Monday
Apr012013

March 2013

Hello Prayer Team
 
This month I would like to ask you to pray for all of our missionary partners that we are working with around the world. I won’t be able to list each of them specifically and all of their concerns, but I will highlight a few from our current target areas and ask you to pray for these specifically as well as for each of our partners in our target areas in general.
 
One of the best things about serving with Small World Connections is our opportunity to connect with so many members of God’s family who are sharing their pieces of the puzzle in His Kingdom all over the world.
 
United States – Please pray of our Go Team from East Africa serving here in our home town of Chillicothe Illinois. There are many opportunities for our Go Team to reach out to our community through Helping Hands Re-Sale and through our partnership with the local youth ministry at the CrossWord Café Youth Center. Please pray for continued provision for their financial needs and for housing.
 
Uganda – Please pray for Juna Amagara Ministries and our good friend Dr. Ben Tumuheirwe and his family as they bless the people of Uganda by serving orphans and those in need there. We are sending a Go Team from Delavan Illinois to serve with JAM in August.
 
Philippines – Please pray for our good friends the Buchers who are serving in the Philippines with GROW International. One of the amazing opportunities we are currently developing in our partnership is a ministry that connects Christian inmates from prisons in the Philippines with Christian pen pals here in the states who also happen to be incarcerated. So far this has been an awesome opportunity to connect believers from opposite sides of the world in a very encouraging and powerful way. What an honor to be able to help facilitate this ministry.
 
Mexico – We have developed a great friendship with Lowell and Sheri Glick and their family serving in Zacatecas Mexico. Perhaps the best part of this friendship has been the way God used us to help connect them relationally with our other group of friends at Chillicothe Christian Church. We love seeing these relationships start and grow between a local church and our missionary partners. Our son Jack was even able to travel with the last team sent from CCC to serve the Glicks. Please pray for the Glick family as they come home to the States soon on furlough. We hope to spend some extra time with them while they are here for a visit.
 
Kenya – Amy Back has been our Go Team Leader to Kenya for the past two years and now we are thrilled to let you know that she and her sister Ashley have started their own non-profit organization to continue to serve the women and children they work with in Kenya on a regular basis. This is amazing news and we are excited that we were able to help them take the their initial steps toward this exciting ministry. We anticipate working with them for years to come as they develop livelihood projects that will bless those they work with in Kenya. Praise God!
 
We also ask for prayer for our other ministry partners in:
Cambodia
Russia
India
Indonesia
 
Thanks again for your support and prayer that you so generously share with us

 

Wednesday
Feb132013

February 2013 Prayer Update

 

2013 has already been a great year. As most of you know, we were able to help a team go and serve in India for two weeks in January. Here is a photo of some of those who went. Not all who went on the trip were sent by Small World Connections, but it was great to see ministry partnership in action as they all converged on the ministry site and joined together in serving. It was awesome to hear how God used them to share the Gospel and to love on kids at the ministry camp that they helped facilitate. Please pray for continued connection with our ministry partners in Southern India. We hope to continue to encourage and bless our brothers and sisters who are serving there reaching those who have not heard the truth of the hope we have in Jesus.

 

 

A few other items to pray and give thanks for:
 
We are searching for the right person to fill the role of our second staff position. Our hope is to have an Operations Director in place in the next few months – so our next step is to find out who God has ready to thrive in that important role. Please pray and let us know if you have any connections that might move this search further forward.
 
In addition to our team preparing to go to Uganda in early August, we are now also sending two other teams out in the second half of the year. At the end of August we plan to send our second teaching team to teach the Bible to church planting students in Northern India. If you or someone you know is interested in filling out this four man team, please let us know right away.
 
Also, we are now planning on sending a 4-6 person team to teach conversational English in South East Asia for two weeks. This trip will take place during the first two weeks of October. Please pray and consider joining this team. Your ability to speak and read English is a valuable tool that can be used to help reach the Muslim world with the Gospel. Let us know soon if you are interested and we can get you more detail in a private message.
 
Last, but not least, we are planning on opening another resale shop in a nearby community this year. Our main need is an enthusiastic manager who can be part of the start up and development of this exciting ministry. We ask you to pray that we will find the right person to help us in the process and to let us know if you have any ideas about who might be the perfect person for that role.
 
Well that is a good start to the year! Looking forward to seeing what God does with all of these plans.
 
Let us know if we can pray about anything for you and thanks for praying and supporting our ministry!
In His Grip,
Brent for the Resslers

 

 

Friday
Feb082013

January 2013 Prayer Update

We want to show you a little bit of what has been happening recently through Small World Connections. It looks like the Lord is hearing and answering your prayers.
  
Mexico
Our Mexico Team served this month with Lowell and Sheri Glick in Zacatecas Mexico. The guys led worship, preached the Word, served food and worshipped at the Indian village, served food to those who look for valuables at the local dump and dug a 20 foot deep well for a children’s ministry outside the city. Here is a picture with the guys (including our son Jack) at the bottom of the well with Lowell Glick just after they struck water on the third day....

 

 

 

 

Cambodia
We are also partnering with Tom and Debbie Seckler serving the Cham people in Cambodia. Picture here are Stan Born and David Headley as they prepare to leave for their trip last month. We are looking at several more trips to Cambodia in 2013.

 

 

 

Thank You Chillicothe Community!
As 2012 came to a close Helping Hands Re-Sale Shoppe ended the year with our largest amount given out so far to local and international charities. Because of your donations, volunteering and shopping Helping Hands distributed $156,148 during this past year to groups helping those in need. None of this would be possible without a community like we have here in Chillicothe that is committed to serving others. We thank the Lord that we have the privilege of serving with you through this ministry.
Pictured receiving checks from the month of December are (left to right): Brent Ressler accepting for CrossWord Café Youth Center, Sherry Adams accepting for GROW International, Steve Groome accepting for Child Evangelism Fellowship, Helen Bentel accepting for Pack 91, Pastor Ed Dutton accepting for Love In Action Food Pantry and Pastor Bob Hentrich accepting for Guatemala Service Mission.