Happy New Year :: 2012

written by David Stetler

The New Year is here and as we look back on all that the Lord has done through Mission Adelante this past year, we are especially grateful to our church partners, donors and volunteers who give of their lives in so many ways to bring the Truth and Love of Jesus to our immigrant friends here in Kansas City, Kansas.  Most importantly we are grateful to our Father in heaven for giving us love, life and mission.

Two-thousand eleven was full of so many highlights.  Whether it was the overseas mission trips or the amazing training we received in Indianapolis at CCDA, our experiences outside Kansas City seemed to only further the ministry in a huge way and increase our passions for the things that God has called us to do.

We also launched a new ministry that grew overnight. The Bhutanese Teens Club started over the summer with about 15 Bhutanese teens and now it has over 40 teens every week! In Teens Adelante we continue to watch as the Latino teens rise to the challenge of becoming leaders.  We've watched them mature and grow in ways that we hadn't ever imagined…leading worship on Sundays, serving on Tuesday nights and caring for one another in deep and real ways.

Lastly, we saw new believers baptized and new house churches planted.  As we continue to set our hearts on the Great Commandment of loving our neighbors and the Great Commission of making disciples that make disciples that make disciples…we watch as the One who holds it all together gets all the glory!

Every year is an adventure and as we look forward to 2012 we can only anticipate this journey to continue to be an amazing one.  We look forward to watching God unfold His plan and move in power over our city, our ministry, our friends and our very lives as well.

Happy New Year,
           Feliz Año Nuevo and
                     Naya Barshako Shuvakamana!

May the Lord bless you all in this new year.

In other news:

  • Both the Latino and Bhutanese communities worshiped together on Christmas Eve.  In fact, about 30 Bhutanese individuals celebrated Christmas as followers of Jesus for the first time this year!
Current needs:
  • A dining table and chairs
  • Volunteers for the Spring Trimester, beginning the week of January 16:
    • Tuesday evenings:
      • Bhutanese Teens Club and Kids Club: several male volunteers needed
      • Bhutanese Teens Club: worship leader needed
      • Bhutanese ESL class: 2 conversation partners needed
    • Wednesday afternoons:
      • Leaders In Training: male tutor needed
    • Wednesday evenings:
      • Latino Teens Adelante: female volunteer needed
    • Thursday evenings:
      • Latino ESL class: 4 conversation partners needed
      • Kids Adelante: 4 volunteers needed
    • Flexible times:
      • Resource center: several volunteers to help sort donations/organize needed
Upcoming dates:
  • Saturday, January 14, 9:00-12:30: Volunteer Orientation & Training
  • Monday, January 16, 6:30-8:30: All Volunteer Huddle & Dessert
  • Tuesday, January 17, 6:30: Bhutanese programs launch
  • Thursday, January 19, 6:30: Latino programs launch