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Monday
Jan152018

New Year is a Great Year!

Hope you are having a great year already.  We have seen the Lord open some amazing doors and our plans for 2018 will take us in some new directions.  Already we have seen some of the teams from last year develop into ongoing ministry with our target area partners.  Likewise, this month we want to praise the Lord for the completion of a video project for our partners at Juna Amagara Ministries in Uganda. Please lift up the trips we have planned for 2018 as well as some of the specific goals that will take our friends with a Timothy attitude into new areas of ministry.  God bless you all and thanks for praying!
Please click on the link below and check out the ministry overview that our Communications Director Chris Brett shot and edited for our partners at Juna Amagara after traveling there this summer with our Africa Go Team Coach Steve Waggoner.  What a blessing to be able to serve our partners in this way and utilize the gifts and talents He has provided our ministry.  If possible try to watch in full screen mode through the vimeo website to feel impact of the project.

http://www.smallworldconnect.org/uganda/


Please pray for these teams that are being organized and sent out this year:
  • Belize Go Team (Currently in Belize)
  • Mexico Go Team (February)
  • Philippines Medical/Video Go Team (Spring)
  • Haiti Video Go Team (June)
  • Mexico Go Team (Summer)
  • Uganda Go Team (Summer)
  • Liberia/Ghana Go Team (Fall)
Also pray for these potential trips that still need team members and let us know if you are interested in finding out more about serving our ministry partners in any of these target areas:
  • India (2)
  • Albania
  • Kenya
  • Russia (2)
  • Chicago
  • New York
Some specific goals for 2018 to pray for as we move further up and further in:
  • Develop an artistic design team to serve mission partners
  • Expand volunteer base for Peoria Heights Helping Hands Resale
  • Develop a soccer clinic ministry team to serve regularly in Africa
  • Begin and prayer update that allows our ministry partners to be praying for each other
  • Plan a CAT employee mission trip
  • Purchase our current buildings in Canton and Peoria Heights in order to reduce expenses and allow more to be shared with other charities
  • Regional ministry partner retreats
  • Organize and hold our 10th anniversary celebration
  • Add two new Go Team Coaches to staff
  • Add Resale Ministry Director to staff
  • Partner with college ministry for a short term trip
  • Host beginner and intermediate level conversational Spanish classes

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
Monday
Nov202017

Invites and Praises

 

We want to ask you to pray for a few upcoming opportunities we have to get the word out about Small World Connections and invite you to join us in those opportunities as well as lift praises for the impact one our ministries is having already this yearone our ministries is having already this year.

Our Peoria Civic Center hosts a ton of great events every year....rock stars, sports heroes and all kinds of talent. This week Thursday November 16th through Saturday November 18th you can come hangout with the true rock stars, heroes and talent....missionaries. Join us for ICOM (International Conference on Missions) we will be at booth 126 all weekend. You can register when you arrive for seminars and speakers or just visit the hundreds of booths and find out about ministry all over the world. Hope we see you there!

Video Greetings at ICOM

 


 

We will be hosting a booth at ICOM and our booth we will be producing short 1-2 minute personal video greetings that visitors can then send to missionary friends all over the world with a link in an email.  We are excited to be able to offer this service to connect and encourage missionaries.  Please come to the conference if you can and stop by our booth to say hello and send a greeting.  Also, please pray for us in advance for divine appointments that will help us continue to connect a Timothy Culture in the Church.

Giving Tuesday


Small World Connections is looking forward to
participating in #GivingTuesday this Nov. 28th!

Learn what this global movement is all about at givingtuesday.org and stay tuned for ways to be a part of the action! We will be sending out other reminders but please pray for us as we seek to reach a financial goal for Small World Connections and raise awareness about many other great organizations where you can contribute and get involved.

Helping Hands Resale "Ministry"


In addition to reaching our $1 Million give out mark in Chillicothe and opening our new location in Peoria Heights, we have seen many opportunities to reach out and show the love of Christ to those who walk in the doors of our stores - through prayer, meeting a special need or just providing a friend to talk to.  Likewise the three stores (Canton, Peoria Heights and Chillicothe) have already combined to raise $196,000 for local and  international charities in 2017 - with over a month left to go!!! Thanks for your prayers, involvement and support...we have so many things to praise God for and to be thankful for this year.

Tuesday
Oct172017

Prayer and Planning

This past month was full of opportunities to work hard at planning and turn to the Lord in prayer.  We cannot thank you enough for all of the prayer that you lifted to the Lord on behalf of our family and Small World Connections.  We want to update you on how things went for our two events and tell you more about an upcoming conference we will be part of in November and ask you to pray for our planning for 2018.

Our plans for having a missions business seminar with Tim Bock on Friday October 6th and a worship concert with Glenn Kaiser on Saturday October 7th went great.  The weather changed our plans for Saturday and we moved the concert inside to Pearce Community Center at the last minute, but overall it was a great weekend.  Tim and Glenn are both part of the Jesus People USA (JPUSA) community living in and serving the inner city of Chicago.  They both shared from their heart and were a blessing to our community in Chillicothe.  Thanks so much for praying and for getting involved.  We had 27 attend the mission business seminar to hear of ways JPUSA fund ministry through business efforts and we had a great crowd for the worship concert with Glenn Kaiser.

 

Practicing for ICOM

November 16-19 our staff at Small World Connections will be hosting a booth at a huge missions conference being held in Peoria Illinois.  International Conference on Missions will see hundreds of missionaries and mission orgs from all over the world come together at one location to celebrate and connect on Kingdom efforts to reach the world with the Gospel and meet the needs of His people.  At our booth we will be producing short 1-2 minute personal video greetings that visitors can then send to missionary friends all over the world with a link in an email.  We are excited to be able to offer this service to connect and encourage missionaries.  In order to be ready for this task we set up our equipment and practiced last Sunday at Chillicothe Christian Church in the foyer between services.  It went great and we have 10 trial runs at the video greetings that we will then practice sending out to be forwarded to missionaries.  Please come to the conference if you can and stop by our booth to say hello and send a greeting.  Also, please pray for us in advance for divine appointments that will help us continue to connect a Timothy Culture in the Church.

2018 Planning

Please also pray for our staff and board of directors as we look ahead to 2018 and prepare our budget and quarterly goals.  We are entering our 10th year as a mission organization and believe that the Lord is on the brink of opening some new and strategic doors that will allow us to do an even better job of connecting missions with the full Body of Christ.  Thank you for praying and please let us know if you have any ideas that we can help you implement in the coming year.