A Good Night in Cleveland

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Tonight was unbelievable with a NBA Championship ring ceremony for the Cavs and a World Series game 1 win!

 

#WonForAll ?

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August Mobilization Update on Coalitions, Mission and more from @MikeJentes

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Mobilizing the Church for the Sake of the Least Reached

August 2015

The summer has been full with activity and ministry, too full to even write a newsletter ;-).

In July, I had the privilege to share in the Sunday morning service on Disciple Making & Mission @ Norwalk Grace Brethren Church, in Norwalk, CA. (hear’s therecording and powerpoint) What a neat church family with a heritage of engaging the world!

In late July, I was off to Atlanta for Encompass Family Reunion where it was great to catch up with many of our deployed staff who were back in the USA for home ministries. This time was rich for relationship renewal and even for the connections of future partnerships.

To wrap up that week away, I was in New York City (okay staying in Newark, NJ) at theFlinch Conference with our Grace Brethren Family. The theme on taking RISKs for Jesus was very powerful through messages and testimonies. You should check out some of thevideos of main session talks and audios of the workshops online.

I had the privilege to lead 2 workshops:
1) A Candid Conversation about Bi-Vocational Church Leadership with a whole panel of leaders, and
2) The Great Debate: Missions Vs. Missional with John Ward (handout)

Neither of these workshops got recorded, but I posted my powerpoints at the links above for you.

From a family side, we also sent our oldest daughter, Kayla, off to Grace College.  Here’s a little pic of us at a send off for her the night before she left!

(Thanks Flinch Conference for the selfie stick…we used it in Long Beach too..not just in NYC.)

Coalitions

Over the summer, we made some significant traction with a variety of coalitions:

Chad Educational Coalition:

Partnering with the Chadian church to help start new Christian elementary schools and help their teachers get the training/certification they need to lead those schools. We are looking to raise about $7000 per year to send 5 teachers to the training. Ways to give will be open soon!

Chad Medical Coalition: Partnering with the Chadian church leaders and evangelists and to aid their self-sustaining medical clinics and build a new surgical center where it is really needed. This one is still in development, but hopefully by the end of the year will be moving forward significantly.

St. James Way Coalition
A unique evangelistic opportunity is afforded by thousands of pilgrims walking on the Caminho de Santiago or the St. James Way. In Western Europe, where spiritual conversations are a rarity, this experience is fertile ground for the church to relationally and spiritually connect for evangelism, discipleship and leadership training. The faithful Via Portus Cale ministry in Porto, Portugal has become a strategic dual initiative: along the caminho and in therefugio.

We’ve had two different Teams to walk the St. James Way and to serve pilgrims over this summer. Also we had two interns serving consecutively for one month each.  One of the outstanding young ladies–Mariah Shope–was from our Los Altos Grace Brethren Church. There is much to be learned and prayed for in this ministry as we hope to send 20 international teams over the next 3 years! We are excited that Grace College will be doing a special mission project this fall (with solar panels) and taking teams next year!

Encounter SoCal

A cross-cultural experience in one of the most ethnically diverse geographic regions of the world — Southern California (pic from ChinaTown in LA). This pilot program from August 10-14 was a great success!
The participants had an eye-opening time and four people expressed faith in Christ for the first time through the ministry efforts of the team!  

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Press on,
Mike

Mike Jentes

Coordinator of Mobilization Initiatives
Encompass World Partners

 

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A Great Debate: Missions VS. Missional

For the conference on RISK (FLINCH Conference), my friend and team leader John Ward & I were asked to lead a workshop on how missions and missional relate.

Here is the workshop description:

The new word missional is now everywhere in Christian-ese. The word missions has been around for centuries. These two words often create very different ministry targets. You are invited to a lively debate highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of polarizing missional and missions.

Unfortunately, this session wasn’t recorded, but I have posted the powerpoint for you to see the direction we headed with this workshop. Below is an outline with the major items of discussion:

The first exercise we had the group do was to take 5 minutes and do their best to define the two words: Missional & Missions.

I’d invite you to take a few moments and take a stab too!

 

Here is where John and I landed for our definitions:

Missional:
The Word missional is simply the adjective form of the noun missionary, and like any adjective it is used to modify a noun.*

Missions:
Missions is to move towards or go to those different than us –culturally, socially, ethnically, economically– by crossing over those barriers and sharing the gospel with the compassion and love of Jesus.

