Yes, the town is in another district and another state – North Dakota – at least 14 hours away, but that is where we were last Sunday. We traveled there to continue building a relationship with a potential future IWU alumnus – our grandson, Jackson. Before celebrating his first birthday party, we worked on and completed several projects around the home and enjoyed spending time with our son Brent, his wife, Laura and, of course, Jackson. We enjoyed attending church at New Hope where Brent is the Family Life pastor.
The last day and a half was spent with the General Director of Evangelism and Church Growth, Phil Stevenson, and a specially appointed committee to work on strategic planning for planting churches in our district. Craig Cooper, our district E & CG Director, worked to set up this very productive meeting. I so appreciate his leadership in this area. We rejoiced over the new congregations the Lord has helped us to establish and the ones that are in the process right now. Part of our dream continues to be to plant at least 20 new churches by 2020.
I recently met with Juan and Daniel where they introduced me to another potential church planting pastor from El Salvador, who has moved to Wisconsin. Please continue to pray for our Spanish-speaking church plants.
Thank you for your continuing financial support and prayers for expanding the kingdom through new congregations.
Paul Wilczek—Paul and his family recently arrived in Janesville where Paul will be pasturing the church.
Tim Nelson—Tim and his wife have moved to Milwaukee to work with Jason and Alya Butler in the planting of Transformation City.
We welcome you to the Wisconsin District!
We have some sad news from Nicaragua. Pastor Reina of the Rosa de Saron (Rose of Sharon) church in Los Laureles, lost her husband, Cesar Gaitan, to a stroke. Cesar provided for his family through farming and, in addition to their grieving his loss, this will be a blow to the family financially. They have a daughter, son and 16-month old granddaughter. Please pray for Pastor Reina, her family and the church.
Also, continue to remember Mike and Amy Knox as they and their three children prepare to leave Nicaragua and return to Wisconsin for this year. They will be back in the states next month.
We can all celebrate with Ben and Ingrid Kidder, pastor of The River Church in Minong. They have a baby boy, Blaise Barnabas Kidder, born last Wednesday. He entered the world at a whopping 10# 11 oz. and extended the tape measure to 22 inches. Congratulations to Ben and Ingrid. That made for quite a memorable memorial day weekend.
Please continue to remember the special events coming in June – General Conference, District Conference, and our children, middle school and high school camps.
1 Our Savior’s Annual Visit
7-11 General Conference
9-13 North & South Kids Camps
15 Janesville—Paul Wilczek Installation
15-20 Middle School Camp
22 Baker Street Annual Visit
26 Westbrooke Annual Visit
26 Casa de Restauracion Visit
26-27 District Conference
29—July 4 Senior High Camp
7-14 Nicaragua Youth Missions Trip
14-21 Honduras Youth Missions Trip
Leading a great team—Your Servant, Dan Bickel, Wisconsin District Superintendent