On January 22, 2017 we received word from Akron Mennnonite Church in Pennsylvania that a refugee family originally from Congo in Kansas City was in need of help. The Akron church is sponsoring a refugee family and the refugees in Kansas City are relatives. The husband in the family was attacked by a group of men who severely beat him, stole all his money, documents and car. He was hospitalized for several days, but is now recovering at home. Akron first contacted Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City and they in turn were aware that Omot and Hanna Aganya were working with refugees there so they asked them if they could visit the family. The next day, January 23 Omot and Hanna went to see them. The man told Omot that the men had beaten him until they thought he was dead. They also said that his employer had just called and said that if he didn’t come to work by January 24, the next day, he would lose his job. But they didn’t have transportation since his car was gone. They told Omot and Hanna that they were afraid that they would not have money for food and rent. Omot and Hanna prayed for them and Omot volunteered to go to his house the next day to take him to work.
The classrooms and gym building on the Journey@South Hutchinson campus is proceeding with walls and some siding on the building. To help remind persons of the mission and purpose of the gym children, youth and adults were given markers to write scripture, prayers, praises on the concrete slab and wooden studs before they were covered. The gym will be available for the community as a ministry and relationship building. Rick Warren asks the question, “Does your community know that you love and care about them? You may love them but do they know it?”
The young woman pictured here, Angie, came into my life when she was just 6 years old. Since she heard all my grandkids call me grandma, she simply called me grandma too. She now lives in Corpus and since my move to plant a church here, has come into my life again! She is married to Josh and they have 4 dogs. I invited them to my home, had pizza and played games. It was such a blessing to get reacquainted with her and her husband. And, yes, she still calls me grandma. Making connections, Community and friends at the Church Plant in Corpus Christi, Texas.