As the summer progresses here in Kansas City, we are thankful for a break in the high heat. It was downright oppressive for a few weeks in July. But now it's too chilly for our kids to go swimming... and you better believe we are hearing about that! ;) This heat can be especially dangerous for the homeless community in Kansas City.
Ministry Partner Updates
Mayan Experience Our Ministry Partner, GOT Ministries, held an event over the weekend to show supporters the traditional Guatemalan lifestyle. The event provided attendees the opportunity to taste traditional Guatemalan food, try on clothing, and experience other daily chores! It was a lively event that was well attended. It is always fun for us to watch our Ministry Partners put their unique spin on fundraising events! Megan Lewis is the director of GOT Ministries, and she has a special way of connecting with her supporters. You can see her passion for her work, which is encouraging and engaging! Check them out at www.gotministries.org to learn more.
Located in Koro, Mali, Africa, Grace Private School currently has classes for 1st - 5th grades and 7th - 9th grades, with the goal of adding 6th grade in the Fall of 2017. Grace is bringing literacy to the area, along with the knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus. Mali is a Muslim country, and there has been an uptick in radicalization and fighting in the are over the last decade. Radicals have been encroaching on Koro, which poses a very real threat to the children of the area: from being recruited, to being physically harmed, children are very vulnerable to the insurgence of the violence. Ibrahima Kodio and his wife, Rachel, are the founders of the school. The students are thriving. For example, there was a national exam in Africa for students - the rate for students who passed the test in Koro was a measly 18%; the pass rate for Grace students was 50%! Thank God for Grace's work in the area! Please pray for Ibrahima and his family, as well as the students and teachers at the school. If you would like more information, visit www.gracemissionskc.org.
Praises & Needs
We are praying about hiring a couple staffers for part time positions. Please be praying for the right person to come along!
We have a part time intern startng this month. We are excited to train her in ministry work, and for her to bring her own special talents to our team.
Jonathan and Joy are heading out on a family trip to see family this month. Pray for safety and refreshment while they are away for a few days.
Our Communications Coordniator, Shilo, is pregnant with twins! Pray for her and her husband TJ as they navigate this new experience. They also have a 2 and 3 year old!