What’s Happening in Pathway Missions?

August 2014

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.

Martha Smallwood

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July 2014

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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June 2014

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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May 2014

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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March 2014

·         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.

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Follow our Missionaries Around the World!

OUR VISION is to encourage your passion for reaching the lost and participating in transforming the world through the Gospel. God demonstrated His love for us by sending His Son to save us from ourselves. Let’s demonstrate our love for Him by being obedient to His Great Commission.

OUR TASK is to organize the avalanche of missions information we receive into one easily accessible site. Our popular Facebook page is still there, but this site will give you details. We chose a format that will be easy to navigate, even for the computer novice. If you do get lost, just click on home.

OUR COMMITMENT is to provide you with accurate, updated information about WHO we support, WHAT their current needs are, WHEN the short term mission trips are scheduled, WHERE you are needed and HOW you and your friends and family can be actively involved.

PARTICIPATION When you return from your missions adventure, we invite you to share your adventure and add your photos to our gallery by contacting acts29faithwriter@att.net

We pray our site  informs, challenges, motivates, and empowers you to invest your time, gifts and talents in Kingdom Business through the vehicle of Missions!

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Where we are all around the world…

 
Austria-TCM
                                      Brazil-Stan & Rebecca Abrahamson

 
Haiti-Yves & Samanthe Prophete              Hungary-Paul & Lori Dickason

 
India-Bala & Priscilla                           Indonesia
India-Samuel & Prati

  
Jamaica-”Jacko” & Heather Jackson                     Kenya-Wallace & Mary Kamau

 
Mexico-Pecos & Linda Inchaustegui           Morocco-Gus & Kris
Mexico-Shawn & Susan Inchaustegui

  
Nepal                                                       Philippines-Ed & Judy Neibling

  
Sri Lanka                                                      Tanzania-Jack & Judy Woods

  
Ukraine                                               United States


Vietnam

International Projects

Brazil – Under the direction of Stan and Rebecca Abrahamson these Brazilians travel three large lake regions of the Amazon presenting the Gospel to the River People who have a mixture of folk and Catholic religions. Pathway has assisted with the on-going training of the planters and local leaders and is helping with funds for the construction of a new boat destined to be the ministry center in a restricted lake area.

Amravathi – a region in India. Through India Gospel League Pathway, as part of the Wichita India Project, has adopted the region of Amravathi in the Maharashtra state of India for a holistic outreach. Barefoot Pastors minister to 3- 4 groups of believers each week,. Community water wells, Life Centers and micro loans are some of the programs used to reach this region of less than 3% Christians.

 

Mabatinian area in Kenya. The village of Mabatini has been adopted by Pathway and Central Christian of Wichita for Community Health Evangelism work through Mission of Hope. Fresh water has been supplied to the temporary school whose land we helped purchased. Community Health Evangelism workers are in the community working with individuals to transform their lives as well as the community. Pathway has sent many short term teams to work with Missions of Hope.

 

Uzbek – code for a mostly-closed country. Church planters are trained and encouraged by workers from a nearby country. Both groups are risking the own lives and the lives of their families to present the Gospel and minister to small house gatherings.

Tiberias – only nationals are allowed. Working with “The Fisherman” our project is to train church planters to work with the 110 unreached tribes. Since only nationals can are allowed to stay in this area over a month, it is essential that nationals do the work.

 

 

Southern China- another high risk region of Asia. We support the training and evangelistic outreach of nationals working through schools and businesses.

 

 

Tanzania – Training of African nationals in the Tanzania Church Planting School. Over 35 churches have been planted among unreached tribes including the Maasi and Pygmies.

 

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Following is an  interview conducted by Diana Gruette with
Martha Smallwood…enjoy this small peek into her heart and soul!

What is the purpose of Missions? To bring Glory to God.  It is the process and result of connecting people to Jesus and helping them become his fully- devoted followers on a global level.

What is the goal of Pathway Missions Department? It’s two fold.  First, to introduce people to Jesus as Lord and Savior on a global scale. Second, for every Pathway member to identify with, connect to and participate in missions on some level.

What is the vision of our Missions Director? My vision is the transformation of the whole man/woman; spiritual, physical, emotional, financial and social into a reflection of Jesus. The enemy forces are deeply entrenched in the hearts and lives of our generation. I see us as Christian insurgents, joining the revolution started at the Cross – sent out to liberate and transform lives.

What direction is Pathway Missions headed? Partnering with nationals to help them take the gospel to their own/similar people.  We are following Jesus as He transforms lives and communities.  Some of the specific ways are:

*Micro-enterprise leveraged to bring souls to Christ.
*Short term serving trips continued with an increase in participation to support our partners and change our worldview.
*Increased passion for local outreach through participation.
*We would like to see every member deliver contributions to local ministries, not just drop them off at the church. This will help them connect with the ministry and live out “following Jesus into community for others”.