 

Another exercise for the group was to ask this question:  Does the church have a mission or does the mission have a church?

We realize it is a “both/and” answer.  Yet thinking about our God being a missional/sending God reframes our orientation to see mission as bigger than merely a “job” of the church, but to see mission as part of the very character of our God.

Along this line, we shared the following quote:

“Our task as His people is to discern what God is doing and join with Him. It is not so much that the church has a mission but that the mission has a church.”

– Alan Hirsch (The Permanent Revolution, p. 148)

 

Don’t we need to be reaching out in my neighborhood before we go to the rest of the globe?

global_localThe tension of Global mission and Local mission is a one that everyone sensitive to the mission of Jesus feels at a gut level.

In China, the country with the most Christians on the planet–87 million– hasn’t really made a dent in the total population of 1.3 BILLION people!** So we are delighted that there is great progress of the Gospel, but there are millions (a billion!) more people to reach!

Even here in the USA where there are approximately 84 million evangelical Christians, a much higher percentage than China, yet we still have 234 million people to reach!** So do we need more disciples, leaders and churches in China and the USA? Absolutely! We need to take serious the opportunity to reach those in our community who don’t know our Jesus yet!

At the same time, we must know about the plight of billions of people outside of the easy reach of the Gospel. Billions of people on our globe don’t have a Bible, Body of Christ or even a Believer in Jesus in their lifepath! We must be informed about this reality!

To close our time we watched the following CONVICTING video–You Should Know:

We hope that sharing this outline of our workshop has been helpful to you!  If you would like to chat with John or myself, please reach out to us via email at the links on our names above!


The Key Articles / Resources shared below were on a worksheet we gave to all the of the participants:
Missions vs Missional Resource Sheet [PDF]

Seed article for this Workshop:
Missions vs. Missional? Why We Really Need Both by Ed Stetzer 

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2013/september/missions-vs-mission.html

Online debate about that article:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/missionalshift/2013/09/missions-vs-missional-what-ed-stetzer-gets-wrong/

Make sure to check out the video in that article:

Other Resources on the Topic:

Seamless Garment of Christian Mission:  http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-seamless-garment-of-christian-mission

Leadership Network article Defining Missional by Alan Hirsch:   http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2008/fall/17.20.html

Ed Stetzer on why Missional Churches don’t do Global Missions:  http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2009/september/five-reasons- missional-churches-dont-do-global-missions.html

*”History of the Missional Church” by Brad Brisco:
http://missionalchurchnetwork.com/history-of-missional-church/

Four Reasons We Should Be Passionate About the Nations by Matt Carter:  http://ow.ly/PUEd5

Institute of International Education. (2014). Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from
http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data/International-Students

Video: You Should Know https://vimeo.com/32125879

Joshua Project: Research on Unreached People Groups – http://joshuaproject.net/


**Data via the Joshua Project. Retrieved from http://JoshuaProject.net on July 9, 2015

 

 

Communicators Communal Learning with special guest @DJChuang

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In my role of Mobilization with Encompass, I’m heavily involved in creating, facilitating and resourcing networks for Great Commission good. On April 22, there was a special event I was able to facilitate with Grace Brethren communications folks who have been getting together for a while now. They asked me to plan the next get together…and so I did.  We called it Connect & Equip for FGBC Communicators.

We had communicators from all over, so we gathered online via GoTo Meeting:

Thankful to connect with other leaders. @graceconnect #FGBC

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Our first 45 minutes we did introductions and also shared one tool that we were using to help us in communications in our work.

Thankfully someone wrote them all down… Thanks Steve Koontz!
Here are the websites that were mentioned.

Doodle.com – schedule meetings
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com
https://www.designcuts.com/
http://unsplash.com – random, free photos once a week
http://www.freepik.com/ – free vectors
https://www.lightstock.com/ – faith-based photos
latergram.me – schedule Instagram
https://attendify.com/ Application builder
http://mobivity.com/ – texting
viviotech.com – webhosting
https://feedly.com blog reader for auto alerts

After this we had a time with church social media guru DJ Chuang. He has been instrumental in my even starting this website! You can find out tons about my fellow Southern Californian online.

DJ took on the topic “Fresh things he has been learning about churches and social media.”  My friend and participant Aaron Scantlen shared some of his notes on our Facebook event page:

I had a great time and got two pages of valuable info. Thanks to everyone for sharing what they are using right now and to DJ Chuang for sharing great stuff with us about the church and social media. I’m sharing with our Pastoral Leadership Team at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Churchtomorrow morning about the highlights of our gathering.

