Wednesday
Oct172018

Prayer for Trips, Service and Conference...

The fact that we have a lot going on within the next month is really no surprise, but it is surprising how God has provided and connected us in so many parts of the world and even in our own community.  This month we are asking for prayer for specific trips that still need team members and/or resources, a local service weekend that we are helping organize and for more great connections as we again host a booth at ICOM (International Conference on Missions) in Cincinnati Ohio.  Thank you for praying and supporting our ministry as we strive to connect at Timothy culture in the Church.
Go Team Coach in Liberia and
Other Trips on the Horizon
As we read this prayer update our Africa Go Team Coach Steve Waggoner (center in the picture above from his recent trip to Uganda) is in Liberia Africa on a vision trip to connect with a new ministry partner and he is doing some teaching at a pastor's conference.  We will have more details in the moths to come about how we plan to partner with the Bible college there in the near future.  Please pray for Steve and the rest of the team this week as they serve in Liberia.

Likewise, we have plans for these upcoming trips.  Please pray for all of the support and team members needed to make these trips a blessing to our ministry partners.  Please let us know if you would be interested in getting involved as well....

November
Medical Vision Trip to Mexico

December
Bible Teaching in South East Asia

March
Video and Service Team in Philippines

July
Soccer Clinic and Outreach Team in Kenya 



 

Everybody Serving for the Weekend

As October winds down we will be getting heavily involved in serving right here in our community.  If you are local and would like to join us on either morning we could still use plenty of help.  We as a ministry have committed to helping plan this annual event that provides a platform for the churches and ministries in Chillicothe Illinois to work together and serve our community.  You can get signed up to get involved through the Sign Up Genius link on our website...


Cincinnati Here We Come

You might recognize some of our staff and volunteers from this picture at last year's ICOM in Peoria.  This year we will be traveling to Cincinnati in November to again connect with missionaries, ministry leaders and those who want to serve missions around the world.  It is exciting to have this one event each year where all of our staff can be together and connect with each other and new ministry partners as well.  Last year we made some very significant and long term friendships at the conference and we are asking you to pray that we will again see much fruit from our commitment of time and resources to this conference.  Check out the ICOM website and consider coming yourself this year.  If you do, make sure you stop by out booth to make a missionary greeting video or just to say hello.  Thanks for your prayers!
 

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
Thursday
Sep202018

Blessings Come in Threes....

The ministry we have with Small World Connections has always been exciting. Especially as we watch to see what doors the Lord opens and the people He brings our way as partners in Kingdom service.  In this past month we have seen three areas where He has surpassed our expectations in bringing us a new staff member, blessed the resale shops for significant financial contributions to charities and opened three new mission trip avenues to serve around the world....


Welcome Rebecca Waggoner
As we began the search for our part-time Assistant Go Team Director, we never imagined we would find someone as ready to be part of Small World Connections as Rebecca.  Her new role as a staff member is also a blessing in at least three different ways. 

When she starts with us at the beginning of October she will be moving to our area from Florida and will be closer to her parents and siblings who are based in Central Illinois. 

She will fill our part-time role as Assistant Go Team Director allowing us to expand our service as we connect a Timothy culture in the church. 

Finally, she has an amazing passion to start a mission business that will potentially help mission efforts all over the world.  We are thrilled to welcome her and can't wait to see how God uses her as she serves with Small World Connections!  Please let us know if you would be interested in joining Rebecca's financial support team or prayer team.




Three Blessings for the Community and Abroad

As we look at ways we are impacting ministries and non-profits locally and internationally, it is exciting to see how God has developed the ministry through our current resale ministries in Chillicothe, Canton and Peoria Heights Illinois.  Just during the month of August the resale shops gave out $18,676 to local and international charities.  What a privilege to be part of a ministry that helps so many great organizations in so many places around the world.  Please continue to pray for these ministries as we develop them further and begin to look for a director to oversee these and hopefully future locations. 




Three Mission Trips

Planning and facilitating mission trips is a big part of what we do.  It is one of the effective ways we are able to serve our ministry partners all around the world.  We have three upcoming mission trip experiences planned and we would like you to pray and even consider going.  Contact us if any of these are something that God has put on your heart.  Also, let us know if there is another ministry that you would like to serve and we will see what we can do to help you follow through on that prompting. 

Here are our next three trips:

Vision Team and Teaching Team to Liberia Africa
Teaching team to South East Asia
Video and Project Teams to the Philippines
 

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
Aug172018

A month to remember...

The past month has been a whirlwind of events and trips, but through it all God has been faithful and provided many opportunities for Small World Connections to move further up and further into our mission to connect a Timothy culture in the Church.  Here are a few updates and things to look forward to in prayer...

As you might remember our Go Team Coach to Africa Steve Waggoner and our Summer Intern Jack Ressler were both part of a team that went to serve in Uganda.  They had a great trip and were able to serve both our orphan ministry partners and our refugee ministry partners.  Here is a thank you letter from Jack that covers both his internship experience and the time in Uganda....

As summer comes to an end I would like to take some time and thank everyone for supporting me. It has been a crazy past few months, whether it has been helping out at the different resale shops, planning for the Unite Fest, or getting ready for my trip to Uganda I was always busy with something. 

As a whole, this summer was a great experience for me moving forward.  I learned a lot of things that go into running an organization like Small World, and how long of a process it is to put together an event the size of Unite Fest.  My main role for Unite Fest was helping get the backline equipment for the artists coming into town.  It was definitely a unique experience to intern for Small World and I met tons of amazing people along the way.  I can’t thank the staff enough for letting me join them for the past few months.

The other big event of my summer was traveling to Uganda to serve on a mission trip for a few weeks.  I joined a team from the Delevan area, most of which had traveled there before.  While over there I spent a lot of time hanging out with kids at the schools/places that Juna Amagara kids were located.  This included helping run a program called “Doing Sports Gods Way.”  During the program we ran soccer drills for the kids and talked about verses like Colossians 3:23, which talks about doing things God’s way and not man’s way.  Another big part of the trip was spend visiting and encouraging refugees.  Many of which came from the war-torn Republic of Congo.  It was during our time hanging out with these refugees where I realized that even though I traveled to the other side of the world to help others, those I came to help were helping and encouraging me just as much as I was helping them.  I got to see many close friends while in Uganda as well as make many new ones during this crazy adventure
 
I could easily write a book about all the adventure that came along with this summer, it’s definitely one that I won’t forget.  And none of it would have been possible without your support.  Thank you so much for this opportunity!
 
Jack Ressler

 

God Sized Event!

As Jack mentioned in his letter, Unite Fest was a big undertaking, but one that gave us many chances to see God show up!  After hosting 40 plus booths, many musical acts and special speakers we were all completely wiped out.  The fact that it poured down rain right when it was time for our headliners to start performing brought us into even more prayer. Finally, after the whole shindig was moved indoor to a local church we were still there cleaning up the sound system and God gave us a little reminder that He has things under control! 


It was awesome - we look forward to seeing where God takes the festival next!

 

 

Your Welcome to the Team Wendy!

We are excited to announce that we have a new assistant manager for our Peoria Heights Helping Hands Resale Shoppe:

Wendy Merdian recently moved to Chillicothe with her husband and daughter from Amman, Jordan. For the last twenty five years she has worked with refugees, as an abuse recovery facilitator, women's right's activist and writer. She is excited to be a part of Helping Hands and serving the Peoria Heights community 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