Written by Jarrett Meek, Founder/Pastor/Executive Director
Last year at this time I was worried. The dream of Adelante Thrift was on the ropes after two years of preparation and a year and a half in business. How much longer could we make it? There were amazing things happening at the store, but we were still losing a lot of money. As I made phone calls to raise more cash for the endeavor, I had to answer the brutal question: "How long do we support a business-as-mission endeavor that is losing money?" I remember processing that question out loud on the phone, "I won't be coming back to ask for more money again. If we haven't seen significant improvement by this time next year, we'll be making some hard decisions." That was 2016.
What is perseverance? What does faith look like when the results you're longing for can't yet be seen? I have a favorite line from the movie Pearl Harbor, spoken by Alec Baldwin as Lt. Col Doolittle. "Victory belongs to those who believe in it the longest." This quote eloquently expresses the interaction between faith and perseverance. The journey of Adelante Thrift has developed both faith and perseverance in me in ways that I couldn't have predicted and wouldn't have signed up for if I had known they were part of the deal. And yet, looking back, I wouldn't trade those lessons for anything. I'm a different person, a more mature leader, a more faithful follow of Jesus. And, here we are, entering the fourth quarter of 2017, with a real shot at a profitable year. God is so faithful!
As we press into the final quarter of the year, I'm so thankful for the many volunteers who've served, the individuals, businesses, and churches who've given merchandise and money, the customers who've shopped, and the staff from all places who've created a unique environment at the store that exudes the love of Christ. Will Adelante Thrift be profitable in 2017? Will the store start to realize it's potential in terms of financial impact on the community in 2018? I invite you to be part of answering these questions! Is it time to donate more stuff? Does your small group, your family, or your business want to come down and serve? Your treasures can transform a community. I invite you to help Adelante Thrift finish 2017 strong and celebrate our first profitable year!
- Help us finish 2017 strong! Volunteer with your family, small group, or business at Adelante Thrift. For more information or to sign up, go to www.adelantethrift.com/volunteer/ .
- 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 two keyboards and three acoustic guitars for our new program. Please email Gissell Vazquez at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate an instrument.
- 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 www.missionadelante.org/arts for more information.
- You’re invited to the Mission Adelante Thanksgiving Open House November 11th from 2:30-6:30pm. Stop by and enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the Meeks’ home meeting members of the Mission Adelante staff and community, celebrating culture, and giving thanks for God’s faithfulness.
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.
written by Kristen Allen and Jarrett Meek
After many months of planning and site searching, we are thrilled to introduce you to Adelante Thrift, a sustainable community development project of Mission Adelante. We're excited to announce that we've signed a lease for an 18,000 sq. ft. space at 3720 State Avenue, and with that key milestone under our belt, we can begin the countdown to opening the doors to this new endeavor in the first quarter of 2015!
Adelante Thrift is more than a thrift store, it is an opportunity to transform our community in a sustainable way. Our job readiness program through Adelante Thrift will provide job opportunities and equip people with the skills they need to obtain employment and be successful in the workplace. Volunteers from our neighborhood and across the city will have an opportunity to serve in a variety of ways as a part of a dynamic team. And, proceeds from the store will go to help fund ministry in our neighborhood. We are excited to see how generosity will help transform a community!
Now that we have secured a space, there is a lot of work to be done, including raising startup capital, building out the space, securing donated inventory, developing systems, recruiting volunteers, and hiring staff. Here a three ways you can get involved:
Start saving up your clothing, furniture, electronics, and other housewares. We’ll start accepting donations in early 2015 (not long after Christmas!). We’ll let you know when we’re ready!
We will need an army of volunteers to help us get our space ready, and then to help sort, price, and stock items. There are perfect volunteer opportunities for families, church groups, or businesses!
Our year-end fundraising campaign this year is focused on raising money to launch Adelante Thrift! Our launch need is $250,000, and the Lord has already provided commitments for $138,300. We invite you to be part of this innovative community development initiative! This is an “invest once” opportunity. Once this project is up and going, it will be self-sustaining and will provide income for other ministry projects. That’s return on investment! Please visit our give page at www.missionadelante.org/give to learn how to contribute.
We can’t wait to welcome you into our store, help you find a bargain, and change your treasures into community transformation!. Learn more about donating items and volunteering at www.adelantethrift.com.
We continue to go before God and ask for His guidance and ask you to join us in prayer. Please pray for the Adelante Thrift board and for God to open up the right opportunity before us. Partner with us in prayer as we look to build a strong starting point for Adelante Thrift in the location that God has ordained. We look forward to the day when He answers our prayers and we give thanks as He continues to transform our community.
In other news:
- This week, Mission Adelante Teens Club mentors will be visiting students in their homes to get to know them and their families in a more personal way. We are excited to watch the friendships between Bhutanese teens and adult mentors grow in the coming months!
- The community survey effort for the new medical clinic is winding down. We are thankful that many community partners opened up their churches and organizations in a spirit of collaboration and allowed us to ask their participants about their healthcare needs. This information will help us build a health center that is sensitive to the needs of our multicultural community.
- We will host a wedding at Mission Adelante this Saturday! We are excited to celebrate with our friends, Alejandro and Elena, as they take this exciting step!
- Blue Valley Baptist Church will host a critical issues forum on October 24th from 7-9pm. The topic will be the Christians response to the Immigration problems in America and Jason Schoff will be one of the panelists. Please consider attending this event. 8925 W. 151st St, Overland Park, KS. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with childcare needs no later than October 20.
- The Hindu holiday season is upon us. Please pray for our Hindu friends in Kansas City to experience Jesus’ love and grace in special ways during this season.
- Pray4Reform--join us in praying for immigration reform. There are two corporate gatherings this week hosted by our partners. Click on the tab to learn where we will be praying tonight and tomorrow morning.
- If you're out and about and notice swimsuits on clearance, would you think about picking some up for kids at Mission Adelante? We go swimming many times a year, even in the winter, and sometimes we find out on the way to the pool that some of our friends don’t have swimsuits that fit. We specifically need suits that fit Elementary and Middle School boys, and one-piece suits that fit later Elementary and Middle School girls. If you have questions, or would like to help, contact Kristen Maxwell at Kristenm@missionadelante.org.
- Our Leaders in Training after-school tutoring program is looking for a small group or a few individuals to purchase healthy, pre-packaged snacks for the kids. If you are interested, please contact Megan at email@example.com.
- Observation Days: Tuesdays, November 5 & 12 (Bhutanese)/Thursdays, November 7 & 14 (Latino) 6:30-8:30 Have you wondered what all goes on around here on a typical evening of programming? Here's your opportunity to come and see for yourself!