Highlights:
1. Social Media is about People – It’s easy to get caught up in all the new platforms and technology, but we have to remember that it is relational at it’s core. – DJ Chuang

2. Be Authentic – People can tell if you are only on there to “sell” them something or if you actually use the platform regularly. Each platform is different, so use the ones for your church that you know and are using and then use them as intended, or people will ignore you. – Andy Jewett Also, follow your church members and interact with what THEY are posting about rather than always trying to make them see YOUR posts. – DJ Chuang

3. Communication is about Content – We should be giving people content/value, not just telling them information. 90% of what we share and post should be story and adding value and 10% can then be an announcement or sale. We have lots of content already, especially through sermons, that we just need to package and give away. – DJ Chuang

4. Find a Reverse Mentor – Find a someone from the next generation to mentor you in how they are using social media. What platforms are they using, how do they work, and how do they use them with their friends. Don’t do this just one time. Social media is constantly changing. Once you get on the treadmill, you have to keep up. – DJ Chuang

 

Even if you weren’t there live, this rich time was recorded and is available for you to listen or download off my Dropbox at: ConnectEquipCommunicators2015April22    ENJOY!

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Meeting in SoCal

Mindi and I meeting with ethnic leaders from SoCal! On Saturday, August 30 we had a little gathering of leaders from Cambodia and Latin America for a little breakfast get together with Jesús Muñoz (our Cambodian brother left before the picture and our Japanese friends were on a retreat!). This gathering may emerge into a network of ethnic leaders who can spur one another on to make disciples and plant churches in the nations of our world!

WHAT’S HAPPENED WITH ME
The Latest Scoop

Sorry it has been a while since I’ve communicated to you via this means.  The past few months have been full, as I’m sure they have for you!

Engagement Stations &
E Talks @FellowSHIFT

At the FellowShift Conference this summer, Encompass sought to do something which would engage people in reaching the nations. We set up stations we called “Engagement Stations” with a variety of different ways to participate. We also created an online version of the Engagment Stations so you can participate right now! Check out all 7 online!

We also shared a variety of short 8 minute or less Engaging Talks which we dubbed
E Talks. These were all videoed and will be available for viewing soon!  I was able to share on Coalitions as well, so stay tuned! If it turned out well, I’ll pass it on and if not, well…you’ll never know! 🙂

Cameroon Leadership Training Coalition

Just yesterday, I talked via Skype with Jason Carmean in Cameroon!  He and his family have been on the ground for one month and are adjusting well.

   I’m excited to be part of a coalition that has committed for 5 years to seeing dozens and dozens of pastoral leaders trained for the more than 45 churches and 30+ church plants in Cameroon.

   Dave Guiles has described this “as the greatest leadership development need the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches has seen in several generations.”

One of the ways you can help is by supporting the first modules of Bible training supporting the first modules of Bible training–please consider a gift!

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Pray for the Ongoing Ministry of the Château de St. Albain      

Yesterday, September 3, 2014, was declared as a Day of Prayer for the Château by

Joël Rongier, president of Château Association.

Please join in praying and fasting for God to supply the following personnel needs for the Château so that ministries will continue without interruption:

1) A European business manager and coordinator: Pray especially for wisdom and direction for the Château steering committee to find the right people to fit into ministry leadership.

2) An American support couple: To care for the responsibilities of welcoming visitors, preparing and serving meals, maintenance and grounds work.

Our Château Coalition is seeking to publish a coffee-table book (in English, French and German) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ministry and funds are needed to get it rolling.

Catalyzing Networks

Over the last few months, I’ve been part of catalyzing two really important networks:

One is around Women in Church Planting. All over the world, women are involved in the church planting endeavor– moms, businesswomen, educators, missionaries, single women, etc.  Many of these ladies don’t have a place to connect with others. Through the leadership of my friends Louise Klawitter and Jessica Robertson, this network has formed a Facebook group that is nurturing this network. It’s a secret group to hide the identities of some of our bravest women who are in closed countries, but if you send a message to Louise, she can get you synced up.
A second network is forming for those who are passionate about Adoption, Orphan & Foster Care.  This budding network, in addition to it’s Facebook Group is holding monthly Skype calls where folks from all over the world can call in and participate.  Find out more on my blog about this group.

