The Rey de Gloria (King of Glory) congregation has taken the leadership in providing a summer daycare program for children whose working parents are unable to provide for adequate and safe daycare, including meals, medical/social services, worthwhile activities and learning opportunities.
The Schowalter Foundation has been unusually generous in providing substantial financial assistance for several years, but this year, with a reduction in funds available to grant, they have provided about half the amount given in prior years. Rey de Gloria thus needs to raise about $14,000 to cover the costs, which do not include many hours of volunteer labor including our traveling Summer VBS team which will be helping out later in the summer.
If you would like to help this ministry continue please send checks to South Central Conference PO Box 564 Hesston, KS 67062 designated Rey de Gloria Daycare.
The following flyers can also be used to share this opportunity. They can be downloaded in full color online at the following links:
In 1905, under the direction of a local mission board, appointed by the Missouri-Iowa and the Kansas-Nebraska district conferences, a Mennonite Gospel Mission was established in Kansas City. The work was later taken over by the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities.
In 1917 the Mennonite Children’s Home was established in response to many requests for child care that came to the workers in the Mennonite Gospel Mission. J. D. Mininger, the mission superintendent, was one of the initiators of this venture in child welfare. The Home was owned and operated by the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, which delegated the actual administration to the local Board of Directors.
The Home was licensed by the state of Kansas to care for 46 children ranging in age from two to twelve. The Home was also licensed to place children in foster and adoptive homes. Over 1200 children were either placed in homes or given temporary care in the Children’s Home between 1917 and 1956. The children’s home eventually evolved into Argentine Youth Services, which continues to operate in Kansas City as Associated Youth Services.
In February of 1946 the Mennonite Gospel Mission was discontinued and the Argentine Mennonite Church was organized as its direct successor, beginning with 130 members in 1946 and (according to the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online) having a membership of 74 in 1958. Argentine Mennonite Church is a member of the South Central Mennonite Conference with a current membership of 26.
–Kurt Horst, Regional Conference Minister