Thursday
Jul052018

Connecting a Timothy Culture in the Church

Unite Fest 2018

Please pray for this awesome free festival that we have been part of planning in the Peoria area.  We would love for you to come on July 14th, we still need lots of volunteers, we could use some financial support and we would appreciate you telling others about it!  We really really need your prayer.  Ask the Lord to prepare hearts for the Gospel that will be proclaimed all day long, pray that many will join the family of God that day and that others will turn back to Him as His Holy Spirit moves in the heart of the city.  We are praying for revival and are asking you to pray with us.  Thanks and God bless!

 

The Church

The best part about being involved with Unite Fest has been the opportunity to join together with folks from many other church back grounds and ministries to organize and dream about what this festival can be in the Peoria area.  We have some top level musical artists, seminars all day, kids activities and great food vendors as well as ministry and business exhibit booths.  Seeing this as a day for The Church in Peoria has been very exciting.  Please pray for the final funds needed and consider giving toward the effort through the website:

Also let us us know if you or a group you are part of would consider coming out and volunteering on July 14th.
What to Bring

A few items you will surely want to bring to Unite Fest 2018 one week from today!!!  See if you can identify all of the things you should bring....
we really hope you can make it!

unitefest2018.com

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
Tuesday
Jun122018

Connecting a Timothy Culture in the Church Interns, Trips and Blessings!

We want to focus this month on praises and prayer for some of the great opportunities our staff and others involved with Small World Connections have had to serve internationally and locally.  God has brought some amazing people into our ministry circle with gifts and talents that have opened up new doors and taken us into new areas of ministry.  Please lift each of these up in praise and please be praying for the fruit of each ministry they represent...

Business Intern

We are excited to welcome our first summer intern to Small World Connections.  His name is Jack Ressler and he is a business and economics major at Monmouth College.  Please pray for Jack this summer as he serves our ministry and experiences a variety of business environments, works on several business projects and takes a mission trip to Uganda to help in the development of a business called Free Indeed that is set up as a way to help refugees in Uganda.  His time with us has already been very productive as he has served at all three of our resale shops and assisted the festival director for Unite Fest 2018.  We are glad to have Jack on our team and it is fun having someone we know so well serve with us in ministry!
Africa Go Team Coach in Albania!

One of our staff members Steve Waggoner, who primarily focuses on connecting, coaching and serving our ministry partners in Africa, just returned from leading a trip to Albania.  Now you might be saying, I didn't think Albania was in Africa, and you would be right.  Steve is also a pastor at Cross Walk Fellowship Church in Delavan Illinois.  He was the organizer and leader of a team that traveled to Albania and assisted the church planting effort there through ministry and discipleship training and by helping with a mission business that is providing relationship opportunities as well as helping to fund the church plant.  We are thrilled that Steve has been able to model what we call a Timothy culture in a Africa as well as other continents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Production in Haiti

What a thrill to be able to send our friend Brian Du Pont to serve two different ministries working in Haiti with his creative talents in video production.  In one week Brian was able to shoot video at two locations in Haiti as he traveled on a whirlwind tour.  He blessed a ministry called Jacob's Well whose founder we met recently at the ICOM conference in Peoria and worked with the team he traveled with from central Illinois to serve the orphan ministry they partner with in Haiti.  Brian just returned home a few days ago and will soon be getting to work on editing both videos that we pray will help these ministries communicate clearly their vision to serve others and share the love of Jesus Christ. Thanks for supporting our Video Go Team efforts and please pray that Brian and others like him will continue to use their talents for Kingdom work!

 

Video Production in Mexico

You have seen our Communications Director Chris Brett (on the right) in shots like these before as he has traveled to Africa and India to produce high quality videos for our ministry partners.  Well, the Lord is using him again as he heads out tomorrow to serve our partners Lowell and Sheri Glick in central Mexico.  Chris is joining a team from Chillicothe Christian Church that is heading down to Zacatecas Mexico to install smokeless stoves in a remote village.  We love being able to send staff members with teams that are forming and going for multiple purposes.  Please pray for safety and productive ministry for Chris and the whole team as they serve our mission partners.

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
May072018

Connecting a Timothy Culture in the Church

This month we have several great examples of what we mean when we say we want to connect at Timothy Culture in the Church.  God is opening many doors for us to connect with believers, like Timothy (Philippians 2:20-21), who have others' best interests in mind and what matters to Christ. These connections are getting more and more exciting and they are confirming our prayer that we would be able to say to missionaries all over the world that we are part of a network of believers like Timothy.  Please pray for the following ministry opportunities and praise God with us for what He has already done.


Amazing Volunteers

We love celebrating each year with our amazing volunteers at our Volunteer Thank You Banquets. These friends make Helping Hands Resale Shoppes a reality.  God has used these people to serve over 40 organizations in 2017 and raise over $147,000 at our Chillicothe location alone.  These images represent a perfect picture of what a Timothy Culture looks like.  You can see over 40 volunteers who have others best interests in mind and what matters to Christ.  We also recognized Nancy Brandstatter as our Marcia King Memorial Volunteer of the Year!  What a blast to celebrate all that God is doing through servants like Nancy and their hearts to bless others.

 



Spanish Students - ¡Qué Bueno! 

Taking the time to learn the language of people from another culture is a true commitment.  These students who participated in our beginner level conversational Spanish class have put in the work to connect with others in hopes of sharing the love of Jesus Christ.  This week will be their final session in the beginning level, so please pray for each of them as they now use what they have learned to connect with others.  We have been blessed to partner with our friends at Northwoods Community Church to host these classes on a regular basis.  Please pray for future opportunities to offer other training that helps connect at Timothy culture.
Teams Forming and Opportunities

Please pray and let us know of any interest in any of these....

Mexico-
pray for our summer team, recruiting for spring and summer 2019

Guatemala with VisionTrust-
recruiting for summer 2019 team

Uganda-
pray for late summer team

Liberia and Ghana Vision Trip-
prayer and open to gaining leader looking to connect with ministries in West Africa for October 2018

Philippines CAT trip-
recruiting team members for orphanage work and visiting Buchers in October 2018

Other opportunities
Ongoing recruiting for sign language ministry with Expressions of Emmanuel; livelihood training with DBI; teaching for couples, kids, men, and women with Sunrise Project; business conferences and English camps in Russia

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