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

 

Wednesday
Mar142018

A Lot of Moving Pieces...

As you will see from our prayer requests below we currently have many pieces of the puzzle that the Lord is moving and placing in interesting spots.  Our goal is Connect a Timothy Culture in the Church and it appears that the Lord is ramping up the opportunities to connect and help others connect the way that Timothy did in the early Church.  Each item listed below is both a praise for the opportunity and a request for further prayer as we either follow up or move further into what has already started. Thanks for praying and please connect with us and let us know how we can be praying for you and your ministry.


Spanish Class

As part of our goal to connect a Timothy culture in the Church we are planning on facilitating our third beginner level conversational Spanish class.  The goal is to help those that take the course to be able to connect in a more fruitful way with those that speak Spanish both locally and hopefully in mission efforts around the world.  Great to be able to partner with a local church to provide this class.  Let us know if you are interested and check out the registration through our website link below...

Volunteers Needed

Our third Helping Hands Resale Shoppe located in Peoria Heights is doing great.  We have been sharing funds with local charities for almost a full year now.  One area that has been a challenge is finding regular volunteers who can commit to coming regularly and will be part of a volunteer schedule.  Please pray that our manager Toni and the others involved in this ministry will make connections that allow for more volunteers.  Also, if you live near Peoria please consider joining Toni's volunteer staff.  The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm so if you can help our regularly please let us know and we will help you get involved.

Unite Fest 2018

Make sure to block out July 14th on your calendar.  We will be joining many churches, ministries and businesses in the Peoria area for our third year of an all day festival to bring the Body of Christ together.  This year we have secured Glen Oak Park in Peoria as the site for this all day music and ministry festival that will also be a fund raiser for Midwest Food Bank.  The stage will be full from Noon until 9 p.m. with some amazing music, the speaker tent will have great seminars all day, the food vendors will be providing delicious food for the whole family and the exhibit booths will give ministries and local businesses an opportunity to show their commitment to the community as well as tell others about what they do.  This year the team planning this festival has come together with a shared vision and excitement that we believe will create an opportunity for the Spirit of God to move in our community and spark harmony within the Body.  Please pray for this event and try to come out and enjoy the day.  We are currently seeking sponsors so let us know if you have any ideas of businesses or churches that might want to help with the cost of this event.

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