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.
Persons from eleven South Texas congregations visited Nuevo Amanecer Mennonite Church on Good Friday afternoon. Nuevo Amanecer is a new Mennonite congregation located in the eastern part of Brownsville, Texas. They are now part of Unidad Cristiana de Iglesias Menonitas (Christian Union of Mennonite Churches) or UCIM. UCIM had asked Nuevo Amanecer to be host to all of the congregations in the district. This yearly celebration seems to be becoming a regular gathering. Last year it was held at the Fuente De Agua Viva Mennonite Church. All of the congregations were represented with the exception of Prince of Peace and Cordero. Nuevo Amanecer went all out to make this a wonderful evening. There was a time of fellowship, praising and worshiping. Each pastor took about 10 minutes to share a short message with the congregations. Before ending the service, we celebrated Holy Communion by breaking bread and drinking the fruit of the vine. The best part of the service represents what church is about; a time of catching up with current happenings at the different congregations, speaking with old friends, and enjoying time together. Many thanks to our brothers and sisters of Nuevo Amanecer Mennonite Church!
–Lupe Aguilar: Regional Conference Minister