Some examples are:

*Streamline and develop our angel tree program for children of prisoners.
*Provide/assemble male/female hygiene kits for prisoners.
* Increased Union Rescue Mission participation.

What are your responsibilities as Director of Missions? To run behind God and facilitate all He is bringing into Pathway’s global outreach effort!

Our department has to examine every agency, project and missionary for efficiency. We cannot do it all, so must filter opportunities. Many do good things but not in the name of Christ. Our missions must truly speak to the furtherance of Kingdom business….God’s Kingdom, not man’s.

We must identify projects that move in the direction that is best suited for Pathway…that beat the same heart song…when we connect with God’s heart the music is heavenly!

I am the liaison for contacting current supporters, keeping in touch with the current needs and prayer requests of our missionaries, both national and international.

I maintain communication between God, our Pastors, congregation, organizations, missionaries and many volunteers to further mission involvement.

Finally yet importantly, I am constantly studying the “new”, what works/ what does not, in the management of volunteers, missions and researching history that will inspire vision adn committment.

How are you doing towards that goal? We are right on task.

We have the Pathway Sound bites: Bulletin Board, Special Events, Missions Updates, Missions Website, Facebook and a new Mission’s Blog; all in an attempt to connect, inform and encourage community passion and participation.

The backbone of our department is known as the “5 m’s”…Martha (Smallwood), director, Mary (Kranick),  administrative assistant , Milt & Mari Beth (Pippinger), short term coordinators,  and Larry (aka Moe) Wren,  Teaching Team representative.

What is your greatest challenge? Listening to and talking with the Pathway congregation to help them shape and actualize missions.

Budget: Discerning how can we leverage monies designated for Missions to have the greatest impact, not just raise funds to support missionaries, but to take the gospel to the entire world.

In our world, there are still over 6000 people groups unfamiliar with Jesus. No one in their culture can share the gospel in their language. There are no Bibles.

Many are in India. We have 4 missionaries there.

In China, we minister to urban city migrant workers, schools, church planters and in Central Asia to a closed Muslim country with 6 national missionaries.

We minister to the river people of the Amazon, Indonesians in the Muslim countryside and have 1 missionary family in Spanish Morocco, ministering to tribes migrating from the desert to the city.

In our newest adventure, we are funding the training of church planters in Tanzania to evangelize unreached people groups. We helped build the training house for 16 families per year. They then return to the bush to reach pygmies, maasai and other tribes. The trainers continue to provide follow-up, spiritual nourishment and encouragement to these families.This is the only successful mission outreach to pygmies. Those from their own culture are reaching them in their own language.

Most of our missionaries use some form of CHE (Community Health Evangelism)

The goals are evangelism, health, developing community and microloans. What they need most is small business training, education, uplifting women in the community, AIDS care and education, food and water.

Is there anything you need to assist you in your responsibilities as Pathway Mission Director? Yes. I need someone with a passion for local involvement to see that Pathway is effective in every partnering agency in Wichita.

What would that job description look like?

They must realize they are a connector, facilitator and responsible to organize, empower and delegate

  • They must be a realist and realize they cannot do it all
  • They must be able to let go
  • They need to learn timing; when to say yes, no and not now
  • They must be a self-starter with initiative but work under the umbrella and authority of the missions’ director
  • They must be able to communicate professionally via email, internet and phone
  • They need the gift of discernment to know if a project is a Pathway “fit”
  • They MUST be a team player and have a sense of humor… and it helps if their name starts with an “M” :)

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Westlink Christian Church Becomes Pathway Church

Westlink Christian Church changed its name to Pathway Church January 1, 2012. 

Our new name, Pathway Church, will help us stay focused. Every time we say our new name, we’ll be reminded that Jesus Christ is the only pathway to God.  It will challenge us to ask “Are we growing in our relationship with Jesus, living in authentic community with other believers and giving our lives to help others become fully devoted followers of Christ?”

Our goal is to do our part in God’s mission, to share the life-changing message of Jesus with those who are far from God. We are “plan A”…there is no “plan B”.  It takes each of us investing creativity, time and energy to tell those in our sphere of influence who Jesus is and how He has changed our lives.

Our new name helps all of us get on board with inviting and bringing new people to church, where we’re worshipping:
- Westlink Campus(21 St & Maize Rd)
• Worship Center (traditional service)
• Cafe (contemporary & casual)
- Goddard (Goddard High School)

As we continue the journey of becoming a multi-site church, one church with multiple locations, God is challenging us to become more fully committed and fully engaged with HIS mission for each one of us. He has shown Himself to be faithful in every way….may we do the same.

Here is our new logo and the website address.


Following Jesus. In Community. For Others.

www.pathwaychurch.com

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