What a meaningful time to be called to serve, share life and share Jesus with people from all places! A lot has been said in the last year about immigrants and refugees, and we find that our passion for “loving people from all places” and our mission to make disciples is important now more than ever. It’s as though the Lord has given us this mission and put us in this community, “for such a time as this.”
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
From early on in Mission Adelante’s history, we have played a unique role in inviting believers from across the city to embrace the Greatest Commandments and the Great Commission in a special way with people from other places. We’ve grasped a great opportunity for Christians who were born in the U.S. to learn and live out the gospel by showing friendship, hospitality, and compassion, by sharing the Good News of salvation by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.
"I would love them also if I knew them, but I guess since you love them it's good enough for me. I will love them and pray for them." -A Friend
Highlights from 2016
- Leadership Community: This year we launched a multicultural discipleship training group for 40+ participants from our community. It included an opening retreat, monthly training sessions, and a trip to Los Angeles to attend the Christian Community Development Association’s national conference.
- Awesome Internship: This year’s summer youth internship may have been our best ever! We had interns from four different countries represented, including Nepal, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the United States.
- Eleven-year Celebration: This summer we celebrated 11 years of ministry in the community with a party in the park, complete with a variety of food, songs, and dances from various countries.
- Adelante Thrift: Adelante Thrift celebrated one year in March and had its first two profitable months in October and November! We’re still working hard toward the dream of a Thrift store that provides funding for other ministry initiatives!
Looking Forward to 2017
- Disciple-making: Press into the heart of our mission, multiplying disciples in our community.
- Community Leaders: Hire Gissel Vazquez to our Latino staff as Discipleship and Music Coordinator.
- Multicultural Leadership Core: Invest in a core of maturing leaders who are impacting our community.
- Business Coaching Pilot: Pilot a 12-week training course for community entrepreneurs in the Fall.
- Re-Envision Refugee Ministry: The landscape is constantly changing with refugees in KCK. In 2017 we will be seeking God's direction in possibly broadening our vision for refugee ministry to include groups from other countries. Please pray with us as we discern God's will.
This year our year-end funding goals fall into two categories: finishing our 2016 General Fund budget and securing funds for our Community Leaders for 2017. The General Fund need to complete our budget is $41,000. To contribute to this goal you may designate your gift to “General” or “Stetler-General”. Our Community Leader Fund need is $35,000. You may give online at www.missionadelante.org/give. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Lord’s ministry through Mission Adelante!
In His Grace,