From The City
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Here are our current national partnerships...
We are currently the Lead Partner Church in Columbus for NAMB's Send Initiative. When we accepted this position, we committed to three things: plant a church in Columbus, give a significant amount financially, and help connect other churches to church planting efforts city-wide. We are currently working with Jason Williams, the pastor of Church In The Wild and Aaron Taylor, pastor of Living Hope Church.
Within the Wind River Indian Reservation there is a tribe called the Northern Arapaho. They are considered the last critically unreached people group in the continental US. We have been taking teams there for the last nine years in order to build lasting relationships. Our goal here is to simply gain respect and build relationships with the hope of being able to share the good news of Jesus.
KANSAS CITY KANSAS
Ray & Abbi Peoples and kids moved from Fort Smith to Kansas City to plant New City Church in Merriam. We look forward to seeing what God will do here in the future as God continues to use Ray and Abbi. Normally we take a team of junior high school and/or high school students there every spring break. If your student is interested in this trip contact our Student Pastor, Josh Hargett.
One of the most incredible things is happening in America right now: college students are readily coming to Christ! Our fastest church plants in America right now are on college campuses. We could not be more excited as our own, Aaron & Kristen Rodgers and kids, have moved to Lawrence, Kansas, home of the Jayhawks, to plant Story Hill Church.
Here are our current international partnerships...
This has been a partnership for our church for more than 20 years! Every year we go to work at Orphanage Emmanuel where there are more than 500 kids. We take a couple of teams every February. Many of our church members sponsor children at the orphanage. Also, every year our children make shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to send there. It is shipped to Tennessee by our friends at ABF where it is packed and then shipped to Honduras.
A CITY IN SOUTH ASIA - HINDU
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our MPA Leader, Mary McCutchen. We can say that we are extremely excited about working with this unreached people group. Mary has been leading teams here for a number of years and will continue to do so through our church. Mary's team has been supporting two pastors there for a couple of years now who took over the work from IMB missionaries.
A CITY IN CENTRAL ASIA
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our MPA Leader, Val Oliver. We can say that we have been sending two teams here every year for almost 10 years now, and it is incredible to see how God is working. We currently have three units that live there, and they are working with a very small, but dedicated group of believers to share the good news in this very dark place.
A CITY IN VIETNAM
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our mission pastor, Scott Ward. We will be working with both indigenous Christian leaders and company workers. The universities are wide open for learning English and having spiritual conversations in the big city. We also partner with a team of local doctors and dentists to do medical work.
Our mission pastor and his family served in Tanzania as missionaries for about three years working with the Pare Tribe in the Pare Mountains, a range of mountains coming out of Mount Kilimanjaro. Working together with a local pastor, Fanuel & Monika Kiroka, they were blessed to get to see many churches planted. We continue to go back every year or two in order to continue church planting efforts, encourage the young churches, and disciple new pastors.
For more than 15 years we had been partnered in Ecuador working to reach the Shuar Tribe. The IMB has now determined that there is enough gospel presence among this tribe to be able to move on. They have now moved their missionaries, our partners, Adam & Jess Huser and kids, from Ecuador to Peru to work with uncontacted tribes in the rainforest. We will continue to work with the Huser's and plan to continue sending teams.
SAO PAULO BRAZIL
This is a brand new partnership for us. We will be teaming up with a church in Sao Paulo to help mobilize them to reach the people that live around them, including the largest university in South America, Sao Paulo University. If you are interested in the work in Brazil, contact our Mission Pastor, Scott Ward.
A CITY IN PAKISTAN
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our mission pastor, Scott Ward. We currently have one unit that we are partnered with here. We will be planning future trips soon!
A CITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
This is a brand new partnership for us! Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our mission pastor, Scott Ward. We will be supporting a young family as they go to serve on staff at an international church.
A CITY IN SOUTH ASIA - MUSLIM
Because of security reasons we cannot publish much about this partnership. For more information, please, email our mission pastor, Scott Ward. We are working with a young couple that does leadership development in universities.
This is a brand new partnership for us! We will be partnering with Butch & Ellen Booth who live in the Tokyo District. They are independent missionaries having started a ministry called Nevertheless Missions. We will be looking to take volunteer teams here in the near future.