 

THANK YOU!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank YOU for your prayers and support which are vital to the Lord’s work in our world.  I’m humbled and privileged to serve our King and alongside you!

Thanks so much for your financial gifts to support the work of reaching the least reached! Some of you have remained very diligent even without a lot of info from me! My work continues to be fruitful, so I want to encourage you to continue your pledge or consider a monthly gift!

 

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Adoption, Foster and Orphan Care Network

A burgeoning conversation has been going on over the last few months about adoption, orphan and foster care with some people who I really like, and who are INSPIRATIONAL! These folks aren’t just pontificators…they are difference makers!Adoption-heart-words

Continue reading “Adoption, Foster and Orphan Care Network”

Honor-Shame Conversation in Long Beach!

I’m so excited to learn alongside an expert on Honor-Shame cultures. I find myself interacting with many people from Asia and this conversation will help me understand them and myself much better. I hope you can be there!

Have a conversation with an expert on HonorShame cultures! Jayson Georges is the missiologist-in-residence from Encompass World Partners. He will be here from Atlanta to share some of his latest learning on HonorShame cultures and how we can better sow the Gospel and grow relationships across cultures!
Did you know that there are three major cultural worldview orientations? The one which predominates the Western world is Justice-Guilt, but the Asian world is predominantly Honor-Shame. These orientations are important to undertand as we continue to live in a globalized world. They are really important as we look to live and share the Gospel across the street and around the world! Continue reading “Honor-Shame Conversation in Long Beach!”

One Day Conference on How Churches are Responding to Immigrants, Refugees and International Students…Join Me!

Last Call…
I want to invite you to a great opportunity coming to Whittier with the premier North American mission network (http://MissioNexus.org). I’m planning to go to this special one day event:

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How are Churches Responding to Immigrants, Refugees & International Students?
June 12 [ 8am – 3:30pm ]
Whittier Area Community Church • 8100 Colima Rd., Whittier, CA 90605
Schedule, Speakers and Free Article online at
http://www.missionexus.org/tour/
Group Advantage for 2 or More
First Registration @ $69 (When you register with our group 3rd Individual or more: $35)
Please let me know ASAP if you going, so I can book us as a group and get your registration for $35 (almost a 50% savings!)
Press on,
Mike

Why not rather be Wronged?

As we continued our tour through 1 Corinthians we come to a passage in chapter 6 that asks a “justice” question.

Paul is challenging the Corinthian church about forgiveness, settling disputes and even lawsuits. In this area, Paul states that they are defeated already because the are suing each other!

He finally asks them a great question:

“Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren.” (1 Cor. 6:7-8)

Wasn’t it our founder Jesus who said, ”

whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.” (Mt. 5:39-42)

Justice seems to scream in our pysche, but Jesus screams grace even in suffering. Being “wronged” isn’t the worst thing. Jesus warned us that we would suffer for him. Sometimes that comes at the hands, actions and words of others who sin against us. Even that suffering isn’t the worst thing that can happen.

When you are thinking this week, “That’s not fair,” He might be calling you to a new place of love and grace that can accept being wronged.

A recording of the entire message which my friend @PhilHelfer taught @LosAltosGrace is on their website

Why not rather be Wronged?

As we continued our tour through 1 Corinthians we come to a passage in chapter 6 that asks a “justice” question.

Paul is challenging the Corinthian church about forgiveness, settling disputes and even lawsuits. In this area, Paul states that they are defeated already because the are suing each other!

He finally asks them a great question:

“Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren.” (1 Cor. 6:7-8)

Wasn’t it our founder Jesus who said, ”

whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.” (Mt. 5:39-42)

Justice seems to scream in our pysche, but Jesus screams grace even in suffering. Being “wronged” isn’t the worst thing. Jesus warned us that we would suffer for him. Sometimes that comes at the hands, actions and words of others who sin against us. Even that suffering isn’t the worst thing that can happen.

When you are thinking this week, “That’s not fair,” He might be calling you to a new place of love and grace that can accept being wronged.

A recording of the entire message which my friend @PhilHelfer taught @LosAltosGrace is on their website

Kayla to Go on Summer Ministry Experience: Operation Barnabas

kayla-headshotI’m excited to share about a special opportunity that my daughter Kayla has to serve on a 6 week summer ministry experience. I’ll let her tell about it:


Dear Friend,

I would like to thank you for all of the support and prayers you have given me and my family over the years. I know you have done so much for me, and I am so thankful for that. I would like to tell you about the upcoming mission trip opportunity I have this summer.

