written by David Stetler, Director of Bhutanese Ministries

At Mission Adelante we love to celebrate culture and leadership development, and we especially love to celebrate when our friends from other places “adelantan" (move forward). Last weekend the community of Mission Adelante celebrated the completion of our 2014 Spring trimester, the raising up of young leaders as they took on new responsibilities, the friendships that have grown during the last 12 weeks and the beauty of the unique cultures represented in our growing multi-cultural community! The adult students in our English classes received certificates, the teens and kids received awards and everyone received a little more joy.

We believe that developing individuals to reach their potential as disciples and leaders is how ministry bears fruit. This was so evident in the way that our community leaders came around each part of the events. The Equipos (the teams) led the way at the Latino party and the Bhutanese LTP (Leadership Training Project) teens led the way at the Bhutanese party. It was such an exciting time to see new and growing leaders stepping up to lead in new ways.

As our community keeps growing, we long to continue to create more opportunities for leaders to be developed, disciples to be made and for people from all places to thrive as we use our gifts together to transform our neighborhood.

In other news:

  • The Latino party last weekend was a blast! We were so proud of the kids as they performed “God’s Not Dead,” and of our Kid’s Equipo (Team) that led really fun and creative activities to engage the kids during the adult portion of the program.
  • Immigrant business owners continue to transform our community. Two refugee business owners have submitted plans to the city to open restaurants. We’ll share when the restaurants open so you can support the community and enjoy some delicious food!

Prayer needs:
  • Please pray for a ministry team from Mission Adelante who will be traveling to Q- ba over the next couple of weeks to work together with RAICES at a ministry retreat.
  • Please pray for our gap between trimesters to be a time that our staff can rest as well as prepare and plan for the summer trimester.
  • Please pray for the Adelante Thrift board as they continue to work through challenges to open the thrift store.

Current needs:
  • We’re looking for a source for custom embroidered garments. If you know the owner of a local promotional product business, please email Morgan at morganh@missionadelante.org.
  • Our Kids Club board games are beginning to wear out.  We are looking for new or gently used board games and toys for kids in the Kindergarten to 4th grade age range.  Some popular items include Trouble, Connect4, Jenga, Tinker-toys and Lincoln-Logs.  For more information contact Kristen Maxwell at kristenm@missionadelante.org.