At the Feet of Christ Church is a church plant in Wichita, KS. Recently six people in their group have committed to taking classes through the Instituto Bíblico Anabautista (IBA) or Anabaptist Biblical Institute. IBA began as a Spanish language biblical education program but classes are now also available in English. The congregation has chosen the English version which is also the language they are using in their services. Five of the students beginning courses were baptized by Pastor Jerry Acosta who, along with his wife Lori, started the church. People in the church are thinking about how they can reach out to their friends and the people who are living in the neighborhood close to their rented meeting place at 1201 South Pattie (at Lincoln Street just West of 135). Some members are also talking about an outreach to the homeless in their area. At the present time between 20 and 30 people gather each Sunday morning for Sunday school at 10:30 and Worship at 11:30. IBA classes will begin in February or March and will meet on Friday evenings. Each participant is contributing to the cost of the classes and South Central Conference is also providing some scholarships.
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.
Iglesia Menonita Alfa y Omega has just finished their first VBS. It was a great event. There were about 18 children that came all week from 9 AM to 12 PM Monday through Friday. Pastor Maira Hernandez from the Rey de Gloria Mennonite church and the youth were on hand to help them and used the RDG vehicle to help pick up and take home children. While a group of Alfa y Omega people were in Yoder to represent the congregation at SCC assembly, the rest of the small congregation was working on VBS. The Pastors, Carlos and Claudia started meeting in their home about two years ago. Today they are still meeting in the pastors’ home on Fridays and Sundays. They also have prayer day in individual homes where the person invites the neighbors to come and just pray together. Carlos and Claudia work with a group of about 22 on any given Sunday. Carlos is a carpenter while Claudia works at home with their three children. Los Fresnos is a small town about 20 miles North East of Brownsville. We invite you to pray for the small congregation.