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I will be going on a summer ministry team called Operation Barnabas. If you are unfamiliar with this summer mission program, it basically takes high school students all over the country and teaches them how to minister to the lost and be on mission all the time. We will be visiting many cities and churches (focusing on the eastern USA) and working in places like Urban Hope in inner city Philadelphia. We will be ministering to children and their families by hosting carnival type events, VBS, doing street evangelism, service projects and many other different types of outreach programs. We will also be doing short skits, programs, and other creative things to share the good news to the children and their whole family. I will be sleeping on church floors most of the summer, but with a smile on my face as I have some of the most fun of my life serving the Lord.

Currently, I am preparing to sacrifice my summer to go and reach the lost for an entire six weeks. I am so looking forward to being able to expand on my evangelist skills and improve them so I can more confidently spread the word of Christ and be used as an instrument of grace to increase our spiritual family. In Luke 10:2 (NLT) it says “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest and ask him to send out more workers for his fields.” I am one of God’s few workers setting out to participate in this calling. I am asking you to support me in doing this.

Thank you for the many prayers you have already prayed for me and my family. Prayers are more valuable to me than silver or gold, and I appreciate them above all else. It is an amazing opportunity I have to go on this trip, but it is a costly one. In essence I need to raise $1,000 by March 10th and another $2,000 by May20th to be able to participate in this exciting mission trip this summer. I am so thankful that you have supported me so far, and I would like to ask you to further invest in the kingdom of God with me. If you could invest any amount for my efforts to go and reach the harvest this summer I would be forever grateful for your benevolent act. If you are financially unable to sacrifice money, I would so greatly appreciate your prayers as I embark on this spiritual mission for God.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and I will keep you in my prayers as I prepare for this trip. Have a wonderful day, and remember, “let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NLT)

Kayla Jentes

kaylajentes@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/kaylajentes

 

I’d like to pray for Kayla!  ( Send her an email)

I’d like to give:

Kayla & Mike OB announcement
Kayla sharing about OB at Los Altos Grace

My church has set up an account for me. You can send your tax-deductible gifts there via check to “Los Altos Grace Brethren Church”, 6565 E. Stearns St., Long Beach, CA 90815  and put “Operation Barnabas” in the memo line.  If you would like to give via credit card, you can do so on the church website at http://LAGBC.org/donate (in the comment section, please mention “Operation Barnabas.”)

Download the PDF of this letter: KaylaJentesOBletter2014

 

 

God Encounter

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I just got off of a conference call with men and women from Philly to Florida to Indiana to Ohio to Canada to California to Alaska! This group from all parts of our continent called in to PRAY for our Fellowship!

In what Tom Julien and Roger Peugh have dubbed a “God Encounter,” this humble and regular time of praying together via a conference call is a potent piece of our Fellowship. I’m thankful for this opportunity and I trust that many more will carve out one hour each month to participate in corporate or “conference” praying.

These regular times of prayer were spawned by the insightful and inspiring times of prayer at our National Conference in Atlanta in 2013.  Early each morning our mentor, Tom Julien shared about prayer…and got us into the work and joy of praying! We thought it was worth continuing– via a monthly conference call.

If you are interested in participating in these God Encounters, please email Tom Julien to get the information to call into these special times of prayer.

A Letter to My “Timothy”

ShapetheFutureAs a participant this week in the Grace Brethren Leaders FOCUS Retreat, we were asked by my friend Dave Guiles to read 2 Timothy several times before the retreat.  Then during the retreat, we were given the assignment to write a one-page letter to our “Timothy,” or our spiritual son. These “final words” certainly reflect what I value most and hope “he” has learned from my example.

I’m thankful for this exercise and have actually printed out my letter and given it to each of my children as well. Maybe this will encourage you…

Dear “Timothy,”

First I must tell you – you are a gift from God to me. What a joy to know you and see you grow and mature. You have blessed my life and I’m proud of you. I have been spurred on to love and good deeds because of you. Thank you for being who you are.

There are some timeless values about our journey and leadership with our Lord…and the first one is Him—Jesus, our good and gracious King.  It is all about Him! “For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.” (Romans 11:36)

Know Jesus in all the complexities of that relationship; as friend, brother, counselor, Savior, Redeemer and King (and more). What a deep and abiding joy is ours to be His and with Him in this life and the next!

