When I began these 8 weeks of VBS, I knew a little bit about leadership and had multiple experiences that had allowed me to grow in my ability as a leader. I knew I would be challenged as VBS On the Road director, but I guess I didn’t expect it from the very start. When our team met up, one of the girls and I immediately clashed, in particular about the van keys. Our second day at Argentine Mennonite we were fresh on the job and there were more kids than we expected that night. We were overwhelmed. At the end of the night, we gathered together and decided to head to McDonald’s for ice cream. But I couldn’t find the keys! I could feel my team mates getting more and more upset. As I looked, I felt so foolish. I had set myself up as the leader, demanding that my teammates give me the keys, yet I was the one that lost them. After gathering for a prayer, we started looking again. Jenna called out “I found the keys!” and there they were in my backpack the whole time. We went to McDonald’s, where I awkwardly apologized and nearly cried. There were two things that impacted me throughout this trip from that night: first, that God is for us, helping us find keys when we can’t. Secondly, that God is for me, helping me gain my teammates trust in unusual ways.
Over a decade ago, Pleasant View imagined a time when it would need a new sanctuary and more classrooms. That vision is becoming a reality. Nine months ago, there was only a dirt pad. Today, a steel structure sits atop a solid concrete foundation. With each passing day, less imagination is required as the new spaces begin to take shape.
Spearheading the project is the building committee chairperson, Matt Jackson and project manager, Daryl Mast. They are part of a larger building committee made up of interested people from the congregation. There are also a series of subcommittees working together to approve bids and seek answers to all of the questions that come with constructing a new building. When complete, the new building will house a new sanctuary, new library, new offices and a host of new classrooms all geo-thermally heated and cooled.
Pastor Jeff Selzer hopes that the project will be complete in time for Christmas, though when asked about a projected completion date, he is quick to respond, “When it’s done.” Once the new building is complete, the 1928 building and 1967 sanctuary will be torn down to make room for more parking.
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).