to partner with all of you in this ministry and we thank you for your prayers.

 

 






Connecting in the Philippines

Our four man Go Team recently returned from a great time of ministry with our partners at GROW International and Legacy Home in the Philippines.  Our good friend Mike Bucher (Executive Director of Grow) wrote us to say thanks and we thought it might encourage you as well...

I want to thank you for all that you guys did to make the short-term missions trip happen....this is deeply appreciated.  Despite having to let go of all the planning we did with only 48 hours to go before their arrival, none of this slipped by the Lord. :)  We ended up having a great trip!  On a personal note, I was really encouraged by the team and shared with them that I actually have been refreshed because of them and feel like my batteries have been recharged in a way.  Your partnership really means a lot to us and it's also great to have met these guys and to have built some new friendships!
 
Many thanks,
Mike 


Award in the Community 

Thanks to our great God, amazing volunteers, off the charts community support and enthusiatic shoppers we have seen Helping Hands Resale Shoppes flourish in three local communities. It was an honor to accept this award from the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce on behalf of everyone who has made this ministry such a blessing! So far we have given out over $1.2 million to local and international charities since opening our doors in 2010! Looking forward to seeing
what the future holds!


Join Us For Unite Fest 2019!

As you can see we are gearing up for another amazing day of worship and fellowship for the Body of Christ in the Peoria area.  Last year we were blessed to be part of the team planning this summer festival in the heart of Peoria at Glen Oak Park and this year we are again part of the planning team.  There are lot's of opportunities to get involved as a sponsor, hosting an informational booth or volunteering to help on the day of the event.  Please pray for the Lord to provide all of the needed funds and friends to pull this off and that we will give the Lord all the glory.  Also, please let us know if you want to get involved in any way. 

See you on July 13th and please pray for great weather!

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
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