South Central Conference has been in conversation with Omot and Hannah Aganya about a church planting assignment in Kansas City beginning in July, 2016. Omot and Hannah came to the United States as refugees more than 20 years ago. They were associated with the Mennonite related church in Ethiopia. After coming here, Omot had a chance to attend an Assembly of God related college. After graduation, he and Hannah were recruited by the Assembly of God as church planters. Together they successfully planted two churches for the Assemblies and later also served in Ethiopia as missionaries with the Assembly. After Omot received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Seminary in Minneapolis, they decided to attend Emmanual Mennonite Church and applied for a pastoral assignment with the Mennonites. The Aganyas will be working with immigrant people but Omot’s vision is to form a multiethnic congregation. We are hoping that Omot and Hannah and their children will be able to attend our annual conference June 10-12 at Whitestone Mennonite Church. Omot has formed a prayer group in Minneapolis to pray for this effort. We would also like to form a prayer group in South Central Conference to support this work. If you are interested in being part of this prayer group, please contact James Wenger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The people of the Journey Mennonite Church multi-site at McPherson, Kansas moved from meeting in the Middle School into their new downtown building at 201 E. Euclid. They held their first service there this Sunday. The Journey Elders met there Tuesday evening to pray. Attendance at the diverse church ranges from 110 to 160. Worship is at 10:30. Visitors are welcome. Official launch date for the multi-cite church will be in January. Jim Ostlund is the pastor
South Central Conference has a Church Growth and Visioning Team that has been engaged in thinking of ways that we can more effectively share the Gospel message with people living in our geographical area. The Team has considered ways the conference can provide resources to our congregations to help them more effectively share Jesus’ message where their members live, work and play. In addition, we have been in conversation with several different persons who are possibly interested in planting churches in our geographical area. Pray that these efforts may bear fruit for God’s Kingdom.