Todd Lehman was ordained to the Christian ministry on April 23, 2016 at Hesston Mennonite Church. Todd has been serving as campus pastor at Hesston College for the past number of years. Todd is originally from Ohio and is married to Julie Lehman. They have two young daughters: Eliya and Aria.
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.
SCC Mennonite Women have an 11:30 a.m. Luncheon/Meeting on June 11, at Whitestone Mennonite Church in the Community Room. During this time, we would like to share with the women our hopes for the coming year. We are happy to announce the we received $1000 in donations for our grant program. We are working on finding a name for the grant. Currently, we are also working on getting our web site up and running.
Maria Hernandez, a Bluffton University math major from Iglesia Menonita Buenas Nuevas, recently returned from a spring break spent, not focused on herself, rest, or relaxation, but on service. Hernandez, along with a group from the university, spent her spring break doing service work in Pennsylvania.
The group began their week at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center clearing brush, trimming trees, and organizing storage. They ended their break rehabbing homes for Habitat for Humanity in Pittsburgh, PA. Hernandez said that portion of the trip reminded her of all the people that helped her family succeed as she grew up. “I feel that they best way I can help out now is to make them proud by paying it forward,” she said, “It is good to take a timeout from the real world and take some time to reflect and give back.”