The Value of Friendship

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Written by Gissell Vazquez, Discipleship and Worship Coordinator

The end of the year always brings the opportunity to reflect on the good things that God has given us over the past year. Especially during the season of Thanksgiving, many things come to my mind. One that I want to highlight is friendship, and I really want to stop to celebrate this because, what is life without friends, and how can we do ministry if we don’t have someone to rely on?

Because of a friendship, I decided to move to Kansas City. This year I’ve met new people who I can call friends. I also work in a place where we believe that effective ministry is relational at its core and friendship is a life-giving experience.

During this year at Mission Adelante, I have had the privilege of interacting with the different programs, and I can say that I’ve seen how relationships grow here no matter where you come from. We have many examples of how that happens. By being a volunteer myself in ESL, every Thursday night I enjoy the interactions between American and Latin American people and the extension of relationships beyond the program. I enjoy visiting people at their houses and coming together to worship at church. I enjoy using music to build friendships at kids programs. And I’m also grateful for being part of a multicultural staff where I’ve found that diversity is a plus that adds beauty to relationships.

Mission Adelante stays strong and achieves its goals because it is founded on solid ground, and one of its foundations is the value of interdependent relationships expressed in a community of friends who face everyday challenges as one team.




  • Adelante Thrift is in need of new of toys for parents to purchase as Christmas gifts for their children at a lower cost. Donations are accepted at Adelante Thrift Monday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm. 3720 State Ave Kansas City, Kansas 66102
  • Our Leaders In Training program is in need of volunteers! For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website at
  • Are you interested in combining your love of the arts and disciple-making? Mission Adelante is launching Adelante Arts Community in January 2018 and is looking for volunteers to help! Visit for more information.
  • Do you have a gently-used keyboard or acoustic guitar that you're not using? Adelante Arts Community needs it! We are in need of a keyboard and three acoustic guitars for our new program. Please email Gissell Vazquez at if you would like to donate an instrument.