Thursday, October 4, 2007

Team Wisconsin Update 10-03-07

Good things are happening at Safe Harbor in Superior! Pastor Jason continues to do a good job in helping form this young, developing church. Begun six years ago as a daughter to Darrow Rd., their dream is to impact north Superior with the gospel. The finance and attendance numbers are climbing. A week ago they baptized five more people in Lake Superior (brr!). They’ve put on an addition with a restroom, ramp and back entry. They’ve put on a new roof and have raised the money for a complete, new exterior. In the past two weeks they’ve also raised the money to scholarship a student in Nicaragua. Jason and Patty have four children, with number five on the way. People’s lives continue to be transformed through this ministry.

Transformation City
Another Pastor Jason and his team had their first low-key preview service last Sunday in north Milwaukee. In addition to their launch team, there were 5 new adults with four children and it went very well. Jason and Alya Butler have been working in the area for about three months to establish a new congregation there. They are working through some opposition with zoning issues from the city fathers. Pray for them about this issue and as they work to reach people for Christ in the city.

This weekend I also had the opportunity to catch up with Alex Finseth (a licensed ministerial student) in Eau Claire, Jeff and Heather Semple (new staff pastors at Red Cedar), Todd and Kris Arneson (assistant at Red Cedar) and Damian Gonzalez (student intern at Red Cedar). I was also privileged to stop in to hear Pastor Craig Cooper preach and worship with Red Cedar on Saturday evening.

Nicaragua Scholarship Sponsors Needed
We’re about halfway in providing 20 scholarships to help 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. We will provide you with a picture and a short bio on the student so that you can also pray for him/her while you support the student.

Spiritual Formation Training for Teachers/Leaders

WHAT: Exciting time of motivation and training for effective spiritual formation

WHO: Dr. Jim Dunn (Adult), Rev. Colleen Derr (Children) and Rev. Scott Simmons (youth) from the Spiritual Formation Department in Indy will be leading

WHEN: November 3, Saturday (southwest and southeast regions)
November 4, Sunday (north region)

WHERE: November 3—CrossPoint Nazarene Church, Madison
November 4—Spooner Wesleyan Church

FOR: Pastors, Directors, Teachers, Small Group leaders, of children, youth, and adults.

October 4-5 IWU Board

October 21 Spooner Visit
October 6 Iglesia de Esperanza (Rice Lake)

October 22-23 DBMD
October 7 Sand Lake

October 25 Ballinger Fund
October 9-10 OWU Visit, GS/DS Meeting

October 27 DBA
October 11-16 Vacation

October 28 Drop in visit

November 3-4 Spiritual Formation Training
The River (Minong) visit

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