Written by Jarrett Meek, Founder/Pastor/Executive Director
The Hope Center, Freedom Fire, and Mission Adelante have teamed up to develop emerging leaders for urban ministry! The collaborative project, called "KC Emerging Leaders," creates a cohort learning environment in addition to the ongoing mentoring and practical training that each young leader experiences in their respective ministry contexts. The program exposes our apprentices to experienced leaders from other ministries while giving them meaningful peer interactions with each other.
Our opening retreat, which took place at Shalom Retreat Center near La Cygne, Kansas, served to introduce the apprentices to one another, build a sense of community, and initiate discussions on leadership. The executive directors from each ministry and a few staff were present to lead worship, teach seminars, and guide simulation activities for the apprentices. It was exciting to observe as the apprentices from each ministry interacted with one another and learned from great leaders like Marvin Daniels, Bruce McGregor, Yanelis López, and Gissell Vázquez.
Over the year, we will participate together in five joint training events for our KC Emerging Leaders. The next one on the docket is the Christian Community Development Association's national conference. When vision and values align and relationships of trust exist between organizations and leaders, it's powerful see the Kingdom impact. The opportunities and challenges that face our urban communities are God-sized, and it takes partnerships that begin with relationships and trust and move toward collaboration to meet them!
- Our Leaders In Training program is in need of volunteers for the fall trimester beginning September 20th. For more information or if you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website at www.missionadelante.org/kids.
by Jarrett Meek, Pastor, Executive Director, Mission Adelante, Inc.
What better way to celebrate the Grand Opening of Adelante Thrift than with 15 partner businesses and organizations that have impacted Mission Adelante and have been a part of our community's ongoing transformation! The fact is, our KCK community has been, and is being transformed by many individuals, businesses, and organizations who have invested time, effort, and resources in making our neighborhood a better place to live. Some organizations, like Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC) have been focusing on quality, affordable housing. Others, like Urban Scholastic Center and Bethel Neighborhood Center invest in children and youth to develop leaders from our own neighborhood. Chas Ball Sunfresh made a huge leap a few years ago by moving from its location at 18th and Central to become the anchor for the new shopping center that replaced an abandoned truck stop and a run down motel. KCK RBI started by Cle Ross, a KCK native, is "reviving baseball in the inner city." This list goes on friends! God is doing a beautiful work in our neighborhood, and it's a joy to be a part of it!
This Saturday, April 11, Adelante Thrift will hold a grand opening celebration to feature many of our neighborhood partners, expose our community to the new store, and to thank all of those who have helped the dream of a thrift store that transforms our community become a reality. There will be a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. before the store opens at 10:00 for business. Partners will host tables in front of the store promoting their own products and programs until 1:00 p.m. and the celebration will continue throughout the day until the store closes at 6:00 p.m. We invite you to come by the store that day join the fun!
To volunteer as an individual, group or family, visit www.adelantethrift.com/volunteer
- The Bhutanese Leaders In Training are looking forward to shopping at the "Mission Adelante Money Reward Store" on April 29th. We are in need of small items that the kids can "purchase" as rewards for their extra work this trimester. Candy, cosmetics, craft items and soccer stuff is extremely popular. If you are able to contribute, please email Kristen Maxwell at email@example.com.
by Kristen Allen, Director of Community Development
At Mission Adelante we began talking and praying seriously about how individual transformation could become community transformation in the fall of 2011. As we explored how Mission Adelante can help make a community impact through empowering our immigrant friends and working in partnership to address the needs of our community, others were dreaming too. Two Bhutanese refugees dreamed of opening a store to meet the cultural needs of their community and approached Mission Adelante to share their vision and ask for guidance.
We looked through our network and found volunteers willing to collaborate on this business venture. A successful business owner saw the potential for individual and community transformation and came forward to provide technical assistance to the two entrepreneurs. Another Mission Adelante volunteer encouraged the entrepreneurs and assisted with various activities including using a box truck to go and pick-up store fixtures the entrepreneurs found through their own network. The Bhutanese community pooled money together to help make a down payment on the building. A long-time supporter of Mission Adelante used his business to finish furnishing fixtures in the store. And on December 9, 2012, R.G. Asian store opened at 101 S. 18th Street in Kansas City, Kansas. When God’s people work together it can be a powerful, transformative thing.
