At the Feet of Christ Church has decided to provide Biblical training for their members by starting an IBA (Instituto Biblico Anabaptista) center at their building. They are located in South Central Wichita at 1201 South Pattie. Initially, they have six persons who wish to begin this course of study. IBA has, for 30 years, been preparing Hispanic leaders for ministry. That program deserves a lot of credit for the strong Hispanic Mennonite Churches that have been started throughout this country. Pastor Jerry Acosta sees the IBA training program as a good opportunity for discipleship training for members of their church. South Central Conference is helping support this new ministry.
Eden Life Church has been having three different services each Sunday in three different languages. Recently, they have added a fourth service for people who want to worship in French and Swahili. Many of the people who are part of this group are originally from the Republic of Congo and they have been meeting together for several years. However, their meeting place was no longer available and they requested joining Eden Life Church. The group has between 20 and 30 people who are attending. They meet weekly and Omot Aganya, pastor at Eden Life Church, will preach only one time a month in their service. His monthly sermon will be translated into French. The group has between 20 and 30 people attending. It is just one year at the end of this month since Eden Life Church was able to get possession of their building and they are planning a special celebration for September 30th. They are thankful to the Lord for the way that He has led them in reaching out to the refugees and immigrants in the Kansas City, Missouri area. They appreciate the prayers and support of other churches in South Central Conference.
For about 30 years, Whitestone Mennonite Church has conducted a Wednesday evening program called WOW (for Whitestone on Wednesday), geared to Kindergarten through 5th grade. JYF and MYF met at the same time but with different programming. Beginning September 12, this event will be renamed Connect, designed to be intergenerational in nature. After a meal together, all ages will gather for worship, followed by classes for children through youth. There will be a study and fellowship opportunity for adults as well. The planners have stated that “our goal is that Wednesday evenings become a place for [all] to make connection across generations.”