by Jarrett Meek, Founder/Pastor/Executive Director
When we set out to start Mission Adelante, I didn't fully appreciate the potential for immigrants and refugees to play a critical role in transforming a community and a ministry. Now, I'm continually amazed and inspired to by leaders from all places and the impact they are having in our neighborhood. From entrepreneurs to ministry leaders, our community is full of courageous people who are cutting new pathways through the thick brush of cultural and language barriers to realize their dreams and be a part of transforming individual lives and the entire community.
Yanelis López, Gissell Vázquez, and Laxmi Gurung are three of these leaders. As new arrivals to the U.S. each of them has had to overcome challenges and forge a trail through what sometimes seems like an overgrown jungle. Their perseverance, faith, and vision inspire me and all those who are close to them. Mission Adelante is blessed to have them as part of our staff!
As we approach the end of 2017, I'm looking back at the impact our immigrant staff members have made over the last year and anticipating what the Lord will do through them in 2018. Laxmi, as an apprentice, is learning ministry with us and has launched our new Refugee Kids Club, which is already including kids from Nepal, Burma, and Latin America. Gissell has integrated worship into nearly every corner of Mission Adelante, from our staff meetings to our Kids ministry and beyond. She has transformed our Latino worship team and is preparing a new program called Adelante Arts Community that will develop and disciple young through music and the arts. And Yanelis has made tremendous contributions on the senior leadership level, walking our team through transitions, creating healthy dynamics on our staff ministry team, and accepting an increasing level of leadership responsibility in our organization. The impact of these leaders is only just beginning as they continue to adjust to life in the U.S. As people, they are cherished, and as leaders they have the ability to take our ministry to new places.
This year-end, we are praying the Lord would provide $60,000 to help support the 2018 salary and benefits of Yanelis, Laxmi, and Gissell, through what we call our Community Leader Fund. As you pray about your own giving this year-end, I invite you to consider making a special contribution to our Community Leader Fund. If you already give monthly, maybe the Lord will lead you to make an additional year-end gift. If you give annually or occasionally, we encourage you to jump in again with us. Or maybe your are looking for new ways to make an impact with your resources. Investing in Yanelis, Laxmi and Gissell is at the heart of our mission as they are all involved on the front lines of disciple-making with people from all places. I have every confidence that supporting their work through Mission Adelante will produce Kingdom fruit in ways that will glorify Jesus!
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