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

 

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