Tuesday
Jun122012

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

Friday
Apr132012

April 2012 Update

Hello Prayer Team

 

I have been wanting to show you how your prayers are impacting ministry connections we have all around the world.

 

One of the coolest surprises in this past year has been our new target area right in our home town. As I had mentioned before we are now connecting international missionaries to our community by bringing them into serve at both our local youth center called CrossWord Cafe and at Helping Hands Re-Sale Shoppe.

 

Below is a section of the prayer letter sent out by CrossWord Cafe Director John Heffron in February that focuses on how God is using one of our missionaries serving here from East Africa. His name has been changed in the version that John uses to tell his story but you can be sure that Samuel was available in this story because he is serving as a short term missionary through Small World Connections. Please continue to pray for this team and our others planning on trips to India, Mexico, Cambodia and Indonesia this year.

 

Here is John's note:

 

God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28.

 

All things? Take a charge during an IVC girls basketball game and I’m (Anna) out for the season with a painful fracture. How can I (Abby) get through 2nd grade if I can’t do better in reading and math? What am I (Samuel) going to do at the Café with my PhD in math and statistics?

 

Anna has been helping Abby every week with her reading and math.

 

Abby studies at the Café every afternoon that we are open and is making steady improvement.

 

Anna wants to be an orthopedic surgeon someday. She mentioned that she is taking some tough prep classes at IVC this year …especially math (pre-calculus) and statistics and could use some help.

 

Anna … let me introduce you to my friend Samuel. He loves to talk and study math and statistics. He taught this stuff in college. [the story is true but all the names were changed … except God’s]

 

Thanks God!

Thursday
Mar082012

March 2012 Update

I remember a friend of mine who started a ministry from scratch telling me a few years ago that one day I would be plugging along trying to get the ministry off the ground and then all of a sudden realize that it was working and doing the things that I had set out to do. Well, he was right (as usual) and that did happen to me a few weeks ago. It does not mean that there are not new directions and plans God has for Small World Connections (SWC) down the road, but I did have an "aha" moment when I could finally see that God was shaping this ministry into exactly what He wants it to be.

This year alone is shaping into a year where we are looking to send or have sent GO Teams to Indonesia, Mexico, Uganda, Chillicothe IL and India as well as helped individuals follow through on their personal call to serve in Kenya and Philippines.

This Timothy Culture thing is taking many forms and helping people get outside the box to see how God might use them to serve His Kingdom:

  • Please pray now for our Indonesia team as they are in Indonesia with EFCA ReachGlobal from March 7-17 putting together plans for SWC to begin finding ways to further the ministry to Unreached People Groups in a country with little Gospel presence.
  • There are also openings on teams to Mexico and Uganda - if you are interested in going to serve in either of these places let me know as soon as possible.
  • I also have a big announcement that I wanted to share with our prayer partners first. As I mentioned last month we began looking into having Helping Hands Re-Sale Shoppe buy the building where we have the ministry store. Tomorrow night at the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet we will announce the beginning of our fund raising campaign to buy the building. That is right - no more paying rent and hopefully with God's blessing we are looking to eliminate even the cost of a mortgage. This will allow us to give more to the community and to missions efforts around the world. Below is the press release that we have put together with our ministry partners at the CrossWord Cafe to kick-off the fund raising drive in our community.

Thanks for your prayer and God Bless You All!