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Thanks to R.G. Asian Store, our Bhutanese friends now have access to culturally appropriate and familiar food, clothing, and other products. Customer service is a high priority, and when Bhutanese refugees ask for a new item the owners work through their network in the US and Nepal until the item is on the shelves of their store.
The store owners’ contributions to the Bhutanese community go deeper than providing cultural items -- they also focus on the needs of the Bhutanese teens. R.G. Asian store supports the KC (BEST) Bhutanese Ekata Soccer Team and encourages the young men to be responsible and hard-working. Recognizing that the Bhutanese teens face the challenges of every teen (high school, fitting in, becoming independent, etc.) and the additional struggles faced by newcomers trying to integrate into a new culture, R.G. Asian created a space in the building behind the store where teens can hang out and play games like ping-pong so the teens have a positive outlet and are less likely to get mixed up in less desirable activities like gangs. Our friends at R.G. Asian Store remind us that business can make a community impact.
We hope to build on this experience and further develop a model of for equipping and coaching entrepreneurs through our emerging Adelante Business Coaching ministry. We envision those passionate about business sharing their skills with immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs and a coaching environment where individuals on both side of the mentoring relationship are contributing, learning, and growing. This is not an effort to “do for” - it is an effort of partnership to “do with” in a spirit of collaboration and dedication to the community.
Do you want to dive deeper into how businesses can make a Kingdom impact? Learn more about Business as Mission at Ignite 2013: A Workshop for Developing Business for Kingdom Impact on July 20th. Read more about the workshop here:
and register for this event that coincides with the formation of Adelante Business Coaching.
A Record Year and New Opportunities!
Three cultures, one community, a big celebration!
It's been a record year at Mission Adelante and the timing couldn't be any better! As we bring 2012 to a close, we're both praising God for His beautiful work among us, as well as praying for the strongest year-end we've ever had financially. Will you be a part of it with us?
The fruit of seven years of serving in our neighborhood has translated into some exciting opportunities for 2013 that we're praying will impact our community in new ways for years to come. We invite every one of you to partner with us in whatever way you can as we press into these new challenges and opportunities! Give online and then share our
with your friends. It's easy!
Coming soon in 2013...
- Adelante Thrift: A neighborhood-based Thrift store that will provide jobs and a produce sustainable income to help fund other Community Development initiatives.
- Summer Internship: A ministry internship for emerging leaders among Latino Teens from our neighborhood.
- Foundations for a Medical Clinic: In 2013 we will be conducting focus groups in our community and forming a Board of Directors and a business plan for a Family Practice clinic in our neighborhood, which we hope to open in 2014.
- Multi-cultural Worship: On Christmas eve we will hold our first ever multi-cultural worship service in Spanish, English and Nepali. In 2013 we plan to experiment with more ideas to foster multi-cultural interactions and worship.
- Disciple-Making: The core of our mission and purpose will always be reproducing disciples of Jesus who can also make disciples.
This is a very exciting time to invest in what God is doing through Mission Adelante. As we prepare for these new opportunities and pray for our strongest financial year-end ever, we want to invite you to give, and give generously to be a part of changing individual lives and an entire community. Our year-end giving goal is $65,000. This goal includes $21,000 we need to raise to receive a "last in" grant to hire a Community Development Director! Here are a two ideas to help us get there!
- Give online and pass it on (click here)! We have a new online giving page that integrates our new video to share our story and makes online giving really easy. Spread the word by sharing our giving page on facebook!
- Give Stock (click here to learn more): When you give appreciated assets, your giving capacity goes further and your tax advantage could be greater. Mission Adelante partners closely with the National Christian Foundation to help donors establish "donor advised funds", an effective and tax-efficient vehicle for giving. With a donor advised fund you can give appreciated assets, such as stock, avoiding capital gains taxes. While no one knows how congress will resolve the "fiscal cliff", there has been talk of placing new limits on itemized deductions, which would impact deductions for charitable giving in future years. The president of the National Christian Foundation, Aimee Minnich, has given me permission to distribute her mobile phone number, (816) 853-4469,for anyone who would like to discuss giving stock or other assets through a donor advised fund.