Out of that relationship will rise a value on what God has captured in His Word for us. Know the Scriptures for they point to Jesus and they are a rich well of His Wisdom. They help us to know our God: Father, Son and Spirit, and how to live in this life. They stand as a forever testimony to God’s work and His will in our world. What a gift to have something that stands on it’s own and for the Truth.

Because of God and His Word, I invite you to always be:

  • living radically in grace and in love
  • extending the Gospel in word and deed
  • making and multiplying disciples of all the peoples of this world
  • and making and multiplying community with your brothers and sisters who follow Jesus.

I’m not sure the “how-tos” for living out these things for you, but I trust you have seen some sliver of these in me. Living this way is worth doing because it shapes our lives to be like Jesus and these things last forever.

I could go on and on, because of how much the Lord has given to me, but this essential framework can propel you into even greater service and fruitfulness than I have ever experienced.

I love you.

Press on,

Mike

 

My letter posted at GraceConnect

December E-newsletter from @MikeJentes

Dr. Mindi's Graduation
Dr. Mindi’s Graduation

Our greatest achievement over this year has been seeing Mindi become a Doctor! On the 14th of December she graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Southern California University of Health Sciences / Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. We are deeply indebted to you for your prayers and support over this journey!

WHAT’S HAPPENED WITH ME
The Latest Scoop

Sorry it has been a while since I’ve communicated to you via this means.  The past few months have been full, as I’m sure they have for you!

Some brief updates:

Mobilizers Mobilizers 24 Hour Retreat

In the fall, a collection of leaders who are mission pastors gathered for a retreat to be share with one another, be challenged and focus on the global work of mission.  See more on my blog

Cameroon Leadership Training Coalition

I’m excited to be part of a coalition that has committed for 5 years to seeing dozens and dozens of pastoral leaders trained for the more than 45 churches and 30+ church plants in Cameroon. Dave Guiles has described this “as the greatest leadership development need the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches has seen in several generations.” Jason & Christy Carmean will be key leaders in this effort! You will be hearing more about this opportunity, but if you are interested in how you can help please let me know!

Château

Coalition to Celebrate the 50th Year of Ministry of the Château de St. Albain      

In April 2014, we will celebrate one of the most out of the box and effective ministries in our global movement–the Château!  An 18-month coalition has formed with Jay Hocking as the coordinator to help with the celebration and to come up with long-term USA partnerships.

We are seeking to publish a coffee-table book (in English, French and German) to celebrate and seed funds are needed ( email me if you want to help).

Also, we are looking for some staff to serve a support need for a year or two on-site at the Chateau. Please pray and pass it on to those who might consider this opportunity!

Prayers Answered for the 533 Challenge

With Encompass World Partners we did a special project called the 533 Challenge at both Momentum and Grace College this year. Through a mission network called Finishing The Task, they have research which shows that 533 people groups (approximately 70 million people) who have little or no opportunity to hear the gospel. In order to direct prayer toward these peoples, we asked students to take part in the “533 Challenge” – a challenge to pray daily for the least-reached over the next 30 days.

Prayer Wall for 533 Challenge

We celebrated that all of the 533 people groups were adopted and prayed for!

In early December, I attended the annual meeting of Finishing The Task and as of December 5th, we saw the list go down to 449! We praise the Lord that He is still working to reach those who are least reached in our world!

THANK YOU!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank YOU for your prayers and support which are vital to the Lord’s work in our world.  I’m humbled and privileged to serve our King and alongside you!

From our family to yours we wish you a…. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Answers to Prayer from the 533 Challenge!

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Prayers Answered for the 533 Challenge

With Encompass World Partners we did a special project called the 533 Challenge at both Momentum and Grace College this year. Through a mission network called Finishing The Task, they have research which shows that 533 people groups (approximately 70 million people) who have little or no opportunity to hear the gospel.

In order to direct prayer toward these peoples, we asked students to take part in the “533 Challenge” – a challenge to pray daily for the least-reached over the next 30 days.

Prayer Wall for 533 Challenge

We celebrated that all of the 533 people groups were adopted and prayed for!

In early December, I attended the annual meeting of Finishing The Task and as of December 5th, we saw the list go down to 449!
We praise the Lord that He is still working to reach those who are least reached in our world!
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