Happy New Year! This is a great time to get connected with our Pathway missionaries around the world and right in our backyard.
I hope you check back to this Missions blog often to keep current with what God is doing around the world!
I challenge you to select a few missionaries and commit to pray for them this year!
May the Lord richly bless you and your families this day!
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As the year 2014 is coming to a close, it is exciting to look back at all that God has done here at Pathway through Missions and Local Outreach. How EACH of you make a difference in the lives of our missionaries around the world!
Thank you for being so generous in your giving of your time, your talents and your dollars.
Thank you for being so generous in prayer and praying for our Serving Trips, the missionaries, the Accelerate projects….
Thank you for continuing in prayer to whom God will call as the next Director Of Missions.
In Oct, we had to say not goodbye, but a season of changing hats from the Director of Missions for Martha Smallwood to a new season. We thank God for her leadership and look forward with expectation to whom God will call next.
The Serving Teams literally went all around the world and served right here in our very own backyard.
God is always up to something and it is a privilege to watch HIM work.
Join me in expectation in all that HE will call YOU, Pathway and others to in the New Year.
May the Lord richly bless each of you this Advent season.
Keeping Christ in Christmas and throughout the year!
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Dear Pathway Serving Trip Participant,
Pathway Church is offering an opportunity to sharpen your worldview of God’s plan.
Why should you take Kairos or encourage someone to do so? The goal of the course is to help you in the formation of a truly Biblical worldview and to assist in a believer’s journey into becoming a world Christian. It will help find meaningful involvement in the world Christian movement. Attached is a brochure for you to share with others.
Here is the history of Kairos:
The Kairos Course began in the Philippines in 1994. The course is now conducted in many countries in many different languages, but the course is the same everywhere. Many of the Kairos writers and presenters are the ones you met in Perspectives. Kairos covers the biblical, historical, strategic and culturaldimensions of missions. In addition each lesson will give a personal challenge. Growth Groups of 5 or 6 people provide sharing and an opportunities to explore those challenges. There are also a few surprises to heighten your learning.
Here are the facts:
- Kairos will be presented at Pathway Church Thursday evenings, September 4, 6:00 to 8:30 pm each Thursday evening through November 6.
- The cost of the class will be $30 which includes all materials for the course will be collected the first night of the class.
- Lesson preparation takes about 2 ½ hours per week
- No child care will be offered at Pathway Church
- You can register on the Pathway Church website or call the Mission Department, 316-722-8020
- Your worldview will be enriched and you will be challenged to step forward.
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Pathway people are on the move again! In July Serving Teams are in four different countries – Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya and Mexico. Next Generation teams are working in Haiti (GVCM, Yves Prophete) and Jamaica (TCTJ, “Jacko” Jackson. They will be enhancing the ministries already there and draw young people to the activities. Americans are great attractions anywhere in the world. Friendliness and interactions will show the nationals that Christ-following Americans are far from what they see in the media. These young people reflect the love of a great Savior.
Teams will be traveling to Kenya and Mexico for very different purposes. In Kenya there will be training sessions, medical and dental assistance, Children’s lessons and other types of work in the Mabatini neighborhood. This is the team that was scheduled to go last year and the Nairobi airport burned the day our team was leaving. They have been truly determined to serve in Nairobi. The team will carry books for the TUMI (Training Urban Ministers Institute) library. The Institute is supported by Pathway to train pastors ministering in Mathare. Their library is very small so each team is asked to carry a few books (cheaper than shipping). The books will open new avenues of learning for these dedicated pastors.
A combined team of Pathway and Central Christian will work in Fuego Nuevo, Mexico making new friends with the pastor and the CHE team there. While assisting in Mexican children’s activities, evening teen camp, and language outreach the team will evaluate the opportunity of establishing an on-going relationship with this young church.
The New Orleans Team had a great impact of the people in and near the Ninth Ward as they worked with Hope Christian Church. This family team handed out popcorn at bus stops, helped with outreach, and worked in a neighborhood garden. They learned that there are many different cultural neighborhoods right here in the U.S.A. The team saw that New Orleans has not fully recovered from Katrina. Pathway helped fund the planting of Hope Christian Church.
Meanwhile some college youths are doing internships with StMo and Navigators giving up summer jobs for outreach and intense Bible study. One will be in Calculatta, India for three years. Their experiences will influence their worldview from now on.
