You blessed The African Friends Church congregation in Abilene, TX beyond words this year at our EFC-MAYM Annual Ministry Conference! Your gifts of clothes, shoes, and canned goods are already ministering to the many refugees coming to Abilene with no possessions or adequate food. With your donations, our leaders at AFC have established and furnished a food and clothing pantry to better serve this community. This practical ministry of providing food and clothing is communicating the love of Jesus to these refugees!
Pastors Ekwenya and Veronika Mitaci are compassionate and capable leaders, and parents of six children of their own who live and work to serve in this city. Their efforts and desires in ministry are very selfless and worthy of our support and prayers. Thanks so much for your help, and be on the look out for more ways we can join AFC in this kingdom effort.
Home Missions Chair Wanted!
The Home Missions Board is seeking a new At-Large Chairperson to lead this exciting team. Do you have a heart for the lost and the last? Do you get excited about God doing new things through new ministries in new places? Do you like to set goals and objectives and strategies? Can you commit to organizing board meetings and engaging HMB members to support new works in their Areas? Please contact Randy Littlefield, firstname.lastname@example.org, 913-683-3831 to explore this appointment further.
Church Plants On the Ground in EFC-MAYM:
Through EFC-MAYM, the Home Missions Board has also recently invested in and is supporting eight other church plants on the ground across Mid-America, as well as several other possible new church start sites, with men and women who are exploring a call to plant a Friends Church in our region. Here’s what’s going on in each one:
Our newest approved missional leaders are Jesse and Savannah Waller engaging their city in Topeka KS. They were approved last month at our Annual Ministry Conference where we celebrated this new start in the capital city of Kansas. Now moving into the Conceptual Design phase, one of their biggest BHAG prayers is to identify teammates who will commit to joining in their mission to serve their city. HMB has sent a $200 grant their way for their many start-up needs this month.
Our first new development effort among the refugees in Abilene TX is called African Friends, and these leaders are thrilled to begin ministering to others in need coming into their city through the Food & Clothing Ministry initiated very recently. Pastors Ekwenya and Veronika Mitacic and the AFC leadership also hopes to use their $200 grant to serve back-to-school needs of many children.
A very similar goal with this $200 grant was communicated by Pastor Kumar and Joshuda Tamang at St. Paul MN Friends Church located in Roseville MN. This new church work has been on the ground now three years and is working in the Growing Toward Maturity phase of their development.
The Oasis Church in Dodge City KS communicated their hope with this year’s grant that it will be utilized toward their dream for establishing a Half-Way House for ministering to those released from incarceration. Pastors Jay and Gloria Morford are now leading at Oasis Church.
Pastors Isai and Sucely Ramos at Iglesia Amigos in Oklahoma City OK have communicated they used their HMB grant to build a Facebook module to help communicate the vision and mission of Amigos to their community. This new congregation is also in the Growing Toward Maturity phase of their development.
Pray also for Amigos San Antonio TX, Friends of Lawrence KS, All Nations Friends in Omaha NE, a new Congolese Outreach in Kansas City MO, the leaders of Quivering Arrow Camp in Council House OK, a potential new ministry in Tyler TX, and two new Latino ministries beginning in Houston TX. We know all will invest this grant toward building God’s Kingdom here on earth.