Eden Life Church in Kansas City, Missouri received a $30,000 grant from JoinHands to help them with building expenses. Clarence Rempel, Tim Sweigert and James Wenger presented the check to the congregation at a worship service on Sunday, April 28, 2019. About $24,000 will be used to pay down the church’s mortgage so that a balloon payment of $36,000 will be eliminated at the end of 10 years and $6,000 will be used for building repairs. JoinHands is a program of Mennonite Men to help new congregations acquire their first building, providing up to 20% of the cost. Pastor Omot Aganya said that he was very grateful for this significant help that is encouraging them to continue their ministry. Every Sunday the Eden Life church has four services in four different languages: Amharic, Anouk, French and English. JoinHands seeks donations of $100 or more twice a year from individuals to fund these grants. They also encourage congregations to tithe their building programs to help with this work. Eden Life Church requests that we continue to pray for them.
As the Lord has assigned to each his task, I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters, is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service. (1 Cor. 3: 5-9).
Pastor Omot & Hanna Aganya planted Eden Life Church two and half years ago. They expected that the Church would grow in numbers of people attending by now. They expected spiritual growth as well among all the ethnic groups who are attending Eden Life Church as their home church. The vision is coming along bite by bite. Pastor Omot and Hanna are so excited that God considered them faithful to plant a church in Kansas City, MO with South Central Conference. The four services at Eden Life Church are still happening each Sunday from morning until evening. We would like you to pray especially for the Amharic program and ask God to help us to reach more Ethiopians. We know that there are thousands of Ethiopians in Kansas City, MO. Pray that God would give us grace, the evangelism methods, and wisdom to reach them.
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.