July 2012 Prayer and Praise Update

Wow has a lot happened this month....thanks for praying!

Three main items for praise and prayer:

First -

We reached our goal for the down payment for Helping Hands Re-Sale. We can continue to help local and international charities with funds that will in turn help them follow through on their vision to help! Thanks to all who prayed, donated and volunteered to make this happen. God did a mighty work and we raised more than the $40,000 needed. Our auction was fun and very successful! We sign the papers and close on the purchase of the building this week!!!

Second -

Our Kenya team is still there and having some amazing opportunities to serve. The best way to see what they have been up to is to check out the blog:

Ashley has now headed home but please continue to pray for Amy as she remains in Kenya for another few weeks.

Third -


The photo above shows our Our Mexico GO Team is ready to go.....they leave next Wednesday so please pray for Hannah, Josh, Jacob, Diane and David as they serve our missionary partners Lowell and Sheri Glick in Zecatacas Mexico. The team will be gone from July 18th through 28th. Pray for strength, protection and passionate ministry to the people of Mexico. Pray also that they will be helpful and encouraging to the Glick family. David and Jacob are both returning for a second time to serve there.

Well that is really just a taste of some of the amazing things God is doing, but hopefully you get the picture.

Thanks for your prayer and support!


June 2012

This month we have included links to websites and videos as a way to update you on what has been happening with Small World Connections. Just click on each link to see what God is up to through our ministry and how He is answering your prayers.


Please pray for each of these three areas and consider how you might get involved.


Kenya Go Team (June 14th – August 6th, 2012)

Amy and Ashley Back are returning again this Summer to serve in Kenya as a SWC Go Team. The link shows you more about their heart and plans for serving in Kenya.


Fund-Raising to Buy Helping Hands Building (raising $40,000 by July 20th, 2012)

We are working hard to raise the funds for the down payment to purchase the building for Helping Hands Re-Sale in Chillicothe Illinois. This ministry helps fund ours and many other local and international charities.


In addition to praying you can:

  • Make a financial donation
  • Donate something cool for the auction at the banquet in July (we have things like a motorcycle and Cubs/Cards tickets so far)

  • Come to the banquet on July 7th (tickets required)
  • Buy or sell Threads of Hope bracelets (1/2 goes to our efforts and 1/2 goes back to help families in the Philippines)


Link to a three minute video about Helping Hands (on-screen debut for our son Will) :


Link to newspaper article about fund-raising drive:


Link to Threads of Hope website:


Mexico Go Team (July 19th – 28th, 2012)

Last but not least we are sending a five person team to serve Lowell and Sheri Glick in Mexico in July. Please pray and consider helping this team finish off their support raising for the trip. The team members are David, Jacob, Josh, Diane and Hannah.


Link to a five minute video that simply shows some of the people and places they will serve:


Thanks for your prayer and support!


May 2012

Below is our monthly blub for the local newspapers and the picture of the groups we shared funds with from Helping Hands Re-sale. Please read that and the following extra story behind the picture:


Proceeds for the month of April from Helping Hands Re-Sale were recently distributed to non-profit groups. For the month of April $11,337 was given out to help local and international charities.

Those accepting checks are seen standing in front the “Give Us A Hand Wall” where customers and volunteers can now make donations to the fund raising effort to purchase the current building for the resale shop, Folks can make a donation and then decorate a hand and have it displayed on the wall showing their support for this community effort.


Accepting checks from left to right are:

Carol Connor – Relay for Life , Sherry Adams – Store Manager, Dave Welch – Peoria Casting Club Youth Fishing Derby , Steve Groome – Child Evangelism Fellowship, Brent Ressler – CrossWord Café Youth Center, Christy Crothers – Optimist Club Projector Fund



Story Behind the Picture:

This picture represents exactly what your prayers and support are helping Small World Connections accomplish within the Body of Christ.


You might see some random organizations that our efforts through the resale ministry are blessing financially. What I see is a very practical way to live out what I call the puzzle analogy. If we are all given a piece of the puzzle that is the Body of Christ, then we are all called to share that piece of the puzzle. The gifts we are given are not gifts for us but gifts we are to share and as we do that, the picture of the Body of Christ is made more and more complete.


In this one picture we see both local and international ministry efforts represented. We see local community groups who trying to help youth in our town. We see volunteers who are involved in serving at the shop almost every day. We see a manager who has found exactly the way the Lord has called her to use her many gifts and talents to bless others. We see a wall representing many who have given financially to help make sure we can keep the resale ministry going. We see a career missionary who has been able to keep going in international missions because of the extra support the resale shop has generated for their support. We see goofy old me there just smiling like a fool because I can hardly believe I get to be part of something so awesome as I accept the check for a ministry I was part of starting over 10 years ago that is still going strong and reaching out to youth.


I am not sure what you see when you look at this picture or when you think about Small World Connections, but I hope when God looks at this picture He sees what he wants His kids all around the world to do – enjoy contributing their piece of the puzzle to the amazing plan He has for His Church.


Thanks for your prayer and support. Please pray and consider getting behind Small World Connections financially. At this point April and I and our family are only at about 2/3 of the support we need on a regular basis to continue in ministry. Funds from Helping Hands have filled out the rest of what we need, but our goal is to be fully supported through committed financial supporters so that the funds SWC receives from the resale ministry will be completely available to help fund mission teams and team leaders.


Thanks and God Bless you as you offer your piece of the puzzle,

Brent for the Resslers