The Tanzania Training Institute training nationals to minister among their own and near tribes will begin another class. So many are requesting admission that additional dorms and scholarship funds are needed. People from three new regions hope to be admitted. What a wonderful problem! God is working among many rural tribes including Pygmies, Massai and tribes you have never heard of. Pray for Gary Woods and the team in Tanzania. We hope to send a Serving Team there in 2015.
To become better acquainted with the Graham family in Ghana friend Mandy (Mandy Parrott-Graham) on FB. It is an easy way to become acquainted with rural life in Ghana. One of their projects is teaching Farming God’s way. There are pictures of the gardens on our blog as well as Mandy’s FB.
Facilitator’s training for Kairos is being completed. In September 4 – November 6 classes are scheduled for Thursday evening 6:30- 8:30. This class is a personal experience covering God’s plan for mankind from creation. Each challenging lesson asks for a personal take-away. Look for registration information to come out soon.
Those are the events and plans. Now we will see what God has planned!
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Pathway welcomes a new family into our partnership! Bobby and Mandy Graham of Team Expansion are serving in northern Ghana Africa among unreached peoples groups. The Joshua Project http://joshuaproject.net/countries/gh will give you background information on Ghana. You will be able to follow the work of Bobby and Mandy in northern Ghana through their newsletter on this blog. Mandy grew up in Glenn Park Christian Church here in Wichita. Their ministry approach is Community Health Evangelism (CHE) which empowers the people they are working with to identify needs and work on strategies to achieve their goals. The need to replace the worship of spirits and nature with the worship of Jesus is the greatest need in their lives.
Pathway on the Move
June 14-22 -The New Orleans Family Serving Team will serving alongside members of Hope Christian Church near the 9th ward of New Orleans. This area was hit hard by Katrina and is still recovering. Hope Church is a multi-cultura l church plant resulting from the closing of many of the established churches in the region. The team’s prayer letter is available at the Connection center.
We have several young adults serving this summer at various places: Cooper Downs and Mary Higgins are two who come to mind. Lacey Gatz will be serving in Calcutta. India for the next three years. We can be proud of these young people and constantly lift them up in prayer.
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The Mexico City Serving team was a tremendous blessing to Pecos and Lynda Inchaustegui in the presentation of a Family Retreat Weekend. The team prepared food for the event, provided love-each-child care, lead in classes and joined in worship while encouraging the attenders. The team was energized and changed in mighty ways just as the attenders were.
Pastor Larry Wren is leading a vision/encouragement team to Indonesia and restricted southeast Asia countries. They will attend the conferences, teach and encourage in several places as they catch a new vision of what is happening in that area and encouraging Pathway partners there.
The first Kairos class was presented in Wichita through the efforts of Countryside Christian Church, Team Expansion and Pathway Church. This class investigates the biblical, historical and strategic aspects of missions while challenging individuals to apply the teaching to their personal lives and ministry. Another class is being planned for September. Look for it on the website and in the bulletin.
Several returning serving teams shared their trips with supports and interested parties recently. These are celebrations of what our worldwide partners are doing and how our teams contribute to their efforts. If you haven’t been attending these, they are announced in the weekend bulletin and the website.
The Nairobi team is in final preparation stage. This team was at the airport ready to leave last year when the Nairobi international airport had a drastic fire. Most of the original team are able to make the trip this year.
There has been difficulties with the construction of the Mathare Center. Construction contracts, mud and water seepage among other problems are plaguing the construction. A prier request is that all the complications will be solved so construction can go quickly.
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· We have contributed to funding for Union Rescue to replace old windows with more efficient ones. This will reduce the utility bills dramatically so funds can be used elsewhere.
· The Haiti Serving team returned after giving dental services in villages never visited by a dentist before and distributing hundreds of baskets of food to rural churches where the food shortage is so great.
· Pathway attenders have been matched with international students through ISI. They will befriend these students, help them adjust to the U.S., and show Christ as they relate to these students.
· The Mexico Serving team returned after helping Missionaries Pecos and Lynda Inchaustegui host a marriage retreat need Mexico City. The team cooked meals, cared for children while encouraging and praying with the attenders. Several martial relationships began the restoration progress.