Mennonite Mission Network is sponsoring an event at the Arca de Salvacion church in Fort Myers, Florida, April 6-8. With the title of SENT, the meeting will involve more than 100 Mennonite mission-minded, Jesus-following leaders in a church planting summit. There will be church planters, groups and individuals testing the call, missional entrepreneurs, outreach experimenters, pastors, missiologists, and conference leaders.
Jim and Jodi Ostlund, church planting couple at Journey@McPherson, will be presenting two seminars, describing the campus church, and the multisite church. They will draw upon their current experience in planting a congregation in a supermarket building being remodeled in stages, with an attendance up to 200. Several persons from south Texas are also expected to attend the conference as participants.
Omot and Hanna Aganya and their children have been in Kansas City since July, 2016. They have learned to know and are working with many immigrants from Ethiopia and South Sudan. After having smaller group meetings in homes for some months, Omot is sensing that the Lord wants them to start having larger group worship services. He is working specifically with 8 lay leaders who feel called to start a more public witness in Kansas City, Missouri. They are looking and praying for the Lord’s leading in finding a meeting place that they can use. Please join them in praying that they will be able to locate a place where they can reach out to those who need to hear the Gospel in that area. It would be also helpful if they would be able to find a van with which they could haul particularly new refugees who do not yet have their own transportation to worship services. If you know of any possibility for such a vehicle, please contact Omot Aganya (612 703 1637) or James Wenger (620 217 9029).
Pastor Omot and Hannah Aganya and the church planting leadership team of eight are ready to launch Eden Life Church in north Kansas City. They are diligently searching for a Sunday morning meeting space as the next step. Pastor Omot and three of the team members were joined by James Wenger and Clarence Rempel, Regional Conference Ministers, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, to look at possibilities: churches, schools, and commercial properties. The Omots have gathered 40 Ethiopian-background immigrants ready for the launch with extended family members and friends waiting in a larger circle. Depending on location they may need furnishings, musical instruments, and help with start up funding. They have been meeting in a nearby Vineyard Church on Saturday for all night prayer meetings in preparation for the launch. They have a huge vision that they trust God to undertake as they reach out to more Ethiopians. They are open to Omot working with other ethnic groups as well, but they are now focused on reaching the 10,000 Ethiopians living in the Kansas City area.