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.
It's common to hear "Buenos días" or "Namaste" at the Mission Adelante office in the mornings. However, if you stop by now, you are likely to hear "Dobrea utra" as well. That's Russian for "good morning," and it's been brought by our newest staff member who comes all the way from Tajikistan! Elena Mamadnazarova joined the Mission Adelante team in January to lead our community development ministry and is already making an impact.
"Lena" brings with her a Master's degree in International Development from Brandeis University, as well as over 10 years of international community development experience in Central Asia. Her most recent role was managing the Central Asian office of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Kazakhstan. Her educational background, along with her depth of experience and cross-cultural competency have raised the level of excellence on our leadership team almost overnight.
Beyond her professional qualifications, Lena's faith journey is deep and inspiring. She experienced being a refugee during Tajikistan's civil war, having to flee to Russia when her father's race and culture made their family the target of ethnic cleansing. During this time she prayed fervently to a God she did not yet know for her father's safety. God answered her prayers. Later, when they returned to Tajikistan, Lena received Christ with a friend who invited her to attend a church that had been started by Korean missionaries in her town. She grew and served and began to feel a calling to live out her faith in practical ways that would help communities.
Of course, a relationship brought Lena from the East coast to Kansas City. Her husband, Ray Chan is a pediatrician with Children's Mercy and they have a daughter, Samila who is three. Together they are members of Christ Community Church where they attend the Downtown campus. Lena has served at Christ Community as a member of their Global Leadership Team.
Mission Adelante is delighted to have Lena on board and excited for her leadership as she helps our team turn individual transformation into community transformation!
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.