Nov 30, 2016
The Connection Pointe global trips made an impact in 2016:
The Balkans team reconnected us with the Chesnuts as sports was used to interact with local children. The gospel was shared when a student asked in all sincerity, “Who is this Jesus you are talking about?” Three of the trip members are now living in the Balkans for this school year because of how this trip also impacted them. Remember to pray for Zach and Haley teaching at PHS, for Jeremiah teaching English as a second language.
The Kenya trips brought new ways of resolving conflict Biblically to the leaders of MOHI in Nairobi, new teaching skills to teachers in Madoya, new awareness of educational lifelines for disadvantaged Maasai girls. One trip member was so radically challenged on the trip that preparations are now underway to serve overseas. Remember to pray for our Kenyan partners Giles and Alison Emery in Nairobi, John Keshe in Maasailand.
The six who went to India made a deep impact on hearts of ASSI leaders, bringing awareness of the toll that stress and risk have on these precious saints as they live daily in an atmosphere of antagonism, persecution and martyrdom. Imagine the challenges they face to lead a movement of suffering believers! Our church has earned their trust and we are exploring how to continue our pastoral care to them.
Guatemala hosted four Connection Pointe teams this year and the relationships with staff and children continue to deepen. Several of the CP students who went on these trips were actually going to see their sponsored child. What a great example these high schoolers are to our church! What great hope they give to the children. The opportunities in Guatemala will even grow beyond us next year. Pray for our trips and partnership with Vision Trust to continue to serve the community of Los Verdes alongside the new ministries envisioned there by Rut and the Guatemalan believers.
The Swaziland trip continued to bring hope to children at the learning center in Njojane. The possibility of serving in missions through business became a possibility in one team member’s mind. Two others on that trip are increasing their ministry involvement to benefit the people of this small African kingdom.
Looking ahead, there is a team of seven people going to Indochina in January to visit our partners Van and Jane. Shane Christopher is leading us on this unique trip of prayer walks with local house church leaders. We are raising support as a team and ask you to prayerfully consider supporting this trip. More info is here. We will host an evening upon our return to share about our time there.
Our international travels as a church are strategic, intentional and relational.
For all of you who have supported trip members this year, thank you so much! These are just a few stories of the impact that has been made.
Plans are being made for 2017 trips, you can read more about that here.