Thursday
Oct112012

October 2012 Prayer Update

I am often asked what we are working on and what ministry doors God is opening for us to Connect a Timothy Culture in the Church (Philippians 2:20-21). Well here is a summary of what we have going in each of our current and developing target areas. We ask you to pray for each of these and to let us know if you are interested in getting involved in any way. There are openings on most of these teams.

 

India - We currently have a pastor from the States on the ground in Northern India teaching the Word of God to church planters who will take the Gospel out within the next two years.

 

India - We are also sending a team to Southern India in January to do a week of evangelistic crusades and a week of work with orphans alongside our ministry partners there.

 

Indonesia - We are working with national church leaders to send a music team to serve next Summer through open concerts and music lesson training as a way to help church members build relationships in a heavily Muslim country.

 

Cambodia - We are sending a small vision team to Cambodia in November to establish stronger relationships and to make plans with our missionary partners serving there full time.

 

Uganda - We will be sending a team of 8-10 college students and church members from Delavan IL to work with our ministry partners at Juna Amagara. They will help with a medical clinic and do a week long sports camp for the orphans in the village of Kishanje.

 

Philippines - We continue to work with our ministry partners at GROW International to find ways we can connect to help resource and provide help with the exciting ways they are working to meet needs and share the love of Christ. There is a project in the works to use agriculture as a means to meet needs. Our Go Team Director David Headley will be heading there in November to finalize these plans.

 

Mexico - We are thrilled to have a new Go Team Leader for Mexico. Jacob Barrett will lead his first team to serve Lowell and Sheri Glick in Zacatecas Mexico Dec 27 - Jan 3. This team also represents an exciting connection that we were able to help make between a local church in the States and our ministry partners in the field. Chillicothe Christian Church is sending folks on a team to serve Glicks for the third time...so that is very encouraging to us as we continue to develop similar relationships in other target areas.

 

United States - We have also discovered that we need missionaries right in our own back yard. It has been amazing to be able to have our Go Team from East Africa continue to serve in our local Chillicothe community at both the CrossWord Cafe Youth Center and at Helping Hands Re-Sale Shoppe. Praise God!

 

Well thanks for praying for these and getting involved where you can through going and/or supporting these teams with financial support.

 

Friday
Sep072012

September 2012 Prayer Update

God has been on the move. He has opened doors and made connections for missions that I never would have dreamed possible. It seems that right now Small World Connections is more fully stepping into the ministry that we had envisioned when we first started five years ago. For our prayer and praise this month I would like to ask you to pray for just two things:

 

First – Our financial support – it is strange that as things have hit their stride, April and I find that we are still not fully supported as missionaries. There are a few supporters who have had to drop off for various reasons and we completely understand that situations in life change. However, with those reductions in support and the standing need to raise the rest of our financial support we find that we are now at only about 50% of what we need to continue. This of course is something that we need prayer for and if you or anyone else that you know would be interested in getting behind our ministry, please let us know so that we can follow up.

 

I think that many people see the success of Helping Hands Re-sale and assume that we no longer need support. The fact is that Helping Hands has the potential to generate needed funds for our many ministries and teams at this point, but we would like to keep all or most of those funds going directly toward ministry expenses (like team leaders and trips) besides our family financial needs. So the short story is that, even though we are giving out healthy amounts of money to many ministries both locally and internationally through Helping Hands, we (April and I) do not have a full support team in place for us as a family to continue in full time ministry.

 

Second – Please pray for our planned and proposed mission teams that are forming and beginning to form. It seems that without even realizing it our number of potential teams has doubled. I sat down yesterday to write out all of the potential trips and teams that I am discussing with folks who are serious about serving missions with their gifts and talents, and before I was done with the list I had over 11 trips being organized and a few others that are just starting the discussion stage. Here is a summary of those trips – with dates where we have them. Please lift these potential teams up in prayer even as some are being formed.

 

Sept 21 – Oct 6 – India Teaching Team

November 6-12 – Cambodia Vision Team

Dec/Jan – Mexico Construction Team

January – India Outreach

Mid Winter – Hong Kong Vision and Service Team

March – Mexico Evangelism Team (College Students)

Summer – Ukraine English Team

Summer – Uganda Orphan Ministry Team

Summer – Philippines Outreach with Youth Group

Summer – Indonesia Music Ministry Team

August – Uganda Medical and Sports Ministry

 

Thanks again for all of your prayer and support! God has used you in our ministry and we do appreciate all He does through you.

Wednesday
Aug082012

August 2012 Prayer Update

First an invitation:

Tonight on Wednesday August 8th at 7:00 p.m. we will gather at Helping Hands Re-Sale to dedicate, praise and remember what God has done as He brought us to the point of owning the building. Please join us for a short time of prayer, scripture and testimony. Hope a lot of you can make it and share in this amazing story of what the Lord has done.

Second:

Praise for all of these amazing things: Our Mexico GO Team made it home safe and sound after serving Lowell and Sheri Glick in Zecatacas Mexico, Our Kenya GO Team are now all home after a great two months of ministry serving in Kenya, and our Chillicothe GO Team got married....yep you heard me right – our missionaries serving here from East Africa had a beautiful service last Wednesday as they began their lives together as husband and wife. I told you it was amazing stuff!!!

Finally:

Pray and consider getting involved with these upcoming missions opportunities (please let me know if you want to get involved): A construction and medical team going to serve Juna Amagara in Uganda Africa in December of this year, another team going to serve in Uganda in August of 2013 and opportunities to help with some of the building repairs at Helping Hands now that we own the building.