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.
At the Feet of Christ Church is one of the newer groups who joined South Central Conference this summer. Jerry Acosta and his wife Lori started a Bible Study group in their home which has grown into a larger group that now meets at their rented church building located at 1201 South Pattie in Wichita, KS. Jerry has also been licensed toward ordination by South Central Conference and they report their attendance on Sundays is about 25. The members of this church are enthusiastic in serving the Lord and they continue to reach new people with the Gospel.
A group from Hesston Mennonite Church traveled to Kansas City, MO on Saturday, May 19 to help do some repairs on the Eden Life Church facility. Some of the group organized by that congregation’s Missions Committee stayed over for Sunday morning and attended the first of three services that Eden Life Church has each week. That first service was in English and Amharic and started around 10 AM. There were 17 in attendance including 5 persons from Hesston Mennonite. The second service started at approximately 2 PM and it was entirely in English and focused on persons who are second generation immigrants and other English speakers with about 11 people in attendance. The third service started at 4 pm and was entirely in the Anuak language which is Pastor Omot Aganya and his wife, Hanna’s tribal language. There were about 40 people there including children. Pastor Omot has been disappointed that the Amharic service has not grown as much as he had hoped, but he is encouraged with the potential of the English service and the Anuak language service.