Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Team Wisconsin Update

Pastor Josh Hilty and Jamie are doing a great job leading Baraboo through a refocusing process. In addition to ministering to the people of the existing congregation, they are working hard to connect with new and younger people in the community. There are some new people connecting with Christ and the church and being discipled by the Hiltys. They have done a significant amount of work developing a plan for upgrading the facilities – new furniture, lights, etc. After a wonderful lunch prepared by Jamie, we went over the prices and plans. A couple of weeks ago a team of adults and teens came from Brookhaven Wesleyan to help with a VBS and help with painting. They did a great job and were a huge encouragement to the congregation and the Hiltys.

News and Notes

Please pray especially for the people in the southwestern part of Wisconsin. Some places received six to seven inches of rain. In addition to roads and bridges damaged, there has been significant crop damage, resulting in loss of income for a lot of farmers. Wesleyan churches and the people in this part of the state are doing well, except for more than a few basements.

Continue to pray for Nicaragua as the leadership searches for the right property to establish a district ministry center. As the work grows, it is becoming a necessity to have a district office, a training center, and a central place for the district to call home. The property could also house a central church in Managua. We are asking for the funds to help with the purchase. The plan is to purchase a piece of property, then have construction teams work alongside the Nicaraguans in building the facilities.

We are also asking individual churches or people to sponsor a student (minister or lay) to be educated for one year. $336 pays for one student to take at least three classes for one year. Missionaries Mike Knox and Jim Eckhardt are developing and teaching the classes. Our goal is 20 scholarships.

Mark your calendar for November 3 or 4 for an exciting and encouraging day of training and motivation for effective spiritual formation in our local churches. Dr. Jim Dunn and the other spiritual formation department heads will be in Wisconsin on these two days. It is for pastors, adult, youth and children spiritual formation directors and teachers – whether Sunday School, small group, or other leaders. The southwest and southeast regions of the state will meet on Saturday, November 3 in Madison at the Crosspoint Nazarene church. The north region will meet on Sunday November 4 afternoon/early evening at the Spooner Wesleyan church.

Dates for your Information

August 26 Janesville visit/meet with Board
August 27 Sand Lake Board

September 1-4 South Carolina
September 5-13 Nicaragua Medical Team trip
September 9 Woodland visit
September 16 Washington, MI
September 25-27 District Flame Extension Class (Intro. to OT)
September 26 Nicaragua Partnership Committee
September 30 Safe Harbor visit

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