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Thanks, praise and coming up!

This month we want to share a thank you that we received from one of our ministry partners, a praise for what God has done in another ministry we are part of and a few upcoming opportunities to connect a Timothy culture in the Church.  Your commitment to praying for Small World Connections and our families is a blessing that we value more and more as the years of ministry move of us further on this journey.


Our ministry partners Amy and Edwin Ahiga sent us a great Thank You card that was hand made by the boys from the soccer team in Kenya that received the donated socks and shorts to add to their team uniforms.  Amy wrote, "They placed second in a recent tournament and were very excited, but more importantly  you can see that there are changes taking place in their lives with a new focus on seeking God and having hope!"


Chillicothe Helping Hands Resale raises $1 Million!

Yes you read that correctly.  In August we hit the $1 Million mark for funds raised for charity organizations after expenses.  We are amazed at what God has done through his people in our community and praise Him for the impact this ministry has had locally and around the world.  We look forward to seeing what the next seven years will bring as we continue to serve in a spirit of sharing.


Coming up on October 7th we have the opportunity to gather as the Church and worship together in the heart of our town of Chillicothe Illinois.  Our friend and brother in Christ Glenn Kaiser will be leading an evening of worship in City Park in Chillicothe.  Please make plans to join us, bring some lawn chairs and blankets and be ready to see what God wants to do as Glenn ministers to us with his many musical talents and his heart for the Body of Christ.


Mission Business Forum with Tim Bock
October 6th - 7-9 p.m. at CrossWord Café Youth Center in Chillicothe Illinois

Join us for this great opportunity to learn and discuss many practical ways that Tim Bock has helped Jesus People USA in Chicago fund and build ministry and missions through business efforts. God has gifted Tim with a joy in serving for the past 40 years as he has been a key member of their community and contributed to furthering the Kingdom of God through business. Tim has years of experience and has written several books on the topic of mission business. Hope you can join us and learn from Tim's experience.  In fact it is because of attending one of Tim's seminars 20 years ago that the vision for Small World Connections was born.


Belize Mission Team

Also, please pray for our Belize Go Team heading out October 14th through 21st to work with our ministry partners Tim and Julie Groff.  Please pray for safety and fruitful ministry for Tyler, Cadence, Kyrie, Ruth and Bruce.


God is on the move!

We have prayer requests and praises this month that connect to ministries all over the world and in our own back yard.  Amazing to see how the Lord has us connected within the Body of Christ.  Thanks for praying for requests from last month and for looking forward with us to what He has on the horizon.

Please pray for our next conversational Spanish class beginning on October 5th.  This will be for those who have taken our beginning level class in the past and want to go further.  Our Go Team Director Emily Richards will be teaching this time around and we are hoping this will provide even more encouragement for believers to connect and engage with missions efforts in Spanish speaking countries!  Please let us know if you are interested in attending the six week class, even if you have not taken our classes in the past.  There is an evaluation available to see if you might be ready for this second intermediate level.



Uganda Connection....our brother Godfrey was with our Uganda Go Team (staff members Steve Waggoner and Chris Brett) in Uganda a few weeks ago and now he is here in the States sharing about the ministry of Juna Amagara for the next five weeks. Please pray for him as he travels and connects with the Church sharing about their ministry to orphans, refugees and others in need. God is good!


Glenn Kaiser (a pioneer in Christian music and pastor at Jesus People USA) is coming to Chillicothe in October for an open air worship concert in our downtown park.  Our hope is for many believers from all over the area to join together and worship our great King in the heart of our town and that as a result the Church will be connected in new ways for future ministry. 

To find out more about any of these ministry opportunities or others that you might have in mind, please contact us at the email address below....

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Go Teams and Open Doors!

So many things to praise God for and to lift up!  Below we will share a picture or two and a praise or request.  You are a blessing to all of our staff and ministry partners around the world.  Thanks for praying.
Uganda Go Team
At this moment our team is in Uganda to serve Juna Amagara and Hope Partners through video and film production.  Please pray for Steve and Chris as they travel and encourage our ministry partners there.
Mexico Go Team
What a blessing to send 13 team members to serve our ministry partners Lowell and Sheri Glick in Zacatecas Mexico. This team had a great time and were encouraged by the strong faith of their fellow believers in Mexico.  The team will report back at Chillicothe Christian Church on July 23rd.  Please join us to find out more and see about joining a future team.
Russia Go Team
You might not be able to tell at first glance but this picture represents an awesome international exchange.  Two Russian campers who were part of the English Language camp that our Russia Go Team helped facilitate at the beginning of the year outside Moscow, are now here in the United States visiting and spending time at Faith Bible Camp in Central Illinois.  How awesome that the Lord opened the door for these girls to be sent by their father to experience a Christian camp in our country after our team first served there in the cold Russian winter.  God is good!
Chicago Go Team
Those of you who love classic Christian rock might remember Glenn from Resurrection Band (Rez Band) or from Cornerstone Festival.  He is part of Jesus People USA in Chicago and God has called him to come and minister to us in Chillicothe Illinois through an evening of worship in our City Park!  We are so excited to be hosting this free evening of worship and we are praying that we will see the Body of Christ come together as God binds us together in harmony.  Please try to come and enjoy a relaxing evening in the park.

Home Go Team
We asked you to pray for our first try at raising funds for staff salary through volunteers helping us flip a house....well it is done and it sold four days from when it went on the market.  The volunteers were such a huge blessing in helping raise salary funds and the investor made a nice profit as well.  We hope that we can do more of this in the future, so please contact us if you are interested in this concept.  God really moved and the sale was a great picture of how He provides through His network of people.